As part of the UAA testing protocol, Ringette Alberta recommends that growth of our players be tracked on a quarterly basis. This means that parents should measure their child’s growth during the off-season to ensure data is being collected on a three-month basis. Currently we take in this data at a minimum twice a season during UAA testing.
For this Septembers UAA testing period, we are asking parents if they can take their childs body measurements prior to their UAA testing time. This will help speed up the registration process while at the rink.
We will still require volunteers to take these measurements, in the event they were not previously taken at home.
The measurements required are standing height, seated height and arm span. These are the three most important measurements as they are indicators of different stages of growth.
For further information on how to conduct proper growth measurements, visit pages 11- 14 of the Canadian Sport Fort Life guide :The Role of Monitoring Growth in Long Term Athlete Development. A link to the pages 11 through 14 have also been posted here:
• An anthropometer or retractable steel measuring tape (metric)
• A headboard or framing square
• A smooth floor with a straight flat wall at 90 degrees to each other.