The 2013-2014 ringette season is fast approaching and River East ringette is set to go!!
This year River East will be hosting 10 teams that will play in the Winnipeg Ringette League.
The teams hosted by River East are U19A, U16B, U14A, U14B, U12A, U12B, U12C, U10A, U10C and Open 3. We will also have two squads in the brand new Ringette 4U program. These 10 teams are made up of players whose ages range from four years old all the way up to adults.
The A teams, with the exception of the U10A team, are try-out teams and some of them include players from outside River East. The U19A team includes players from Transcona and the U14A team has players from North Winnipeg, St. James and Transcona. Both these teams were selected through a try-out process that included skill evaluation and game-play evaluation.
We also have players playing on teams not hosted by River East. There are River East players on the North Winnipeg U16A team as well as the North Winnipeg U19B team.
Now that all the teams are formed, they are all busy preparing for the upcoming season.
Practices have begun for all these teams as has dryland training and team-building activities. Coaches are planning which tournaments they will enter and are trying to get their teams ready for their first games.
Some of the teams will be participating in pre-season tournaments such as the one that took place in Landmark over the Thanksgiving weekend or the Dakota pre-season tournament, which runs Oct. 24-27. These tournaments are not only fun for the players, they also help to build the teams and get them ready for the regular season.
This is a very exciting time of year for River East Ringette as we anxiously await the start of the season. Now that all our players have teams to play on we can all breathe a sigh of relief and get ready to cheer them on!
Game schedules have been posted on the Winnipeg Ringette Leagues website, located at winnipegringette.com.
Suzanne Dyck is a community correspondent for River East.