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Big changes coming to Manitoba ringette

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The Manitoba Ringette Association and its member associations are gearing up for some big changes that will take place for the 2013-2014 season.

The Ringette 4U program is being launched very soon and it will replace the existing U9 ringette program. This brand-new and exciting program will be offered to both existing players in this age group as well as new players to the sport.

The Ringette 4U program will create a solid base on which these young players will build their ringette skills. There will be three distinct groupings under the program and the players within each grouping will have similar skills and abilities. As these players learn more about and gain more experience with the game of ringette they will move through the groups.  

The groups, which are called squads, will be lead by certified Manitoba Ringette Association instructors who will teach the players and their parents about the game of ringette. Most, if not all, of these instructors are ringette players themselves and have a love for the game that the younger players will get to benefit from. It will be difficult to guess who will get more out of this experience, the kids or the instructors!

What a great way to learn a new sport and what a great way to give back to a sport you love.
Even the parents of these young players will benefit from this exciting new program. They will be encouraged to go on the ice with their children and will gain a solid understanding of the sport of ringette.  The parents will be able to ask the instructors all the questions they have about the rules of the game, which may or may not be new to them as well.

The River East Ringette Association is very excited to offer the new Ringette 4U program this season and welcomes everyone to come to our Come Try Ringette event, which will take place on Sun., Sept. 8 at 5:45 p.m. at Gateway arena. We encourage everyone to come out and not only check out ringette but find out about the new program as well. The MRA will be on hand to explain it in detail and to answer any questions.

The Come Try Ringette event will also showcase our AA ringette program. After the new players come off the ice, they will get to experience a AA exhibition game between the U14 Magic and the U14 Wild.  

The 2013-2014 ringette season is fast approaching and with it the launch of the Ringette 4U program. We look forward to seeing many new families and returning players this year and encourage everyone to Come Try Ringette on Sun., Sept. 8 at Gateway Arena.

Suzanne Dyck is a community correspondent for River East.

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