This skills testing resource is based on the Ringette Technical Skills Matrix for the Learn to Train and Train to Train stages in the Ringette Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Framework.
It is being used, for now, for testing at the U12 and U14 Divisions. There are no evaluators required. All measurements are conducted objectively by either measuring “how fast?” or “how many?" Therefore, those running the testing sessions are not “evaluating” skill but rather simply recording results.
There is less experience required of those running the test session and little room for real or perceived bias. Some of the benefits of this testing resource:
- The measures are objective and the tests can be accurately replicated. The data will help assess current state and show progress from skill introduction, acquisition, consolidation and refinement over time. Measuring will reinforce the critical impact of quality practice.
- The data collected and indications of change over time will be one tool associations may use to measure coaching effectiveness.
- The data will give Ringette Alberta and local associations valuable information on how to support coaches in their efforts to improve the skills of their players over each season.
- The data will help minimize the reliance on chronological age in these stages (where growth is rapid) to place athletes in programs that are best suited to their development at any given moment in time.
- Collecting the averages and norms for all athletes across the province can be used to help establish competitive equity among teams.