Another great season of ringette is about to begin and River East ringette is busy preparing.
Registration is now complete at all the community clubs that make up the River East Ringette Association, but most are still taking late registrations and will continue to do so up until mid-way through the season.
Players are registered from Valley Gardens, North Kildonan, Gateway and East St. Paul and will be playing on any one of the teams that RERA will be hosting this year.
The teams that players aged 4-11 end up playing on could be from their own clubs or from one of the other River East clubs, depending on the number of players in each age group registered out of each club.
Players in age groups U14 to U19 may end up playing on a team that is hosted by a different association. The location of these teams is determined through an amalgamation process that all the ringette associations in Winnipeg participate in.
Once registration is complete, all the Winnipeg associations as well as the ringette associations from the Interlake and Eastman come together to discuss where teams will be hosted. Associations with enough players in an age group will usually host their own teams but the smaller associations rely on the amalgamation process to make their teams.
This year’s amalgamation of ringette associations resulted in River East hosting a U14A team with players from River East, St. James, North Winnipeg, and Transcona, a U16B team with players from River East and Transcona, and a U19 A team with players from River East and Transcona.
River East players in U16A will play out of North Winnipeg and the U14B players will play out of Transcona and River East.
In order to determine which level these players will play at they will go through either a try-out or evaluation process. Those players wishing to play at the A level will try out for those A teams whereas players wishing to play B will be evaluated and placed on an appropriate team.
Although amalgamation allows the smaller associations to have A teams it also means that these teams are more difficult to make because more than one association sends its players to the same tryouts. The amalgamation can result in a large number of girls trying out but it also gives those girls registered in the smaller associations the chance to play at a higher level.
Tryouts and evaluations are already under way in River East and our arenas are once again buzzing with the sound of girls laughing. Good luck to all of those players trying out and remember what ever team you play on, this is going to be a great ringette season!
Suzanne Dyck is a community correspondent for River East.