The pandemic hasn’t posed an ice-time problem for the Timmins Ringette Association’s regular season games. There’s been a lot because of so many cancelled hockey tournaments, allowing ringette players to run through their schedule.
Vice-president David Laneville says, however, that the competitive teams don’t have all the tournament opportunities they usually get. Some U-12 players haven’t had any tournament play in their ringette careers.
“Some have only seen a little bit year 1,” he observes, “but they would have been Novice back then, they never would have seen any competition at the A level until now.”
Laneville says no stats are kept for regular season play, and the emphasis is on fun.
He says the travelling teams usually need to attend three tournaments to be seeded for provincial competition. But this year, there are only two.
“We’re not sure how Ringette Ontario is going to do their seedings,” Laneville notes. “They’ve only got the two tournaments to work with, so they’re going to have to seed the teams out of those tournaments and then those seeded teams will be able to go to provincial playdowns.”
In the first tournament this past weekend in Ajax, the four Timmins team won two silver medals and a gold.