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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.

Register here

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). 

Please note the deadline for the 2019-2020 awards nominations has been extended to May 10 (due to a website link error). Following an abrupt end and shortened season due to the pandemic, the following awards will be awarded for 2019-2020 during a competition (TBD) in 2020-2021:

  • Coach of the Year
  • Pat Underhill Spirit of Competition
  • Ritha Johnson Official of the Year
  • Skater Bursaries
  • Skaters of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Provincial Relay Challenge
  • Youth Volunteer Awards

Click here for more information

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all staying well during this unique and challenging time.

Due to the global pandemic of COVID 19, the BCSSA Board has made the decision to cancel the Annual General Meeting weekend planned in Fort St John and will be holding a virtual AGM this year. This decision is consistent with those made by SSC and inline with recommendations from public health officers.

The AGM is still planned for the weekend of May 23 & 24, 2020. Information will be shared as we make our way through the planning to ensure our responsibilities to membership are fulfilled.

Regards,

Kari Rae

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BCSSA President
250 617-4268

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all staying well during this unique and challenging time.

Due to the global pandemic of COVID 19, the BCSSA Board has made the decision to cancel the Annual General Meeting weekend planned in Fort St John and will be holding a virtual AGM this year. This decision is consistent with those made by SSC and inline with recommendations from public health officers.

The AGM is still planned for the weekend of May 23 & 24, 2020. Information will be shared as we make our way through the planning to ensure our responsibilities to membership are fulfilled.

Regards,

Kari Rae

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BCSSA President
250 617-4268
Hello,
We have received some inquiries about the possibility of the upcoming BC Short Track Speed Skating Championships (BCST) being cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus.  Chris Acton has been staying on top of the most current information being provided by the Sport Medicine Advisory Committee.  They have been providing updates every few days and their latest update came in earlier today.  Below is a link to that advisory:
Please note that the Committee continues to monitor the situation but at this time, domestic events in Canada are still considered to be low risk and they have not recommended cancelling any.  The cancellations you may be aware of have been international meets and other competitions and championships.
Taking the advice of the Sport Medicine Advisory Committee, we continue to move forward in our plans to host BCST this weekend in Abbotsford.  We will notify all clubs of any change, but plan to see all of you in Abbotsford this weekend!

The Short Track Canada Cup Junior Final at the Richmond Olympic Oval (March 20-22, 2020) features the country’s 60 next highest ranked junior aged skaters per gender and is where they can accumulate points towards the end-of-season Canadian junior rankings, which helps identify the athletes that will be nominated to the national team’s NextGen list for the following season.

Click here to volunteer!

Academy Learn: Saturday, March 21 10:00am – 12:30pm

BC Speed Skating invites skaters and parents to Academy Learn – hosted by Speed Skating Canada (SSC) NextGen coach Jeff Scholten.  The session will include the skater pathway information to attain SSC NextGen programming; video analysis from Friday’s 1500m races with pack-based strategy and tactics, and live-race analysis from the stands.

*Academy Learn is free of charge with event admission

 

The inaugural BC Speed Skating Speed Week wrapped up over the holiday season.  With the help of Black Press Media, the speed skating club fundraiser event brought skating communities together in towns across the province to test their speeds around the 100m track. Whether racing in hockey or figure skates, the family friendly event united all abilities of skaters.  Throughout the events club speed skaters volunteered and demonstrated their speeds, encouraging other skaters to return to try the sport and improve their skating skills.  Skaters from Burnaby, Esquimalt, Fort St. James, Maple Ridge, Mission, and Williams Lake competed for the top spots within their age categories, while Boston P. from Williams Lake earned the top prize of Fastest Skater in the province by clocking a time of 13.11 seconds.  The top three fastest times of each category can be found at bcspeedskating.ca/speedweek. Skaters are invited to better their times at the second annual Speed Week which will take place in the fall of 2020.