About BKRA

The Beaconsfield Kirkland Ringuette Association is a not-for-profit volunteer-based group responsible for the administration of Ringuette for the following cities: Beaconsfield, Kirkland, Baie d'Urfé, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, and Senneville.

Approximately 200 BKRA girls play ringuette from August through to March in different levels, based on their year of birth.

The goal of BKRA is to foster the sport of ringuette within it's territory, and to improve the skills and teamwork of each girl playing.

The following are key areas of how BKRA is run:

  • It must be FUN for all involved
  • The girls are grouped by age and ability to ensure FUN
  • We want the parents to be supportive to ensure the girls have FUN
  • and if the girls have FUN then hopefully all our volunteers have FUN too!

Should you have any questions about BKRA or would like to volunteer, we ask that you speak to any of the Executive listed on this website.

BKRA Procedures

For information on how our association is organized, please read the BKRA Operating Procedures and Bylaws document.

How Teams are made

BKRA makes every effort to place girls according to their skill level.

Each level has a "Convenor" who is responsible for the initial communications with the parents, management/formation of teams and nominations of coaches in consultation with the VP of Coaching

The first few weeks are evaluations of girls abilities. The girls are then placed into teams.

Teams play a exhibition pre-season to tuneup. Adjustments can then be made to the teams prior to the regular season beginning.

At the Bunnies and Pre-Novice levels, the focus is on exhibition games and introducing the rules of ringuette, with specific attention to having fun and player development.

Some competitive teams are made, depending on the level and pool of advanced players available.

Once the teams are formed (typically 10-15 players per team), a Head Coach, 2 Assistant Coaches, and a Team Manager are asked to lead the team. In addition to ringuette coaching certification, coaches undergo police background checks to help ensure the safety of the girls.

For more information on the convening process, please click here.

Practises & Games

According to many coaches, practices are more important than games because skills and development occurs primarily in a practice environment. In addition, with the high cost of icetime, practices and games should be respected whenever possible.

All players must wear full equipment at all times, but BKRA jerseys can only be worn during games. Here's a guide to buying Ringuette Equipment.

BKRA encourages all players to use municipal facilities for public skating to take what they have acquired in practice, and working on it to continually improve.

Different coaches have varying styles in the way they manage the team during a game. Should you have any questions about it, we ask that you speak directly with the coach and keep an open and positive communication. It is not uncommon that parents misinterpret game situations.

The rules of ringuette can sometimes be difficult to understand, specifically for those who have never played the sport. Here is a link to the Rules on the Ringuette Canada website.

The Role of Parents

Without the ongoing dedication of parents, the girls would not be playing a sport they love. In the heat of the game, it is easy to get carried away.

The following are general guidelines for parents to consider:

  • Safety of the girls is our #1 priority
  • To ensure the smooth running of the teams, we ask that parents bring their girls to the practices and games early and advise coaches or managers if they will be absent;
  • Take the initiative to communicate with the coaches and the manager of the the team if you have issues, but never in front of the girls, do it on the side;
  • The primary role of the parent is to support the team and the girls, if the parents would like to coach, they are asked to volunteer at the beginning of the year;
  • BKRA as an association does not condone any negativity in the stands, specifically booing at players or other parents, and questioning the referees;
  • Any non-resolved issues within a team should be brought to the attention of the BKRA Executive.

Finally and most importantly, relax and enjoy watching your girls. Cheer them and the rest of the team on, whether winning the championship or making a great play.

For more information, take a look at Resources for Parents