Category Archives: Sports and Fitness

The 3 Repeat Skating Test to Assess Cardio Fitness for Ringette

Over the past year, I had the opportunity to attend a Challenge Cup Event where players from the National Ringette League could attend a training and identification camp hosted by Team Canada coaches and associates. My role was that of … Continue reading

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Why we need a Canadian Ringette Players Association.

By Paul Youldon. Sport is part of what it is to be Canadian: the pursuit of excellence, learning to compete, overcoming adversity, social engagement, lifelong learning, tolerance, healthy and fun physical activity, building community capacity and learning about team work … Continue reading

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“Run to Worlds” 5k Training Program

Follow this training program to prepare you to jog or run the 5 kilometre distance on Saturday, October 7th. It is a beginner, yet progressive, program that will permit you to complete the 5 K distance without stopping and at … Continue reading

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Award Winning Tryouts

Spring tryouts. The season is just ending, everyone is in fine form… Just when volunteers need a break, the big event occurs and challenges the fragile volunteer cadre to the limit. The most stressful event of the season – not … Continue reading

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Snow White and the Seven Coaches.

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is a famous 1937 American animated film produced by Walt Disney based on the German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. You may recall the names of the characters: Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, … Continue reading

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What is wrong with drill books.

The coach opened the “Drill Book” full of pictures and symbols with the purpose of finally mastering the game of Ringette. “Wow, with these drills, I can see medals on the mantle.” A Bunny (ringette player 4 to 6 years … Continue reading

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Who is in charge of Coaching?

The local ringette association executive is bustling around the rink pontificating to the local spectators that “it is all about coaching.” Meanwhile, the not to be outdone provincial executive bombastically declares to a room full of exhausted volunteers that “I … Continue reading

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A Modern AAA Program for Ontario

Every two years Ontario selects athletes from each region of its six regions to participate in the AAA program, with the goal of being in the Ontario Winter Games. Is it keeping pace with modern sport development? Alberta brings its … Continue reading

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Balanced Scorecard for Ringette Teams

Shots on goal, plus / minus or giveaways and takeaways. Dartfish for video tracking and iPhone apps for recording where the shot was taken on the ice. There is no shortage of performance measures and technology that can be used … Continue reading

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Me, Head Coach – Now What?

Back to school. Back to Ringette. September is tryout season. Time for players to don the standard pinnie and stand out in the crowd of other players trying to make the team. Coaches and local associations are challenged to assess … Continue reading

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