SWRA U14 AA program – Information session

The Southwest Winnipeg Ringette Association (SWRA) is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the U14 AA Wild team starting September 2017.

All parents of athletes born in 2004/2005 are invited to attend an information session at the River Heights Community Centre on Monday, February 27th at 7:30 pm. Athletes are welcome to attend as well if interested.

There will be a short presentation to provide general details on what families should expect if choosing to join the AA program, followed by an open forum to answer any questions you may have. This forum will be hosted by current “AA parents” who will offer you a realistic view of what it means to be part of the AA community.

Hoping to see you all on February 27th!

Your SWRA Board 


2017 WCRC Call for Hostesses

The 2017 Western Canadian Ringette Championships will be held in Winnipeg from March 22 - 25, 2017 at the Seven Oaks and Gateway Arenas.   Provincial winning teams will be here from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba at the U14AA, U16A, U19A, and Open 1 levels to compete.
The organizing committee is seeking current ringette players, born between 2004 and 2005 (U12 players) to be team hostesses. Hostesses will be assigned to one of 20 teams (U14AA, U16A, and U19A) and they will be their biggest supporter, get to hang with the team, and participate in team activities including the opening and closing ceremonies. 

Although some games will be held during the day, attendance during school hours is not mandatory but is welcomed. 

If you are interested in being a WCRC 2017 Team Hostess, please send an email to to apply. Applications will be taken up to February 15, 2017. When submitting your request to be a Hostess, please include "Request to be WCRC 2017 Hostess" in the subject line. Team Hostesses will be selected and notified by March 1, 2017.



If you have any questions, please direct them to



Dakota Community Centre Annual Ringette Spring 3 on 3

April 2 -30, 2017 No games over the Easter Weekend  

- Attempts will be made to keep games in each division scheduled over a two week period. 

- 5 game guarantee 

- Divisions will include R4U, U10, U12, U14, and U16/19 

- Friend requests can be made (must be mutual). Every effort will be made to honour them, but they are not guaranteed. 

- Online registration at will begin February 1st. Deadline March 3rd. 

- Cost is $100 per player. Goalies will have a discount. Individual sign up only. No teams. 

- Volunteer coaches for teams from all community centres is greatly appreciated.   

- Further inquiries, please email 


Next Wave Camps

NextWave Camps provides sport development programs in a vast array of sports, assisting athletes in achieving their goals and thriving in our ever evolving world of sport. ?The ?NextWave? founders ??started out in swimming and they ?embody? three main pillars of success; individuality, technique, and leadership. Each ?pillar ?on its own focuses on an important aspect of developing athletes to excel to the best of their ability. Emphasis placed upon developing not only technically efficient athletes, but also responsible leaders within the community.

Alex McGavin is the coordinator of the ringette camps in Manitoba, and he will be focusing on younger athletes to start developing smart and technically skilled ringette players at a young age (~8-12).

As a coach Alex understands how hard it is to get enough time to work on everything that you want to in the limited practice time that players are provided. And it always seems to happen that individual skills fall by the wayside while coaches are trying to work on strategy and overall team skills. NextWave is a camp that will happen once a month, and the athletes will have a chance to work on on-ice skills, dryland training and will also have classroom sessions to work on mental and emotional development on the ice.

Camps will run around once a month, and will be three hour sessions, with each day costing only $60. Players can sign up for all clinics, or just one clinic at a time, so there is no huge monetary investment involved to go to the first camp and try it out.


Junior Bisons Offer Fitness Testing

Joanne Parsons is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Manitoba. She is working with Shawn Preston, Head Bison Strength & Conditioning Coach on a research study looking at how a conditioning program can affect performance on some tests that may identify athletes at increased risk of injury. If you are an athlete aged 12-16 years old currently playing organized sports and would like to participate, please contact Joanne. Click here for more information


Welcome to the 2016/2017 Ringette Season

Welcome to the new 2016-2017 Southwest Winnipeg Ringette season!

What an exciting time! Time to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and best of all, play the fastest, most exciting game on ice!

Our teams are looking good out there! Whether learning new drills in practice or showing their impressive skills during games, our players are working hard, but most importantly, they definitely look like they are having a lot of fun.

As you know, although our association’s success stems in large part from our talented players on the ice, there is also a whole team of volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make a season happen. Please allow me to express my sincere gratitude to these exceptional individuals.

First, I would like to thank the Southwest Winnipeg Ringette Association (SWRA) board members for taking the time over the last few months to get everything ready for the new season. There is never a shortage of things to do and it’s not always easy, but you are always there, ready to sort out issues or come up with new ideas. Without you there would be no season. As your president and friend, let me tell you that I am both extremely lucky and humbled to have such a dedicated, experienced and driven team to work with.

I would also like to extend special thanks to the assessment committee. This small but efficient team has spent countless hours planning, revising, starting from scratch and planning again to ensure that this year’s assessments would run smoothly and be fair to all players. It is not an easy task and is frequently a thankless job, but they made it work and their hard work have certainly paid off. I’ve seen our players in action and I can say without a doubt that our SWRA teams will have an amazing season.

To the coaches, assistant coaches, trainers and managers, I simply cannot thank you enough. Your engagement and leadership is what ties everything together. Yes, it can be time consuming to volunteer with a team, but speaking from experience, I can tell you that you will be rewarded tenfold for your efforts. Seeing our players grow in skill and confidence on and off the ice is what makes the cold mornings and long hours all worth it.

Now, ladies and gentlemen, I am absolutely thrilled to unveil the newly designed, fresh off the press, new SWRA logo! This logo was designed to bring a sense of unity to our teams and create a brand for the SWRA. It will no doubt take a little time to build our brand, but I hope to see all our SWRA teams proudly wear this beautiful logo on their game jersey over the next few years. And of course, as there can be no brand without “stuff” to display our logo on, so we will soon launch a line of clothing available for all to buy. Your coaches and managers will receive purchasing information over the next few days and will share it with you so that our SWRA family can soon start displaying its colours across the city.

With all that said, I think that I have taken enough of your time. Less reading, more playing! Time to hit the road, grab that coffee, lace up those skates and, of course, have fun!

See you all at the rink!


Allan Gibbens


Southwest Winnipeg Ringette Association





  • Ice rental: Prime time ice $125/hour + GST
    Starbuck Arena has prime time ice at $125/hour + GST starting March 6.
    Email to book.
    All ice is listed on Ice Bay or see the ice availability calendar at
  • Ice rental: St. Adolphe arena full ice for sale
    St. Adolphe arena full ice available Sat. Feb 25 and Mar 4 @915 am $180 Contact Stacey at 204-981-9131
  • Tournaments: Dakota Spring 3 on 3! 75% FULL. Deadline March 3rd!
    Dakota Spring 3on3
    Dakota Community Centre
    Annual Ringette Spring 3 on 3

    April 2 -30, 2017(U12 to U16/19 games all in first 2 weeks to accommodate AA tryouts)

    No games over the Easter Weekend. All games at St. Vital arena and Jonathan Toews community centre.

    Attempts will be made to keep games in each division scheduled over a two week period.

    5 game guarantee

    Divisions will include R4U, U10, U12, U14, and U16/19

    Friend requests can be made (must be mutual). Every effort will be made to honour them, but they are not guaranteed.

    Online registration at will begin February 1st. Deadline March 3rd. Or follow the link to registration. 

    Cost is $100 per player. Goalies are free. Individual sign up only. No teams.

    Volunteer coaches for teams from all community centres is greatly appreciated.

    Further inquiries, please email
  • Gear swap: Brand new ringjet 500 for sale
    need a new stick before provincials
    I have brand new Ringjet 500 sticks  $75 taxes included 
    Contact or text 204-793-2711.  ( maples area) 

  • Tournaments: Lorette 3 on 3

    The Lorette Ringette Association invites you to our Annual April 3 on 3 Tournament held April 2 - 16 at the Ile des Chenes and Landmark arenas. This tournament will give players a chance to keep up their Ringette skills with a fast paced 3 on 3 tournament. There will be 5 games guaranteed over a 2 week period with a possible playoff game on April 16th. We are accepting registration for teams only.

    U10, U12, U14, U14AA-U16, U16AA & U19 & Open

    Additional loops may open up or modified depending on interest. Some levels may not be available if there is not enough interest.

    Registration is $1000 per team

    An ideal teams will consist of nine skaters and one goalie. 

    You may have up to 12 skaters and 1 goalie.

     Jerseys will be provided for each player.

    Most games will be played during the weekends with some Fridays and if needed we will pick up other days.

     Register early to ensure your spot!

    Deadline to register: March 3, 2017

    For more information or to register please contact:

  • Tournaments: Springfield End of Season Tournament

    Springfield Ringette End of Season Tournament
    March 17-19th
    Age levels U10A and B and U12A (provincials weekend) and B
    Oakbank Arena

    More information coming soon!

    Contact: Charmaine Bergen at

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