Chatham Ringette Association offering skating program for youth

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The Chatham Thunder Ringette teams continue to grow!

Lisa Lumley, spokesperson for the Chatham Ringette Association, shared some of the details for this year’s program;

“We now have over 100 players, with approximately 40 of them being first-time skaters in their Learn to Skate program.”

The association’s Learn to Skate program is set up to support each child’s transition into on-ice sports. The program offers full ice with two, 50-minute sessions/week. As skills grow, the kids move on to their progressive programs (FUN1, FUN2 and FUN3), which build upon skills, player development and game strategy to prepare for the continued advancement into the house league and travel U12, U14, U16 and U19 programs. There is also an adult league.

“Anyone can enjoy ringette! Any age, any skill level! If you want to try, the Chatham Thunder Ringette organizers will help you learn,” said Lumley.

The association is having a FREE, Come Try Ringette event at Thames Campus Arena on Saturday, September 16 to introduce children and parents to the incredible sport of ringette. Participants will have 45 minutes on the ice with the experienced coaches and players.

This event runs starts at 11:30 a.m. and is open to children ages 4+. No experience in ringette or skating is necessary.

What should your athlete bring/wear?
• Minimum requirements
o Helmet with cage (skating or skiing helmets only, no bike helmets)
o Skates
o Gloves (Hockey/Ringette/Lacrosse gloves recommended, winter mittens or gloves acceptable)

• Additional equipment recommended, but not required.
o Neck guard
o Elbow pads
o Knee / Shin pads
o Ringette girdle / Hockey pants

Ringette sticks and rings will be available to borrow at the event.

Representatives from the association will be present to answer questions about registration and programming.

Visit to register.

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