Ringette has been a major part of Brock University for almost a decade now but for the first time in the school’s history, the team has finally achieved club status.
“Ringette is a great sport. There’s a lot of strategy [and] there’s a lot of skill,” said Brock’s head coach Mike Glazier. “I always try to promote the sport and at a university level it is a good direction to keep the kids playing,” added Glazier.
Playing their home games out of the Bob Gale Arena in Niagara Falls, the evolution to club status has been an exciting change for the Badgers’ ringette program thus far.
“It’s been real good… We haven’t won a lot of games but it has still been fun. It’s all about leadership and development with the kids. They are having fun and that is what’s important,” said Glazier.
The program has been something that has been true to Glazier’s heart from the very get-go. He has been associated with the sport of ringette for a very long time now and is the reason why Brock established a team from the beginning.
“This is our eighth year of the program. I’ve been involved with ringette since my kids were four,” said Glazier. “The year that we started, my daughter was going to Brock, and I always wanted to get a program going so we worked with a lot of universities to get them up and running, and I was running the Brock program,” added Glazier.
The Badgers’ ringette program plays in the Central Ontario Ringette League in the Open A division. Within that division, Brock plays exhibition games against other university teams and thus far in 10 games of exhibition action, they have compiled a 2-7-1 record.
The participating associations for the 2013-14 season is extremely large as it showcases teams from: Ajax, Ayr, Burlington, Cambridge, Durham, Elora-Fergus, Guelph, Hamilton, Jordan, London, Markham, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara Falls/Brock University, Oshawa, Pickering, Richmond Hill, St. Clements, Waterloo and Whitby Ringette Associations.
The league has been successful this year but at the same time, tournaments have been a big part of the season.
“We’ve had basically four different tournaments where all the different universities meet up. We went to Oshawa, North Bay, Guelph and then we are going to be hosting the big championships in Niagara at the Niagara Falls tournament to wrap it all up,” said Glazier.
The growth of university ringette is slowly happening, but in the next few years, Glazier is hoping that the sport will be bigger than ever within university.
“Right now there are some other universities that are involved. Western has a varsity status and it will come over time. We are working very hard to get CIS and OUA status, we are going to try to evolve to that in a few years,” said Glazier.
With the future looking bright for the Brock ringette program, the team will look to close their season out with great success when they host the Niagara Falls tournament.
The tournament runs from Feb 28-March 2 at the Bob Gale Arena in Niagara Falls.