The top ringette teams around are headed to High River and Okotoks this weekend for the 2nd Annual Foothills Freeze.
Coach and director of officials with the Foothills Ringette Association Jamie Nelson and ice scheduler Scott Mundy say the number of teams in the tourney are up from last year's event climbing from 18 to 26 with over 300 players participating from Edmonton, Calgary and the local area.
"A couple years ago we started our program with only one team and this year we've grown to have seven teams, this is the first year we've had our Active Start....they are 4, 5- and 6-year-olds so they are our cute littles that we love to come and watch if we need a good smile and then we have all the way up to U14 this year," Jamie says.
She says the sport is really good for players to improve their skating ability because the ring is always on the stick which allows players to work on their heads-up play.
"The majority of our games are here at the Bob Snodgrass, we're also at the Piper arena in Okotoks. On Saturday we're starting at 7:00 a.m. here in High River, going to 8:00 p.m. and then Sunday we have our medal games starting early in the day as well to mid-afternoon," Scott says.
The last medal game goes at 3:30 Sunday in High River.