3-on-3 Tournament Rules

NWRA 3 vs 3 Ringette

Game Rule Summary


  • Team listed first is Home i.e. - 1 vs 2, therefore 1 is home
  • USING PLAYERS NOT REGISTERED IN NWRA 2023, 3 on 3 TOURNAMENT IS NOT PERMITTED. Only registered players allowed.
  • No friend requests.
  • Players will require both a black/navy and white jersey. Some NWRA jerseys may be available for use for day of tournament if required.
  • Volunteer time keepers are responsible to hand in the final score sheet. The score sheet must be signed off by each team’s volunteer coach.  Max difference of 7 to be shown on clock.
  • Game length will be 2 periods. 1st period will be 20 minutes, and the length of the second period will be determined by refs.
  • Teams are not required to change ends between periods.
  • All three skaters on each team can be in the Offensive/Defensive zone at the same time (i.e., 3 centers)
  • Periods are running time and will have 60 second controlled shifts.
  • Upon the buzzer sounding, the players on the ice will leave the ring in the location it is in when the buzzer goes off and will return to their respective benches. The next three players will go on the ice immediately and race for the ring.
  • Failure to comply (i.e. shooting the ring down the ice) will result in a warning from the referee, and a further infraction will result in a team penalty
  • All penalties will be served as a Penalty Shot (the clock will be stopped, when the referee’s whistle is blown for the penalty) Clock stopped for penalty shot.
  • On the Penalty Shot, the shooter will start at the offensive zone blue line and the remaining players on the ice will start behind at center ice on the red line. All players can start skating upon the referee blowing their whistle, at which time the clock will resume.
  • After each goal, play will resume immediately (no stoppage in play) from the defending end zone. The scoring team must provide clearance until center ice (red line). 
  • Players on the ice must play the entire 1 minute shift. The players should not be wasting the last ten seconds of their shift by just skating around and then passing it back to their bench for the next shift to pick up.    If this happens the refs will start calling delay of game penalties.  This applies to all levels.
  • All other regular Ringette game rules apply (i.e. crease, 2 line passes, passing over the blue line etc.)
  • There will be up to a maximum of a 7 goal differential
  • SPORTSMANSHIP - This is an ALL INCLUSIVE tournament - the goal being FUN and FRIENDSHIP for players from every skill ability.
  • Every attempt was made to include a variety of skill ability on every team.
  • Coaches/Bench Staff are not to open doors for players until after the buzzer goes off. Refs will call this, and ring will be rewarded to the other team.
  • Rings for each game will be on bench or refs will have rings.
  • Refs should arrive 15 minutes prior to start of game time as games may start earlier.
  • All questions can be directed to Kim Podaima at secretary@nwra.ca


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