The Bateman name is a familiar one within the City Of Ottawa Ringette Association. Sisters Kelly & Alex Bateman have played for Ottawa since the beginning of their ringette careers, and dad Al has followed closely along the way – by adhering enthusiastically to his position behind the bench.
Al has indeed been coaching for 17 years, 11 of which were at the AA level in the Ottawa Association. He made the leap from Belle AA to the National Ringette League when his eldest daughter Kelly was of age to play at this level. He enjoys coaching, he says, because it is fun to work with players who are motivated, skilled and are great role models. He especially enjoys the fact that the Ottawa Ice squad is made up of elite athletes who truly want to be a part of the team and this league.
The Ottawa Ice team currently holds a 12-3-1 record, which has them sitting in third place in the Eastern Conference. The Ferals have started off 2014 on a good note, with a successful road trip against the southern Ontario teams last weekend. Overall, head coach Al is very pleased with the season to date. He says his group has proven once again that they are one of the top 5 teams in the National Ringette League. “Our team is very solid from our goaltending, to our defence and our forwards. I am also really pleased with the play of our younger players this season. They are all making contributions to the success of our team”, he states proudly.
All in all, the Ottawa Ice seems to be on the right track for continued success this season. With a busy second-half schedule that has them playing a notable amount of games on the road, the team is dedicated and ready to work especially hard to reach their goals and cap off regular season play on a high note. This well-
oiled machine would not run nearly as smoothly without the countless hours of work and dedication put forward by this group’s leader. Al’s coaching skills are second to none, and his players love playing for him. He constantly emphasizes the importance of hard work on and off the ice, and does a remarkable job of motivating his athletes to be the best they can be. Along with assistants Jon, Jodi, Erin and manager Linda’s relentless commitment to the team’s success, Al will surely continue to lead the way and have a decisive hand in Ottawa’s triumphs and ongoing demonstrations of #FeralizationToTheNation.