St Marys Ringette Association - Provincial Q&A



What is Provincial Ringette?

Provincial A/AA levels of ringette offer a more competitive level of play.  Players must try out and be offered 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 1st March 2023.  


Who Can Try Out for a Provincial Team?

Any ringette player is eligible to try out for a provincial team.  Players from outside of St Marys may attend tryouts in St. Marys just as SMRA players may attend tryouts in other associations.  You must go to your own (home) 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:


Do I have to register before I know if my player made a provincial team?

In order to attend a tryout, players must be registered with their home association or registered as an independent player having paid Ringette Ontario's fees.  This registration covers insurance and other administrative fees. Provided your player (U14-U19) played in the 2022-2023 season, their registration will carry them through the tryout process. Because U12A tryouts happen in the fall, players will need to register again before attending a tryout. 

What do I need to bring to a tryout?

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.


Each association charges a fee for the tryouts. Depending on the association, some collect the fee when you register for the tryout and others collect it at the arena.  SMRA set a fee of $20 per tryout ice attended in 2022. A new fee will be set for the tryouts for the 2023-2024 season. 


I put my intent in for AA, but just want to try out for A, can I still do this?

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


How much travel can I expect for a provincial team?

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, which is now administered by WRRL, league play is normally 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.  However, the league does its best to schedule doubleheaders, to reduce the amount of travel.

Are there additional costs associated with a provincial team?

Yes. Each association sets a provincial fee to cover costs such as the registration in the provincial tournament at the end of the year and the additional fees related to referee mileage. In 2022-2023 the provincial fee in SMRA was $120. Additional costs related to additional tournaments, team gear and additional training vary from association to association and team to team.


If I have further questions, who should I contact?

Kim Garniss, President, can also be contacted with questions by email at:

The following websites may also be helpful:

Western Region Ringette - Provincial Standing Committee:

Great Lakes Ringette League:

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