Kids can come try their hand at ringette during a free event Saturday

Ringette after new players

In an effort to score some new players, Greater Vernon Ringette is opening up the rink to the public.

In an effort to score some new players, Greater Vernon Ringette is opening up the rink to the public.

“Ringette is just like hockey, only faster,” said Coralee Hamilton, whose two daughters play and love the game.

Ringette, like hockey, is played on ice with skates and sticks with five players and a goalie per team on the ice. While the objective is to score, the emphasis is on play-making and skating skills.

Anyone who is interested in sharpening up their skating skills through the sport of ringette is encouraged to come try it out for free Saturday, Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. at Kal Tire Place.

“In Vernon anyone (boy or girl) can join,” said Hamilton, as ages four and up can sign up.

Registration is ongoing for the season which runs from September to March, concluding with a  tournament in Kelowna.

Practices are held once a week for U9’s, twice a week for other age groups, and all have a game on the weekend. Vernon plays teams from Westside to Salmon Arm.

“Ringette is a super fast heads-up game, with a few more rules than hockey; kids have to look for passes and keep track of where the other team mates are,” said Hamilton.

“Ringette truly teaches kids to work together as a team to score goals.”

The sport is also filled with friendships, both on the ice and on the parents’ bench.

“I hear nightmare stories about sports parents and how crazy they are we have two kids on two teams and the parents are all great along with the kids,” said Hamilton.

“For us it had been a great experience, on all aspects.”

As a hockey player, Hamilton sees amazing benefits from the sport, and she urges anyone who thinks otherwise to come out Nov. 7.

“I would ask anyone that thinks ringette is just for girls or stupid or easy to seriously put on some skates and come catch a ring.”

For more information, visit Vernonringette.com, check out the Greater Vernon Ringette Facebook page or email Lisa Quiring at dlquiring@gmail.com

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Heavy rain in Okanagan results in slowest start to fire season in four years

119 hectares of land burned so far this year, compared to 991 ha in 2019, and 3,835 ha in 2018

Lake Country mine makes way for industrial project

Council holds a special meeting to rezone property

Water floods Vernon skate park, playground

Polson Park remains closed following Tuesday storms

Lumby man gives back for Canada Day

Food packages given away to those living on the streets in Vernon

Fond farewell to retiring Vernon teachers

Special socially-distant ceremony thanks St. James teachers

‘This year is unlike any other’: Trudeau delivers Canada day address

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and the Prime Minister release video celebrating the national holiday

Dog rescued from rocky ledge in Summerland

Penticton Search and Rescue members perform high angle rescue

Tsilhqot’in Nation demands meeting with feds on declining Fraser River chinook stocks

The Nation wants to partner with DFO to rebuild and recover the stocks

PHOTOS: Dual rallies take over Legislature lawn on Canada Day

Resist Canada 153 highlighted colonization and genocide, Unify the People called COVID a hoax

Gov. General honours Canadians for bravery, volunteer service

Five categories of winners presented on Canada Day

COVID-19: Should non-medical masks be mandatory in Canada?

New poll shows Canadians are divided on the rules around mandatory masks

In photos and video: Colourful Canada Day parade rolls through Sicamous

Patriotic procession allows community to celebrate together while maintaining distance

Northbound lane of Coquihalla closed after vehicle incident near Hope

A northbound lane is closed just north of the Great Bear Snowshed, according to DriveBC

Two rescued from tipped sailboat in Okanagan Lake near Kelowna

The two men were quickly brought to shore by a marine rescue crew

Most Read