About West Ottawa

The West Ottawa Ringette Association offers a fun and challenging ringette experience for both recreational and competitive players from ages 4 to 18. From our learn-to-skateBunny program to our ‘AA’ provincial teams, we offer programs for all skill levels.

We begin our player evaluation and placement process in early September to ensure all players are placed on a team suited to their abilities. All players (except Bunnies) are required to attend the relevant sessions for their age group. There will also be open ‘Come out and Try’ sessions at that time for new players to get a feel for the sport. Team practices will begin during the second half of September and the official ringette game season runs from early October to the end of March. Please check this website again in mid- to late-August for the fall placement ice schedule.

Beginning players under the age of 7 will start in our ‘Bunny’ program – a learn-to-skate program that moves on to teaching basic ringette skills as the players develop. The Bunnies are on the ice once a week for an hour, generally at the same time each week. Bunnies don’t play official games but may participate in scrimmages with Bunnies from other associations during the season as their skills develop.

7-year-olds may start at the Bunny level or the U8 Novice level depending on their skating ability and experience. 8 and 9-year-olds will also start at the U9 Novice or U10 Novice level and 10 and 11-year-olds at the U12 Petite level.

Recreational teams at the U8 Novice level and higher will generally have 1 game and 1 practice (subject to ice availability) a week. Most teams will also enter a few tournaments throughout the season, including the West Ottawa Tournament which takes place in late February. Please note that tournaments always take place over a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and that you can expect Friday daytime games. Tournament registration fees are over and above the WORA registration fee.

West Ottawa’s ‘home’ arenas are in Richmond, Stittsville, Kanata, Carp and Kinburn, while ‘away’ games may take place anywhere from Nepean to Orleans to Gatineau as we are part of the National Capital Region Ringette League ( NCRRL). All teams make the NCRRL playoffs, which take place during the second half of March.

All players, with the possible exception of Bunnies, must wear full ringette equipment. Depending on the age and size of the “bunny” alternate equipment may be used but must be discussed with the bunny coordinator. Please see ‘Ringette – Equipment’ document for a complete list of equipment.

As with any volunteer organization, we need lots of involvement from the parents also. In addition to a head coach, all teams need assistant coaches, 1 or 2 trainers (first aid) and a team manager. WORA will pay for any necessary training. There are also many other ways parents can get involved at both the team and the association level. All parents can expect to be involved in some capacity with the WORA tournament, which is our association’s largest fundraiser.

If you have any further questions at this time, please contact our Registrar at registrar@westottawaringette.com