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).

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

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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

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.

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

logo
BCSSA President
250 617-4268

We are disappointed to announce that the 2020 BC Short Track Championships scheduled for March 14-15, 2020, have been cancelled.  Today’s updates from the Provincial Government leaves us believing that this is the best decision we could make for the athletes and for all of us who support them.

We wanted to get this information out immediately but there will be more information coming with regards to entry fee refunds.
All remaining Speed Skating Canada events, including Canadian Youth Short Track – West Championships, have now also been cancelled.