FUNdamentals: ABC Program

Ringette is a Canadian invention that has become one of the fastest team sports on ice. When it was created in 1963, ringette was a sport for girls. While it’s still primarily a female sport – with more than 27,000 registered players on roughly 2000 teams – no less than 600 males now play across the country. Ringette is featured in a number of countries around the world. The annual World Ringette Championship has been around since 1990, of which Canada is a predominant challenger.

Along with teamwork, ringette teaches participants fundamental movement skills, fundamental sport skills and the ABCs – agility, balance, coordination and speed – of physical literacy.

Ringette’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model consists of eight stages.

  • Active Start (M, F 0-6) – Initiates all fundamental movement skills and develops physical literacy.
  • FUNdamentals (M, F 6-8) – Continues to develop the components of physical literacy – fundamental movement and motor skills – while introducing fundamental ringette skills.
  • Learn to Train (M 9-10, F 8-9) – Develops fundamental ringette skills and introduces tactics and mental skills.
  • Train to Train (M 12-16, F 11-15) – Introduces advanced ringette skills in controlled and semi-controlled situations.
  • Train to Compete (M 16-23, F 15-21) – Consolidates all ringette skills and tactics, while optimizing general physical fitness training and decision-making skills.
  • Learn to Win (M 19+, F 18+) – Establishes players within a high performance environment and consolidates all position-specific skills and mental and physical training.
  • Compete to Win (M 19+, F 18+) – Maximizes all aspects of ringette preparation to ensure high-level athletes are ready to achieve international success on the Canadian team.
  • Active for Life (M, F all ages) – Encourages players to remain in the game, either competitively or recreationally, for life.

LTAD: Framework Document
This material sets out a framework for LTAD that will ensure programs and structures meet the developmental needs of participants in each stage.

Ringette ABC Program – The complete guide to the Ringette ABC program. Includes program guidelines, forms and guiding principles.

BC Implementation Plan
Outlines the pathway athletes can follow from the community level to high performance.

BC Implementation Framework
Provides framework for ringette competition across ages and divisions.

As part of our LTAD initiatives, Ringette Canada has developed a series of videos to help coaches and athletes understand the FUNdamental skills of our sport.

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