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2020 Programs

July 20, 2020 – AT HOME Videos

We are excited to be working with The Training Foundation to provide three skill session videos for their Training program participants to take part in.  It’s not too late to register for the training program.  If you are interested please contact AJ Fystro at ajfystro@gmail.com and tell him that NRS referred you.

Here’s the link to our first ever Instructional video: Shooting Session

https://youtu.be/7cOyVopzO8w

We would love to see you and your shots!  Please feel free to share on Facebook or Instagram and tag us!

A quick note to add, that at this point in time we are not planning on running any in-person ringette camps or programs for the Summer of 2020.

June 10, 2020 – Update

Dear Ringette Families,

We hope you are able to be outside taking advantage of warmer summer weather.

Like many of you, we have been following the progress each province has made in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and we have been familiarizing ourselves with their reopening strategies.  We are encouraged to see that some provinces are in a position to start allowing more physical activity by opening more facilities.  We hope the facilities and operators are able to do so in a way that keeps everyone safe.

So what does this mean for us and running ringette camps in July and August 2020?  Unfortunately, we are not in a position to re-open registration at this time.  This decision is made with three things in mind: the health and safety of our instructors, your children and your families; the uncertainty of whether there will be resurgence in COVID-19 cases that would close down provinces again; and the financial risk that re-opening registration poses to us as a business.  Our initial cancellation of Summer 2020 camps in April came with a significant financial loss and doing so again would be quite detrimental to our small business.   

As Alberta is implementing Stage 2 beginning June 12th in Alberta, provincial authorities have provided guidelines on operating day camps. Please go to the following link for full details: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-relaunch-guidance-day-camps.pdf.  As you can see, the long list of requirements and restrictions would render it very difficult to run a full-day ringette camp that would be comparable to the top quality product we’ve provided in the past.

Lastly, we are also considering the decisions by Ringette Canada and provincial ringette associations, as many of the risks and liabilities that they face are similar to those that we encounter when running camps.  The bottom line is: we need to feel comfortable with regards to the responsibility of preventing COVID-19 transmission between children and families in a ringette environment.  We aren’t there yet.   We will be continuing to monitor the progress made in each province and if Stage 3 is implemented before the end of the summer, we may yet be back at the rink together.  

In the meantime, we are working on some fun at home ringette activities that we will be sending out at the start of July.  Something to keep us connected during this time of separation.

We hope that we will see you back in the arenas for camp during Winter break and in the summer of 2021.

Thank you for your patience and interest in our camps.

Stay safe and healthy!

The NRS Team

May 4, 2020 – Refunds Update

Thank you for your patience.  We have processed all of the refunds for every participant that was registered for a camp or program this summer. 

The refund should appear on your credit card statement this week.  If you purchased your camp using one credit card number and have a new credit card number, the refund should still appear on your credit card statement.  The credit card companies typically link these accounts. 

If you paid for your registration by using the payment plan option, the refund will reflect these same payments (i.e. if you made 2 out of 3 payments, then you will receive 2 separate refunds and the third payment has been cancelled).

If you do not receive your fees by the end of this week please email us at questions@nationalringetteschool.com.  

April 27, 2020 – Camps Update

We are all living in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has created tremendous uncertainty for all Canadians, including concerns for our health and safety as well as for our economic security.

In trying to plan for our 2020 National Ringette School summer camps we have been following the news carefully and have consulted with a number of others

On Thursday, April 23rd, 2020, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hinshaw, announced that the orders in place prohibiting gatherings of 15 or more people would continue throughout the summer. She explained that this would be reassessed in the fall. This order also requires that people gathered in groups of fewer than 15 to maintain a distance of two metres from one another. The result is the automatic cancellation of all one-time or annual summer events in Alberta, including our summer ringette camps.

If you have been to one of our ringette camps you know that it is exactly the opposite of social distancing – it is a celebration of coming together for a week of shared excitement. It is playing and learning closely together both on and off the ice and it is the sharing of hugs and laughs with both new and old friends. That closeness is what makes ringette and ringette camp special.

While there may be differences across Canada as to when some of the restrictions on activities happen, it seems clear that any relaxing of those restrictions will not occur until late spring or summer. At that time there will likely be a gradual lifting of those restrictions. Things done for fun and entertainment – like recreation and attending a summer camp – will likely be toward the end of the list when it comes time to relax the social distancing rules.

With this in mind have decided that we will not be proceeding with the operation of our camps for July and August 2020. This is by far one of the most difficult decisions we have ever made. We realize that this will likely cause sadness and frustration in your households, as it does in ours. We do however feel that it is the right decision to make in order to ensure that we do all that we can to protect the health and safety of our participants and their families, as well as the health and safety of our staff and their families.

For the parents that have already registered for a 2020 Summer Camps, we are working through issuing complete refunds of fees paid.  You will receive an email confirmation once your refund has been processed.

Follow along with us this summer for some activities like: instructor challenges, practicing your off-ice shot, strategy chalk talk, fun fitness with your family and much more. Follow us on Facebook (@ringetteschool) or Instagram (@nationalringetteschool).

We truly appreciate your understanding while we work through this time of uncertainty together.

Stay safe and healthy.

Danielle Hargreaves and Murray Pettem

The NRS Team

We are truly passionate about the sport of ringette.  Our programming, both on and off the ice, has been designed by players, coaches and parents of ringette players.  We hope that our camps will: leave your child feeling confident; foster their love of the sport; build a solid foundation of teamwork and communication; and improve their on ice skills and game sense.

Programs may vary in number of ice times based on location and length of camp.  Certain locations also offer different groupings of ages.  Check the location you desire to attend for exact programs offered.

U9/U10 Programs

This program has been developed to teach the basics of ringette to athletes between the ages of 7 to 9 years old.  Throughout the week, as basics are grasped they will progress to more challenging drills and skills.

For 2020: this group is for athletes born in 2011 and 2012.  Some exceptions are made for 2013 birthdates depending on experience and ability.

For full day camps, athletes will receive between 10 and 13 ice sessions* that focus on the following:

  • Power skating techniques
  • Skill development: introductory shooting, checking, and passing
  • Rules of ringette
  • Basics of each ringette position
  • Defensive and offensive strategies
  • Teamwork
  • Scrimmage time
  • Fun

*See specific location page for number of ice times provided.

When the athletes are off the ice they will participate in a variety of age-appropriate activities to help develop their athletic abilities and ringette skills.  The activities will range from introductory fitness sessions, discussions about nutrition, strategy, rules and team building games.

See what’s offered in each location:

Alberta 

British Columbia

Manitoba

Maritimes

Ontario

Saskatchewan

 Goalies

On the ice, goaltenders will participate in drills with the whole group and will also get the chance to work individually with our top notch goalie instructor.  Skill instruction will focus on a variety of skills: skating, basic stance, glove positioning, stick save, butterfly and agility.  Goalies will participate in decision training drills and will also discover the keys to remaining flexible throughout the season.

Goalies will pay 50% of regular registration fees.  Additionally, if you are interested in receiving a goalie cut jersey, please indicate the size in the “Additional Comments” section of your registration.

U12, U14 and U16 Programs

These programs were created to enhance the development of technical ringette skills.

For 2020, these athletes are born between 2005 and 2010.  The division of the groups based on age and ability is location specific.

For full day camps, athletes will typically receive 13 ice sessions that focus on the following:

  • Explosive skating techniques
  • Skill development and technique refinement: checking, accurate and effective passing, shooting
  • Defensive strategies, including body positioning, channelling and dominating the triangle
  • Offensive strategies, including deking and sniper goal-scoring techniques
  • Effective on-ice communication
  • Scrimmage time
  • Fun

Off ice activities are ringette focussed and will include:

  • 3 fitness sessions,
  • a nutrition session,
  • strategy and mental training sessions,
  • team building and co-operative games; and
  • certain locations will offer off-ice shooting sessions.

See what’s offered in each location:

Alberta 

British Columbia

Manitoba

Maritimes

Ontario

Saskatchewan

Goalies
On the ice, goaltenders will participate in drills with the whole group and will also get the chance to work individually with our top notch goalie instructor.  Skill instruction will focus on a variety of skills: skating, basic stance, glove positioning, stick save, butterfly, tracking and agility.  Goalies will participate in decision training drills and will also discover the keys to remaining flexible throughout the season.

Goalies will pay 50% of regular registration fees.  Additionally, if you are interested in receiving a goalie cut jersey, please indicate the size in the “Additional Comments” section of your registration.

Dynamite Teams

For 2020, the Dynamite Teams program is offered at:

Ottawa – July 6 to 10 for 2008 to 2010 Birthdates

Winnipeg – July 13 to 17 for 2 groups: 2009-2010, and 2005-2008 Birthdates

Calgary Mt Pleasant 2 – Aug 17 to 21 for 2 groups: 2009-2010 and 2007-2008 Birthdates

Most Dynamite Teams camps feature 2 ice times per day and off-ice sessions which will focus on the following:

  • “team first” concept
  • the focus will be on ring possession and passing
  • each ice time will consist of a warm up and then scrimmage
  • coaching, other than during warmup, will be done from on the bench and then in feedback sessions after each ice time
  • specific goals will be worked on and coached for each ice time
  • off ice games will focus on how to pass and support teammates

Certain locations have three additional ice times that are focussed on individual skills.

See what’s offered in each location:

Alberta 

British Columbia

Manitoba

Maritimes

Ontario

Saskatchewan

Rookie Top Gun/Top Gun

For 2020, the birth years of participants accepted into the group varies between the locations of the camp. The Top Gun groups accept players and goalies currently playing or likely to be playing AA and A in the upcoming season.

This year the Top Gun program is offered at:

Sudbury – July 6 to 10:  Top Gun for 2004 to 2007 Birthdates

Ottawa – July 6 to 10: Top Gun for 2005 to 2007 Birthdates

Vernon – August 17 to 21 for 2003 to 2007 Birthdates

Top Gun camps are for athletes who are looking to reach the next competitive level of our sport.  The instructors at the Top Gun camps are National Team members and athletes from the National Ringette League.

Top Gun camps feature 3 ice times per day and off-ice sessions which will focus on the following:

  • power and agility skating instruction
  • advanced ringette skills
  • fitness and conditioning; which includes a take home breakdown of what was taught
  • nutrition planning and education
  • in-depth mental toughness training

The last ice session of each day will be a scrimmage where athletes have the opportunity to show off newly acquired skills.

See what’s offered in each location:

Alberta 

British Columbia

Manitoba

Maritimes

Ontario

Saskatchewan

Goalies
On the ice, goaltenders will participate in drills with the whole group and will also get the chance to work individually with our top notch goalie instructor.  Skill instruction will focus on a variety of skills: skating, basic stance, glove positioning, stick save, butterfly and agility.  Goalies will participate in decision training drills and will also discover the keys to remaining flexible throughout the season.

If you are interested in receiving a goalie cut jersey, please indicate the size in the “Additional Comments” section of your registration.

Space is limited to 30 skaters and 4 goaltenders.

High Performance Conditioning

The High Performance Conditioning Camp is a conditioning and development program for ages 14 and up. It will consist of one ice time and one dryland fitness session per day.

High Performance Conditioning camps are for athletes who are looking to reach the next competitive level of our sport.  The camp will feature top notch instructors from the National Ringette League.

This group accepts players and goalies born in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007s that will be playing A or AA ringette in the upcoming season.

This program is currently offered in Edmonton.

See what’s offered in each location:

Alberta 

British Columbia

Manitoba

Maritimes

Ontario

Saskatchewan

If you want to see any or all of these programs in a city near you, contact our office and let us know.

Got questions? Get answers!

Email questions@nationalringetteschool.com or call 403-284-5161