How to Play Ringette

 The Surrey White Rock Ringette Association is part of the Lower Mainland Ringette League (LMRL). The LMRL consists of nine associations from communities throught the lower mainland region in southwest BC, Canada.

These associations are: North West Vancouver, Vancouver, Burnaby - New Westminster, Coquitlam - Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Richmond, Delta, Surrey White Rock and Fraser Valley.

The LMRL is is part of the British Columbia Ringette Association (BCRA). There are 4 regional leagues throught the province: Northern Ringette League (NRL), Thompson Okanagan Ringette League (TORL), Lower Mainland Ringette League (LMRL) and Vancouver Island Ringette League (VIRL).


Ringette is a Canadian game that was first introduced in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario. Developed originally for girls, ringette is a fast-paced team sport on ice in which players use a straight stick to pass, carry, and shoot a rubber ring to score goals.

For ten years, play centered in Ontario and Quebec, however the sport quickly spread accross Canada and is now played in all ten provinces and the Northwest Territories.

In fact, the sport has become one of Canada's favorite activities for females, with over 50,000 participants, including players, coaches, officals and volunteers, across Canada - a remarkable growth rate for such a young sport.

More than 7,000 certified ringette coaches are registered in the National Coaching Certification Program, and 1,724 registered referees trained under Ringette Canada's National Officiating Program. In addition, there are thousands of volunteers who administer clubs, leagues, and tournaments across Canada.

The growth has continued internationally with the formation of associations in the U.S.A., Finland, Sweden, Russia, and France. In addition, Ringette Canada has been instrumental in demonstrating the game in the Netherlands, Switzerland, West Germany, along with New Zealand, Australia and Japan. 

There are various skill levels of play across the nation; beginning with Bunnies, (a learn to skate program) and then formal teams in categories of C, B, A, AA, and in some cases even Regional AAA Teams. Many communities offer all four levels, and in keeping with the philosphy of a place for every skill level, some leagues break down the first skill level into three levels of Recreational, C1 and C2 and B level into two, B1 and B2. This makes for place for every player of every age and skill level. Other communities that are smaller without the benefits of neighbouring communities to play in a league with will only have some of these breakdowns.Across the country many tournaments are held throughout the season, with Regional and/or League Championships being the highlight for the B and C teams, while the Provincials are the finale for the A and AA teams. Some Provinces have Provicial Championships even at the B level. Each year Provinces select Teams at the Junior, Belle, and Open AA divisions to play in the Canadian Championships. (Please note, that as mentioned below in the age Divisions, since the 2000 - 2001 season, the Deb & Intermediate Divsions have been combined into one Dvision, named "Open", for National Championships.) There are World Championships in our sport, with Canada picking a National Team to represent us at those Championships every three years. Across Canada, Ringette is played by all the provinces and the North West Territories.

Playing ringette in Canada, there are:

  • over 25,125 players on
  • more than 2,000 teams with
  • over 1,700 officials and
  • over 7,000 coaches


Bunnies U9 - 7 years and under

Novice U10 - 9 years and under

Petite U12 - 11 years and under

Tween U14 - 13 years and under

Junior U16 - 15 years and under                      

Belle U19 - 18 years and under

Open 18+ - 18 years and older

Masters - 30 years and over


Even though ringette is played on the same ice-surface as hockey, comparable in equipment and numbers, the similarities end there. More similar to basketball, soccer or lacrosse, ringette is a team sport with a different strategy.

The rules promote team play so that a single player cannot carry the ring from end to end and score a goal. Teams are usually made up of 11 to 17 players; with six skaters on the ice at the same time (a goalie, two defense, a center and two forwards). 

The Game begins much like soccer with the Visiting team being awarded a Free Pass in the Centre Ice Free Pass Circle (known in Hockey or Lacrosse as the Face Off Circles). Free Passes are also ringette’s way of restarting games after penalties, violations, goals or any other stoppage in the game. Depending on where the play stopped after a violation or penalty, the free pass is awarded to the appropriate team in the circle closest to where the action ceased. One player takes possession on the whistle and has five seconds to either shoot or pass the ring to a teammate. The ring must be passed completely out of the circle, and the player cannot skate out of the circle with the ring. No other players are allowed in the Free Pass Circle during the five second count.

Blue Lines - A player cannot carry the ring over a blue line in either direction. The ring must be passed over the blue line to another teammate. That teammate is permitted to skate ahead of the ring carrier and already be across the blue line before the ring crosses it.

Goal Crease - If the ring lands in or on the crease, the only player who can touch it is the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper usually picks up the ring and throws it to a teammate. The goalie has five seconds to pass it out of her crease.


Ringette promotes a no-contact policy when it comes to the physical aspect of its game.Penalties are given when a player, intentional or not, makes excessive body contact with another player, checks a player too high on the stick, trips, hits or interferes another player.