FAQ


St. Albert Ringette Association members can ask questions to the board anytime about the game, association, rules, games or anything else that comes to mind.   

We have compiled these question below to provide feedback for other families and players who have similar questions or concerns.   

The following is a list of all the relevant questions and answers that we have so far.  If you can't find the answer here, you can submit a question directly to the board be clicking on the following link to submit a new question

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Questions and Answers


 

Active start | Board and Association | Equipment | Evaluations | Registrations | Volunteering


 

Active Start / New Players

 

1. My daughter just attended the Come Try Ringette session in St. Albert. I would like to enrol her in Active Start 1 or Active Start 2. I would like to know the days and time commitments for each of these before registering.

The ice times are decided upon in September and are posted to the website as soon as they are finalized. You can find all information related to Active Start on the Active Start section of the website.

If you have any other Active Start questions, please our Active Start coordinator, by email at ActiveStart@stalbertringette.com

2. My daughter is 4 years old and does not yet know how to skate. On your website it states her birth year of 2012 is registration eligible but when I read through your site it states that ringette is for players 5 years of age and up. Can you verify please? And also if she indeed is age eligible but because she can't skate, would that prevent her from getting into the program?

St. Albert Ringette Association runs a program for first time ringette players called Active Start and your daughter's birth year signifies that she does fit the age restrictions for the program. Previous skating skills would help her maneuver the ice, although they are not mandatory.

3. My child is 6 and wants to start ringette. Do you have a beginner program?

We have an Active Start program and a U10 Program for beginners. You can find details about these programs under the 'team' tab as well as the ‘Game' tab.

I would also encourage you to look at the Parents Handbook as it is a good resource to parents new to the game. which can be found under the “game” tab and parents FAQ section.

If she is fairly confident with her skating skills she may be able to participate in our entry level U10 teams (we have 3 levels in U10.) The difference with the U10 division is that the teams play games.

4. My daughter is 8 and is not an experienced skater. What level should she register in and how can she get prepared for the season?

We will be getting the information about the process out to our membership for this upcoming season by the middle of September. In U10, we do hold “evaluations” which consist of 3 components: conditioning, UAA, and scrimmage.

The evaluations help us sort the players based on their skill and athleticism so we have teams that are evenly matched. This process should not be seen as a test of the players skill or ability. The UAA is a mandatory process that is required by Ringette Alberta but the other components allow the girls some time to get used to their skates as well as play a few games prior to the teams being formed. This also helps them prepare for participation in our main association fundraising tournament, The Turkey Ring.

5. My daughter has taken skating lessons last season but has never played ringette before. She is 7 years old and wants to try ringette this season. What are her options to learn and play this season?

The St. Albert Ringette Association hosts a FREE event called Come Try Ringette. All that is needed is skates, gloves and a helmet. The girls are on the ice with qualified hosts learning about the sport and trying out their legs on skates.

If you are interested in this event, please visit http://www.cometryringette.ca/ to register. We also host a division called Active Start, which is a great introduction to the sport of ringette. If you have further questions on this division, I recommend contacting the coordinator at ActiveStart@stalbertringette.com

6. Can I sign up my son for Active Start?

Yes, ringette is a co-ed sport. Many people think ringette is a girls sport only, but there are plenty of male players at all levels of play across the country.

 


 

Board Members and the Association

 

1. Who do we give our Criminal Record Check to?

You can scan and email the Criminal Record Check to our Development Director at development@stalbertringette.com

2. How do you submit a photo to St. Albert Ringette to feature on the website?

Photos can be submitted to the webmaster at webmaster@stalbertringette.com. Please include a short write up to go with the photo in the post.

Photos and information related to your team can also be updated by the team manager to the St. Albert Ringette Website to be added to your team homepage.

3. Could you please have the referees print their names on the gamesheets? I am unable to decipher some of the signatures that they have written and am unsure if the correct entry of their names on Report a Score is important.

This concern has been communicated with BGL league representatives and if you encounter a specific issue, please contact our BGL representative at member@stalbertringette.com

 


 

Ringette Equipment

 

1. I need a new ringette goalie helmet and I'm having trouble finding one. Do you know anywhere in the city that sells them?

Otny is the only company in Canada that still manufactures goalie helmets. They can be purchased from the Ringette Store in Calgary or United Cycle in Edmonton (United Cycle will special order as they do not carry stock).

Ringette Canada also only recognizes the OTNY helmet for goalies, refer to https://www.ringette.ca/our-sport/equipment/

2. Does St Albert Ringette sell off the old pants?

We do sell off old sets of our game pants. Please contact our equipment coordinator for additional information at equipment@stalbertringette.com

3. Is there goalie equipment available to borrow or rent through the association?

We do supply players with goalie equipment throughout the season. There is a deposit required but no additional cost for use of the equipment.

 


 

Evaluations

 

1. How do I know which evaluation session to go to?

The list of players that are assigned to each of the evaluation sessions will be posted as a news article on the respective division page. 

2. I looked at the excel file for the U10 Evaluations, there are three times listed for each day but I have no idea which times my daughter is supposed to go to? 

The registered players will be identified in alphabetical order for the first several skates.

This information can be found under the team tab and the U10 division on the website. Please continue to look at the team tab to receive updated information as the evaluations progress.

3. I see the schedule for evaluations but no player breakdown is listed under the teams/divisions. Where can I access this?

We often have players registering at the last minute so usually we have the information posted approximately one week prior to the skates (but it can be posted earlier).

As our evaluation dates are staggered, the posting of this information will depend on the evaluation start date for your daughters division.

The evaluation components include a conditioning skate, the UAA assessment (if required) and then the scrimmage skates. The players will be divided for the conditioning skate and then assigned to a specific ice slot following each skate.

Please feel free to contact your division coordinator with any additional questions you may have.

 


 

Registration

 

1. My daughter might not be able to play ringette this year due to unforseen circumstances/injury. What is your refund policy?

Our registration, participation and refunds policy can be found on page 15 of the SARA Bylaws and Policies. 

2. How do I change my email address on my account so I can register my daughter?

Please email the webmaster at  webmaster@stalbertringette.com to have your account settings updated.

3. Can players outside St. Albert register?

The SARA Ringette Association is governed by the policies and procedures of Ringette Alberta (RAB). The RAB residency policy provides all of the details about player’s home associations and the process for players wishing to register outside of their home associations.

The policy can be found at www.ringettealberta.com/policies

4. Do we need to register for Come Try Goalie events?

There is no need to register. Your coach should be aware based on a notice from your division coordinator. All we need to understand is the number of goalies from each team and if they need equipment. There is also a request for 1-2 shooters per team.

Do we need to bring goalie equipment?
We will have someone available that can access goalie equipment and will help with sizing.

Can more than one player from a team attend?
Absolutely, we are encouraging 2 goalies per team and 1-2 shooters per team, but there is no maximum # of goalies, so long as we can get everyone in equipment.

 


 

Volunteering

 

  1. Why is there a Volunteer Bond?  

    The Volunteer Bond Program has been introduced to encourage Association members to step forward and get involved.
     
  2. Who decided to have a Volunteer Bond?  

    The Executive Board of the St.Albert Ringette Association
     
  3. How much is the Volunteer Bond?  

    $200 per player
     
  4. How many hours do I need to put in?  

    We will be tracking volunteer time through a credit system in our Dibs volunteer tracking system.  For each player registered, you will need to earn 2 Dibs Credits.
     
  5. I don’t want to volunteer or I’m really busy, do I have to volunteer? 

    No.  You can opt out of volunteering.  If you have not completed your volunteer requirement by the end of the season, will automatically bill your account for the outstanding balance.
     
  6. I have a release to play with a different association, do I still need to fulfill my volunteer requirements?  

    No.  If you have been released to another association, you will not be obligated to fulfill the SARA volunteer requirements for the season that the release pertains to.
     
  7. What roles are available?  

    The official list of positions is published on the website at www.stalbertringette.com under the Dibs tab.  Opportunities to volunteer will continue to be posted on the website throughout the season.
     
  8. I don’t want to participate in the Volunteer Bond program.  

    The volunteer bond is mandatory for all members in good standing.  Unfortunately your family member(s) will not be able to skate until you have accepted and agreed to the Volunteer Bond terms in the registration application.
     
  9. If I do not complete the minimum  2 Dibs credits will my bond get cashed?  

    Yes
     
  10. If I only complete a portion of the required Dibs credits, will you still cash my bond?  

    Yes.  Even though the regular season may be over, you can still volunteer a few hours on end of year activities such as provincials and equipment return.
     
  11. There are no more volunteer roles to claim.  What can I do?  

    There are other opportunities to volunteer, with more being added throughout the season.  Review the list of roles on the Dibs page of the www.stalbertringette.com website.
     
  12. I know a person that is doing two roles that qualify for the volunteer, this is not fair.  What can I do?  

    There are other opportunities to volunteer.  Review the list of roles on the Dibs page of the www.stalbertringette.com website.
     
  13. Who is tracking my volunteer hours?  

    Volunteer hours are tracked through the Dibs system on the www.stalbertringette.com website.
     
  14. Who do I talk to about volunteer opportunities?  

    Opportunities will be listed in the approved roles, noted at time of registration or posted on the website. Questions and concerns can be sent to info@stalbertringette.com
     
  15. Can I work off my bond for the next year?  

    No, at this time we are working only for this year.  Once this year closes and we move into the new season, you can begin to work off your bond before the season starts.
     
  16. Does being a jersey parent for a team qualify for the bond?  

    No, it does not.  The bond is designed to fulfill roles for the benefit of the association as a whole.  Working with the director of equipment during distribution of the collection of the jersey’s would qualify.

 

 

 

 

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