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Overview of Rules:

Taken from the Ringette Canada Official Rules


This is a short overview of the rules. You may notice that some sections are ommited. This is because they are either too technical or not relivant to the basic rules of Ringette. This was made up in co-operation with Ringette Canada. These rules are essential for players and parents to know, to enhance your enjoyment of the game. Parents you should read this so you can understand why a penalty or a violation is called or why your child has received a penalty. This is to prevent any confrontaion later in the arena from parents that don't know the rules. Thank you and enjoy the game.

SECTION 4 - Equipment


part B)
i) - The Ringette stick may be made of plastic, wood, or aluminum, and/or any other material

APPROVED by Ringette Canada
ii)- The stick must have both ends smooth (not cracked or splintered), with no added tape within
the playing end of the stick. Width faces of the stick must form two straight parallel lines from end to
end. Thickness faces must form two parallel lines, except at the playing end.
v) - Maximum length of the stick is from the ice up to the height of the underarm. The measurement
is to be taken while the arm is extended at 90 degrees to the body while the player is standing on

Rules 'i' and 'ii' are only for those players who still insist on using a cut off hockey stick. Ringette Canada has approved sticks (STINGER 7000) that can be bought at the local sports store for $20.They are within the regulations. Section 'v' applies to all sticks.

SECTION 12 - Violations

A violation is committed when a player:

  • b) accidentally shots or holds the ring out of play, falls on the ring, shoots the ring over
    the boards or disloges the net.
  • c) specifically the ring carrier, moves a hand or holds onto the playing end of the stick
    or holds the ring against the boards or net to evade a checker. If there are frequent occurences of
    these actions, a DELAY OF GAME penalty is assesed.
  • d) kicks the ring with the point at the toe or heel of the skate blade.
  • g) is found wearing jewlery, wearing any equipmen improperly, or not wearing manditory
    equipment. Should this occur a second time a DELAY OF GAME penalty is assessed to the offending
  • h) other than the goalkeeper, touches or enters the crease with any part of the body or
    stick and as a result gain an advantage.
  • i) other than the goalkeeper, plays the ring while it is on or inside the goal crease. A goal is
    scored if the ring is directed in any manner by a defending player accross their own goal line during play.

    SECTION 14 - Minor Penalties

    A Minor penalty infraction is committed when a player:

  • a) Boards an apponent: uses the body to force an opponent into contact with the boards.
  • b) Body contacts an opponent: as a defending player, or an attacking teammate of the
    ring carrier, checks a player with any part of the body in a forceful manner. BODY CONTACT
  • c) Charges an opponent: as a ring carrier, skates directly into an opponent who has
    taken a legal defending positon. CHARGING
  • d) Cross checks an opponent: checks a player with the stick while it is being held
    with both hands in front of the body.
  • e) Delays the game by:
    1. Deliberately shooting or holding the ring out of play: includes holding with the hand,
       sitting on or gathering in the ring, holding against the boards or net to create
       a stoppage in play (the goalkeeper, whether inside or outside of the goal crease,
       may not hold the ring against the net), and carrying the ring while both the ring
       and the playing end of the stick are off the ice surface.
    2. Other than the goalkeeper (Or AGK*), deliberately enters the goal crease.
       * AGK - Acting Goal Keeper
    3. Playing with a damaged or broken stick. A broken or damaged stick must be dropped immediately
       and not removed from the ice by any player during play.
    4. Playing with a stick which is not within the specifications, or as the goalkeeper, using a
       stick, gloves or pads which are not within secifications.
    5. Including members of the team staff, using deliberate dlaying tactics including excessive
       line changes, excessive interpretations, repeated falling on the ice, faking injury,
       excessive adjustment of equipment, etc.
    6. Committing a violation after a warning.
    7. Throwing a stick
    9. Jumping or climbing over the boards when entering or leaving the ice.
    18.After having lost a helmet or facemask during play, failing to immediately replace the lost
       equipment or proceed directly to the players bench.
  • f) Elbows an opponent: forcfully contacts an opponent with the elbow. ELBOWING
  • g) High sticks: intentionally or unintentually raises the playing end of the stick above
    standing shoulder height within a stick length of any on-ice participant, or during play,
    intentionally raises any portion of the stick above standing shoulder height in order to contact
    the ring, whether or not contact occurs. HIGH STICKING
  • h) Holds an opponent: impedes an opponent's progress by holding with the hand or placing the
    stick on top of the ring carriers stick to prevent passing or shooting. HOLDING
  • i) Hooks and opponent: impedes the progress of an opponent by hooking the stick around the
    body, arms, legs or stick. HOOKING
  • j) Illegally substitudes: has too many players on the ice. ILLEGAL SUBSTITUTION or
    i) Players may be changed at any time from the players bench provided that player or players
       leaving the ice are within 10 ft of the players bench door and are out of play before
       any change is made.
  • k) Interferes with the opponent: impedes the progress of an opponent who may or may not be
    in possesion of the ring by:
    1. physically blocking the movement of an opponent with a stick
    2. preventing an opponent from retrieving a lost stick
    3. stick checking an opponent before both players are in a position to gain possession of the ring.
    4. moving with the opposing goaltender attempting to screen the goalkeepers vision.
    5. as a ring carrier, using an arm to ward off an opponent.
    6. blocking an opponent from getting to a loose ring.
  • l) Slashes an opponent by:
    1. making forceful stick contact to the legs, hands, arm or body.
    2. hitting or swinging the stick directly toward a player in a forceful manner
    3. contacting any opposing player, including the goalkeeper, on the follow through of a shot when
       the contacted player has taken up their position.
  • m) Trips an opponent by:
    1. placing the stick, foot, knee, leg, hand, elbow, arm or body in such a manner that it causes an
       opponent to trip or fall, unless the player falls as a result of losing joint control of
       the ring to an opposing player.
    2. sliding along the ice causing an opponent to trip of fall.

    created September 26, 1998