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Ringette

Ringette is played on the ice (or in the gym); players use straight sticks and a rubber ring.

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History
Ringette is a bonafide Canadian invention. Sam Jacks invented the sport as a winter team sport for girls in 1963.

Where
An arena is the ideal location, butringette can be played on a frozen pond or in a gym as well.

How to play
Ringette is played on ice 5 on 5 plus two goalkeepers with the objective to out-score the opposing team. Players move the ring up the ice by passing it with a straight stick. Players cannot carry the ring across the blue lines and there is a 30 second shot clock to ensure that teams shoot frequently, or risk losing possession of the ring to the other team. Only three players from each team (plus the defending goalie) are allowed in the end zones at the same time making it exciting as players try to shoot on, and defend their goals. Ringette emphasizes team work over individual success. The team with the most goals wins. Can also practices skills and drills in the absence of a full team. For more information visit Ringette Canada.

Suggested equipment
- Ice skates
- Helmet with ringette specific face protection
- Ringette stick
- Gloves
- Ringette ring
- Goaltenders should have their own specific equipment, including goalie pads, hand protection and a ringette goalie helmet.

Adaptations
Physical activity in Canada includes everyone, regardless of any ability or circumstance. Some sports and activities may, however, require a few adaptations to make them as accessible as possible. Below you’ll find recommendations and suggestions on how to accommodate individuals that may have limitations or different needs. With a positive attitude and a little ingenuity, any activity can be made enjoyable for all.

Sensory

To adapt ringette for individuals with a visual impairment consider using an audible, larger ring. Have clearly marked boundaries. Increase the size of the net and adjust the rules as needed. Ringette can be played in a gym if you wish to eliminate the skill of skating.

Learning/Cognitive Disabilities

To modify ringette, you may want to eliminate the skating element of the game and even bring the activity indoors or to a flat surface. Rules can be altered to suit the needs of participants. An alternative activity might be floor hockey.

Mobility Limitation

To modify ringette for those with a mobility limitation, you may want to eliminate the skating element of the game and even bring the activity indoors or to a flat surface. Allow participants to play from a seated or standing position if required. An alternative activity may be floor hockey using a bigger, lighter ball.

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Benefits of Ringette

The Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines outline the amount and type of physical activity you need at every age and stage of life. And, for the first time, the new 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children & Youth also include sleep. Following the guidelines will help reduce the risk of chronic disease, lead to a more focused mind, a stronger, fitter body, and all in all, a more enjoyable life.

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