What is 'The Guelph Ringette Association'?
The Guelph Ringette Association (GRA) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1970. The GRA was formed to organize, develop and administer ringette competition in the City of Guelph. Our objective is to provide an opportunity for every eligible player to play ringette, to promote and improve ringette and to develop and encourage community spirit in the City of Guelph.
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Learn more about our governance through our Constitution and Bylaws.
Meet our GRA Executive. The executive is elected at our AGM held in the spring of each year. Their responsibilities are outlined in our Constitution. Please remember, if you have any comments, questions or concerns, any member of the association is welcome to attend any of our executive meetings. If you would like to become involved, please contact our President.
What is Ringette?
Ringette, like hockey, is played on ice with skates and sticks. Each team consists of six players - two defenders, one center, two forwards, and a goalie - with the objective to score goals. But the resemblance to hockey ends here.
The stick is straight. The object being pursued is a rubber ring, not a puck. There is no intentional body contact - making this sport very attractive to females (although over 600 males also participate across the country). Ringette has evolved into a fast paced, exciting game that combines the strategy of basketball with the fantastic speed and agility of skating. It is often referred to as 'the fastest game on ice'.
Depending on the age group, there are either two 15 OR 20 minute periods. Players cannot carry the ring across the blue lines on the ice - they must pass it - so it is a sport that involves the ENTIRE team. The emphasis is on play-making and skating skills.
We invite you to come and watch any of our games (click on our ice schedule to see when and where we play). You can start the sport at any age. If you don't understand the rules, ask ANYONE in the stands - we have a very enthusiastic and passionate group of parents that will be happy to fill you in.
Check out our Programs to learn more about the regional and provincial (competitive) teams that we offer by age. We also invite you to compare - we are told we offer great value - lots of ice time and skating expertise.
In 2013, Ringette will be celebrating its 50th anniversary as a Canadian sport. If you are curious about the growth of this sport, visit our Ringette History.
Are you a newbie to Ringette?
CLICK HERE and flip to page 12 and learn why hundreds of Guelph players love this sport.
Thank you very much to Kyle Rodriguez of Artifacts for Life Photography for supplying the images for the SportsXPress publication.
You can see more about the game of Ringette including rules and equipment on the following YouTube video clips:
Rick Mercer Ringette - Ringette Night in Canada
Ringette Canada - What is Ringette?
Flash video: Ringette Rocks
Everything you wanted to know about Ringette: Ringette Canada brochure