Jackie Lajeunesse Scholarship
Jackie Lajeunesse was one of the biggest Ringette supporters that I have ever known. Jackie was always interested in young people who were involvedin our sport and this scholarship opportunity was something she had talked about for a number of years.
Jackie was taken from us in October 2004 after a relatively short but very serious illness.Jackie was involved in administering associations in Rayside-Balfour and Sudbury. She was also a bench staff member as Assistant Coach or Manageron a number of teams and Officiating was always very close to Jackie’s heart. That’s why it’s fitting that all members of the Ontario RingetteAssociation are eligible for this scholarship opportunity. The Board of Directors for the Ontario Ringette Association is very pleased to have thisscholarship named in Jackie’s honour.
We miss Jackie Lajeunesse very much and hope that this scholarship will keep her memory alive for many years to come. Special thanks to Jackie’s husband,Ken, and her daughters, for allowing us to use her name.Sincerely,Jane CassonPresident, Ontario Ringette Association, 2004 – 2007.
Ringette Canada Scholarship
Agnes Jacks Scholarship
The Agnes Jacks Scholarships – are named in honour of Mrs. Agnes Jacks who, following the untimely passing of her husband Mr. Sam Jacks (ringette’s founder),picked up the gauntlet and became a dedicated and tireless promoter of the sport. Mrs. Jacks is a well known and well loved figure in the ringette communityand over the years became known across Canada as ringette’s “goodwill ambassador”.
This program provides a number of scholarships of $1,000 each towards post-secondary education for ringette players, coaches and officialswho demonstrate strong academic performance combined with a commitment to the sport of ringette. The number of scholarships offered each year is determined byRingette Canada’s Board of Directors.
Applications must be received by Ringette Canada no later than March 31.
Cara Brown Scholarship
The Cara Brown Scholarship, which recognizes and rewards combined performance in elite ringette and scholastics, is awarded to registered ringette playerswho are actively playing ringette at the elite (AA) level, who are entering a Canadian university on a full-time basis for the first time, and who combineacademic excellence with a strong commitment to the sport of ringette. Two annual scholarships of $1000.00 each are provided and successful applicants alsoreceive a certificate recognizing their achievements.
Applications must be received by Ringette Canada no later than March 31.
Athlete Development Performance Awards
The season is moving towards year ending tournaments and this is the time to be looking at the players on your team to choose just who are those high performing athletes.
Who makes that fabulous stop?
Who forechecks relentlessly?
Who can you rely on to catch the player before they get to your net?
Athlete Development has created new awards to give you a chance to highlight that top performing athlete on your team. There are 2 sets of awards: one set for the Recreational B/C/House league players, and a separate set of awards for Provincial A/AA players. So if you have an outstanding Goaltender, the one that stopped that Shot that changed the outcome of that game; then you have got to download the form and nominate this person. Or if you have a great hustling Defensive person, the player whom is “in-the-face” of the fast moving forwards, then you have got to download the form and nominate that person. Or, what about that totally awesome fore checking Offensive person; we want to hear from you. We have awards waiting to acknowledge these athletes.
Further information on the criteria for these awards, look under both Membership services and under Athlete Development sections of the Online Operating Manual tab on the home page.
The Deadline for these Athlete Development Performance Award Nominations is April 1st, the same date thatapplications for the Player of the Year nominations need to be in.
Road to Ringette in High School
1 – First thing is, you need to find other athletes willing to be on a ringette team, whether they are on a community based ringette team now or would like to learn – but they must attend the same school as you do. What about starting pick- up ringette or intramural games using gym ringette? That would help establish the interest in the school.
Remember, in the world of games, ringette is still a new sport. You may have to teach some people why you love this game. The more students you can interest, the better chance of getting a School Team going. It takes one step at a time. And it doesn’t matter if you have grade 9’s right through to grade 12. Or even if you have AA right through to C level. A high school team will eventually get seeded.
In the beginning, accept all players, and all skaters. If they are willing to learn, be willing to teach. Start small such as with Shinny Ringette intramural games. From there, consider a school sport to play against other schools.[/slide]
2 – Approach a member of the school, such as a teacher you know well. See if they will help.
3 – What about other local schools in your area – contact other athletes and encourage them to get started at their school too.
4 – The Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA)- www.offsaa.on.ca is the sports governing body. Check it out.
5 – Each of the areas of this Province has a Representative that would help you tremendously in your quest to get a team going. Find out who your rep is in your area by e mailing: email@example.com .You may also find this information through the OFSAA web site.
6 – Use that same e mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for information on how to start a ringette high school sport. There are regulations. Don’t be put off by them.
7 – OFSAA has eligibility requirements, and application forms to be completed in order to form school teams. All the school teams have gone through these steps. You need to find out these steps and having a teacher or staff member from the school and the area OFSAA representative help you complete them.
8 – Don’t get discouraged when you have read through all these steps. Western Region had high school ringette for 11 years. But to continue as a high school sport, Ringette needs to get sanctioned. And to get sanctioned, Ringette needs you. We need to have teams round the Province – not just in Western Region. Play shinny ringette, intramural ringette, gym ringette and if the registration numbers are there, the next step would be looking into establishing a High School Ringette team. Then maybe a league, then maybe a tournament, then a Provincial High School Festival and then once sanctioning is achieved, a Provincial High School Ringette Championship Tournament.
9 – Once you have made some progress, let us know – Athlete Development ORA. We will post your progress on the ORA web page. Whatever helpful tips you may have could help out another school get started too. Spread the word!
Post High School Ringette
Are you moving away from home and want to play Ringette?
You have options!
Current Teams and Contacts:
Wilfred Laurier University – Laurier Golden Hawks
Head Coach – Brian Breckles
Team Captain and Club President – Stephanie Singeris
University of Western – Western Mustangs
Team contact – Sherryl Petricevic
University of Guelph – Guelph Gryphons
Club contact – email@example.com
University of Brock – Brock Badgers
Head Coach – Jessica Mezenberg
President of the Trent Ringette Association – Brooke Peters
Queen’s Recreational Club contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Ottawa – uOttawa Gee Gees
Head Coach – John Packman
McMaster University – MAC
Head Coach – Rob Levely
Nipissing University/ Canadore College (combined squad)
Head Coach – Jeff Francom
University Challenge Cup (UCC)
The University Challenge Cup (UCC) is held annually during the first weekend in January. Visit www.canadianuniversityringette.ca for the latest UCC information
No Team At The University You Are Attending?
Let’s Start One!:
1 – The Director of Recreation or it may be under Campus Recreation or the Director of Sports Clubs. The Athlete Director is not the person to call as they only deal with varsity university sports and Ringette is not a varsity as yet. We need more universities to be involved.
2 – What opportunities are there for development? – Shinny ringette, Intramurals, University Ringette( more on University ringette below)
3 – To get the word around – Talk with the Student Association, your Student Newspaper, your Student Affairs department, your Student Activities Department, your Residence Life/Affairs /Activities people.
4 – Search for other players who may also be interested – place an item on your schools web site, as all the students see the University’s intranet.
5 – Selling points for a Sports Club status – ” we want you to join our club”, “looking for friends”, “do you enjoy a workout”, want to learn a new sport?”, what to play a female sport?”,
6 – “If you join us, you are one of us.”
7 – Check back with the ORA web site – as we update it as information is available. Your Athlete Development reps are listed for you on the ORA site as a resource. Stay in touch with them too.
Ontario Ringette Association Contacts
The Sport Development Committee Members are just as eager as you are to see that the Colleges and Universities have the opportunity to experience another truly Canadian sport.
The committee members have been in contact with players at the schools of higher education to get an idea of where everyone is playing, and to give us an idea of which schools might be interested in hearing from us.
If you are interested in teaming up with one of us, give us a call or an e mail. We all have the same interest in this great sport we all love. And we want everyone to have the opportunity to continue to play Ringette beyond their community based team.
Some Helpful Steps to get you going…
Most Schools have a New Sport Model, which outlines the requirements for the sanctioning of a new sport. Sanctioning means you can play Shinny, or intramural or Inter School or maybe even in the University Challenge Cup.
The following steps must be included with all new sport applications. While these steps have been adopted by the Ontario University Association, it does give you an idea of what any post secondary school may require you to do:
1 – Minimum commitment of providing certified coaching – Competition Introduction Trained.
2 – Participation base for the sport at the club or high school level, which provides a feeder system for the College or University for subsequent years.
3 – Student interest at the School
4 – Recognized sport officiating system and availability of qualified officials
5 – Safety elements – must demonstrate ability to ensure safety components are in place for competitions, including a risk management plan for the sport.
6 – Affiliation with the Sport Governing Body (that’s the ORA) – must be able to produce a letter of support and other resources that could be provided to the post secondary sport from the Sport Governing Body.
7 – Application must include a plan for hosting events or tournaments. If you don’t want to host any tournaments, skip this step.
8 – Must have an agreement among competing institutions for rotating events/tournaments – if you are trying to have your school sanctioned for Interuniversity. Otherwise you don’t need to do this step.
The most Important step is to gauge the general interest on your campus. If you have 10 to 15 players, the interest is there. Then you can begin with pick up games and develop from there into more formal teams like house league or even take part in the University Challenge Cup or the National Ringette league.