Summer is over and it is now time to look forward to a new ringette season. I would like to wish a warm welcome to new and returning ringette players and parents, and take this opportunity to communicate some information about the upcoming season.
Salmon Arm Fall Fair Parade
As has been our tradition, Shuswap Ringette will once again be participating in the annual Salmon Arm Fall Fair Parade. The parade will take place on Saturday, September 10th, and more details will be posted on the website this week. The event is being coordinated by Kristi Congdon (email@example.com) who can be contacted with questions.
Start of Season
Most team practices will start the week after school begins (week of September 12th). For the first two weeks of the season, Cathy Lipsett will be running the practices for all teams with a focus on power skating and skills. This will allow team coaching staff to be organized and put into place. The bunny team will not start until September 27th, though all bunny players are welcome to join the Come Try Ringette session on September 20th (and bring a friend!).
The first ice times will be:
U8 (bunny): Tuesday, Sept 27th, 4:30 to 5:30 pm on Hucul. (U8 are invited to the CTR on Sep 20th)
U10 (novice): Tuesday, Sept 13th, 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Hucul.
U12 (petite): Thursday, Sept 15th, 5:45 to 6:45 pm on Spectator.
U14 (tween): Thursday, Sept 15th, 6:45 to 7:45 pm on Spectator.
U16 (junior): Wednesday, Sept 14th, 7:30 to 8:30 pm on Spectator.
Belle/Open: Tuesday, Sept 13th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Hucul.
Although we generally wait until the end of September for registration to finish before finalizing the teams, we do expect to have a team at every age level up to junior: (Bunny (U8), Novice (U10), Petite (U12), Tween (U14) and Junior (U16).
For the Belle (U19) and Open teams (18+), it is likely that the Belle aged players will be moved up to an Open B team (similar to last year). We also expect to have an Open A team this year.
For the first time in many years, the decision has been taken in TORL to tier the teams at the U12 level. Generally, teams are tiered as either an “A” or “B” team. Although many factors are taken into place when tiering a team, it is likely that the SRA U12 team will tier at “B”. Tiering at U12 is taking place across the province, and should result in teams playing other teams of a similar skill level (particularly at tournaments). Within TORL, it is expected that all U12 teams will play each other.
Last year we began to incorporate development ice times into our ice schedule. These are extra practice times run by experienced ringette coaches that are open to mixed age groups and are intended to help in skill development. It is the intention this year to continue and even increase the amount of development ice times. Information about these will be posted both on the website and sent out to team managers. These ice times are a great opportunity for players to development their skills and every player is encouraged to take advantage of them.
Marketing Ringette – Theatre Ad
In an effort to continue to grow the sport of ringette, SRA undertakes many different activities to promote the sport such as participating in the Fall Fair Parade. This year, we have created an ad that is currently running in Salmar Theatre (the ad can also be seen on our website). The ad has run since the start of August, and will continue to run until the end of October. Though it is hoped that the ad will generate interest in the sport, it is still the case that the best advertising for ringette is word of mouth. To that end, please do your part to encourage friends and acquaintances to give the sport a try.
Come Try Ringette Dates
There are currently three Come Try Ringette dates planned at the beginning of the season. This is a great opportunity for potential players to try the sport out with no obligation or cost. Current players are welcome to join their friends on the ice for these events. The scheduled dates are:
September 20th - 4:30-5:30 pm
October 1st - 11:45-12:45 pm
October 15th - 12:00-1:00 pm
More dates may be announced so always check the website (shuswapringette.ca) for details.
Shuswap Ringette is an all volunteer organization. In order for all of us to enjoy this sport, an enormous amount of time and effort is required by volunteers. The more people we can get involved in helping out with the myriad of activities we undertake each season, the easier it is on everyone. Please make the effort to get involved when teams or the association ask for help.
Registration for the upcoming 2016/17 ringette season is NOW OPEN. Download the updated form HERE, complete and simply drop in the SRA letter box in the foyer of SHAW CENTER or mail to Shuswap Ringette (see "Contact Us" section). Registration must be received by JUNE 30th to be eligible for the early bird discount. Please remember that there are several options to help with registration costs, including the SRA Payment Plan (which CAN be used in conjunction with the early bird discount).
2016 Scholarship Winners Announced!
The Shuswap Ringette Association Board of Directors is pleased to
announce the winners of this years scholarships.
The recipients are:
Tasha Johnson: Winner of a $500 SRA Scholarship
Avia Latosky: Winner of a $500 SRA Scholarship
Beth Lucier: Winner of a $250 TORL Scholarship and a $250 SRA Scholarship.
Congratulations to these deserving winners!
2016 SRA Scholarship Applications
Shuswap Ringette is pleased to accept applications for the 2016 SRA Scholarship from eligible applicants. There will be up to two $500 scholarships available. The scholarship policy can be found on the SRA website within the "Resources" and "Policy" menus, or simply click HERE for the link. This policy details how to apply for a scholarship and what criteria the scholarship committee will be judging the applications by. Please read it carefully and supply all requested information.
Complete applications can be sent to Tobiah Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org, can be mailed to the SRA mailing address shown on the website, or can be delivered in person if prearranged. The deadline for application submissions is May 15th.
If there are any questions, please contact Tobiah Riley at the above email address.
Has your child outgrown their ringette equipment?. Please consider donating it to Ringette
Replay, where it will help a child get started in ringette. Initially we are looking for equipment
suitable for the Bunnies and Novice levels. Please leave any items in the box market Ringette
Replay at the arena.
Kid Sport believes that no kid should be left on the sidelines and all should be given the
opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports. KidSport™ provides
support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing
Click here to view the NEW Goalie Incentive Policy
Click here to view a list of all required equipment.
We are also looking for someone to head up this program, please contact Leian if you
Interested females, aged 13 to 18, can participate in the mentoring programme to mentor
existing players as well as recruiting new players through the "Come-Try-Ringette" Program.
The Mentors (Coach-in-Training) will be assigned a team and will work alongside Head
Coaches of the Shuswap Ringette Association.
If you have any questions regarding the Mentorship Program, please contact Read Latoskyat
Click HERE for more information.
Click HERE to print the Mentorship Program Hourly Log Form
Shuswap Ringette Association would like to thank the City of Salmon Arm for awarding Shuswap Ringette with a $2,500 Grant in Aid that was used to send a number of our female parents to the CI Level Coaches Clinic.With this type of support our association was able to add new female coaches to our bench staff.
Shuswap Ringette would like to acknowledge the generous financial assistance of the Government of British Columbia through the Community Gaming Grant Program.