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:

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

Questions should be directed to BCSSA Technical Director Chris Acton ( 

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 (

The virtual Academy Speed Skating Excellence Retreat will be hosted Saturday May 30th. Skaters, parents, coaches and officials are invited to spend an hour with SSC NextGen Coach Jeff Scholten to learn about national programs, followed by two hours with BCSSA Technical Director Chris Acton and Provincial Coaches discussing season planning for the upcoming season. The Season Planning session will be a combination of theory and practical (dryland).

Registration is open NOW and is limited to 25 skaters. Act now!

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

BCSSA is looking for two passionate and qualified individuals to serve as our LT Provincial Coach and ST Provincial Coach for the 2020-2021 season. The Provincial Coaches will have responsibilities related to Academy, Team BCSSA and the inaugural year of GenBC (more information available here).

The LT Provincial Coach posting is available here, and the ST Provincial Coach posting is available here. Applications should be submitted via email to the BCSSA Technical Director Chris Acton by Friday April 24th at 5pm Pacific.

In light of facility closures and restrictions on social gatherings, athletes around the world have had to find creative ways to train from home. BCSSA has decided to release the Academy Summer program, initially run during the summer of 2018, as a resource for all of our members to access. The Academy Summer program can be accessed here.

For skaters looking for a more personalized and detailed program, the Richmond Olympic Oval Performance Department is offering an HP Online Program. Registration for the full month of April is available here. Weekly registration is also available; please contact Nicole Garrido for details.