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Message from the President

To all WFRA Members,

I hope everyone is safe and well, and adapting as best they can to our “new normal” during these unusual times. I wanted to touch base with our members and let you all know… WE MISS YOU! I also wanted to provide some insight into the Associations’ 2020-21 planning. We are slowly starting to learn more about what Ringette may look like in the fall, and are working behind the scenes to ensure that we provide our members with a compelling, fun, and safe Ringette experience when we are all able to return to the ice.

Currently, all team sports are evaluating the necessary safety and Return to Play protocols being advised by local health authorities, municipalities and sport governing bodies. Both Ringette Canada and Ringette Ontario published their own comprehensive recommendations for Ringette’s return to play. We encourage all of our members to review Ringette Canada’s National Directive and Ringette Ontario’s Return to Ringette COVID-19. We will be including these links to access these documents along with additional Return to Ringette resources on the homepage of our website within the upcoming weeks.

As outlined in the Ringette Ontario guidelines:

The Return to Ringette Guidelines are founded on the overriding principle of encouraging and providing a safe environment for all participants, team members and volunteers. The Return to Ringette Guidelines seek to allow the maximum amount of participation possible for all members of the organization while adhering to Provincial Health regulations.

The WFRA welcomes this approach, and our Executive continues to stay active and engaged with Ringette Ontario, and the other North East Region Ringette associations, our local Public Health, and municipality. Although Ringette Ontario has made the decision to suspend all sanctioned events until January, we are pleased that they have demonstrated strong leadership and are supportive of a flexible, creative and cautious approach to Return to Ringette.

The health and safety of our families and community members continue to be our top priority. Our Executive team will utilize the latest available information and consider the various scenarios and Return to Ringette stages as we develop our 2020-21 season plan. Based on information and feedback we have collected, we are expecting the large majority of our members will return this season, and we are hopeful that we can start some form of programming in September. Please note, our registration is currently open, and we look forward to sharing with you the latest information on our programming plans for all ages and levels of play closer to that date.

Finally, please don’t hesitate to contact us to share your feedback and questions. We’d love to hear from you and appreciate your efforts to stay connected with our Ringette community during these unprecedented times. We will continue to share all of the latest information from Ringette Ontario on our Associations’ website and through our various social media channels, so please be sure to visit these sources regularly. We are all very excited about the better days ahead. Regardless of how different Ringette may look in the short term, welcoming sport back into our daily lives will be an important milestone to be celebrated.

Sincerely,

Dee Johnson
President, WFRA

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CAO: Taking Care of Your Athletes

The Coaches Association of Ontario has written a very helpful article with tips for supporting your athletes from home during COVID-19:

“Everyone in the sports community is feeling the impact of COVID-19, and as a coach, you’ve likely spent the last few weeks figuring out how you can best help your athletes stay positive and motivated.

While we all understand that practicing social distancing is essential in protecting ourselves, our loved ones and our communities, it has certainly been tough on athletes who were looking forward to finishing up or starting their seasons.

Although social distancing from one another is vital to flattening the curve, that doesn’t mean we can’t reach out to our colleagues and athletes to check in on how they are coping at this time.

So, if you’re a coach or an administrator looking for ways on how to support athletes on your team, or in your organization, this article’s for you.

We would also like to note that while this article contains information regarding how to assist your athletes in this time that ultimately, you know your athletes best. What is provided here are researched ideas that may or may not be entirely relevant for your age grade, gender, or class of athlete.”

Continue reading this article, and find more important resources, on the CAO website by clicking here.

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Join the AGM on Zoom

The Annual General Meeting of the West Ferris Ringette Association is scheduled to take place on Monday, June 8th at 6:30 pm via the online meeting platform Zoom.

Note that the Zoom meeting will open at 6:15 pm; all first time users of Zoom are encouraged to join early and take a few minutes to get to know the system before the Annual General Meeting gets underway at 6:30 pm.

Please refer to the AGM email sent to the association for the Zoom meeting details, or contact us.