The Review Committee
In January of 2021, Ringette BC formed a committee of four members to engage in a review of Ringette BC’s response to COVID-19 and to consider if the Ringette BC Strategic Plan is still relevant in a post-COVID-19 world. The Committee was made up of the past presidents of the three major Leagues in the Province, Rod Needham, Georgina Scully, and Sean Russell and was Chaired by Michelle MacRae who was a member of the Implementation Committee that was formed in 2019.
Ringette BC would like to thank all of the Committee members for their efforts in completing this work and would like to thank all of the individuals who contributed to the research and the information contained within this report. Thank you for your time and commitment to the sport of ringette.
The Review Committee was appointed by Ringette BC’s Board of Directors to provide an objective review of Ringette BC’s Response to COVID-19 and to provide recommendations on whether Ringette BC’s Strategic Plan is still relevant in a post-COVID-19 world.
The Committee considered all available information related to the current state of ringette in BC, what steps Ringette BC took throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and where Ringette BC is currently in working through their Strategic Plan.
The Committee considered multiple factors and perspectives and came to a consensus on what priorities Ringette BC needs to undertake to ensure the sport continues to grow and to deliver a quality sport experience for all participants and Member Associations.
The COVID-19 pandemic was detrimental to the sport of ringette as it was to all sport but it also provided a unique opportunity allowing each organization at the National, Provincial, and local level to consider what are the most important parts of sport, asking the question, “What keeps children, youth and adults coming back to sport even when all they are permitted to do is skills and drills three meters apart?”
Over the course of their review process the Committee identified three key themes that consistently surfaced within the ringette community particular amongst younger participants.