About University Ringette

Little more than 20 years ago the idea that ringette had a place in Canadian post secondary institutions was not a topic under consideration. The idea, however, first became a reality in the province of Manitoba with ringette teams starting up in the late 1990’s at the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba, as well as St. Boniface College.

From the seeds planted in Manitoba the University Ringette tree soon took root in Alberta followed by Ontario, BC and the Maritimes a few years later. Today, more than 2 dozen universities host a ringette team in Canada. Some teams are competitive in nature while some are less so.

Along with the explosive growth in university ringette in Canada came the need for a governance structure. As a consequence, the Canadian University and College Ringette Association (CUCRA) was formed a few years ago. Foremost among CUCRA’s responsibilities was the need to design rules that would ensure a level playing field among university teams at events such as the University Challenge Cup.

University Ringette provides a wonderful option which keeps many players involved in the sport who would otherwise likely hang up the skates during their years of post secondary study. An instant community of friends awaits young women when they join a university ringette team, while embarking on the most important educational journey of their lives. This dimension of the sport, and the retention it represents, is of great importance to the long term viability of ringette.

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