2020/21 Season FAQs (Ajax & Pickering Ringette)

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Ajax and Pickering Ringette
2020/21 Season FAQs

Updated Sept. 16 

Will it be safe? What protocols will be necessary to participate in any Ringette activities?
Ajax and Pickering Ringette has been working closely with Ringette Ontario, Durham Public Health and our local municipalities to implement a number of safety protocols and procedures for the 2020/21 season in order to comply with Provincial and Municipal guidelines. Ajax and Pickering Ringette has also created the new position of COVID Safety Leader. This person will be the primary point of contact for our Return to Play, working together with our partners and providing additional guidance and support to our various groups and keep our players and families safe. Visit the homepage of our website and review our COVID-19 Resources section which outlines the various protocols and procedures we have implemented for the 2020-21 season. 

What are Registration Fees for the 2020/21 season?
APRA intends to plan in short, foreseeable time increments, and will expand our programming and activities when it is safe and permitted to do so. Currently we have finalized our Youth House League program and our U12-U19 First-Half season program. We are currently evaluating our plans for Adult Ringette at this time. Visit our Payment Information page for more information.  

Can teams/groups participate in off-ice training?
In order to participate in any type of group training or dryland activity (and to ensure that the required insurance from Ringette Ontario is in place), players must be registered for the 2020/21 Season. For all insured events Ajax and Pickering Members will be required to follow the Provincial and Regional safety guidelines including attendance tracking, pre-screening and recording of health attestations. 
Teams/Coaches, etc. who are wishing to plan these types of activities are required to speak to their Association President in advance to ensure that compliance is maintained (see below).

Can teams or groups independently rent ice or participate in third-party on-ice training or games? 
This is prohibited. All on-ice and ringette activities must be arranged and scheduled through Ajax and Pickering Ringette and only involve individuals from within your ringette cohort (i.e. bubble). Registered Participants are not permitted to self-schedule an activity without the permission and knowledge of the Ajax and Pickering Ringette. Violation of this requirement will result in a 14-day suspension for all participants scheduled for or taking part in any on-ice activities. 

When will Provincial tryouts take place and teams be formed?

Ringette Ontario has developed a comprehensive Return to Ringette plan which includes a gradual progressions towards "normal ringette". As conditions improve and at the direction of Provincial and Local Health Authorities and municipalities (i.e. removal of restrictions - e.g. increase in gathering limits), tryouts will be able to commence. The timing and format of A and AA tryouts will be made in partnership with the other Central Region Ringette associations. 

How does APRA plan to get everyone back on the ice?

In the short term, Ajax and Pickering Ringette intends to create optimal in-association “development groups” (aka leagues, pods or divisions). This will allow us to maximize the efficiency of our ice purchases, and, to provide as many members as possible the opportunity for a safe and fun return to the ice, regardless of age and level.  

What are APRA plans for on-ice programs? 

Currently there is no firm timetable to introduce modified game play; therefore, initial programming will involve skating and “skills and drills” and modified game play (e.g. 3-on-3) to begin the season. This will hopefully be followed by inter-regional exhibition games, and eventually a full return to sanctioned competitive ringette. APRA is developing robust plans to be able to adapt our programming as quickly as possible if restrictions are eased, or potentially tightened. We intend to plan in short, foreseeable time increments, and will expand our programming and activities when it is safe and we are permitted to do so. 

On what days will APRA on-ice programs take place?
The Youth House League program will run on Saturday mornings. U12-U19 groups have been allocated ice on Wednesday & Thursday evenings, Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings. 

I was planning to play for a different association this year. Why do I have to register with my local association (APRA) this year? 

It is strongly recommended by Ringette Ontario that all players register with their local association, regardless of the level that they aspire to play in 2020/21, where they played last year, etc. Registering locally will ensure you have a “home base” to begin your Ringette season. If eventually required, the association will support eligible Players Release requests at the appropriate (and approved) time. 

Do I need to sign any waivers to participate in Ringette activities?

The first requirement for members is to complete your registration and agree to the RO Informed Consent and Assumption of Risk Agreement (players under 18 years of age) or the RO Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims and Indemnity Agreement (members over 18 years of age), AND, Declaration of Compliance Re: COVID-19 (ALL participants). Information on Ringette Ontario's mandatory participation waivers can be found here.  

I am a member of an 18+ team. Will there be Adult Ringette next season? 
We have developed an Adult Committee with representation from our local teams to explore ice options, and gain insight and feedback on the decision of our adult members to return, and in what format. Stay tuned!

What is the best way to stay informed with all the APRA development and changes?

Families and/or players are requested to follow us on our various social media platforms FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Also, please watch for our association wide emails. We are cognisant and appreciate the wealth of information that hits ones inbox and the difficulties of sometimes keeping up to date with everything. APRA is committed to being open, transparent and willing to share information with all our families and we will strive to provide you with details as they come to us. Due to these different times it is likely we will have much information to share. If you have not received our association wide communications, please contact [email protected] to be added to the distribution list. This FAQ document is a live document and will continue to be updated with other questions and answers as they develop and things progress forward. 

Are there any new mandatory equipment changes / requirements for this season? 
There are no new equipment requirements for Ringette this season. 

I love reading about Return to Ringette plans... where can I learn more? 

Ringette Ontario's website contains a comprehensive section on all things related to the Return to Ringette - click here

I have additional questions ... who can I contact? 
Contact Jake Kempenaar, President Pickering Ringette, or Tom Anderson, President Ajax Ringette 




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