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Floor Hockey/Gym Ringette


Secondary - Curricular 2018

Stick without a blade

This activity page must be presented to the activity provider prior to the activity taking place. The activity provider must meet the minimum requirements listed on this page. For more information on planning trips using outside providers, consult Appendix O - Outside Activity Providers.

Also consult the Ball Hockey/Cosom Hockey page.


A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible. (Consult Appendix D - Sample First Aid Kit)

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use (e.g., no sharp edges, sharp corners, cracks, or splinters). Students must be encouraged to report equipment problems to the teacher.

A “felt” or rubber ring to be used.

Only use:

  • regulation ringette sticks; and/or
  • commercially produced floor hockey (bladeless) sticks; and/or
  • wooden hockey stick shafts or broom type handle with protective covering on the ends (e.g., piece of sponge or carpet securely taped on).

Sticks must be checked regularly for cracks and splinters.

Stick length must be appropriate to the height of the student.

Goalie must wear protective mask (e.g., softball mask, properly fitted (as per manufacturer's guidelines) and properly worn hockey helmet with cage).

Goalies must wear gloves appropriate to activity (e.g., ball glove).


Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

No exposed jewellery permitted.

When long hair poses a safety risk it must be secured. Devices (e.g. hair pins, clips and barrettes) used to tie back long hair must not present a safety concern.


Determine that all facilities are safe for use. Students must be encouraged to report facility problems to the teacher.

Playing surface and area must be free of all obstacles (e.g., tables, chairs, pianos) and provide safe footing and traction.

Floor plugs must be in place.

Turning points, finish lines, end zones, and boundaries must be a safe distance away from walls, stages, equipment, trees, posts, natural hazards, and holes. Walls, stages, equipment, trees and posts must not be used as turning points, finish lines, end zones or boundaries. A marker (e.g. line or pylon) must be designated and be properly identified.

Consult Fundamentals of Safety for the opening and closing of gymnasium divider doors/curtains.

When running takes place off school site for a warm up:

  • Teachers must do a safety check ‘walk through’ in order to identify potential problems prior to initial use of route or course.
  • Teachers must outline to the students the route or course (e.g., notice of areas to approach with caution) before the start of the run.
  • Teachers must determine that students are not crossing busy intersections unless directly supervised.

Special Rules/Instructions

Be aware of students whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation. (Consult Fundamentals of Safety)

Students must not participate in the activity until they receive information on concussion prevention specific to the activity, inherent risks of the activity (e.g. outline possible risks and ways to minimize the risks), and procedures and rules for safe play. Students must receive instruction on the importance of reporting symptoms related to a suspected concussion.

Refer to the school board’s transportation procedures related to communicating with parents/guardians the location of an off-site activity and the means of transportation used as well as to the need for obtaining parent/guardian permission.

Activities must be modified according to the age, ability level, language, and experience of students and the facility available.

Previous training, fitness level and the length of time and intensity of physical activity must be taken into consideration.

Activities must be based on skills that are taught.

Skills must be taught in proper progression.

A proper warm-up and cool-down must be included.

The following rules must be in place:

  • no body contact
  • no stick on body contact or stick on stick contact
  • stick must remain below waist at all times
  • no slap shots
  • stick must be in contact with the floor at all times except on a shot or a pass when the stick may not go beyond waist level.
  • only active participants on the floor can have a stick.

Implement a crease for protection of the goalie and no other player or player’s stick is allowed in the crease. No other player or player’s stick allowed in crease. Goalies must remain in crease area during play.

Penalties for stick infractions strictly enforced.

Adequate liquid replacement (personal water bottles, water fountains) must be accessible for students before, during and after physical activity to prevent dehydration.


On-site supervision is required.

Students must be informed that the use of equipment and the gymnasium are prohibited without supervision. In addition to verbal communication, the doors must be locked or signs must be posted indicating that students are not allowed to use the gym unless appropriately supervised.

First Aid

Follow the school's first aid emergency response (consult Appendix E - Sample First Plan and Sample First Aid Emergency Response) and the school board’s concussion protocol (consult the Concussion section).

An emergency action plan and response to deal with evacuations and lock downs must be followed and communicated to students.

Also see Fundamentals of Safety section to view complete safety requirements.