Ian Carkener laughs as he helps run a ringette open house Sunday afternoon at the Optimist Arena. The event was organized by the Brandon Ringette Association to give girls 12 years old and under a chance to try the sport.
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Brandon Ringette organizers held an open house in an attempt to increase its registration numbers, and earlier indications point to a success.
Approximately 25 children hit the ice at the Optimist Arena Sunday afternoon, which surprised Brandon Ringette president Neil Michta.
"It’s more than what we expected," he said. "We have a lot of younger girls this year. We just started a bunny league (for girls eight and under), which we didn’t know if we’d have enough to keep one going. If everyone registers today, then it will be off to a good start."
The open house gave young girls an opportunity to try out the game, and there was a lot of positive feedback.
Emily O’Greysik had heard a lot about the sport from one of her friends at school and decided to try it on Sunday. O’Greysik, 8, loved playing ringette and had her father register her for the season before they left the arena.
"I really liked it," she said. "This is something I’d like to do instead (of hockey). It’s something new for me to try and I won’t have to be bored at home just watching TV."
That’s exactly what Michta wanted to hear as he hopes to attract more than the 47 ringette players the organization had last year.
While the open house was a good opportunity to register kids for the winter, people can still get registration information at www.brandonringette.ca.
The bunny season will start on Oct. 6 with the other levels beginning the following day. Michta can’t wait for the season to begin.
"I’m very excited," he said. "It’s been a growing process. We’ve been working at it for three years and every year it gets better."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 17, 2012