Oshawa Storm Ringette Association

U12 Provincial Question & Answers

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Oshawa Storm Ringette U12 Provincial Question & Answers

Oshawa Ringette is planning to host a U12 Provincial Petite team to complement our current U14A competitive program.   Oshawa Ringette is lucky enough to have strong numbers in our U12 age group and will have enough players to also host both a U12 Provincial and a Regional U12 team for the 2018/2019 season.

This document has been put together for any parents interested in learning more about the Provincial (competitive) ringette program.

What is Provincial Ringette?

Provincial/A/AA levels of ringette are all considered to be the competitive level.   Players MUST try out for these teams in order to play.

Who Can Try Out for a Provincial Team?

Any ringette player is eligible to try out for a competitive team, in their age group or above.

Players who are currently in U10 or in their first year of U12 for the current 2017/2018 season (born in 2007 or 2008) are welcome to attend evaluation tryouts. Players should make every effort to attend the evaluations if they intend to try out for a U12P Team in the fall.

Players from outside of Oshawa may also tryout for a Provincial team in our Association; if their own Association is not hosting the same level of play or if that player does not make their own Association’s team.  There will be the possibility of seeing players from Sunderland, Ajax, Pickering and Whitby at tryouts.

Is There a Difference in Registration Costs between Regional and Provincial?

There is an increase in registration costs for those playing Provincial ringette.  The increase in registration is to supplement the increase in cost for registering a competitive team with the League, increased referee fees/mileage, as well as to cover the cost of added ice times for the team.   Typically the Provincial teams will begin their game schedule a few weeks earlier than the Regional program, therefore they will be on the ice practicing before the Regional teams as well.

Families will also incur additional Team Fees, as set by the Coaching Staff to cover the increased tournament fees.  In the past, teams have also sourced out team specific sponsorships that are not in conflict with Oshawa Ringette Association sponsorships, to supplement these costs.

Team specific fundraising may also occur.  These fundraisers must be approved by the Association first and not infringe of fundraisers already planned.

Is There an Added Commitment to playing Provincial?

To play at a competitive level, many Coaches feel that scheduling additional ice times for Power skating or booking gymnasiums to run dry-land training is an essential part of the Provincial program.  All players should assume that extra training will be scheduled throughout the season.

Will the Team Be Travelling All Over Ontario to Play For Regular League Games?

Similar to the Regional program, each Association must wait to see what other teams have registered in their age groups to determine where their team will travel throughout the season.   This past season, teams in this age group travelled to Whitby, Ajax/Pickering, Markham, Richmond Hill, Mississauga, Newmarket and Burlington.

Will the Tournaments Be Further Away than Regional Tournaments?

At the U12 age group, each team is required to provide a list of five tournaments the team would like to attend.  One of these tournaments must be outside of our Central Region.   The good news is that Southern Region is not geographical too far from our Region and would be considered “out of region”.  Southern Region includes Cambridge, Paris, and Hamilton etc.   Tournament selection would be determined by the Coaching staff.

All U12 age groups qualify for the year end Provincial event, similar to Regionals held in Oshawa this coming spring.    This past March all the U12 Provincial teams traveled to Waterloo.  For the 2018/2019 season, the U12 Provincial Host Association will be Guelph. 

If there are enough team intents submitted and enough interest to create another division, the U12 Regional Teams may have the option to attend the Provincial Championships as well.  The decision to participate and submit an intent will be at the discretion of the bench staff.

Who Will Be the Coach for the Provincial Team for the 2017/2018 Season?

As with all our teams, whether Regional/Provincial teams,  Oshawa Ringette requires all those interested in being a part of the team’s coaching staff, to submit a coaching application and provide proof of qualifications.   At the competitive level, additional qualifications are required as compared to Regional level of coaching.   At this time the Coaching Staff have not been appointed. 

Can My Player Try Out for Another Team Outside of Oshawa?

There are specific rules in Ringette that dictate where and when a player is able to try out for another team, in another Association.   All Oshawa players that are interested in trying out for a Provincial team must attend tryouts in Oshawa.  If your player is NOT offered a position with this Oshawa team, then they are free to attend tryouts in the next closest Association who are offering that Provincial level.   Our next closest Association would be Whitby.

*Please note – many Associations will have tryout dates running simultaneously.  If you are unsure if your player will make the Oshawa team, you may wish to consider attending tryouts at another Association at the same time to keep additional options for competitive play available.   Additional paperwork is required BEFORE trying out in another Association.  Please contact Greg Finlay or Stacey Wright if you would like additional clarification on this process*

When Are Tryouts Being Held?

Tryouts for all Associations hosting competitive Provincial teams will occur sometime near the end of May to middle of June.   These dates have recently been posted and shared on the OSRA Facebook page and will soon be posted on the OSRA website www.oshawaringette.ca .

Is There a Cost to Attend Tryouts?

Each Association does charge a fee for each tryout your player attends.   Oshawa Ringette’s will be communicated to those interested prior to each try out session.  Collection from tryout fees will be used to help cover the cost of the ice rentals.

Who Determines Who Makes the Team?

At the U12 Provincial Petite level, ORA (Ontario Ringette Association) dictates that a minimum of 80% of the team be made up of players from your Home Association.  This percentage decreases as the players move up in age level.  The goal of all Associations is to select the best team possible to play at this competitive level.   Selection of players will be based on the best potential skill level seen from each player.

If players from out of our Association attend the Oshawa tryouts, there is a possibility that they could make the team, as long as the 80% minimum Home Association ratio has been met first.   This percentage does not mean that the team will not be 100% Oshawa players, but indicates that there is also the possibility of out of town players making this team, if they have the appropriate potential skill level.

Oshawa Ringette will bring in impartial Evaluators for each of the tryout sessions.   These Evaluators are typically from outside of our Association and do not know the players on the ice and all follow the same procedures for evaluating.  The Evaluators will then meet with the Coaching staff to share their evaluations and options.  The final formation of the team will ultimately be the decision of the Head Coach.

WHAT NEXT?

Intent –to- Tryout Form

ALL players considering trying out for any competitive team MUST complete the online Intent-to-Tryout Form (forms will be available closer to tryouts).  Players will not be allowed to participate in any tryout session without having completed this form.   This form does not obligate your player to attend try-outs if they change their mind.  If you are unsure, it is better to fill out the form now and decide closer to the tryout date.  The Region keeps track of what players are trying out for each team to ensure players are playing in their proper designated area (when possible).  

When is the U12 Provincial Team finalized?

The Evaluation Committee will submit their recommendations to OSRA and the Head Coach immediately after the final evaluation session in May/early June. The evaluation will include a ranking of all participants (players and goalies) according to skill rating (1 to 5). The coach has the option to lock in the top 8 ranked players and offer team spots after these tryouts.

The coach can then make a decision who to offer the remaining team spots to from the pool of the next 7 or 8 ranked players once September tryouts are completed. The coach will have to explain why they made the decision to choose the remaining players and as per OSRA’s policy final rosters must be approved by the Board before positions are offered.  Up to 7 days after the completion of the FINAL tryout sessions (September), final decisions will be made and communicated to the parents and players via email.  

As per the ORA Sport Development Manual absolutely no team activities are permitted during the summer months and final team rosters cannot be announced until after September tryouts.

*PLEASE NOTE: A team can run with as few as 10 skaters up to a maximum of 16 players including 1 to 2 goalies. 

Regards,

Greg Finlay – OSRA President