Esso Golden Ring time again

In just two days the Esso Golden Ring tournament will take over the majority of arenas all over Calgary. This year 25 different arenas are being used for the tournament. With 190 teams participating 365 games are being played in the three days of the tournament. Three of the 365 games are National Ringette League games; two are being played on Saturday and one on Sunday with all games being Calgary Rath against Ottawa Ice. On Saturday the first game is at noon at East Twin Red, the second game 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]