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Lesson Plan & Official Rules


Objectives (at the end of the activity, participants should …)

-improve hand-eye coordination

-understand the strategies and tactics used

-improve cardiovascular fitness


-rink                                         -skates                         -gloves

-two goal nets                           -sticks                          -goalie equipment

-one ring                                   -helmets

Safety Considerations

-must be aware of where you are in relation to your team as well as the opposition

-keep the stick below the shoulders (a facemask is worn)

-no body contact

-no contact using the stick        

Activity Description

Intro (Warm-Up): SEE LEAD-UP GAMES: Invasion


Main Activity:  Ringette is a Canadian sport which was first introduced in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by Sam Jacks, who worked at the Department of Parks and Recreation. The first-ever ringette game was played in Espanola, Ontario in the winter of 1963-1964. Developed originally for girls, ringette is a fast-paced team sport played on an ice rink in which players use a straight stick to pass, carry, and shoot a rubber ring to score goals.  After a stoppage in play, or the beginning of a period, a free pass is taken from the circle closest to where play was stopped. The free pass must be taken within 5 seconds. The free pass is similar to a face-off in ice hockey. The second most important rule is the blue line rule. The ring must be passed over the blue line, and then touched by another player. If the ring goes over both blue lines, the team who sent it over the lines may not touch the ring until the opposing team has taken it.  There is no body contact or misuse of the stick (slashing, spearing, highsticking).


Culmination (Cool-Down)

Ringette is also a very aerobic sport.  Thus, like European Handball, the cool-down should involve a light skate followed by stretching of the legs, arms/shoulder and back.  Have the goalies concentrate on stretching the hamstrings and groin as they are most susceptible to injury.

Refinements to Look For

-proper follow-through for shooting (point the stick at target)

-cutting angles of shots for goalies

-fakes and dekes to create open space

-create open space when “off the ring”

Simplification & Extension Ideas


-bigger ring

-play 4 V 4 to create more open space (to allow for more open passing)

-no goalies; turn the net around and they must bank the ring off the boards and in


-extend time of periods

-play without skates


The Rules of Ringette

Ringette is played on the same ice surface as hockey. Teams have six skaters: a goalie, two defense, a center and two forwards.

Both teams are allowed only three skaters in the offensive zone - not including the goalie. Typically this means that the offensive team has two forwards and a center while the defensive team has their center and two defense. The attacking zone extends to the Ringette Line - the thin blue line at the top of the face off circles. If the defensive team has more than three skaters in their zone during the last two minutes of a game a penalty shot can be called; at other times they lose possession.

The ring carrier can not carry the ring in either direction over the main Blue Line - this is Off-side. The ring must be passed over the blue line to another team mate. The team mate has usually skated ahead of the ring carrier and is already across the Blue Line. This is the total reverse of hockey where the puck must cross the Blue Line before any offensive player does. This eliminates the situation where one player can carry the ring from one end to the other. Passing is a requirement.

Neither team is allowed to have skaters in the crease. If the team with the ring has a skater in the crease then they lose possession. If a player attempts to take the ring out of the crease they lose the ring. If the offensive team loses the ring it is a Goalie Ring. If the defensive team loses the ring then the offensive team gains the ring on a Face-Off in the attacking zone.

On a Goalie Ring the goalie is given five seconds to throw the ring towards a team mate. The referee counts the seconds by extending his/her arm.

If the ring is in the crease the goalie has five seconds to get rid of it by either hitting it with her stick or picking it up and throwing it. If the ring is thrown beyond the Blue Line then the offensive team re-gains possession on a Face-Off.

Face-Offs in ringette are like free kicks in soccer. The ring is placed in the appropriate face-off circle. On the whistle one player then takes possession and has five seconds to either shoot or pass to a team mate; they cannot 'carry' the ring out of the circle. During this five seconds no other player is allowed in the Face-Off circle.

There is no icing or two-line Off-Side; i.e. the center line does not come into play.

Penalties, similar to hockey, are called for various infractions. Body contact of any type is not allowed. When a team is two players short they can only have two skaters in their defensive zone.

Created By:
Melissa Carroll, Andrew Timmers, Fil DaSilva & Kevin Moote