Player Call Up Rules

Player Eligibility and Call UP Rules - Regular Season

To be eligible to play, a player must register in their home Association and must be registered with Ringette Ontario or Ringuette Québec.


The NCRRL has aligned their call up rules with RO Substitution rules.  The RO substitution rules may be found under Resources/Operating Resources/Competitions Resources/ Player Substitutions for Invitational Tournaments

A team may call up enough players to bring its roster up to twelve (12) skaters maximum, but not to exceed its number of registered players.

A team may call up a player within the same Association or from another Association as a substitute for a missing player but may only call up the same player a maximum of three (3) times during the season.

*Note: The three (3) game limit does not apply to goaltenders.

To align with RO rules, players may be called up from the same age division or one lower, same calibre or less; or one calibre higher only, one age division lower.

For example, U16B can call up a player from U16B or U16C, U14A or U14B/C. U14C can call up a player from U14C, U12B or C.

  • Preference is for call ups to be chosen from within lower divisions, from the same skill grouping or lower e.g., U14B chooses from U14C or U12 B/C.
  • Lateral call ups are permitted but all teams should first look for call ups from within lower divisions (that follow the call up rules) before seeking other players for laterals.
  • Coaches should only be calling up players (following call up rules) who will not make a competitive difference for their team.

When replacement players for a game are required, you must notify your League age level convenor to ensure they are aware of (and approve) the player being requested. 

The list of convenors can be found under NCRRL/Info/NCRRL executives:

The email must specify the team, the name of the call up and what team they are registered with, along with the game number, date, time, and division of the game.


Call Up Rules for the NCRRL Championship Tournament

The NCRRL Championship Tournament is a Ringette Ontario Sanctioned Event. As such, all call-ups and player substitutions, including goalies, for this event must follow the same rules, process, and approvals as those for a tournament. 

Call-ups cannot be from another team that is also participating in the NCRRL Championship Tournament.

All substitutions must be approved by the ERRA Competitions Coordinator. 

NOTE: Call up exceptions granted for regular season NCRRL play do not apply to this event.

Substitution requests must be documented on a NCRRL-specific TRF Adjustment Form available at

Completed forms should be sent to ERRA Competitions Coordinator at for approval.  Requests must be made a minimum of five (5) days before the beginning of the tournament. Last minute requests will only be considered in the case of extreme circumstances.

  • Call-ups may be allowed but only to a total of ten (10) skaters on the game sheet. For example, if you have twelve (12) skaters on your team's TRF and are missing three (3) skaters, you may only call up one (1) skater for a total of ten (10). 
  • No team shall have more than one (1) Provincial level player as a call up. This Provincial level player must have the most comparable skill level to the team for which they will play. 
  • Substitute goalies may only be used to substitute for the designated goalie on the team.
  • No substitutes are allowed from any Quebec team for any Ontario registered team.


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