Author: Elizabeth Merritt

Why I Coach

After playing for 11 years and reffing for three years at the time I wanted to become involved in a different aspect of the game. When I was playing I had some really amazing coaches and felt like what they had taught me had to be shared with younger ringette players. For the first year I just junior coached to see if I liked it or not, and also because I was still in high school. The year of junior coaching the team came in second in cities and if there had been a wild card spot they would’ve Read more [...]

Why it’s not an Olympic sport…yet

A lot of people have said ringette isn’t a real sport simply because it’s not in the Olympics. Ringette may not be in the Olympics at the moment, but my aunt who was the president of the International Ringette Federation (IRF) has been trying to get the sport into the Olympics. The main reason why the sport isn’t is because there isn’t enough competition between countries. Currently the finals of International games are Canada vs. Finland, and in order for the sport to be in the Olympics Read more [...]

What I think is a great article on Ringette

Last night I was just going through Facebook, and I saw something that my mom had shared from one of her friends.  It was an article about ringette, and I have just read it this morning and think that it is worth sharing. Here is the link for the article: http://thewalrus.ca/girls-on-ice/ Read more [...]

Why I’m still involved

I'm still involved because everytime I go and say that I'm not going to have anything to do with the sport I find myself back at the rinks every September. I have developed a passion for the sport over the years and it has become something I can't seem to go without. Every season once it has ended I find myself wishing it was longer At the beginning I absolutely hated the sport and wanted to quit halfway through the season, but as I got older I started looking forwarded to the beginning of every Read more [...]

A really good game

Last night I refereed a really good game. I had reffed the one team in the Lonnie Krahn Classic tournament, and I had watched the two teams play in the final of the tournament. It was such an amazing game to watch while reffing it wasn’t a very rough game, and it started out really close. I love having really good games to ref, because it makes it more interesting and fun for me. There weren’t any problems with coaches or players.  There were very few penalties, which is the best part because Read more [...]

How to deal with injuries

The most important thing to do when you get injured is to not sit on the bench and let yourself get cold, because your injury will get stiff and that is the worst thing to let happen to an injury. I was one of the kids, who would do nothing when I was injured, which led to worse injuries that took longer to heal. Make sure you figure out if you should use ice or heat as soon as you can and use it often. If you get injured during a game or practice don’t let yourself get too cold, because if you Read more [...]

How it’s more of a team sport

I believe that ringette is more of a team sport because of having to pass the ring across the blue line. In ringette no one can pull a Bobby Orr with going from one end to the other. It is also a team sport because of how many players are allowed in each zone. In the two youngest levels players are only allowed to score three goals per game, which helps make it truly a team sport because they have to help their teammates score goals. When starting out with only being able to score three goals they Read more [...]

Lonnie Krahn Classic day three

What an amazing weekend. Four games for the Fireballs, they didn’t give up at all during any of their games. They won the tournament for their division, which they played an amazing last game of the tournament. It was such a great game to watch and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings for them, we have two more tournaments before Christmas and at least one after, so it should be a great year. The game was tied in the last two minutes and they scored the winning goal with a minute Read more [...]

Lonnie Krahn Day Two

Today was another great day for ringette. The Fireballs won their game this afternoon and now they're playing in the final of the tournament in the U12C division. They're playing the team they played yesterday morning so it should be a great game to watch. For me tomorrow it will most likely be a game that will drive us coaches crazy. In this tournament there are only four teams playing in the U12C division, so the top two teams are the ones playing in the final. For every win a team gets two points, Read more [...]

Lonnie Krahn Classic

Today had an amazing start to the day.  First game of the season for the Fireballs, the start to a tournament.  I was actually excited to get up this morning, and I'm not a morning person.  Even though I personally still had to go to class while the girls on the team I coach didn't it has been a great day. The Fireballs won their first game as a team 7-6 against BV Blitz.  At half time they were losing 6-2 and they were able to come back and win their game.  They played an amazing game and Read more [...]
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