La Relève – U17 National Development Program

La Relève – U17 National Development Program


Ringette Canada’s La Relève event serves as an entry point into the High Performance  pathway for athletes. This annual event normally allows graduating U16 athletes the opportunity to take part in a high performance environment.

The goal is to introduce next generation high performance athletes to the requirements and the lifestyle they can expect should they wish to pursue the high performance pathway as an athlete.

With the cancellation of the 2020 event and the uncertainty of being able to host an in-person event in 2021, Ringette Canada will host a series of virtual sessions for athletes eligible for the 2020 and the 2021 events. 

The virtual sessions will include:

Ringette Canada 101 + Q&A

Thursday, January 7, 2021

7:30-9:00pm ET

Learn the ins and outs of our National Team Programs and take part in a Q&A session with Ringette Canada high performance staff and current national team coaches.


Frances Losier – High Performance Director, Ringette Canada

Stephanie Laurin – Manager of High Performance & Athlete Services, Ringette Canada

Andrea Ferguson – U17 Head Coach

Sheri Markle – Junior National Team Assistant Coach

Other panelists to be confirmed.

Junior National Team Alumni Panel

Thursday, January 21, 2021

7:30-8:30pm ET

La Relève athletes will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn from junior national team program alumni in an interactive and engaging session. 

Panelists to be confirmed.

Strength & Conditioning Basics

Thursday, February 4, 2021

7:30-9:00pm ET

This session will set expectations for the national team strength & conditioning program.   There will also be a walk through of our fitness testing protocol and why we test those skills, education regarding what is prescribed in the national team programs and why it is being prescribed, and an opportunity to have your questions answered.

Panelist:  James Clock,  National Team Strength & Conditioning Consultant

Mental Performance

Thursday, March 18, 2021

7:30-9:00pm ET

This mental performance workshop will focus on providing the athletes an introduction to mental skills training and how it can impact performance both on and off the ice. The workshop will not only introduce the athletes to basic mental skills, it will also provide the practical knowledge on how to apply the skills in a competitive/performance context.  The mental skills introduced will be: goal setting, self-talk, activation control, and visualization.  Finally, this workshop will also explore how these skills can be used on a daily basis to help manage motivation during the global pandemic.

Panelist: Laura Pollice, National Team Mental Performance Consultant

Technical/Tactical Terminology: Learn to Speak the Team Canada Lingo

This session will feature video, learning and trivia! Athletes will learn the basics around national team program systems and terminology. 

Panelists to be confirmed.

Performance Nutrition

Panelist(s) to be confirmed

Position Based Session

Sessions specific to forwards/centres, defenders, goalies.

Panelists to be confirmed.


Interested in this opportunity?  

Register here!

Registration closes December 7, 2020. 

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the La Relève virtual sessions, a female athlete:

  • Must complete the self-ID process;
  • Must be born in 2004 or 2005;
  • Must be currently playing at the AA level (or A if AA not available in their region) or played at the AA level last season given there may not currently be AA in your region due to the COVID-19 pandemic; 
  • Must be a registered member in good standing with your club association and an athlete in good standing with Ringette Canada; and
  • Must be eligible to represent Canada in the World Championship. This requires that an athlete be a citizen of Canada.

Event Details

  • Location: Virtual
  • Dates:  All sessions will be held every other Thursday between January 7 and April 1, 2021.  Dates and panelists will be updated as they are confirmed.
  • Event Start Time: 7:30pm ET
  • Event End Time: No later than 9:00pm ET


The registration fee for this event will be $75 per athlete.  This will give the athlete access to each of the virtual sessions and a program t-shirt.

Contact for questions about this program.

Provincial Associations