This page is to help everyone understand how ice is allocated across the teams in the Association. For the 2014-15 season we have 18 minor (youth) teams and 3 Open (adult) teams.
Minor (youth) teams:
Based on the ice we purchase through our contracts with the City of Ottawa (and Carleton University) and the number of teams and players per team we give a baseline of 30 half ice practices to each minor team in the Nepean Ringette Association. This equates to approximately 1 practice per week from September to March. We also supply ice for all the “home” league games for each team. Competitive teams purchase and are allocated additional practice ice (see table below). We also try to give out full practice ice to teams several times during the season since we recognize that teams need full ice to work on certain game elements like the center-ice free play and breakout.
Ice Allocation Breakdown:
|Team||Minimum number of half-ice practices||# of “FUN-damentals Skills” sessions||Extra half-ice practices purchased by the team||Total practices||Average # of practices per week||# of Regular League Games||League Playoffs?|
|U8, U9, U10||20||10||0||30||1||NCRRL – 18||Yes|
|U12 Regional||20||10||0||30||1||NCRRL – 18||Yes|
|U14 B, U14 C||20||10||0||30||1||NCRRL – 18||Yes|
|U16 B, U16 C, U19 B||30||0||0||30||1||NCRRL – 18||Yes|
|U12 Provincial Red, U14 A||30||0||12||42||1.5 (1 or 2)||NCRRL – 18||Yes|
|U16 A, U19 A||30||0||12||42||1.5 (1 or 2)||LRQ – 20||No|
|U12 Provincial Blue, U14 AA, U16 AA, U19 AA||30||0||24||54||2||U12 – NCRRL – 18; AA teams – LERQ – 20||U12 – Yes; All others – No|
Ice Allocation Strategies:
We’ve established the following principles for allocating ice across our teams:
- We try to use every single hour of ice we own. Once we’ve hit the “minimum” metrics for all teams in terms of practices, we spread the rest of the available ice around equitably. For this reason, every team gets more than they pay for.
- We return ice (for a refund) that we deem “unusable”, only if the ice can’t be allocated to a team. For example, we cancel most of our ice at Thanksgiving, Hallowe’en, Christmas and March Break. We return ice on days when every single team is already playing a game or already has a practice. We don’t offer to “sell” ice to teams, because we use and allocate every piece of ice we have that is considered “usable”, within reason.
- We keep accurate metrics for all ice – everything is counted and tracked – number of slots, times, half ice versus full ice, etc.
- There are “busy times” in the ice schedule that cause “lags” and long periods between practices for some teams. For example, we don’t allocate practices on Thanksgiving weekend, which means the week after that weekend is “tight” for practices. We also host a huge Tournament in November with over 100 teams that pulls in weeknight ice from our regular ice and makes practice ice scarce in the week leading up to that tournament. We ask teams to be patient if they experience a time when they may go 10 to 14 days without a practice. This may only happen once or twice per season.
- We sell ice to other Associations in the Region to allow them to run their tournaments, and they sell ice to us. We also give ice to use for Regional activities like Coaching clinics and Referee clinics.
- U19 teams – we recognize that girls in this age group have “paid their dues” and have jobs and other commitments to manage; as such, we don’t assign ice before 9 am on weekends or before 6 pm on weeknights and we try to publish their ice several weeks in advance, and give them “regular” ice slots where possible.
- All “undesirable” ice slots – early morning and 5 pm being the most hated – are spread equally across all teams (except U19).
Adult (Open) Teams
We currently have 3 Open teams within the Association. All of these teams play within GAARA (adult ringette league). These teams operate on a different set of rules in terms of ice and Finances:
- Open A2 – This team has their own ice contracts with the City so they do not purchase game or practice ice from the NRA. They manage all of their own ORA transactions and fees and pay an equipment fee and deposit to borrow game jerseys, rings, pylons, etc.
- Open B2 and Open Rec – These teams purchase their game and practice ice from the NRA, at the adult rate stipulated by the City of Ottawa. For their game ice they use Saturdays at 9:30 pm, which is not a usable hour for any of our minor teams (except U19). They purchase minimal practice ice from the Association, and they pay for each purchased hour. The NRA collects fees and manages these teams within the ORA. They pay an equipment fee and deposit to borrow game jerseys, rings, pylons, etc.