AA Information and FAQ
SGRA AA - Information and FAQ
The objective of the SGRA AA ringette program is to build strong, confident athletes that are committed to hard work, achieving personal goals and teamwork. Through dedication, commitment and a passion for excellence, SGRA strives to prepare our athletes for the opportunity to compete at the highest levels in the sport.
Why should my daughter consider trying out for an AA ringette team?
- For the challenge of playing against other top ringette athletes in Alberta;
- To have the opportunity to travel within Canada and play against other top ringette athletes;
- To receive high level coaching instruction;
- To participate at the highest level available for her age group;
- To learn valuable, transferrable life skills, such as: responsibility, dependability, time management, etc.
When are Try-outs for AA in Spruce Grove?
Can interested players tryout from other associations?
Any player from any association can try out for an AA team in Spruce Grove. If you are a player currently registered with another association and you are interested in trying out for an AA team in Spruce Grove, please follow the steps below: If you are looking for current and up to date information regarding AA in Spruce Grove, contact our AA Coordinator; Daron Kew. AA@sprucegroveringette.com
- If you are looking to register for AA tryouts, please contact our registrar where you will be asked to complete an AA tryout player registration. The fee for import players attending tryouts in Spruce Grove is $150.
- To balance the development of SGRA athletes and create viable teams with the ability to compete with other AA programs across the province, SGRA will place a limitation on how many athletes will be selected from outside SGRA boundaries on a year by year basis.(“import players”) Please see below for an update on “import player” criteria:
For the 2019-2020 Playing season, The Spruce Grove Ringette Association will accept any and all athletes interested in trying out for AA teams at each of the 3 Divisions offering an AA team this year. (U14, U16, & U19). For those import players trying out for AA teams, acceptance on a team roster will be based on the following criteria:
- For the U14AA Playing Division - Any import player trying out for the Spruce Grove Ringette Association who does not have a “suitable” team on which to play within their home association, the player must rank in the top 20% of all players evaluating in the final evaluation skate for U14AA. If an import player who does have a “suitable” team in which to play within their home association, the player must rank in the top 10% of all players evaluating in the final evaluation skate for their respective player division.
- For the U16AA & U19AA Playing Division’s - Any import player trying out for the Spruce Grove Ringette Association who does not have a “suitable” team on which to play within their home association must rank in the top 25% of all players evaluating in the final evaluation skate for U16AA and U19AA. If an import player who does have a “suitable” team in which to play within their home association, the player must rank in the top 15% of all players evaluating in the final evaluation skate for their respective player division.
- Import goalies for U14, U16, and U19 Divisions will be considered on a case by case basis.
- Final decision and acceptance of import players will be made by the Evaluation Oversight Committee in consultation with the respective head coach.
- Any selected ‘import player” will be subject to Ringette Alberta Policies with regards to player releases and all applicable principles outlined within those policies.
The SGRA supports the growth and offering of a competitive stream of ringette and equally wants to see every athlete registered with the Spruce Grove Ringette Association have the opportunity to play at the appropriate level. As such, we will take all necessary precautions and consider all available facts to ensure the best decision is made for both the Spruce Grove Ringette Association and the athlete trying out.
What is the financial commitment?
The financial commitment will vary amongst the AA teams and age level. There are some basis costs such as registration fees, extra practice ice, dryland training and mandatory team apparel that are fairly standard and include a SGRA AA equipment bag and Team Hoodie. Other associated costs would be left to each individual team. Variables that affect cost include:
- the number of tournaments, both home and away, a team decides to participate in;
- the additional type of training a team may wish to add to their own program (goalie instruction, power skating);
- additional team bonding functions or optional team apparel;
- coaching costs for non-parent coaches (apparel, travel, accommodations);
- participation in post-Provincial play at Western Canadian Ringette Championships (WCRC) for U14AA or Canadian Ringette Championships (CRC) for U16AA & U19 AA (depending on host location/province). The approximate team fees (excluding registration fees) for the 2018-2019 playing season will be:
- U14AA - $1200 if qualified for WCRC estimated $1,500 more, depending on fundraising/sponsorship and location of event.
- U16AA - $1200, if qualified for CRC estimated $1,500 more, depending on fundraising/sponsorship and location of event.
- U19AA - $1200, if qualified for CRC estimated $1,500 more, depending on fundraising/sponsorship and location of event.
What is the time commitment?
- As is the same with the financial commitment, the time commitment can vary from team to team and between age groups. A good guideline is as follows:
- a regular practice ice session twice per week of 60 to 75 minutes;
- a dryland session per week of 60 to 75 minutes;
- approximately 15 to 20 exhibition/league games;
- Participation in 4 to 5 tournaments. Coaches are required to follow Ringette Canada’s LTAD principles with respect to practice and playing time.
Are athletes permitted/encouraged to play other sports during the ringette season?
- The Spruce Grove Ringette Association (SGRA) recognizes athletes are required to balance many commitments. These commitments often include family, school and other sports. SGRA expects and supports family and school commitments take priority over ringette.
- At U14AA & U16AA, SGRA encourages players to play other sports. The coach(s) will work with the family and the athlete to balance ringette with other sports, especially school sports.
- At U19AA, other than family and school, SGRA expects ringette to be the main focus for athletes.
What is the tryout/evaluation process?
Independent evaluators will be contracted, when available, to assist with the AA evaluation process. AA tryouts will consist of three scrimmages, with possible releases after the second scrimmage. Additional information on SGRA evaluation policies can be found in the Policies and Procedures Manual (available on the SGRA website).
How will teams be selected?
- Upon completion of the AA tryouts, The Oversight Committee in coordination with the coaching staff will select athletes for each team based on the outcome of evaluations. The Oversight Committee consists of but not limited to: Director of Player Development & Assessment, Director of Coaching & Coaching Assessment, Applicable Division Director; Vice President or President where applicable, and the AA coordinator. Coaches children are not automatically accepted on the team.
- Coach selection is done by completing the online application by a selected date, followed by interviews with the applicants. Selection Committee consists of the Director of Player Development & Assessment, Director of Coaching & Coaching Assessment and the Applicable Division Director and the AA coordinator. Once the Head Coach has been selected the committee may recommend assistant coaches.
How many U14AA, U16AA, U19AA teams are there?
- For the 2019-20 season, Spruce Grove AA has approval to form one team of 13-16 skaters and up to 2 goalies in each division.
- U14 AA & U16 AA, U19 AA will play in their own respective divisions in the Black Gold League.
Who organizes the tryouts?
- Tryouts are organized by the SGRA Director of Player Development & Assessment, in consultation with the SGRA Board and AA Coordinator.
Who do I contact for information about AA ringette?
- SGRA Vice President - firstname.lastname@example.org
- SGRA AA Coordinator - AA@sprucegroveringette.com