Ringette is a Canadian game that was created in 1963 by Sam Jacks in North Bay Ontario. Originally designed as an alternative on-ice game for females, it has evolved into a two-gender sport with an emphasis on passing, speed, and team play. Sweden, Finland, France, and the United States have joined Canada as part of the International Ringette Federation (IRF).
Ringette is an exciting, non-contact ice sport where players wear protective equipment, skates, and use a straight stick with a specially designed tip to pass and shoot a blue rubber ring. The game is played on the same size ice surface as hockey, with six players (five skaters and a goalie) per team. A typical ringette game consists of two, 20 minute periods and differs from hockey where players must pass over the blue line and only three skaters are permitted in the attacking zone. Once in control of the ring, a team has 30 seconds to take a shot on goal.
Ringette has been part of the Canada Games program since 1991.