If we had to be honest with ourselves we would realize that when it comes to our children the majority of sports leagues are aimed at boys. So it’s great to see an organization like Etobicoke Ringette that is aimed at girls and women alike.
The Etobicoke Ringette Association (ERA) is a non-profit sports organization that has been in operation since 1967. The organization’s mission is to provide an environment for both girls and women to play the ice sport of ringette at a variety of talent levels. The amazing part is that it is run by volunteers. “The ERA’s overriding objective is to provide a positive, fun environment that promotes enjoyment, encourages fitness and friendships and teaches skating, skills, teamwork and sportsmanship.”
For those unfamiliar with ringette the sport combines elements of hockey, basketball, and lacrosse into a single sport. Much like hockey you’ll need protective equipment to play on ice but unlike hockey your stick is bladeless! The rules also encourage passing which also speeds up player development. I’ve had the opportunity to try ringette once and let me tell you, it’s an exciting and fast paced game that takes a lot of skill. It’s also lots of fun obviously!
Etobicoke Ringette has several different programs and leagues depending on age and skill level. For those completely new to skating they have a Learn to Skate/Play program in which young children can learn at their own pace. The novice house league is aimed at children 7 to 10 years old with lots of ice time in the form of games and practices over a season. From there they have leagues aimed at older children as well as adults. There is also a rep league for the cream of the top trying out for select spots. Etobicoke Ringette has several free events to come out and try the sport. Trust me once your girls give it a go they’ll want to sign up.
With two very young girls they are still a bit too young to be put on skates. But in a few years we’ll be signing them up for Etobicoke Ringette!
Etobicoke Ringette: Where and When in Etobicoke…
|WHERE:||Centennial Park Arena and Long Branch Arena|
|WHEN:||Various. Click the Etobicoke Ringette website below.|