At that time, Morris Dancing was seen as a men's pastime, reflected by the fact that there were few or no women's teams performing in the manner of the the original membership. Thus, the Morris Ring became an association of male-only dancing teams, which has since become the main cause of friction between the different Morris associations.
The Ring holds a regular annual meeting (the ARM) at which representatives from member sides vote on officers and discuss policy, as well as four or five feast weekends per year which are open to all member sides..
Member sides in the Ring tend to also hold their own Ale or Feast nights locally, inviting nearby or associated sides along for dancing, eating and drinking. These events vary from the very formal, with speaches, toasts, etc., to the very informal, mainly consisting of dancing with a pause to eat and no finery.