The NRL: A Long Time Dream Come True – by Beth Veale

It was over 20 years ago when Linda Tippin and I (OK, mostly Linda) wrote the “When will the National Ringette League get off the Ground” song. Our Calgary team finally won provincials and proudly represented Alberta at in Port Coquitlam.  Back in the day… the athletes from each of the provinces entertained the rest of the country with some kind of skit at the banquet at CRC’s.  We wrote the song, choreographed a routine, went to Value Village to buy the appropriate props (flashing light head bands – it was the eighties), practiced, practiced, practiced and performed at the banquet.  It was ugly, but we had so much fun.

Why did we feel the need to write this song?  It wasn’t so much that we were visionaries predicting what would happen in 2005, but more because that we knew what strong, dedicated, skilled athletes Ringette players were and we were upset that the rest of the sporting world was not taking us seriously.  This was our rebel cry.

To give you an idea of how things were different, in order to get publicity for our trip to nationals that year, the newspaper “journalist” had five of our players roll up their pant legs of their uniforms to show some leg and had our coach, Bob, lay across their laps for our picture.  (If you don’t believe me, look on the Ringette Calgary website (www.ringettecalgary.ca)  – history, 1984). We had to fund raise every penny – no support from sporting bodies.  Our fund raising efforts included asking for spare change from customers leaving liquor stores.  Linda – a highly skilled Ringette athlete, encouraging instructor and inspirational coach – believed we deserved better.

Well, haven’t we come a long way?  Because of the efforts of a great number of dedicated volunteers and the passion of the players like Linda, Ringette has gained an incredibly strong reputation in the sporting community and throughout our society.  We now have a thriving National Ringette League for our elite athletes to play.  Linda would be proud.

“National Ringette League Song” by Linda Tippin Anderson

(Sung to “Why must I be a teenager in love”)

Ooo ooo wa ooo ooo

Ooo ooo wa ooo ooo
Each time we play the game
You know we fret and frown
Although we’re so darn good
There’s no future to be found
Each night we ask the stars all around
When will the national ringette league get off the ground
Some day we’ll be so happy
Today we feel so sad
If only we’d been born boys
There’d be money to be had
No one knows what ringette is,
Nobody but you
We’re such a lonely sport
Time to give us our due
We skate, we pass, we shoot, we score
Better then Gretzky, in his prime
The fact we don’t get paid
You know it is a crime
Each night we ask the stars all around
When will the national ringette league get off the ground
No one knows what ringette is,
Nobody but you
We’re such a lonely sport
Time to give us our due
We skate, we pass, we shoot, we score
Better then Gretzky, in his prime
The fact we don’t get paid
You know it is a crime
Each night we ask the stars all around
When will the national ringette league get off the ground
When will the national ringette league get off the ground
When will the national ringette league get off the ground