How teams are formed

Every player that registers for ringette is required to participate in evaluations for teams to be made. The evaluation process I’m focusing on will be Calgary NW.

The first two ice times are strictly drills. The older the age group the fewer amount of drills are done. At the first ice time the evaluators look at the players main skills like skating, passing, and shooting.

Evaluators do no get a list of player names; instead they get a list of numbers under a heading of each pinnie colour. The players are given numbers that will add up to see where they are ranked among all the other players.

After the first or second ice time girls are placed on scrimmage teams to be evaluated in team play. Some girls that may have been less skilled can step their game up for the scrimmage and get a higher rank during game play. After these scrimmages teams are made based strictly on numbers that players are ranked at. On paper the teams are balanced because each team adds up to the same number from the ranks each girl was.

A final skate is to balance teams to see if the on paper teams are actually balanced. If a team outskates and outshoots the other team players are moved to make the teams more even. At the beginning of the season the NW teams should have close games. During the season one team might increase their strength and playing ability based on coaching, practicing, and team bonding.

Each age group has levels within the age group A, B, and AA, and C at certain levels. AA teams are the highest level and most competitive. A teams are the more serious and competitive players, but not as much as AA. B teams are the more recreational players who wants to play for fun and aren’t as competitive. There are two types of C teams. At U12 age group the C teams are the teams for newer girls to the sport or the ones who still need to develop their skills more. At the Open age group the C teams are the most recreational teams.

Age Groups

Active Start- Bunnies

U10- Novice

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

U12- Petite

A

B

C

U14- Tween

AA

A

B

U16- Junior

AA

A

B

U19- Belle

AA

A

B

Open

AA

A

B

C

The names for each age group have changed quite a few times in the past. This year Active Start is brand new along with the format of U10.

When I started playing in 2001 the levels were Bunnies, Novice (A&B), Petite (AA,A,B), Tween (AA,A,B), Junior (AA,A,B), Belle (AA,A,B), and Open (AA,A,B,C,D). Open D was even more recreational than Open C but they have taken out Open D since I started.

In some blog posts I might call the levels by their old name being used to them more.

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