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ADULTS! Come Try Ringette For Free!

Posted September 19, 2022
We have a brand NEW adult division this season. Grab a friend and come try it for FREE!
 
Sunday, September 25, at 8:00 P.M. at the West Ferris arena.
 
WFRA offers a recreational division (Pecore) for players to have a night out, get some exercise, meet new people and have a good time. This is a fun, safe way to explore a great sport, and we welcome all skill levels – from newcomers that are improving their skating, to someone that has not played in a number of years, to someone that still wants to participate but does not want the pressure of having to play in a fast pace, competitive atmosphere.
 
Games are staffed by officials but scores are not recorded. Games are 1 night a week and teams are shuffled on a frequent basis with a focus on fun, fitness and friendship.
Players and goalies of all genders aged 16+ are welcome!
 
Equipment is recommended for this event. Sticks will be provided!
*Helmet, gloves, and skates are mandatory*

Free NCCP Coach Training

Posted September 11, 2022

September 19-27 is National Coaches Week!

Coach.ca is saying #ThanksCoach by providing several eLearning courses for FREE throughout the week. Visit the eLearning page to take NCCP Coaching Athletes with a Disability, NCCP Making Headway in Sport, NCCP Emergency Action Plan, Safe Sport Training or NCCP Coach Initiation in Sport.
 
#ThanksCoach for all you do!
 
The NCCP Coach Initiation course is mandatory for almost all staff positions at the WFRA, and carries a fee any other time. Take advantage now, and come join the fun!


Registration for 2022-2023 is OPEN!

Posted July 14, 2022
Dear WFRA Members,
 
We are pleased to announce that the Ramp Registration Platform is open for registration. A 25$ Early Bird discount will apply until August 15th so don’t delay!

Ramp Registration Platform

If possible, please use the same username as last year when registering online. All of your information will automatically populate and any discounts or credits (e.g. Bingo credits) will show up automatically. Follow the link from our Registration Page to access Ramp.
 
Please note that this year, payments will be accepted by credit card, Kidsport or Jumpstart only. Please contact me if this poses a problem for you. Furthermore, you will see the WFRA, RO Membership and RO Insurance fees show up as separate line items. They add up to the package costs outlined on our website. Please note that pre-paid credit cards are accepted on Ramp.

Kidsport or Jumpstart Applicants

If you are applying for Kidsport or Jumpstart funding, please take a look at our subsidy pages for instructions on how to receive an “Application Number” for Ramp. Unfortunately, you will have to pay for RO fees with a credit card (approximately $57). Pre-paid credit cards are accepted on Ramp.

Respect in Sport for Parents program

Ringette Ontario requires that one parent of every ringette player under the age of 18 must take the Respect in Sport Parent Program by November 1. This course is mandatory to have the Player’s registration approved. For more information, please check out Ringette Ontario’s Respect in Sport for Parents Information Page and the Respect in Sport for Parents FAQs.
 
The cost is 12$ plus HST, takes about an 1h15 to complete and can be applied across many sport associations. If you’ve already completed it for another sport, simply input the certificate number on the Ramp platform. Tip: Since it is largely audio with a few images, it is possible to sign in from your cell phone, pop in your headphones and listen to the program (while having to stop once in a while to click on answers).

Goalie Recruitment Incentive

I have sent last year’s goalies (U12-U19) a Goalie Recruitment Incentive promo code to use during the Ramp registration process. Please check your junkmail or contact me if you have not received it.

Volunteer Sign Up on Ramp

Volunteers carry out 100% of WFRA activities, making them an integral part of its success. We encourage WFRA members to volunteer approximately 5 hours per player (or maximum of 10 hours per family) during the season. There are several ways to get involved that vary in time commitment and qualifications.
 
Select the volunteer task(s) that interest one or several members of your family. Once we have a roster of volunteers, we will be able to reach out to the volunteers who have signed up on this page and provide them with a choice of times to help out. For example, members signing up as a Fundraising Event Volunteer will be provided with the choice of several events to participate in.
 
Please note that you only have to fill this out once per account (choose all tasks that might be of interest).

Refer a Friend Incentive

Although the details have not yet been ironed out, we will be recognizing members who refer new players to the WFRA with a financial incentive. Please let friends and family know that first-time players pay only 100$ per year and that we have an Equipment Loan Program available!

Equipment Swap Meet

We are planning an Equipment Swap Meet in late summer early fall. Stay tuned!
 
Josée Lebel
Volunteer Registrar, WFRA


Funding Received to Help Rebuild Association After Pandemic!

Posted August 09, 2022
In the spring of this year Ringette Ontario (RO) communicated out to the associations in the province that there was a funding opportunity available. The Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries of the Province of Ontario made funding available to aid in the rebuilding of our sport after the pandemic. There was a structured application process where associations that apply needed to clearly articulate how the money was to be used in specific ways.
 
As a member in good standing with RO our association was eligible to apply for the funding. We submitted our application prior to the deadline of May 20, 2022 and have received notice we have been successful in our application. We have received $9500.00 from this funding. The funds are to be split between two strategic initiatives West Ferris Ringette Association is focused on. The first is to support our Goalie recruitment and retention strategy by purchasing needed goalie equipment. The other half is to be used for marketing our association and our sport as a part of our overall recruitment and retention strategy.
 
On behalf of WFRA I would like to extend my thanks to Ringette Ontario and the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries of the Province of Ontario for this funding and their support in rebuilding our association and our sport.
 
Darren Pace, President WFRA

Northeast Region AA Development Program

Posted May 22, 2022
Hi Everyone,
 
I am not sure if you are familiar with the Northeast Region AA development program, so here is the information. There are links for the presentation, a sample budget and itinerary for what a typical camp looks like:
NER AA Presentation
NER AA Sample Itinerary
NER AA Sample Budget
 
Players can join for the development at the camps and choose to try out for the team or not.
 
I was involved with the program for a number of years, and it was a great opportunity to meet the players from our region and gain exposure to a more competitive level of play. Attending these camps would be in addition to what is happening with the local team.
 
Please complete this form if you are interested in the 2022-2023 Northeast Ringette AA Program (U14 and U16 teams).
 
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about the program.
 
Thank you,
Erin Johns – Rep Director WFRA

Fundraiser Event

Posted June 30, 2022
Our U14 rep team is hosting a fundraiser concert in a couple weeks to help offset team fees. Come out to Lou Dawgs, North Bay on July 14th, grab a bite to eat (maybe a pint😜), and watch the cover band perform a variety of classic rock, country, pop, and alternative songs.
Contact us to purchase tickets, or with questions/comments!