Ringette is a sport in which primarily girls and women of all ages compete at all levels of physical activity using their strength, intellect and spirit to obtain measurable results. The game provides numerous opportunities for players to develop their skills on and off the ice, to compete competitively and make new friends.
The sport was invented, in 1963 in Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. It was to be a winter team sport played on ice with skates for girls as an alternative, somewhere between figure skating and ice hockey. Today it has been adapted to gym ringette. This is helping with the introduction of the sport in schools.
Manitoba has also hosted a University Cup tournament for girls who are playing at that level out of University. This tournament is now growing with the addition of the two Universities from Alberta, from a five team tournament to a seven team tournament with more Universities taking part. In ringette players use straight sticks (specially made for ringette) to pass, carry and shoot a rubber ring. The whole concept of the game of ringette is passing. For the gym, a larger, harder ring is used which slides on any surface. The objective is to control the ring while moving it down the ice to score goals in opposing team's net. The game is played by 2 teams, of 9 to 18 players, with 6 on the ice at one time - (5 skaters plus a goalie). Ringette consists of two 18 or 20 minute stop time periods. At this time there are nine official ages classifications ranging from 7 & under to 30 & over. The rules of ringette promote team play, development of strong motor, coordination and control skills.