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Ringette is a team sport played on an ice surface. It was introduced by Sam Jacks in North Bay, Ontario in 1963. It is played internationally in such countries as Canada, Finland, France, and the United States. Snowflakes by Wilson Bentley, 1902 Ice is the name given to any one of the 14 known solid phases of water. ... Sam Jacks (April 23, 1915 - 1975) is the Canadian inventor of the sport of ringette. ... North Bay (, time zone EST) is a city in Northeastern Ontario, Canada (2001 population 52,771). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ...




An average game consists of two periods of 15 minutes each, with a break in between the two periods. Depending upon the level of intensity played, the periods may be 20 minutes long, especially for A and AA levels, and for the Open levels.


The players must pass the ring to another player over every blue line. The player who passed it over the blue line is not allowed to touch the ring until someone else has touched it first. However, if the ring goes over two blue lines, the opposing team must touch the ring before the attacking team may touch it again, similar to icing in hockey, except that when the ring reaches the other end, the play does not stop.


Only 6 players are permitted on the ice at one time, these usually being a centre, two forwards, two defence, and a goalie. Exceptions to this rule include having a penalty, so that the penalized team is reduced down, depending upon on the number of players in the box, to a minimum of 3 players (not including the goalie). Another exception is "pulling" the goalie, to put another player on the ice. Pulling the goalie can happen in the event of a delayed penalty for the opposing team or whenever the team needs to get a tying goal, etc. Centre or Center in ice hockey is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play is the middle of the ice, away from the side boards. ... Forward is a hockey player position on the ice whose responsibility is primarily offense. ... Defence (defense in the U.S.A.) in hockey is a player position with a primary responsibility to prevent the opposing team from scoring goals. ... This article is about the goaltender in ice hockey. ...

Ringette line

The "Ringette line" is a red line situated between the blue line and the red goal line at the end of the rink. It creates a "zone" where the only players allowed in are three offensive team players, three defensive team players, and the goalie for the defensive team. A fourth player may join if a goalie is pulled, or two may only be allowed if there are three players in the penalty box.


Goalies are the only players allowed in the crease. When a goalie makes a save, or possession is awarded to the defending team, it is called a "goalie ring". The goalie then has five seconds to throw the ring out to another player, but not past the blue line. If the goalie does not pass it out to another player, the ring is awarded back to the offending team to one of the nearby face-off circles.

Shot Clock

While the opposing team is in the opposite teams end they only have 30 seconds to take a shot. When the team in which the play is in their end makes contact with the ring the shot clock restarts. The shot clock also restarts when the ring stops in the goalie's crease.

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The penalties are high sticking for when you raise your stick over your waist you can get that penalty as if you fell and you stick when up in the air or if you score a goal and you showbouted and raised it up in the air. Tripping to get a tripping penalty is when you put your on the ice and made that player fall or if she was in a breakaway and you tripped her she would get a penalty shot as well as the person who made her fall got a penalty. Holding to get a holding penalty you would have to if you hold the other while she is trying to escape.

To Be Continued ...... By:India Cyr And Alex Currie As Well As The Equipment.


the equipment we use is a gerdil, shin pads, pants, neckguard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, jersey, helmet, gloves, and stick.

By:India Cyr AS Well As Penalties.

Levels of play

There are several levels of play in Ringette, categorized by age. They are:

Bunnies - 7 years and younger, a beginner's program for young children
Novice - 9 years and younger
Petite - 11 years and younger
Tween - 13 years and younger
Junior - 15 years and younger
Belle - 18 years and younger
Open - 19 years and older
Intermediate - 21 years and older
Deb - 23 years and older
Masters - 30 years and older

It should be noted that since the 2000/01 season, in Canadian National Championships, three groups of levels were combined to form one, Open. They were previously known separately as Open, Intermediate, and Deb. This level of play is for 19 years and older up until the Masters level, which is 30 years and older.


  • Ringette Canada (Aug. 22, 2006). " Information about Stick Approval / Legal Sticks"


  • Ringette Canada
  • Finnish Ringette League

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