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August 1998


Please read this newsletter - It will get you started for the 1998-1999 season

Welcome back to another season of Ringette - To all returning players, new members, parents, officials, coaches, media, sponsors, and all interested in supporting Penticton/Summerland Ringette.

Registration

is on going untill September 10, 1998 (registrations after this time will be placed on a team if there is space available, and fes will be increased by 15%). Drop by the S.S. Sicamous to complete your registration and drop off your fees, or call Marlene at 492-0403 for further information.

All NEW registarants must bring the following:


  • Copy of player's Birth Certificate
  • Full registration payment (cheques cannot be postdated for later than Aug 31, 1998
  • Personal Health Care Number
  • Parent or Guardian to sign registration papers (if under 18)
  • If you have played in other associations, please provide information on years of Ringette experience.

    All RETURNING players must bring the following:


  • Full registration payment (cheques can be postdated until Sept 15, 98)
  • Information on the number of years playing Ringette
  • Information on any changes of address, phone numbers, etc.
    Note: Any player wishing to participate in tryouts for any TORL All-Star Team must be registered with their home association prior to attending tryouts.

    Registration Fees


    $180.00 for all returning players
    $180.00 for all new players age 12 and over (born 1986 and before)
    $150.00 for all new players ages 8-11 (born 1987-1990)
    $125.00 for all new players ages 7 and under (born 1991 and later)

    In addition to the registration fees, Penticton Ringette participates in the BCRA raffle each year.
    ALL members are required to sell (or purchase themselves) at least one book of tickets. They cost is included in the fees.

    All members and parents are required to participate in fundraising events held throughout the year. Ice alone costs $14,000 per year - registration fees alone do not begin to cover these costs. Your ideas, and your help with fundraising efforts would be appreciated.

    Power Skating sessions are being arranged for all members. Power skating is strongly recommended for all new players and returning players. Fees for this program are seperate from registration fees.

    1998-99 Teams


    We can not guarentee that there will be teams in each age group. We won't know the numbers until registration is completed, so we encourage you to register early, and to ask those you know who may be interested, to do the same. Some players, based on skill levels, may be placed on alternate teams, to complete the numbers required for that team.

    Age Groups

    Bunny ages 4-7
    Novice ages 8-9
    Petite ages 10-11
    Tween ages 12-13
    Junior ages 14-15
    Belle ages 16-18
    Deb ages 19-22
    Intermediate ages 22 and over
    Masters ages 25 and over

    We participate in the Thompson Okanagan Ringette League(TORL) and play games throughout the valley, facing teams from Westside, Kelowna, Vernon and Enderby. We often travel to Summerland, Lumby(Vernon), Winfield and Rutland(Kelowna). Armstrong and Salmon Arm (Enderby) arenas, as well as the above named locations for games. Travel car pooling is encouraged- but we also encourage parents to attend as many out of town games as possible to help support your child and the team.

    Practices take place each week on a regular schedule, with additional practices scheduled when ice is available. It is imperative that players participate in practice. This means being there in lots of time to get dressed and ready, and get any off ice instruction from the coaching staff,trainers, or managers, and being prepared to skate and be actively participating for the full time allotment. Ice time is at a premium, and it is expensive- we cannot afford any of it to be wasted. Iced is shared between the teams- there may be many practices when there is more than one team on the ice.
    Practices will hopefully start in mid September(Monday evenings for Tween and under, Tuesday evenings for Junior and up) with teams being finalized in late September, with league play start as soon as possible in October. It continues until March, at which time provincials take place. Most games are on the weekends, usually Saturday or Sunday and occasionally on a Friday evening. Tournaments are above and beyond this.

    Congratulations to the 8 TORL players selected for the BC Canada Games, who will participate at the 1999 Canada Winter Games in Newfoundland, and at the Nationals in Halifax in the Belle division. Some of their practices will be held in the valley and all players are encouraged to get out and watch as many of these as possible. Their skills are something that players should be striving for. Times and locations will be announced as the season progresses. The Provincials Playdowns(to see which players will represent BC at the Nationals at the Junior, Deb, and Intermediate Levels as well as Tween AA) will be held in Enderby this year in early February. Again this is top calibre Ringette and we encourage you to come and out and watch!


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