How to Play Ringette

Ringette is an ice sport that was invented in Canada. It involves a lot of passing, shooting, and fast skating.

The goal of ringette is to use a stick to shoot a ring into the other team’s net. With all the passing and teamwork everyone gets to shine.

How to play ringette

Diagram showing the position of various lines on the ice of a ringette rink.
Graphic displaying the various player positions on a ringette team.

Each team has six players on the ice

Your team’s six players include two defence, two forwards, a centre and a goalie.

You have to pass over the blue lines

You're not allowed to carry the ring over the blue lines. Instead, you have to pass it over the blue line to a teammate.

Look out for the red lines

The red lines at the top of the circles are called free play lines. Only three players from each team are allowed in this area.

Stay out of the goal crease

The goalie has their own special area called the goal crease. Other players aren't allowed in the crease.

Don’t body-check other players

Ringette is a no-contact sport. This means you're not allowed to body-check, hit or trip other players.

Ready to start playing?

Now that you know the basics of ringette, why not give it a try?

Territory acknowledgement

While we are a proud Canadian organization, we acknowledge that our head office is located on traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People, and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Ringette Canada extends our respect to all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples for their valuable contributions to this land. We are committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

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