Return to Ringette Updates (Mississauga Ringette)

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September 21, 2021 - Ringette Ontario Vaccination Policy

Ringette Ontario has released their vaccination policy.  RO-COVID-19-Vaccination-Policy.pdf (ringetteontario.com)


Please note the following:

·         All Ringette Ontario Participants - including Players, Officials, Bench Staff, Volunteers and Third Party Contractors, over the age of 18 years, are to provide proof of being fully vaccinated by November 1st, 2021, in order to participate in RO Sanctioned Activities.

·         Ringette Ontario will be managing all accommodation requests and consulting with medical and legal experts on behalf of the Clubs/Associations.  They have implemented an accommodation form which will be placed on their website and is embedded in the policy.  The link can be found here: https://form.jotform.com/212634726161048  

·         Ringette Ontario has implemented a Zero Tolerance clause against abusive behaviour and individuals who behave in any manner deemed as threatening, abusive, harassment and/or aggressive, towards volunteers and facility personnel, which will fall under the RO Discipline & Complaints Policy and deemed a Major Infraction.



Mississauga Ringette is in the process of updating our policy to align with these changes. 



August 30, 2021

We are busy planning for the upcoming season.  Due to Covid, we are continuing to pivot and adapt our programing to meet the changing environment. This means that we will have blocks of programming until teams are formed.  During the next week or so, you will be receiving several emails pertaining to the registration process for the various aspects of our programming.  We have tried to summarize the process below.

 

Season Registration:

Registration will be opened shortly for the 2021-2022 season.  All formal registrations will be done through the RAMP registration system, and ensures, among other things, that the player is duly registered with Ringette Ontario and is insured for the 2021-2022 season.  Players will register with their home association and pay the $100 non-refundable registration fee.  Each player must be registered for 2021-2022 in RAMP and have paid the registration fee before they will be allowed on the ice in September. (Note: players register for the appropriate age group (not a specific team), and will be allocated to teams after team formation. ) 

If the player is named to a team in another association, the registration will be transferred through RAMP to the other association. The registration fee will only need to paid once for the 2021-2022 season. 

 

Preparatory/tune up phase:

Ringette Ontario has set out guidelines for returning to ringette that includes a preparatory phase of 2-5 weeks.  Under this phase, athletes will be eased back into ringette by practicing the basics and enjoying power skating.  Athletes will be allocated to a training group based on birth year.  Tryouts/sortouts will take place after the preparatory/tune up phase.  

 We are currently waiting for the City to provide our ice allocations so that we are able finalize the schedule.  Once the schedule is final, we will open registration for the preparatory/tune up program.  Each training group will have 2-3 hours of ice per week, hopefully starting September 11th, and running until the end of September.  Only one tune-up/prep session will be offered during the preparatory phase. 

 

Tryout/Sortout registration:

The MRA expects to hold tryouts/sortouts in October, with the dates to be determined.  We will be sending a tryout registration form shortly.  Please complete the form, and pay the applicable fee as soon as possible so that we are able to plan our sessions according to the number of participants.  Similar to previous years, players must be “of age” to attend MRA tryouts (e.g. under age players will not be permitted to attend without a written exception from the Executive)  NEW this year – payment for tryouts/sortouts will only be accepted by etransfer in advance. 

Note:  Any players planning to tryout for A or AA teams must compete an intent form.  Without an intent form, players will not be able to participate in tryouts for an A or AA team with any association.  An email with details of the intent process was sent to families in June.  If you have not yet completed an intent form, it’s not too late!  Please email [email protected] so that we can start the process. 

If the athlete’s home association is not Mississauga Ringette, the athlete will be required to provide a tryout release signed by the president (or delegate) of their home association before they are allowed to participate in the tryout process. (One release must be obtained for each association the athlete will be trying out for.)

 

Team Formation:

Once tryouts/sortouts have been completed, the teams will be formed.  The MRA team formation policy is posted on our website.  A registration form will be completed for the applicable team, and the fee for the team will be paid.  Teams will begin to practice as a team. Once teams are formed, the team may start to charge team fees to cover costs that are not included in the MRA registration fee. 

We are still waiting for information with respect to when league play will start. We will let you know once we know more. 



July 28, 2021

The MRA has been able to obtain ice and will run August power skating during the following sessions:

 

Session 1:  

Mon Aug 9 and 16, and Wed Aug 11 and 18, at Iceland 2.

 Session 2:

Mon Aug 23 and 30, and Wed Aug 25 and Sept 1, at Iceland 2.

 

Classes will be held at either 6 pm or 7 pm.  Players will be allocated to a class based on birth year.  

 

Sessions are expected to consist of 2 groups (with 4 classes per session).  Each session will cost $140.00. 


In order to accommodate as many players as possible, the MRA reserves the right to change the number of groups and/or classes per session. The MRA will make the decision based on the number of registrations received by August 2, 2021.  Registration will be limited to 15 participants per session with preference given to MRA players. Other participants will be placed on a waiting list.  

 

The power skating will be led by Becky Keller and Jason Ricci.  Becky played on Team Canada Women's Olympic Hockey team in 4 Olympic games, winning 1 silver and 3 gold medals.  Becky played both ringette and hockey growing up.    Jason Ricci played professional hockey for 7 years in both Europe and the United States. Jason has well over a decade of teaching experience around the world, combining many uniquely different styles of play.

  

Spaces are limited.  Please register for the your preferred session by Monday August 2 at 2021 August skating skills (Mississauga Ringette)



June 30, 2021

As you know, Ontario entered stage 2 of the reopening plan today.   What does that mean for ringette?  Well, no indoor activities are allowed in stage 2.  Outdoor fitness is allowed with 3 metre distances between participants.   The executive are still working with the City of Mississauga, Peel Health, and Ringette Ontario to determine the feasibility of outdoor dryland for our members.  We will let you know shortly what, if anything, we will be able to do. 

 

As for returning to the ice, indoor sports are currently scheduled to be permitted under stage 3.  However, the Province has not yet provided any details as to what restrictions there will be on indoor sports when they do return.  The executive met virtually with the City of Mississauga a few weeks ago, and with the extended closures, the City removed the ice from their facilities.  They did not have a timeline as to when facilities will be running again, though they are targeting Labour Day to start ice allocations to their user groups.  This means that even if the Province allows arenas to open, it will take some time for the City to have their facilities up and running.

 

We continue to monitor the situation, and will let you know as soon as we know more. 




April 25, 2021

At this time, we have no information as to when we may be able to resume activity.  We are hoping to offer summer sessions if there is interest from the players, however, until we know when the facilities may be able to open, we cannot make any concrete plans.  Ringette Ontario has said that no tryouts will take place before September, however given the extended lockdown, they are unable to recommend a timeline.  As soon as we hear more, we will let you know. 

The Executive Team would love to engage the players during this extended lockdown.  We are looking for suggestions as to how the players would like to stay engaged (virtually) to the sport and their ringette friends.  In our last communication, we asked who would be interested in virtual dryland and/or chalk talk.  Unfortunately, there was very little interest. We are asking - what would you like to see?   Video review? World Ringette Championship games viewing party? Strategy sessions?  Please send us an email to let us know your suggestions. 



October 15, 2020
 
We wanted to provide you with an update on the next return to ringette session. 
As you are aware, on October 9th, due to the increasing number of COVID cases in the region, the Ontario government moved Peel Region into a modified stage 2 in the Covid recovery plan.  At the time, the city did not expect the number of participants allowed in the arenas to change as a result of the announcement.  However, after further consultation with the Ontario government, the City of Mississauga announced on October 13th that the maximum number of participants (including coaches) would be 10, with no spectators allowed.  In order to maintain the rule of two, that means that a maximum of 8 players will be allowed on the ice at one time.  All planning done to date was no longer feasible. 
As a result of the announcement, the cost of each session will be borne by 8 participants, therefore, in order to break even, there will be an increase in the cost per hour of running each session.  We do not yet know how this announcement will affect the tentative ice allocations we were given last week, so we cannot yet determine what the price of the new program will be.  However, we anticipate that the session will run for 3-4 weeks and for practice ice and 2 power skating sessions, the program will cost an average of approximately $35 to $40 per hour. 
As you can imagine, this new policy will also require a massive overhaul of our practice cohorts.  As a result, we will have to push the start of the next session to after October 24th.  The new start date will be confirmed once we have more information from the city.  
At this point, we plan to keep the session short, so that once Peel region moves back to stage 3, we can change our next session accordingly. Based on the information and tentative pricing above, if you do not plan to return for the next session please let us know by October 18th 2020 so we can update our plans. 
As we know more, we will keep you posted.
The MRA Executive Team 





September 26, 2020

We are now at the end of September.  While this season is definitely not the season that we are used to, we are hoping that it will be enjoyable for everyone.  It has been great to see all the smiling faces at the rink.  The kids even seemed thrilled to be going to power skating!
 
As the September session draws to a close, we have a few updates that you should be aware of:
 
Spectators
 
Several parents have asked why they are not allowed in the arena.  We would like to explain our reasoning.
 
When we prepared our submission to Ringette Ontario, the City of Mississauga did not allow any spectators into the arenas.   We were approved based on this submission, and don’t want to jeopardize our sanctioning.
 
The City of Mississauga and Ringette Ontario require that we (the MRA) provide tracking for everyone entering the arena. This is not just for players and coaches, but for parents too.  We are also responsible for ensuring that we are not over the maximum capacity per rink as specified by Peel Health and the City of Mississauga.  This is a lot of extra work that would fall onto our coaches and would distract them from their primary job of teaching ringette and life skills to our children. 
 
In addition, the city includes spectators in our bubbles.  Currently, we are allowed a maximum of 50 people in a bubble.  For every spectator that is allowed into the arena, we are allowed one less player.  This isn’t a big deal when we are running skills in our small groups.  However, when we move into modified game play, spectators will reduce the number of players that we can have within our league bubble.   The executive is committed to making this season as much fun as we can, given the restrictions that we have to work with.  As such, we put our focus on maximizing the number of players who can participate, and feel that having the ability to have more players in our league bubble will be more fun for the players. 
 
Most importantly, we want to do our part to minimize gatherings to help prevent the spread of this horrible virus.  By asking the parents to remain outside, we are minimizing the potential exposure for all participants.
 
We understand that this is frustrating for parents.  We all get joy (and the occasional heart attack) from watching our children play.  Please know that we have the best interest of the players in mind when making our policies. Now that we have been given permission to return to ringette, we want to do everything we can to preserve that privilege and stay on the ice.
 
 
October session
 
We have not yet received ice allocations for October.  However, the City of Mississauga told us that there will be some changes moving forward.
  1. There will be a half hour between each ice rental in order to minimize the number of people in a facility at one time and to allow more time for cleaning between rentals.   While we will not be charged for this half hour, it will have a profound impact on the amount of ice available for rent.  This means that we can expect to receive ice times that are earlier or later than we are used to.  We recognize that this is not optimal, but we will work as best we can with the ice we are given.
  2. Some facilities may open their change rooms for limited use.  When we made our submission to Ringette Ontario, the change rooms were closed.  We were approved based on this submission and don’t want to jeopardize our sanctioning.  In addition, we feel that In order to help prevent transmission of COVID-19, it is critical to minimize the close contact between players.  Therefore, we will continue to ask all players to arrive at the arena in full equipment (less skates and helmets), and will not make use of the change rooms.
  3. Some facilities many not allow any spectators. Some facilities will have rink capacity of 25 people, while others will be 50.  We do not yet know what the capacity at each rink, or which rinks we will be allowed to rent. 
Given the increasing trend in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, we have made the decision to continue with physically distanced skills and drills for the month of October.  We know that this is disappointing, but we feel it is prudent given the current environment. Details of the October session will be released once our ice times have been confirmed.
 
 
 
Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding as we maneuver these uncertain and unusual times. Thank you to our COVID committee,  Nadia and Joe, who helped put together our submission to obtain approval from Ringette Ontario and are responsible for monitoring our compliance with the regulations.   Thank you to the parents and players who are following the guidelines that we have been given.  And last, but not least, a huge THANK YOU to the Coaches.  Without you, none of this would be possible! As National Coaches week draws to a close, please take a minute to thank your coaches, past and present, for all they do for Mississauga Ringette.
 
The MRA Executive Team
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