Like maple syrup and poutine, ringette is unmistakably Canadian. It was invented in 1963 by Sam Jacks in North Bay, ON.
Ringette is an ice sport that involves a lot of passing, shooting, and FAST skating. The goal of ringette is to use a stick to shoot the rubber ring into the other team's goal net. With all the passing and teamwork, EVERYONE gets to shine!
Ringette has a unique set of rules, such as having to pass over the blue line and only 3 players from each team (plus the defending goalie) being allowed past the red "ringette" or "free play" line (see below).
Here's an example of the ice surface markings in ringette:
At first glance, you might think that ringette looks just like hockey. But, there are many key differences that set ringette apart from hockey—or any other ice sport, for that matter.
30-second shot clock: The short shot clock leads to a fast-paced game that requires constant motion.
Everyone wins: The fast pace and constant passing of ringette discourages ring hogs and fosters teamwork.
No-contact policy: There is no intentional body contact, making it much safer than hockey.
Straight stick: Sticks are straight with a specialized tip.
Hollow ring: Rather than a puck, ringette uses a 6-inch rubber ring.
No face-offs: Any stoppage results in a free pass to restart the game.
No offsides: Players can't carry the ring over a blue line. They must pass the ring over a blue line to a teammate.
More protection: Ringette cages (masks) are made with tight triangular or horizontal bars to prevent the stick from penetrating.
More information about the sport and rules of ringette can be found here:
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