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REP SEASON 2021-22 Intent to Play!

Posted July 22, 2021
As we move forward with Stage 3 of re-opening and returning to competitive sport, the WFRA intends on running the rep program for the 2021/2022 season. We are currently working with Ringette Ontario to plan for this season and will be able to provide updates as they are known.
 
To assist with the planning, we are asking ALL players interested in trying out for and playing on a rep team for the 2021-2022 season to complete the WFRA Rep Program Interest Survey
 
It will take only a few minutes, but will be very helpful as we look ahead and prepare for our next season.
 
We are very excited to get back on the ice and look forward to returning to competitive play. Click here to take the survey now.
 
Thank you in advance,
 
Erin Johns
Rep Director


Rep Coaches, We Want You

Posted July 22, 2021
Our Association has plenty of talent on the ice and these players are waiting for Coaches to elevate those talents to the next level… could that Coach be you in the upcoming season?
 
The Rep Team Director is now accepting applications for A and B level Coaches for the 2021-2022 Ringette Season. The Rep team divisions are as follows: U10, U12, U14, U16, U19, 18+. Coaches are required to hold or attain Coaching Certification; if you have any questions regarding certification please contact us
 
Bring your knowledge and experience of the ‘Fastest Game on Ice’ to our West Ferris Ringette Association players by submitting an application. You will be rewarded through the development of your team over the season, both on and off the ice.
 
If you are interested in submitting an application, please review the coaching policy and application by clicking here, and complete the Coaching Application Form BY AUGUST 10, 2021.
 
Any questions can be directed here
 
Hope to see you on the bench next season!
 
Erin Johns
WFRA Rep Director


WFRA Summer Ice

Posted July 12, 2021
We Want To Hear From You!
 
We’ve secured Summer Ice time for scrimmages and conditioning. We want to hear from you, our membership, on preference for ice times during the month of August. Please fill in this quick 30 second survey and help us select ice times that work for the majority.
 
Take the Survey Now – Click Here

Registration Now Open!

Posted July 6, 2021
We are excited to open registration for the 2021-2022 season! We know that this season will look different, but we continue to work with Ringette Ontario, City of North Bay and Public Health authorities on a plan to return to the ice this season.
 
More than any other year, it’s important that we get a sense of how many players we will have this season. We are asking that players register online using RAMP. Similar to last year, should the season look different than usual, West Ferris Ringette Association will provide refunds to align with costs associated to the season.
 
Register by August 31st, 2021 and receive $25 OFF! (not included for 1st Time Player Registration)
 
Visit our Registration Information page.
 

Gender Diversity in Ringette – Parent Webinar

Posted July 1, 2021
Ringette Canada would like to invite ringette parents and guardians to attend an educational training session regarding Gender Diversity in Ringette on July 7th from 7-9pm EDT. This session will be bilingual.
 
Ringette Canada recently updated its Transgender Inclusion Policy to allow trans athletes to play on a team that corresponds with either their gender identity or their sex assigned at birth. The changes also make options more explicit for non-binary players who can participate on a team of their choice (male, female or mixed).
 
For many, transgender issues in sport are new territory. Concepts related to gender diversity may feel overwhelming or confusing. Ringette Canada is committed to providing education and resources to support the understanding and practical application of this updated policy.
 
This interactive and engaging session will be lead by Kai Scott from TransFocus Inc with support from Ringette Canada.
 
Topics will include:

  • Introduction to terms and concepts related to gender diversity;
  • Insights into the unique and often invisible challenges and barriers faced by transgender and non-binary people;
  • Information about the recent changes to Ringette Canada’s policy;
  • Practical consideration related to privacy, how to respond to concerns, change rooms and registration forms;
  • How to respectfully interact with transgender people (i.e. how misgendering happens, how to recover from mistakes, how to obtain pronouns, gender inclusive language, etc.)

Please note, webinars will be recorded and shared on the Ringette Canada website as a resource in the event you are unable to make it.
 
Pre-registration is required by 3:00pm EDT July 6th. Pre-registration can be found at the link below:
 
Zoom Meeting Registration
 
The link to the session will be emailed to you on the day of the session.
 
Any questions or concerns can be directed to Ringette Canada’s Safe Sport and Sport Development Manager at erin@ringette.ca.


Applications Open for RO High Performance AAA Program

Posted May 25, 2021
The Ringette Ontario High-Performance AAA Program is a competitive program that provides players with exposure to high level development opportunities as well as the best high-performance coaching in Ontario. The HP AAA Program allows Ringette Ontario selected coaches, including the Team Ontario bench staff, to identify and develop Ontario’s most gifted young ringette players, to encourage and motivate them to play for their province and to provide them with the opportunities to measure and refine their skills at the top-level competitions. These competitions may include the Ontario Winter Games (U19) and Canada Winter Games (U20), as well as potential future opportunities within the NRL, the Junior National Team and Senior National Team Programs.
 
Apply Now
 
Ringette Ontario will:

  • Fully operate the High-Performance Ringette program in Ontario
  • Will be responsible for ensuring that coaches and athletes are executing the HP Program according to the outlined set standards
  • Select Coaching staff
  • Evaluate and select athletes for up to six (6) teams of eighteen (18) athletes that will compete at the 2022 Ontario Winter Games (OWG) and up to five (5) development teams that will attend the High-Performance Development Camps

*Note – number of athletes participating in the OWG’s has not been confirmed by the organizers at this time.
 
The HP Program development and administration will be led by the Ringette Ontario Technical Director and supported by additional part time staff, hired by Ringette Ontario.
 
All Selected Athletes will receive:

  • Coaching from selected high-performance coaches
  • 2-3 in-person Development/Challenge Cup camps
  • Access to virtual training content
  • Sessions led by sport professionals
  • Sport Psychology
  • Mental Training
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Training

For eligibility and further details, please visit the Ringette Ontario High Performance Program page.


SNB Sponsorship Opportunity to Coaching Summit 2021

Posted May 25, 2021
Sport North Bay is looking to financially sponsor three (3) coaches, [35 years of age or younger], to attend the Northern Ontario Coaching Summit at Canadore College, October 2-3, 2021.
 
In order to determine interested applicants, we are asking all potential coaches to complete the following and submit your answers to Sport North Bay’s email: info@sportnorthbay.ca by Tuesday, June 15th, 2021:

  1. Please review the information promoting the Northern Ontario Coaching Summit being held at Canadore College on October 2-3, 2021. The links are:
     
    https://improveyourcoaching.ca/summit2021/
    https://improveyourcoaching.ca/summit-schedule-2021/
     
  2. Please provide Sport North Bay with the answers to the following questions so that Sport North Bay may gain an insight into your interest and coaching experience:
    • How long have you been coaching?
    • What attracted/inspired you to become involved in the coaching field?
    • Are you a secondary school student, a post secondary student, or working in a career? (education, health care, business, service, other)
    • Why do you feel that you would benefit from attending this conference?
    • How could you use the experience and knowledge gained from this summit in your personal coaching in the North Bay area over the next several years?
    • What other coaching, training and/or certificates have you previously obtained?
    • Would you be willing to attend a Sport North Bay meeting following the summit and share a brief summary of your conference experience?

     
    Your Name:
     
    Email:
     
    Contact number:


Half a Century for the Birthplace of Ringette

Originally Posted February 26, 2021 in Le Voyageur
By Eric Boutilier, Le Voyageur
Finland vs Canada at the 2013 World Ringette Championships in North Bay

The West Ferris Ringette Association celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The organization, whose mission is to develop young players at the elite and recreational levels, is willing to resume its activities and take the opportunity to recognize all those who have contributed to the development of sport at the local level.
 
The association calls itself the birthplace of ringette. It was founded just a few years after the sport was founded by former North Bay Parks and Recreation Director Sam Jacks.
 
For just over 50 years, thousands of local girls have put on their skates and played ringette games on the city’s ice rinks. Some of them have even represented West Ferris at regional, provincial and national competitions.
 
The celebrations are postponed pending a return to normal. Leaders hope to be able to host formations for a regional tournament to mark the 50th anniversary.
 
“COVID has really disrupted our plans as we have planned to have a celebration with all of our athletes. We will have a late 50th celebration, only when it is safe to do so,” said West Ferris Ringette Association Competitive Team Coordinator Kelli Van Buskirk.
 
The West Ferris Ringette Association has played an important role in promoting physical activity and developing healthy habits for girls in the North Bay area.
 
Ringette was created at a time when there was no such thing as a winter team sport for them. Aspiring players – for the most part – were not allowed to play hockey in boys’ leagues.
 
Half a century later, some 300 players from Nipissing take part in the activities of the West Ferris association on an annual basis. In Canada, ringette has over 33,000 players. The sport is also played in several countries.
 
“The world of ringette remembers the Jacks family and their ambassadors, Sam and Agnes. The legacy is that the sport has been able to last for 50 years despite economic downturns and the emergence of other sports,” says Ms. Van Buskirk.
 
“Three years ago, a team from North Bay competed in the Eastern Canadian Championship. In 2013, Memorial Gardens hosted the World Ringette Championship,” recalls the former president.
 
“Ringette is a community and a family. I believe it is our heritage as a group.”


General Health & Safety Guidelines

 

  • If any participants have experienced any symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, they must not attend activities for 14 days.
  • If bench staff have come in contact with someone experiencing these symptoms, they are not permitted to attend for 14 days.
  • All members must adhere to all health agency & safety regulations
  • All members must adhere to facility capacity restrictions
  • All players should arrive and leave as per facility regulations
  • Wash hands/hand sanitizer frequently and follow facility regulations
  • No spitting
  • No chewing tobacco, no sharing of vapes or other tobacco products
  • No sharing of water bottles. All participants MUST have individual water bottles
  • No sharing of any ringette gear
  • No touching or hugging
  • Elimination of handshake – Wave to opposition or “air” high fives – salute Referees & say Thank you
  • Coaches, athletes and officials should keep rings, equipment and other objects required for play in a clean, separate space at their own homes.
  • Items should be clean and sanitized frequently.
  • All participants should carry wipes, hand sanitizer OR pump soap in their equipment bags
  • Coaches/Bench Staff should carry extra PPE (masks, hand sanitizer, gloves) in case someone forgets theirs
  • Participants should avoid handling equipment with their bare hands
Be safe, and we’ll see you on the ice!