Game time rules

In Alberta regulation game consists of two twenty-three minute periods of stop time from U16 and above and two eighteen minute periods for U14 and below- I'm not fully sure for U10 and Active Start though Overtime is at the discretion of the tournament organizers or the local governing body Each time is permitted one 30-second timeout per game- and one additional 30-second timeout every full length overtime period The timeout request must be made by a player on the ice or by a team Read more [...]

Move it or Lose it

If play is stopped during a game due to the ring becoming immoveable or can’t be safely played the ring is awarded to the team that:

  • Gains second control
  • Did not have initial control
  • Has initial control only when the opposing team is not actively checking

Actively checking isn’t just stick checking- it can also be legally checking when using the body to maintain position on the ring carrier when attempting to play the ring.

Team Rules

In order for a game to be played there are certain rules that need to be followed. A team must have at least seven players and no more than eighteen players Once the game starts a team must be able to ice at minimum four players- if not it will result in forfeiture of the game Before the game the teams must record on the game sheet the names and numbers of all eligible players, indicate whoa re the goalkeepers, alternate goalkeepers, captains, alternate goalkeepers. The team staff names Read more [...]

Control vs. Possession

  Control is gained when: A skater places their stick into the ring, propels the ring with their stick, or fi they bat or kick the ring A goalie within the crease prevents the ring from entering the net and the ring comes to rest inside or contacting the goal crease A goalie not preventing the ring from entering the net propels the ring with their stick, or bats or kicks the ring The ring comes to rest inside or contacts the goal crease Possession is when a player/ team has Read more [...]

Major Penalties

There are specific reasons as to why a major penalty i called during a game. A major penalty is committed if: a minor penalty is done in an intentional and aggressive manner a player engages in rough play a boarding, body contact, charging, cross checking, or elbowing that includes initial contact to the head or contact from behind- if the on-ice official sees the contact as any intent to injure a match penalty is to be assessed All major penalties are four minutes fully served and Read more [...]


A violation is committed if a player: accidentally shoots or holds the ring out of play, is the last player to contact the ring prior to it coming to rest on the back, side or top of the net, is the last player to contact the ring prior to it leaving the playing area, or dislodges the net specifically the ring carrier, moves a hand onto the playing end of the stick or holds the ring against the boards to evade a checker checks an opponent when not eligible to play a loose ring kicks the Read more [...]

The Free Pass

For all free passes the ring is placed in the centre of the half of the free pass closer to the goal area defended by the team awarded the free pass. The player taking the free pass can only enter the half of the free pass circle in which the ring has been placed and is the only player permitted in the free pass circle- if there is no player from the team awarded the free pass in the free pass circle when the whistle is blown, the first player from the team to enter the free pass circle must Read more [...]

What calls for a delay of game penalty

A delay of game penalty is committed if: A player commits a violation after being warned for the same infraction A player intentionally shoots or holds the ring out of play This includes holding the ring with the hand, sitting on or gathering the ring, holding the ring against the boards or the net to create a stoppage in play, and carrying the ring with the stick while both the ring and the playing end of the stick are off the ice surface A player becomes involved in the play while Read more [...]

Shot Clock Rules

In ringette at the Petite (U12) level and up a 30 second shot clock is used. The shot clock is set to 30 seconds at the beginning of each period. Is only to count down when the game clock counts down and to be started when play is started and stopped when play is stopped. The shot clock is to be reset to 30 seconds when: The team in possession of the ring takes a shot on goal. Control of the ring changes from one team to the other team. A delayed penalty is signaled. If additional penalties Read more [...]

Rules to know for the beginning of the season

With the start of the season I thought I would talk about some of the rules that everyone needs to know. Each team is allowed five skaters plus the goalie on the ice throughout the game Only the goalie is allowed in the crease You can only have three players in the zone past the ringette line at the top of the face off circles You have to pass the ring over each blue line You can’t pass the ring over both blue lines because the ring will just go back to the other team If your team Read more [...]