Serious Consequences for Unsanctioned Ringette Activities

This message is for the small minority who are choosing to ignore public health guidelines and provincial #ReturntoRingette plans.

We all recognize that it’s been many agonizing months since Ringette Canada suspended all sanctioned ringette activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With that suspension now lifted, and as public health officials are loosening some restrictions on indoor and outdoor activities, players in some parts of the country are starting their #ReturntoRingette, based on detailed plans from their Provincial Ringette Organizations.

These are positive developments and we’ll continue to enjoy more access to ringette activities as long as we all respect public health guidelines and the requirements of provincial return to play rules. Wash those hands, keep your distance, and wear that mask!

However, we are also aware of other, unsanctioned training sessions and games that clearly violate public health regulations and/or return to play plans.

Not only are these events not covered by insurance, but anyone taking part in an unsanctioned ringette activity is likely to face a suspension of 14 days or longer (aligns with isolation period) by their respective Provincial Ringette Organization. In some provinces, players and coaches participating in unsanctioned ringette activities may not be allowed to register at all.

Taking part in unsanctioned activities could also expose athletes to greater risks, weaker standards and fewer accountabilities for coaches and organizers. In contrast, registering with a member organization means you can have confidence in the quality of the program and the people running it.

There are other issues beyond insurance and the safety of participants. Organizing these rogue activities has the potential to harm the reputation and financial health of local ringette associations who are struggling to retain athletes and volunteers through this incredibly challenging period.

I can tell you that leaders at all levels across the ringette community are working extremely hard to open up access to sanctioned on-ice activities, but it must be done responsibly.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. We will get through this and we will come out stronger than ever. It’s just going to take some time and a determined effort to respect the guidance from public health authorities and the rules established by your Provincial Ringette Organization.

 

Sincerely,

 

Natasha Johnston

Executive Director

Ringette Canada

Provincial Associations