Return to Ringette
October 30, 2020
As a result of the Province of Manitoba’s announcement earlier today escalating the Winnipeg Metropolitan Area to Code Red and the surrounding communities to Code Orange due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the Province, Ringette Manitoba Board of Directors has made the decision to suspend ALL in-person ringette activities immediately throughout the Province. This decision was made with the health and safety of all our participants as our primary concern and after consultation with the affected Associations in Code Orange areas.
All Ringette Sanctioned IN-PERSON activities are suspended until further notice.
Code Orange Regions – Activity suspended for seven (7) days, pending further direction from Public Health, with a review by Ringette Manitoba at the conclusion of the suspension period.
Code Red Regions – Until changes are communicated via Public Health.
We encourage all Ringette Manitoba members and their families to do their part in helping our city and province flatten the curve during this second wave so we can all return to the sport we love. The most up to date health and safety information is available at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/
|Provincial Response System Level||Ringette Manitoba Return to Play Status|
|Orange regions||Activity suspended for seven (7) days, pending further direction from Public Health, with a review by Ringette Manitoba at the conclusion of the suspension period.|
|Red regions||No sanctioned Ringette Manitoba activities until changes are communicated via Public Health.|
Ringette Manitoba is pleased to announce to its members that the Province of Manitoba has approved Phase 3 of the Return to Ringette (RTR) Plan – Version 1.
The approval of Phase 3 will allow sanctioned programs to safely resume, following the protocols set by Ringette Manitoba. This means that our Members will be able to resume on-ice, sanctioned activities as of September 1st, 2020 – subject to compliance with current health and safety standards in Manitoba and Ringette Manitoba’s Return to Ringette plan.
Any associations wishing to begin prior to this date are required to submit a request in writing to Ringette Manitoba.
Ringette Manitoba continues to work closely with Ringette Canada, Sport Manitoba, and the Province of Manitoba and we look forward to announcing the approval for Phase 4 of the RTR plan in the near future.
Ringette Manitoba remains committed to providing resources and assistance to all our local associations as they begin to navigate their return to the ice. Members are encouraged to contact their Local Associations for registration information.
Effective Immediately, AA Programs having now completed their Return to Activity Phase, may commence with actively engaged practices with full range of checking skills. Phase 4.
Effective November 1st, 2020, AA Programs may commence with exhibition 5 v 5 games, based on Ringette Canada Rulebook, 2019-2021. Phase 5.
Effectively Immediately, players may be released, moved to another team/program, and may forgo the 14-day pause to return, due to the physical distancing requirement in the Return to Activity.
Currently, programs at the Local Association, Community Center, or Town Level, are in Return to Activity, first 30 days.
Effective October 19th, 2020, Coaches / Instructors: CODE Orange extended version areas – wear a mask on the ice, but may remove the mask when demonstrating, doing skill / drill
RMB / Sport MB will continue to update our community as we receive new information.
Effective October 31st, 2020, Local Association, Community Center, or Town Level programs and teams may commence with actively engaged practices with full range of checking skills. Phase 4.
Effective November 11th, 2020, Local Association, Community Center, or Town level programs and teams may commence with exhibition 5 v 5 games within their designated pods, based on Ringette Canada Rulebook, 2019-2021. Phase 5.
Changes may be required as this is a fluid situation based on information from the Department of Health that may require the Ringette Manitoba Board to adjust guidelines.
The Return to Ringette Plan has five phases
- Phase 1 (March 12th, 2020) – Suspensions of all Ringette Manitoba Activities & Events
- Phase 2 (began June 1st, 2020) – online meetings, all in-person activities continue to be non-sanctioned, must maintain 6ft of distance between all participants
- Phase 3 (approved August 19th, 2020 and will begin with sanctioned activity starting on September 1st, 2020) – on-ice skill development of Angling / Channelling, whereby athletes must maintian 2 stick length distance apart (no checking), drills, team tactics, online clinics, limited regional travel (no carpooling)
- Phase 4 (subject to approval from the Province of Manitoba) – games (pods & squads), modified rules game play, limited travel (carpooling permitted)
- Phase 5 (subject to approval from the Province of Manitoba) – regular season competition, Come Try Events, tournaments, provincial travel
The Return to Ringette Plan was developed by Ringette Manitoba after consulting Sport Manitoba, Ringette Canada, other Manitoba Provincial Sport Organizations, the City of Winnipeg’s Arena Sport Working Group, and various health authorities and submitted to the Provincial Government. The Return to Ringette plan incorporates the current requirements outlined in Stages 1 – 4 of the Government of Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services Plan, health and safety guidelines from Ringette Canada, and programming, registration and sanctioning for Ringette Manitoba.
Part of our commitment includes an ongoing and regular review of our RTR protocols based on the latest recommended COVID-19 health precautions, which will help to enhance the positive ringette experience under the province’s health directives.
To be proactive in the preparations to return, Ringette Manitoba and the Associations are engaged in collaborative planning. As each region and association has unique challenges, Ringette Manitoba will work with each Association to assist with their return plans within their facilities.
Ringette Manitoba has striven to be a leader in developing a Return to Ringette Plan that seeks to get people participating in sport and recreation in the safest possible manner during this pandemic. We recognize that this is a frustrating and challenging time. However, through patience, we look forward to returning to the ice for all of our members this season.
The reopening of arenas in Manitoba begun as of June 1, 2020 as facilities were able to open along with Phase 2 of the Manitoba Restoring Safe Services plan.
With continued emphasis on a safe environment for all Ringette participants, The Ringette Manitoba Board of Directors has passed the following:
All players, coaches, bench staff, volunteers, spectators, and game officials are required to wear face masks for all Ringette Manitoba-sanctioned events. The effectiveness of masks decrease when wet so the following are exceptions to mandatory mask use:
- Players are not required to wear face masks while engaging in physical activity.
- Coaches/Instructors are not required to wear face masks during on-ice strenuous activity requiring heavy breathing and sweating.
- Referees are not required to wear face masks during the execution of their role while on the ice.