President's Update 15 July 2021

Jul. 16, 2021


Good morning everyone!


Hope you have had a chance to enjoy the first couple of weeks of summer. If your family is like mine, summer activities have started and everyone seems to be enjoying a slightly more relaxed environment. With the recent announcement of the province’s move to Stage 3, the conclusion of our AGM and the start of planning for the 2021-2022 season, I wanted to share an update with you.


 AGM Highlights

I’d like to thank our outgoing Executive Members for their hard work in the most challenging season ever as well as for their contributions to previous seasons. Andrea Martin, Cathy Hutton, Melanie Murphy, Rebecca Shearer and Burton Pickel, your expertise, enthusiasm, and work ethic will be missed.

2021-2022 Executive


Kim Garniss: President/Vice President

Brienna Lee Feeney: Secretary

Erin Thomson: Treasurer


Elaine Ritchie: Registrar

Christen Graham: Coach & Player Development

Sonya Henderson: Fundraiser

Rebecca Myers: Promotions

Lori Black: Ice Scheduler

Ammie Van Stratten: Equipment

Teri Fluttert: Sponsorship

Richard Green: Website

Mike Richardson: WRRL

Lisa Linton: WORL/GLRL

I’d like to thank those who ran in our recent elections too. We will be looking for more volunteers throughout the season. Not only does “many hands make light work”, but this is also a way for people who want to learn more about how the board works or who have limited time to spare an opportunity to get involved.

Bylaw Changes 

Four motions were passed to amend current bylaws as we continue to work on updating our practices following the decision in 2019-2020 to become Incorporated:


  • Amend Bylaw Article IV 2: Change in role of Past President to advisory-non-voting status
  • Addition of Bylaw Article 3.16: Addition of Proxy Voting
  • Amend Bylaw Articles 1 and 7.4: Change time to 7 days prior to an AGM that a member can request a copy of financial statements
  • Amend Bylaw Article 14: Change in elections for President and Treasurer to odd numbered years and Vice President and Secretary to even numbered years.

Bench Staff

Last season was challenging for everyone: players, families and bench staff but by working together, we were able to pull off 2 seasons of play for interested players that quickly moved from a “skills and drills” focused to officiated games with other associations. SMRA players were some of the first provincial to return to the ice in the fall and one of only a few to launch another return in the spring. None of this would have been possible without the hard work and support of the coaches, assistant coaches, trainers and managers. We can not say THANK YOU enough and decided at our latest Executive Meeting to provide a small token of appreciation to each with a gift card to a local business in town.

Please see the coaching application form for the 2021/2022 Season:

St Marys Ringette Association Bench Staff Application Form

 Intent to Play

Each spring, WRRA opens “Intent to Play” for A/AA  teams. The deadline to apply has been extended at this point. If your child would like to try out for this level of play, please click

 HERE to access the form to complete. Questions about the process can be directed to Lisa Linton, our WORL/GLRL representative.


We will once again be using RAMP for our registration. Registration should open July 21st and will close August 9th. At this point, a $50 deposit is required to complete the registration. Costs for the season will be set once more information is available from Ringette Ontario, Huron Perth Public Health and the Town of St. Marys. The plan is to offer registration for the following age groups:


FUN1/FUN2 (2014-2018)

U10/FUN3 (2012, 2013)

U12 (2010, 2011)

U14(2008, 2009)

U16(2006, 2007)

U19 (2003, 2004, 2005)

Open C (2002 and older)




As we enter Stage 3 provincially, we can share the following information as it is known today:

  • Ice is expected to be in and ready for use at the start of September
  • While in Stage 3, enhanced cleaning measures are still a requirement of the facility which will result in a 30-minute gap for accessing change
  • Health checks and contact tracing measures will still be in place as required by the facility and HPPH
  • No “bubble of 50” is required and spectator capacity will be increased to 50%. This means that both parents, siblings, grandparents, caregivers etc should be able to attend events. It also means teams can expect larger bench sizes (compared to last year) and play from a wider range of
  • Tryouts for provincial teams is expected to start in the fall, following a return to ice that sees at least 2 skates; preferably 4-5 skates before formal evaluation At this point, provincial tournaments are not expected until later in the season.
  • Costs for ice, number registrations and projected fundraising goals will directly influence final registration costs. We continue to work towards an accessible fee structure that covers the costs. Jump Start is available for families to access as well as our instalment payments plan. More details will


 2021-2022 Season Q and A

 I’m sure that you have many questions about what the season will look like. We have many questions ourselves! We ask for your patience as we continue to work our way forward, post pandemic. As we know more, we will continue to share information.

How many times a week will my player be on the ice?

Just like last year, we are planning for at least 2 ice times per week which may increase to 3 times a week. We are still working with the PRC to determine when our ice times will be.

What can my player expect when they step back on the ice?

Our focus will be skills and drills for the start of the season, just as it normally would be. Most of our players have not been on ice since April. Focusing on skills and drills will support player development. When we are able to form teams, we may shift to exhibition games prior to the start of the “official season”.

What happens if my player doesn’t register before August 9?

At this point, we need accurate numbers to book ice and establish fees. Should you miss the deadline, we will do our best to accommodate based on availability by division.

What happens if my player changes their mind or there is a scheduling conflict?

As per previous registrations, you may appeal in writing to the Executive for a refund on your deposit.

 Does my player still need to come to the arena partially dressed?

Assuming your player can get dressed and undressed from their equipment without affecting the window required for enhanced cleaning, we expect to see dressing rooms utilized this year with no restrictions.

Who can sign up for ringette?

Any individual, male, female or non-binary at any age group can register for ringette. We are an inclusive organization accessible to all.

We know there are more questions. Watch our website, social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and your email as we will continue to share as we know more. You can also send your questions to me and I will get back to you as I am able. 

Hope to see you all back on the ice! Kim


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