The St. Albert Ringette Association is primed to get players back on the ice this summer. They have been working hard during the pandemic to get events ready for players who missed a 2020 season. Jenn Tosto, association vice president, said they are excited to finally see smiling faces at the rink again.
“Everybody is just so excited,” said Tosto. “Just being back at the rink is so nice, seeing those familiar faces that you haven’t seen for so long and the kids doing what they love is a pretty great feeling.”
They have had one big event to help players get back in game shape. Their Knock Off the Rust on June 28 included four games from each age division. It was a huge success.
“It was great! Our development director organized it with other people from the board,” said Tosto. “It was fun for them to get back out on the ice and play, especially the older players, they were so excited about getting out to see their friends and grateful that they could have something like this.”
The age divisions ranged from U10 to U19. Along with those age divisions is an open division for adults.
Tosto said they also plan on hosting active-start sessions periodically through the summer for people new to the sport who can visit the rink and learn more.
“These are for new-to-ringette players, from ages four through nine, just to get them on the ice and out there,” said Tosto. “We also run a fall session, but this is the first time we have run a summer session basically because it has been so long (since we have been able to play).”
Four of these sessions have already taken place. They have filled up each session and had great feedback. The next is set for July 18. Tosto said they hope more people can recognize what benefits playing ringette can bring to people’s lives.
“Ringette is a tight-knit community that values teamwork, effort, accountability, leadership, communication, and respect,” said Tosto. “Ringette teaches skills that build character, and helps develop individuals to their maximum potential, as both athletes and in their personal lives … all while having fun playing a sport they love ... which also happens to be the fastest game on ice.”
Alongside the active-start sessions, the ringette association will be running a Come Try Ringette event in August. Fall registration opens July 15. Visit www.stalbertringette.com.