Coaching and Playing Update

It’s about halfway through the first half of the season and it’s been flying by. For playing we’ve won one game so far and have had some pretty good games, but just can’t seem to break the other teams’ triangles or figure out the goalies’ weaknesses’. At some games we haven’t had a lot of skaters, so those games have been a little bit of a struggle. Typically, we’ll have a game once a week but sometimes have more than one game a week. When there’s been a game or two in a week Read more [...]

Basic Rules

Ringette has some of the same rules as hockey, though there are some big differences between the two sports. All the rules that I will be talking about can be found in the Ringette Canada rule and case book on the RIngette Canada website under Officials (http://www.officiatingringette.ca/). Here is the link to where I talked about How the Game is Played: http://www.elizabethmerritt.ca/blog-posts/how-the-game-is-played/ In ringette you have to pass the ring across each blue line, you can’t Read more [...]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year. Now that it’s the New Year there is just 15 more days until the Esso Golden Ring tournament. It is also time for the second half of the season to begin. Some teams have had practices already while others don’t have any until the weekend. Some people are heading to Red Deer for the weekend for a tournament while others get ready for upcoming tournaments like Leduc and the Esso Golden Ring. I’m excited to see what the second half of this season brings. It has already been Read more [...]

Half a season already come and gone

I think the first half of the season has gone pretty good.  There have been some amazing games to watch.  Right from the first practice I coached you can see who has improved already just from having games and practices. With having the first tournament right near the beginning of the season it was a great chance to see how the girls skills were and what should be worked on right away.  The girls kept trying their hardest during their games through the beginning of the season. The games Read more [...]

Almost that time of year again

It's getting to be that time of year again.  The biggest ringette tournament in the world is just around the corner.  The tournament will be held January 16-18, 2015.  In just 32 days 190 ringette teams will take over hotels and rinks all across Calgary. There will be two National Ringette League (NRL) teams playing games during the weekend.  I can't wait to watch the NRL games because they are amazing games. Although the weekend will consist of early mornings and long days it is one of Read more [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]