APRA Tryout Procedures (Ajax Pickering Ringette)

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This following is taken from the Ringette Ontario's Player Tryout/Release Policy, which states:

Section 2.15 - Each year a player’s first loyalty must be to their home association. If the home association hosts a tryout for their level of play a player must attend, and if selected for a team, they must remain with their home association.

Section 2.2 - A player may request permission to try out and subsequently be released for the following reasons:

2.2.1. Level of play not available
2.2.2. Age group not available
2.2.3. Other



Evaluations will be completed in a fair and equitable manner. APRA will endeavor to recruit a team of experienced evaluators who are knowledgeable of the skills required at the respective age level and division, who are independent of the players in that division (i.e. no previous coaching contact), are independent of the appointed coach to the respective team, and, can help make informed decisions in the selection of players. These individuals will comprise the Selection Committee. 


A player will not be eligible for a position on an APRA A or AA level team unless they have attended at least one APRA tryout. 

If a player is unable to attend tryouts for a valid reason (i.e. injured, illness, away at school, traveling out of country) but still intends to try out, they must request in writing an exemption from the APRA President. This exemption must be documented prior to the final tryout date. 

If a tryout exemption is granted, a player may be given an additional opportunity to tryout at a later date. The player may also be placed at the level where the player has consistently played, without evaluation. The decision regarding whether to extend additional tryout opportunities or consider immediate team placement rests with the APRA Board and will be determined after consultation with the Selection Committee.

Communication of Results:

Click here for an overview of our policy and procedures for ages U16 and younger


All players are able to participate in another centre’s tryouts.

Note: For 2021 Tryouts, Ringette Ontario has indicated that players are not required to submit a Permission to Skate / Tryout Notification Form.

It is common for some players to attend another association’s tryouts. Players typically choose to do so if uncertain of being selected for their home association’s team, and, they are open to the option of playing A or AA level ringette in another centre. A player may also use the opportunity to help them prepare for their home association’s tryouts.


Players are eligible to accept an offer from another host association and will be granted a Player Release only if they have met the following criteria:

  1. The player has attended their home association’s tryouts and has not been offered a position on the team, OR, the home association is not offering the Level of Play for the upcoming season.
  2. The player must have attended at least one of the other host association’s tryouts.
  3. A player can tentatively accept an offer to join another centre, pending the results of their home association tryouts (i.e. a host association’s tryouts might occur before the home association’s tryouts). If the player ends up not being selected for the home association team, they would then be eligible to accept a position with the other host association. 
  4. The final step to officially joining another centre’s team would be to obtain a Player Release from a player’s home association. Ringette Ontario has updated its Player Release Form which would need to be signed by all appropriate parties. Click here to download.

Ajax Pickering Ringette would then grant a Player Release based on the following player movement guidelines: 


Per Ringette Ontario's Player Tryout/Release Policy:

Releases Within Central Region:

Section 2.14 -  "A Player Release granted on “Level of Play” will only be released to the closest association offering that level of play. This association is considered the player’s “Current Association” and has first right to receive the players if released by the player’s “Home Association” . Closest association shall be governed by the player’s Home Region Policy." Provided all Player Release guidelines are met, current Central Region policy regarding "Closest Association" allows for a player to accept an offer to play with any other Central Region association.

Releases Outside Central Region:

If the level of play is not available within Central Region, or, a player has not been offered a position on a Central Region team, only then would a Player Release be granted to a player who wishes to accept a position on a team in another Region (Southern Region - e.g. Markham, Richmond Hill, etc.), as per the following policies found in the Ontario Ringette Association Operating Manual, Membership Services section, which state:

Section 2.17 -  For purposes of determining the closest association, the associations within the player’s home Region will have priority over associations in another Region regardless of proximity. The Executive of the player’s home Region will resolve any disputed situations.

Section 2.18 - Where a release is approved by the player’s Home Region for release to another Region, determination of closest association shall be governed by the Receiving Region’s policy.

QUESTIONS? ... Contact the APRA President

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