Bunnies

Our Bunny Introduction to Ringette program is focused on developing skating ability, introducing ringette skills and having fun. Beginner players from ages 4 to 6 years old 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. Bunnies don’t play official games, but may participate in scrimmages with Bunnies from other associations during the season as their skills develop.

Registration for the 2018/19 season is now open. Registration fees cover both the Ringette sessions and the learn to skate program. Parents can register by accessing our online registration system. If this is your first time using the system, you will need to set up an account by clicking on the Members tab on the registration site. A step by step guide is available on the registration site. Registration fees must be paid online at the time of registration. Our 2018-19 registration fee for the Bunny program is $325. A reduced rate of $250 is available for parents who participate in our grocery card fundraiser. The grocery card option is only available for registrations prior to September 15th.

Communications

Most of our communication is done through email and our website.  If you have any questions please contact our Bunny coordinator at bunnies@westottawaringette.com. Also, check out the WORA website at http://www.westottawaringette.com throughout the season for more information.

Ice Time

Bunny ice times will be at GRC (Goulbourn Recreation Complex), Rink A at either 8am or 8:50am.  Your time will alternate each week. The Goulbourn Skating Club runs the 8am ice time and will focus on skating, while WORA runs the 8:50 ice time and focuses on ringette skills.

The season begins on October 6th at 8:00 am for all Bunnies at GRC A. Parents are encouraged to be at the rink by 7:30, so we can get organized before stepping on the ice. At this practice, we will introduce ourselves to the parents and bunnies, and split the Bunnies into groups. Groups will be determined by age and adjusted based on skating ability. After the groups have been determined, parents will be advised by email the time of their bunny’s next practice on October 13.

We Need Volunteers!

The program has been a success in the past because of the great volunteers we get. Please consider being part of the program. You don’t need to know drills, and guidance will be provided for all volunteers. Here are some of the positions we are looking for:

  1. Coaches and on ice helpers. Playing experience (Ringette or Hockey) is an asset, but is definitely not essential.
  2. Managers (one for Senior Bunnies and One for Junior Bunnies)
  3. Helpers. Helping the managers with their duties. Many hands make light work!

Equipment 

Bunnies should be wearing full ringette equipment:

  • SA approved helmet with a ringette mask (hockey masks do not prevent ringette sticks from getting through)
  • Neck guard
  • Elbow pads
  • Gloves
  • Shin pads
  • Skates
  • Jill (female jock)
  • Ringette pants and girdle OR hockey pants and socks
  • Ringette stick (actual ringette sticks are better than cut off hockey sticks because they are tapered on the end)
  • Shoulder pads (optional)

Children are provided with a jersey to wear for the season.

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport, through the Ontario Sport & Recreation Communities Fund, provided a grant to West Ottawa Ringette to enable more young girls to try the sport of Ringette. As a result of this funding, West Ottawa Ringette has the equipment to loan to 26 new Bunny players on a first come, first served basis.  The kit includes everything you need except helmet, skates and neck guard.

To place your name on our request list please email: registrar@westottawaringette.com