Provincial/A/AA levels of ringette are the competitive level of ringette at which players must try out for a place on the team. In order to tryout you must complete the Provincial Intent for Players Form which can be found here. Intents are due by 30th June 2021, however, for the 2021/2022 season, you can still change or submit an intent by contacting Peter Westelaken by email.
Any ringette player is eligible to try out for a competitive team, in their appropriate age group. Players from outside of St Marys may also try out for a Provincial team in our Association if their own Association is not hosting the same level of play or if that player does not make their own Association’s team.
We may therefore see players from Goderich, Exeter Seaforth, Mitchell, Dorchester and London, or further afield, at our tryouts.
You must go to your own association’s tryouts if they are holding tryouts at the level you have put an intent in for. You may choose to attend other association tryouts as well as long as you attend all of your association tryouts. If your association has no tryout at the level you put your intent for, you must go to the next closest association, but you may also attend other association tryouts. The closest association matrix for St Marys players can be found here:
This season, in order to be allowed to step on the ice for any tryout, ALL PLAYERS MUST BE REGISTERED WITH THEIR HOME ASSOCIATION. This registration covers insurance and other administrative fees. In a normal season, tryouts happen in late spring and players are already covered by insurance, but this season is different due to COVID.
If you are offered a spot on a St Marys provincial team, a further provincial fee of $150 will be due for payment. If you make a team in another association, and are released from St Marys, all of your information will be transferred to the other association and a partial refund will be issued, minus the insurance fee (around $55).
This year much of the paperwork has been reduced. You should have proof of registration with your home association if you are travelling to another center and your intent must be filed and visible on the WRRA tracking spreadsheet. Your home association will already have that information so no proof will be needed.
YOU NO LONGER NEED TO OBTAIN SIGNED PLAYER RELEASE FORM TO BRING TO A TRYOUT IF TRYING OUT FOR ANOTHER ASSOCIATION. If a roster spot is offered at another Association you will need to obtain a Signed Player Release from the Association President.
Each association usually charges a fee for the tryouts and ranges from $10-$20 per tryout. Exact change is appreciated - the SMRA tryout fee is $20.
Once your intent is in for an AA team, your player can attend AA tryouts. If the player is not offered a position at the AA level, the player is automatically allowed to tryout for A level tryouts. If the player changes their mind and does not want to attend AA tryouts, they are still eligible to go to A tryouts without going to AA tryouts. However, the region does look at the level intents in order to approve teams for the associations to host and associations use intents to plan their tryouts. It is helpful if parents put an intent in for the level in which they actually want the player to play. If you wish to change your intent on the tracking form, you can do so by contacting Peter Westelaken at email@example.com.
All provincial teams now belong to the Great Lakes Ringette League. This league covers a large area from Richmond Hill to Niagara Falls to Chatham. There will be travel throughout southwestern Ontario. At the U12A age group, league play will be divided into East and West, with the furthest games being Mississauga or Burlington to Chatham and Forest. It will depend on the number of teams in the age group before boundaries can be made. For all other age groups, an east and west division WILL NOT occur. However, the league does its best to schedule doubleheaders, to reduce the amount of travel.
All tryouts will be completed by October 27, 2021. It is hoped that league play will start the first week of November for AA and U12A, and by the second week of November for all other A level teams.
At this time, Ringette Ontario has said tournament play can happen starting January 2022. Provincial events are also planned for U14A/AA and above in March. More information about U12A and specifics dates will be available at the end of September. Of course, these can be cancelled at any time depending on provincial rules around Covid-19.
Kim Garniss, President, can also be contacted with questions by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following websites may also be helpful:
Western Region Ringette - Provincial Standing Committee: http://www.wrra.ca/alweb/index.php
Great Lakes Ringette League: https://glrl.ca/