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Program Descriptions


Optimist Club Active Start Program

The Active Start (AS) program in MHRA will combine three of the programs as outlined by RAB.  Learn to Skate, Intro to Ringette and the actual Active Start programs.   AS will be a continuation of what was offered in the 2018-19 season with some small adjustments and improvements. The intent of the AS division is to offer an entry level program to Ringette for athletes ages 4 and up.    There are some guiding principles that will help us:

  • A fun, learn to skate/learn to play ringette program.
  • Athletes wear full ringette equipment.
  • Active Start on-ice session will be full ice.
  • Team atmosphere with hot pink team jersey to use for the season and a take home team hot pink shirt.
  • Parents are allowed and encouraged to go on ice (CSA approved helmet and skates required).
  • Regularly scheduled weekly consistent ice time and consistent location.
  • Led by certified skating instructors from Platinum Power Skating.
  • 16 sessions (8 prior to Xmas and 8 following Xmas)
    1. 8 sessions prior to Xmas will be primarily learn to skate and basic ringette skills.
    2. 8 sessions after Xmas will continue with the on-ice learn to skate and basic ringette skills with cross ice games offered for athletes using 1/3 of the ice (cross ice).  The athletes will rotate thru the cross ice game portion on each of the 8 ice times.  For example, an athlete would start the on-ice session by doing learn to skate drills on 2/3 of the ice, then move into a cross ice game on 1/3 of the ice for 15 minutes and then back to learn to pass the ring drills to finish the ice session. The cross ice game will be managed by experienced ringette coaches/junior coaches with hopes of mentoring parents who may be interested in coaching in the future. There will be a line painted (bingo marker) halfway on the cross ice that players must pass across – no need for goalies, but if goalie sticks are available they may wish to try it! The learn to skate portion will led by qualified instructors from Platinum Power Skating just as in 2018-19 season.
  • 2 x fun team parties (water sliding, crafts, etc.) with one held prior to Xmas and one at the end of the season. Parent(s) will coordinate.
  • Athletes can sign up all 16 session for $149 or the just the 8 sessions after Xmas for $99.
  • There is no travel required with the Active Start Program.
  • No Volunteer Requirements 
  • Only $149!

U9/U10 STEP 1

Since RAB does not formally recognize the U9 program any longer, we are proposing to name it U9/U10 Step 1.  The intent of this program is to offer ringette and skating development for athletes that are ready to move from our Active Start program and/or athletes new to ringette that can already skate proficiently.  There are some guiding principles that will help us:

  • A fun, team-based atmosphere.
  • The intention is to create a program where travel is minimized and optional.
  • The goal for 2019-20 is to have 25-35 athletes on one TRF (Team Registration Form) with 3-6 coaches working together.
  • For practices the athletes can be split up into smaller groups for station drills and/or scrimmages.  
  • All games will be using a half ice format. Practices should be scheduled with full ice due to number athletes.
  • For the in town house league style games, the athletes can be split into even teams and play each other.  These games can occur as often as weekly once the athletes and coaches are ready.  The teams can and should be varied regularly for fair games and an opportunity for all athletes to play with each other. 
  • Referees would be provided for the house league style games if they are scheduled in advance and planned accordingly. This is also a good opportunity for our new junior refs to learn!
  • This division will receive direct support from the MHRA Coaching Coordinator especially early in the season and regular check-ins to ensure the proper structure is in place for development of the coaches and the players (practices, strategies of development, etc.).
  • The team will play in our MHRA Ed Horvath Tourney and may decide to play in a maximum of 1 other out of town tournament. It is advised that minimal games versus other associations are planned.  6-8 games for the season for out of town and/or in town games vs. other associations. This would give a max of approximately 16 games for the season. In all cases of games vs. other associations/tournaments, players that do not wish to participate may opt out. If there are enough players wishing to participate in games vs. other associations/tourneys then 2 even teams could be formed (Game Sheets).  Any players wishing to participate will be allowed to participate. There will be no specific selection of players to play in games vs. other associations/tourneys. Any players who wish to play will be able to play and if necessary split into 2 even teams.
  • All concerns and questions during the season should be brought forth to the board thru the coordinator (Janelle Want).

U10 STEP "X"

  • This division is labelled as U10 Step x as it will be unknown which Step (likely 2 or 3) that will be assigned to the team by RAB until the UAA evaluations are completed and submitted to RAB in late September.   The assignment of the Step (2 or 3) is done by RAB after they review and assess the UAA evaluation data. 
  • Athletes who are a 2010 birth year will make up the bulk of this division.
  • Athletes who played full ice at U9 level last year, will be allowed to play at this level regardless of their age/skill level if they choose to do so. A discussion between the coordinator and the parents will occur.  Considerations for the athlete’s social and athletic development should be discussed. This year, as mentioned, is a transition year. RAB’s approach is that once you have played full ice you do not have to revert to half ice, but you may choose to half ice.  Playing half ice (U9/U10 Step1) with athletes of similar social development stage may be very beneficial to the athlete development.
  • There will be a minimum of 1 team in this division and we are really striving for 2 or more teams.  If the numbers support 2 or more viable teams, then 2 or more evenly drafted teams will be formed in this division.  As an example “2 x U10 Step 2 teams” or “2 x U10 Step 3 teams” – again the step is as determined by RAB based on UAA evaluation data. There will not be teams at different steps (as an example there will not be “1 x U10 Step2 team” and “1 x U10 Step 3 team”).  2 teams at the same level will setup the opportunity to have in town (no travel) house league style games between the teams. If there are 2 or more teams, each team would have a TRF and would need a minimum of 2 coaches per team. As our association grows we hope to eventually be able to offer all 3 steps in U10 on any given year.
  • This team(s) will play in the Big Country League.
  • This team(s) will compete in games on full ice where possible.  There may be some associations or tourney that elect to compete on half ice for U10 Step 2 level – please check ahead on any games vs. other associations/tourneys.
  • This team(s) will participate in the MHRA Ed Horvath tourney and may participate in maximum 2 additional out of town tournaments during the season.
  • This division will require direct support from the MHRA Coaching Coordinator especially early in the season and regular check-ins to ensure the proper structure is in place for development of the coaches and the players (practices, strategies of development, etc.).
  • All concerns and questions during the season should be brought forth to the board thru the coordinator (Janelle Want).


  • Players will be evaluated using the Universal Athlete Assessment System and game play and then placed on the appropriate tiered team.   (U12 & U14 only)
  • More advanced programs continuing to work on game fundamentals all the way up to game tactics and plays depending on the division and level.
  • Teams will travel and play in the Calgary (Zone 1,2,3 League).  Games will be played at Home and Away.
  • Teams attend both away tournaments as well as the Home Tournament.
  • Teams have the opportunity to participate in Play downs and Provincials. 
  • Power skating sessions are included.
  • Season begins with evaluations the beginning of September and continues to approximately mid March (depending on Provincials).    

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Sponsored by Kona Ice of SE Alberta

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Kona Ice has been a big supporter of MHRA for the last three years. We are proud to partner with them on Canada Day!   Come out and support both Kona Ice and MHRA on July 1st at Kin Coulee Park.

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Sponsored by Steep Rock

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Steep Rock has been a huge supporter of MHRA Coaching Development and we are so pleased to continue our relationship with them.   Our coaches were very fortunate last season to be equipped with Coaching Bags stocked with all the necessary Coaching Supplies, this was only possible with the support of Steep Rock!