It’s the summer off season and a perfect time to progress your through your coaching certification with the FUNdamentals Coach webinar series.

The webinar sessions are intended for active skaters, parents, or volunteers looking to work as assistant coaches for Learn to Skate, Learn to Speed Skate and introductory speed skating programs. 

3 (of 8) FUNdamentals Coach modules delivered via webinar
Tuesday, July 7, 14, 21, and 28 @6pm-8pm
Registration $90

The remaining 5 (of 8) FUNdamentals Coach modules will be held in-person; date(s) and location(s) TBC. The cost for the in-person session is $205.

Learn more about the Coaching Association of Canada and the speed skating coach certification pathway.

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We’re ready! The BC Speed Skating Association (BCSSA) has been carefully following the updates regarding Return to Sport in BC and we’ve been preparing our plans accordingly. Thank you for your patience as we do our best to ensure we have the safest and most successful return to group speed skating practices possible.

We are now in Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan, which allows a return to organized sport under enhanced protocols. Following the release of the viaSport sport sector guidelines, BCSSA developed our BCSSA Return to Practice Guidelines. We are happy to announce that the BCSSA Board of Directors approved our guidelines last evening, and we are ready to share them here:


BCSSA Return to Practice Guidelines


What’s next? Clubs must use the BCSSA Return to Practice Guidelines to develop written plans for their club. Each club’s Board of Directors/Executive must approve their club’s plan, after which, face-to-face group training can resume. BCSSA will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday June 17th at 7pm to review this process and answer questions about the BCSSA Return to Practice Guidelines. Club administrators are encouraged to attend using the following link:

https://meet.google.com/xea-vqjr-tsx

Dial-in: (CA) +1 604-774-3512 PIN: 547 209 640#


Questions should be directed to BCSSA Technical Director Chris Acton (chris.acton@nullbcspeedskating.ca). 

This post intends to provide an update to the BCSSA membership on the plans for returning to speed skating practice. viaSport publicly released their sport-sector Return to Sport Guidelines on Monday, after review by the provincial government and WorkSafe BC. This represents a key step in the restart of organized sport, which is allowed under enhanced protocols in Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan.

Each Provincial Sport Organization, including BCSSA, is responsible for developing their own guidelines/plan, which meet or exceed the requirements in the viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines. The BCSSA Return to Practice Guidelines draft has been updated to ensure compliance with the recently-released sport sector guidelines, and are with a working group for review. Following the review of the working group, the BCSSA Return to Practice Guidelines must be approved by the BCSSA Board of Directors before the guidelines are shared with member clubs.

Each member club will subsequently be responsible for developing their own plan, following the BCSSA Return to Practice Guidelines and in collaboration with their facility (or facilities) to align with site-specific guidelines. The Board of Directors/Executive for each club must then approve the club’s plan.

Until this time, clubs are advised that they should not be meeting for in-person training of any type. Although this process seems onerous, it is in the best interest of our members to ensure a safe and successful return to group speed skating training in BC.

Any questions should be directed to BCSSA Technical Director Chris Acton (chris.acton@nullbcspeedskating.ca).