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Ringette Ontario: Return to Ringette Update

Posted September 3, 2020

Ringette Ontario would like to thank all of our members for their commitment and support during this time. Our wonderful Associations, COVID Safety Leaders (CSLs) and volunteers have been working tirelessly to get everyone back on the ice in the safest way possible. Our players, coaches and officials have also been working hard off the ice and preparing for the season.
 
As we start the 2020-2021 season, we encourage you to do your part and stand #ALLIN  with Ringette Ontario. With your help, ringette will continue to be a sport that is focused on unity, community, inclusion and collaboration.
 
Visit https://ringetteontario.com/we-are-all-in/ and follow @RingetteOntario on social media to see how you can stand #ALLIN with us.
 
Best Wishes,
 
The Ringette Ontario Team

General Reminders from Ringette Ontario

For Associations:

  • Annual Report: Ringette Ontario recently released our 2019-2020 Annual Report. Read our report to see what we accomplished last season and our plans for the 2020-2021 season.  
  • Athlete Advisory Committee (AAC) Applications: The AAC is looking for ringette players to join our Athlete Advisory Committee. The Committee acts as an informed advisor to RO on the implementation of policies and initiatives focused on athletes. Visit https://ringetteontario.com/the-athlete/aac/ for more information and to apply.  

Return to Ringette:

  • RTR Update: Ringette Ontario is now in Stage 2 of our Return to Ringette guidelines. Associations are submitting their Stage 2 RTR Plans for approval to the RO Office. We are so impressed with all the hard work that everyone is doing to make sure they are prepared before they conduct any on-ice training or activities. There have been some outstanding examples of creativity and forward-thinking! We ask that everyone please be patient with your volunteers and see where you can support and help out!  
  • RTR Resources: For further information on Ringette Ontario’s Return to Ringette framework, resources and plans, please visit https://ringetteontario.com/rtr-covid19/

Coaching:

  • Modified Bench Staff Requirments: As we enter stage two of our RTR guidelines, please make note of the modified requirements for bench staff. Coaches can find a complete overview online
  • National Coaches Week: Ringette Ontario will be celebrating and highlighting coaches in our community from September 19th – 27th! If you know a coach that has displayed teamwork and leadership and deserves some recognition, email us

Officiating:

  • Registration: Stay tuned for information and updates on registration. 

Safe Sport:

  • Safe Sport Course: Take the free Safe Sport Training online! The Safe Sport Training module developed by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) will help anyone involved in sport identify and prevent situations of maltreatment. Take The Course Here: https://safesport.coach.ca/
  • Rule of Two (Online): The goal of the Rule of Two is to ensure all interactions and communications between participants in sport are open, observable, and justifiable. As our interaction with one another increases online, please read some recommendations for implementing the rule of two in virtual settings: Rule Of Two Online

Resources:

If you have any questions about the information provided in this newsletter, please contact Ringette Ontario at info@ringetteontario.com


Message from the WFRA President

Posted July 23, 2020
To all WFRA Members,
 
I hope everyone is safe and well, and adapting as best they can to our “new normal” during these unusual times. I wanted to touch base with our members and let you all know… WE MISS YOU! I also wanted to provide some insight into the Associations’ 2020-21 planning. We are slowly starting to learn more about what Ringette may look like in the fall, and are working behind the scenes to ensure that we provide our members with a compelling, fun, and safe Ringette experience when we are all able to return to the ice.
 
Currently, all team sports are evaluating the necessary safety and Return to Play protocols being advised by local health authorities, municipalities and sport governing bodies. Both Ringette Canada and Ringette Ontario published their own comprehensive recommendations for Ringette’s return to play. We encourage all of our members to review Ringette Canada’s National Direction for Return to Ringette and Ringette Ontario’s Return to Ringette COVID-19. We will be including these links to access these documents along with additional Return to Ringette resources on the homepage of our website within the upcoming weeks.
 
As outlined in the Ringette Ontario guidelines:
 
The Return to Ringette Guidelines are founded on the overriding principle of encouraging and providing a safe environment for all participants, team members and volunteers. The Return to Ringette Guidelines seek to allow the maximum amount of participation possible for all members of the organization while adhering to Provincial Health regulations.
 
The WFRA welcomes this approach, and our Executive continues to stay active and engaged with Ringette Ontario, and the other North East Region Ringette associations, our local Public Health, and municipality. Although Ringette Ontario has made the decision to suspend all sanctioned events until January, we are pleased that they have demonstrated strong leadership and are supportive of a flexible, creative and cautious approach to Return to Ringette.
 
The health and safety of our families and community members continue to be our top priority. Our Executive team will utilize the latest available information and consider the various scenarios and Return to Ringette stages as we develop our 2020-21 season plan. Based on information and feedback we have collected, we are expecting the large majority of our members will return this season, and we are hopeful that we can start some form of programming in September. Please note, our registration is currently open, and we look forward to sharing with you the latest information on our programming plans for all ages and levels of play closer to that date.
 
Finally, please don’t hesitate to contact us to share your feedback and questions. We’d love to hear from you and appreciate your efforts to stay connected with our Ringette community during these unprecedented times. We will continue to share all of the latest information from Ringette Ontario on our Associations’ website and through our various social media channels, so please be sure to visit these sources regularly. We are all very excited about the better days ahead. Regardless of how different Ringette may look in the short term, welcoming sport back into our daily lives will be an important milestone to be celebrated.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dee Johnson
President, WFRA

WFRA COVID-19 Safety Lead

Ringette Ontario requires each Association to designate a COVID-19 Safety Lead who is responsible for confirming that the Association and our players and parents are following safety requirements. WFRA has designated our Registrar, Kelli Van Buskirk, as our COVID-19 Safety Lead.


Return to Ringette Waivers

Waivers related to a return to ringette while COVID-19 related safety measures remain in place have been incorporated into the RAMP online registration process. If you registered before August 15th you will have received an email with the subject line “West Ferris Ringette Association: Waiver Signatures Required”. Please search for the email and open the link to sign the required waivers.


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!