Hello WFRA members!!!
In these uncertain times, the West Ferris Ringette Association has two top priorities: keeping our players and volunteers safe, and keeping our membership informed as we work through the steps to return to the ice. Through our communications, messages from myself, and our upcoming “virtual” town hall on September 13th we want to keep all of our players and parents informed.
Registration for the 2020-2021 season remains OPEN
. Many of you have already registered – thank you – but our numbers are still somewhat below the norm for this time of year, no doubt due to COVID-19 related uncertainties. We are now heading back on the ice and it is important that all players are registered by September 14th so that their insurance is in place and we can form divisions that accurately reflect our numbers. Registration fees have remained unchanged from last season, and we are reasonably confident that the season will run its full duration. Payment options are available and are described on the RAMP registration system. (click HERE
Our approach to this season’s start up is to follow the Ringette Ontario “Return to Ringette Guidelines
” that layout a 5-stage process to ultimately return to 5 on 5 play (this will include our regular house league play, and rep team / tournament play later in the season). The Return to Ringette Stages are as follows:
The full Ringette Ontario Guidelines can be viewed HERE
WFRA recently announced that Kelli Van Buskirk has volunteered to act as our COVID Safety Leader (CSL), helping us return to the ice safely and in accordance with Ringette Ontario and all Public Health requirements. We are very grateful for Kelli’s help as we develop our association protocols and organize to meet the numerous requirements.
A huge shout out to Kelli and the Return to Ringette Committee for their hard work on our Return to Ringette package! As many of our members are aware, Ringette Ontario has confirmed and approved our application to resume ringette activities, under COVID-19 related guidelines. We are fully immersed in Stage 2 which allows our programming to focus on individual training, dry-land, drills/skills and practicing. This will allow participants to safely get back on the ice while adhering to Ringette Ontario, facility and local health regulations. This stage will emphasize smaller groups and focus mainly on the development of the fundamental skills of the sport.
We are currently in the process of completing the RO Stage 3 requirements and are optimistic that approval will be in place this upcoming month which will allow for modified games – such as 3 on 3 and 4 on 4 – and will continue to follow the Return to Ringette Guidelines. It is important to also note that progression through the Stages is based on the continued requirements and conditions established by Ringette Ontario, the Province of Ontario, our Local Public Health Unit, and the City of North Bay.
We recognize that many of our membership may have questions related to the COVID-19 precautions that will be put in place by the Association, RO and the City of North Bay. Our Return to Ringette WFRA guidelines will include protocols for players, parents, and coaches, as well as incident response plans, and will be available to all members. Protocols will include, for example, self-screening attestations prior to stepping on ice, and physical distancing.
As we move through Stage 2, a Return to Ringette Town Hall is scheduled for September 13, 2020 @ 6:30pm via Zoom to review the Association guidelines and answer any questions from our membership. Please register HERE. Details will also be posted on the WFRA web site and Facebook page.
Please know whichever RO Stage we are in, the WFRA intends to deliver a program that continues to build ringette skills in a manner that is safe to all participants while focusing on fun, fitness, and friendship! We are looking forward to seeing everyone back at the arena in the upcoming months and at the Town Hall on September 13th.