What sort of time commitment is there for parents and players?
This depends on what level your child plays in. In early years, such as Active Start, there will usually be 1 practice per week. Active Start is not in league, so depending on their coach, they may only play a few exhibition games. U10 and above typically have 2 1-hour practices per week. U10 and above usually play at least 1, sometimes 2 games per weekend.
Does my child need to know how to skate before enrolling?
It is encouraged, but not necessary for your child to be able to skate. However, attending a Learn to Skate program may help them feel more comfortable on the ice at the Active Start level. At older levels, some skating ability is helpful.
How much does equipment cost?
You will be able to find ringette equipment at sporting stores that sell hockey equipment. Shop around for best value, you do not need to spend a lot to get quality equipment. Also, check our Facebook page and classified page for used equipment.
When do teams start playing in tournaments?
U10 and above will play in tournaments. Tournaments are a team decision, but generally teams are restricted to 3 per season.
How far will we travel?
Active Start will stay very close to home, with the possibility of an exhibition game in St. Albert or Spruce Grove. U10 and higher can travel as far as Red Deer or Hinton, though typically only once a season. Fort McMurray is also a possibility on some occasions.
Do I have to volunteer?
Pembina Ringette does not have a performance bond for volunteering. However, it is a strong possibility that one will be implemented in the future to ensure the workload is spread among many and does not fall heavily on a small number of people.
Do I have to do fundraising? How much?
Fundraising may vary each year, but it is an important part of Pembina Ringette. It is meant to help offset the costs of tournaments and keep registration costs to a minimum. Each family is committed to do at least 1 fundraiser per season. Please see the registration form for more information.