NWVRA coaches have the training and knowledge to bring out the best in players through practices and game play. For players wanting to build their skills outside of NWVRA activities, many opportunities are available.
Group skating lessons for beginner to intermediate skaters are available through the North Van Rec Commission and at the West Vancouver Community Centre. These facilities also offer semi-private and private lessons.
The Vancouver Skating Club offers in-season power skating courses on the North Shore (Canlan Ice Sports and Karen Magnussen) and East Vancouver (Agridome) for hockey and ringette players from 5 years old and up.
High-performance power skating courses are offered at the North Shore Winter Club, at an extra fee for non-members. These courses are generally geared toward hockey players, but ringette players are welcome.
Each summer, the National Ringette School (NRS) offers week-long ringette camps across Canada, focussed on skating, game skills and strategy, athletic performance and teamwork. This year in BC, there are camps in Pitt Meadows on August 6 to 9 and in Vernon August 19-23, and these have typically been popular with NWVRA players. Check out the website for more details.
Rings A’Fire Ringette School in August, held in 2019 at the Richmond Ice Centre. For more information see www.ringsafire-ringette.com.
There are many other formal and informal ways and opportunities for players to improve their skills. Players and parents should check with their coaches and team managers for more ideas and information.