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edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Ringette:

Here are some tasks awaiting attention:
  • Other: * Find new resources to use
    • Create History section
    • Create Rules section with subsection Penalties
    • Create Equipment section
    • Cite sources
    • Get photo(s)
    • Get a Peer Review

Shoulder Pads[edit]

"Some players at higher levels choose not to wear them". Okay, where did you get this info from, please? And when you are playing at a higher level, like AA, shouldn't that be mandatory? Disinclination 08:39, 2 September 2006 (UTC)

They are mandatory at all levels, however at B and C (Rec.) Open levels, they often do not wear them, as it's at a recreational level.WotGoPlunk 16:54, 2 September 2006 (UTC)

Some players in higher age groups choose not to wear them but not nessesarily higher skill level.

Sorry, but Shoulder pads are not mandatory at all levels, even if you think they should be mandatory. Players don't wear them to gain more ease of movement and speed. Also at higher levels players are not prone to accidental collisons. see link for required/optional equipment: [1] Pepsik8 17:12, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

Discarded hockey sticks[edit]

"The first sticks used were hockey sticks where the blade had broken off in play. Possibly the game was invented as a way of utilizing what would normally be discarded." Cite please. I don't see how its relevant to the current equipment category, anyways. Deleted, unless you'd like to bring it back with a cite. Thanks. :) Disinclination 04:38, 13 October 2006 (UTC)


Tripping is where a player trips an opposing player using their skate or stick, either on purpose or by accident. Body Contact is a penalty for excessive body contact with an opposing player, both within or outside the play. Unsportsmanlike Conduct includes playing after the whistle, verbal abuse towards the referees or opposition, and may be also given to a member of team staff. Unsportsmanlike penalties are "fully served" i.e. when a goal is scored, the player is not let out of the box. Holding is holding a player with hands, or with the stick. Slashing is the hitting of a opposing player with the stick. High Sticking is where the stick is raised above the waist.

If the opposing team scores a goal, then one player from the team the goal was against, is let out of the penalty box. However, if both teams are of equal strength when the goal is scored, then both players remain in the box. A team is only permitted three penalties at a time.

Is it really neccessary to outline the penalties in detail? Most of them are pretty self explanatory... Pepsik8 18:20, 5 March 2007 (UTC)


Much/most of the text here was a copyvio from the site, thus the stubbing. Feel free to expand without copy/pasting text wholesale. --badlydrawnjeff talk 16:24, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

To-do List[edit]

I can probably get a few pictures, although it won't be for awhile, and I can't guarentee anything. Of course, uploading any picture extremely confuses me, but eh. Another thing needed would be equipment. One thing that I did add, without copy+pasting it, was about the Exel stick ban in Ringette. The link is still somewhat referenced on the page. We also need the levels of Ringette, as well. I can't get on this right now, cause I need sleep. Heh. :) Disinclination 08:37, 26 December 2006 (UTC)

I could probably handle the pictures. I have friends that play or played ringette and I'm sure they would give me permission. As for the actual uploading... hehe, well we'll just have to see how that turns out. Good suggestion on the Equipment, I can't believe I didn't think of that. Unfortunately I have to sleep as well, so I'll get to some of this tomorrow. --Thereen 09:28, 26 December 2006 (UTC)

Another thing about the levels of play, where do you think we should add that? I suppose it could fit under the Rules section, but it could definately be its own, especially with an explanation of why the the levels were combined to make open. I think I might actually go back and grab that section, and reword it a little. I've honestly never seen it on any other site than Wikipedia, but in any case, I will reword it, and whevner we want to put it, we can just put it there. Disinclination 21:09, 31 December 2006 (UTC)

EDIT: Well.. it seems I cant take a look at previous versions... Gah. Oh well. I'll try and do it by hand. Disinclination 21:11, 31 December 2006 (UTC)

Boys in Ringette[edit]

Oh yes. That ever touchy subject. Well, if you've played for more than a year. Anyways, I was just wondering if we should put it up somewhere on the page, quite simply because first off, Ringette is a girls sport only, but boys have played. I was told that boys can play at any position at the Bunnies level, but after that, they can only play goal. I can say that boys WERE allowed to play in my city's league (and a few others, over the years) here in Manitoba. They both played goalie. Just thought I should throw this out. Disinclination 21:40, 31 December 2006 (UTC)

There's a boy who plays goal for ringette in my town as well, but I have no idea where to get a reference for that... --Thereen 23:10, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
Yeah, I've tried finding anything to it.. and nothing. I suppose this is some sort of recreational exception. But there isn't a mention of men playing at the AA or above level at Nationals or something. Hmm. Disinclination 23:35, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
I still play ringette at Junior level, not in goal, as a boy. How it's done in Ontario is that boys are not permitted to play at A or AA level, but may play at B or C. There is also another boy in Belle, another in Tween, two in Petite, 4 in Novice, and several at Bunny. Nowhere to refernce that though.WotGoPlunk 19:39, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Re-adding things in.[edit]

Mostly just for personal use, but this is for stuff to be re-added into the article. Disinclination 22:21, 8 February 2007 (UTC)


A Centre is usually a player who is allowed to go into both "ringette zone"s, meaning they, along with two other defence, enter past the ringette line. The Centre is usually the only offensive player to enter the "ringette zone".

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When a ring is stuck between two players sticks, the ring is given to the team that had their stick in second at the closest free pass circle. This is the most common call to be awarded to the wrong team, due to the uncertainty of whether a player actually has their stick in the ring.

Status: Added in

At the beginning of the first period the Away team starts with the ring, in the centre free pass circle. In general, the defence takes the ring, and passes up to the centre and wingers, or to the other defence who is waiting behind the circle. This is called a "safety net" pass. At the beginning of the second period, the Home team gets the ring, so neither team has an advantage. A free pass is awarded after a goal, penalty, or other stoppage of play. Some of the other rules pertaining to the free passes include time restrictions (The player has five seconds to pass or shoot) and mobility restrictions (No one may enter the circle until the ring leaves, and the ring carrier may not leave the circle. Many teams get around this by bouncing the ring off another players skate, allowing the ring taker to leave the circle.)

Status: Added in

Equipment used in ringette is similar to that used in hockey. Differences include pants and a girdle, as oppposed to hockey pants and socks, and a different cage attached to the helmet. Many players do wear hockey pants and socks, but the cage is a safety issue. The ringette cage has smaller holes than the hockey cage, and the holes are shaped more like triangles. This is to stop the tapered, narrow sticks from penetrating it. [2] Girdle- padded shorts [3] Knee pads- shin protection [4] Pants- worn over top of girdle and shin pads, similar to track pants. Usualy in black or blue, players can also invest in pants with team coloured bands at the ankles. This is more common among higher level/ rep teams. Chest protecter/shoulder pads- upper body armor with hard shoulders and softer foam over ribs. [5] Elbow pads- worn to protect elbows [6] Gloves- Hockey gloves. Mainly black, but some players are chosing pink... [7] Hemlet- DONT GO ON THE ICE WITHOUT THIS! cranial protection [8] Cage- Attached to the helmet, protects face [9] Jersey- Worn over gear, same as hockey. [10] Neck guard- foam collar worn to protect neck, mandatory. [11] Skates- don't try to play without these: [12] Stick- Straight, narrow , tapered shaft with a plastic or metal tip. Newer sticks are made with ridged plastic tips to aide in "raising" the ring during shots. Old school: [13] New fangled: [14]

Goalies use the same equipment as in hockey [15]

Status: Not added in

The penaltys are the same as in hockey except for the fact that there is no bocychecking aloud. Goalies can not bring the ring into there crease or pick the ring up outside of there crease that is classified as a delay of game penalty.

Status: Added in


A basic summary of the game would be a useful addition to this article. As one who is utterly unfamiliar with this game, and not particularly inclined to read the entire article in an attempt to piece it together, it's hard for me to understand how the game is played. Please view the first paragraph of soccer, polo, hockey or tennis for examples of a good opening paragraph.
*Septegram*Talk*Contributions* 15:09, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

What is the point of Ringette[edit]

I read the whole article and I still don't have a clue what Ringette is. Please add more information, like what is the objective of the players in the game. Gary van der Merwe (Talk) 12:10, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

2009 editing[edit]

I've performed the requested clean-up of Section 1, the rules overview. (I've also moved the story on the Canada commemorative stamp last, as this is an encyclopedia, not a newsletter.)

Certain things remain unclear to me, and I may even have introduced error, as I know plenty about English and rules but nothing about Ringette. These cases are noted by in-line comments in the article. Other editors may further clarify in the article, or on this page and I'll try to devise suitable wording. --Spike-from-NH (talk) 15:45, 15 March 2009 (UTC)

World Championships[edit]

How about adding something of World Championships, now that the games are just beginning here? Or that's how they are called here in Finland (MM-kisat or maailmanmestaruuskisat). There was also some history mentioned: previous games were in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2007. And then there's the medalist's and Finland's placement. (talk) 01:22, 1 November 2010 (UTC)

Did a little checking and found: There they are if somebody is not busy enough. (talk) 01:29, 1 November 2010 (UTC)
The article had a section on the world championships but it was blanked by a vandal in July. I re-added the results in a more standard medalists-only wikitable. Prolog (talk) 22:13, 4 November 2010 (UTC)
That's better. (talk) 11:22, 6 October 2011 (UTC)

Game Section[edit]

Having a specific "game" section similar to the ice hockey layout might flow a bit better Instead of "Overview", a section labeled "Game" might have better flow than the current broken-apart sections:

Ringette is player on an ice rink. The rink dimensions and markings are compatible with ice hockey marking with the following exceptions:

  • The goal crease is larger (8 foot radius)
  • A solid line is drawn dividing the offensive zone into 2 parts on the outer-edge of the faceoff circles

During normal play, there are six players per side on the ice at any time, one of them being the goaltender, each of whom is on ice skates. The object of the game is to score goals by shooting or directing a rubber ring into the opponent's goal net, which is placed on opposite ends of the rink. The players control the ring using long sticks with tapered ends or grooved plastic tips.

Players may redirect the ring with any part of their bodies, subject to restrictions. Players may not hold or cover the ring with their hands and may not kick the ring using the 'toe' of the skate. The ring may be passed by 'batting' the ring with their hands or kicking with the side of the skate, but a goal may not be scored in this manner unless unintentially redireted. The goaltender (or alternate-goalkeeper AGK in case of a substitution) has the privilege to hold and throw the ring as long as they are within the goal crease. The ring may not be thrown outside of the defensive zone or a violation may be assessed.

In Ringette, players must pass the ring across the blue lines. A player contacting the ring on both sides of a blue line before a player on either team contacts it will cause a violation penalty to occur and lose possession of the ring.

The offensive zones is divided by the free play line into two sections. The section closest to the goaltender is called the "restricted" zone. During normal play, each team is permitted 3 skaters in the restricted zone, plus the defending team's goaltender. During goalkeeper substitution, a team is permitted an additional skater. If a team has two or more players in the penalty box, that team is permitted one less skater in the restricted zone.

Ringette is a non-contact sport. Each player is entitled to occupy any non-restricted location on the ice and has the duty to avoid contact and provide 'time and space' for an opponent to do the same. Failure to avoid contact may result in 'body contact' or 'interference' penalties.

Movement of the ring is restricted by the blue lines, goaltender's crease, free-pass circles, and the boundaries of the ice rink. The ring must be passed across the blue lines. If a player contacts the ring on both sides of the blue line prior to a player of either team contacting it, a violation penalty occurs and the team loses possession of the ring. If a ring crosses both blue lines without a player contacting the ring, the team in violation may not control the ring and the opposing team is provided an opportunity to retrieve it. If the team delays in retrieving the ring, the violation may be waived-off and all players become eligible to play the ring.

The goaltender's crease is restricted to play by either the goaltender or AGK in case of a goaltender substitution. If a player on either team skates into or plays a ring located in the crease, a violation is assessed. The ring must be played by the goalkeeper and sent out of the crease within 5 seconds or the team loses possession of the ring. The goaltender may not play the ring on both the inside and outside of the crease unless another player has controlled the ring between.

Play begins with a free-pass. The ring is placed on a face-off circle dot and a single player from the team in control of the ring must pass the ring outside of the circle within 5 seconds. As with the goaltender's crease, no other players from either team are permitted to enter the circle and the ring must be played by another player before the player passing the ring out of the circle may play the ring again. In most cases where a free pass would be taken by the defending team in the defending zone, the free pass is substituted with a 'goalie ring'. The ring is given to the goaltender and play resumes immediately. Exceptions that would cause a 'defensive free-pass' instead of a goalkeeper's ring include cases where the stoppage in play would be prolonged (injury, time-out called, penalty, or ring out of play). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:22, 6 October 2011 (UTC)

Capital letters[edit]

There is a very inconsistent usage of "ringette" with a capital 'R' or with a lowercase 'r'. I'm not sure which one is correct. Qwerasdfzxcv1234 (talk) 05:45, 28 October 2012 (UTC)

strange language[edit]

In the world championship section: Having been defeated by the score 4-3 in extra time against Finland in 2000, Canada takes its revenge by taking him against his rival by the score 3-1 in front of an arena swamp with 4,000 supporters in Edmonton, Alberta.
Taking "him" against "his" rival? This is supposed be a women's sport, you know. But I think it is not appropriate to address a team even with "her"... Other strange sayings too: 3 countries are implied (1990), There are in competition two Canada teams (1992).
Maybe I should just correct them to what I think was meant. Can't be sure about all of them. (talk) 14:54, 14 November 2013 (UTC)

"Wooden" Sticks[edit]

It says in the first paragraph that ringette sticks are wooden. They are, but can also be fiberglass (a stronger, more flexible material). — Preceding unsigned comment added by Katycatlove (talkcontribs) 00:58, 30 April 2014 (UTC)