Gym Ringette


Let's Play Gym Ringette!

What is Gym Ringette?

Gym Ringette is a dynamic and inclusive adaptation of traditional ringette, designed to be played indoors on a gym floor. It evolved from early floor sports like "floor hockey," which used broomsticks and a felt ring. Invented by Sam Jacks in 1963 as an ice sport for girls and women, ringette has been refined for gymnasiums, offering a fun, co-ed activity that emphasizes finesse and strategy. Players benefit from improved agility, speed, and endurance, developing core physical literacy skills such as strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination. Gym Ringette fosters teamwork, socialization, and healthy competition.

Why Offer Let's Play Gym Ringette to Schools?

Benefits to the School:

  • Provides a highly active, low-cost, structured physical education activity.
  • Encourages both boys and girls to participate enthusiastically.
  • Minimal equipment expense as most gyms already have goal nets and usable floor markings.
  • Emphasizes safety with enforced rules and protective equipment.
  • Promotes fitness, agility, coordination, and social skills.

Benefits for Students:

  • Inclusive activity for all ages, sizes, and skill levels.
  • Fun and challenging for every grade.
  • Quick set-up allows for maximum active participation.
  • Enhances fitness and physical literacy skills.
  • Develops skills transferable to other sports, including ice ringette.

Benefits for Your Association:

  • Increases overall awareness of ringette.
  • Encourages students to transition from gym to ice ringette.
  • Parents and school staff become more aware of the sport's opportunities.
  • Positions your association as a valuable community partner.
  • Promotes Come Try Ringette events and expands outreach opportunities, including Special Olympics and seniors' programs.



How to Get Started

Who Will Lead the Program?

  • Decide whether it’s a short-term blitz or a long-term program.
  • Choose volunteers who enjoy working with children, can commit to the program, and have flexible schedules.
  • Possible leaders include retired volunteers, current volunteers with flexible jobs, and university students.

Training for Leaders:

  • Ringette Canada offers standards and training programs for effective delivery. (LINKED BELOW)
  • Provincial Ringette Associations may be able to provide trained instructors.
  • See Below for access to equipment, teacher manuals, and gym ringette equipment sets.

Getting into Schools:

  • Contact the right school personnel, such as Physical Education directors, superintendents, principals, or PE teachers.
  • Emphasize the benefits of an active, engaging gym class with minimal talking and maximum play.
  • Highlight the program's free availability and potential to provide equipment as a legacy gift.

By implementing the Let's Play Gym Ringette program, you’ll create a fun, active, and inclusive environment for students, while fostering the growth and awareness of ringette in your community.


Gym Ringette Equipment

Ringette Alberta has 3 sets of Gym Ringette equipment available to members, associations, groups or schools. These sets can be borrowed at no cost, but do require a deposit be left with our office staff until the equipment is returned.

The following Gym Ringette equipment can be rented in different sets:

  • Youth 35” sticks
  • Intermediate 44” sticks
  • RRG- Gym Ringette Rings
  • GS-15 - 36” goal Stick
  • Gym 1 - 8 youth, 16 intermediate, 2 goal sticks, 19 rings
  • Gym 2 - 16 youth, 8 intermediate, 2 goal sticks, 19 rings
  • Gym 3 - 12 youth, 12 intermediate, 2 goal sticks, 16 rings

Email if you have other questions.

We also have on-ice sticks available to borrow! These would be great if your group is trying ringette on the ice for the first time, or if you’re hosting a fun shinny game.

To borrow our Gym Ringette equipment or on-ice sticks, please fill out this form.


A Gym Ringette Instructors Guide is also available for free download from Ringette Canada:
Let’s Play Gym Ringette Guide
Teacher’s Guide for Gym Ringette


Gym Ringette Resources



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