Special Olympics BC - Speed skating
Short (100m/111.12m) and long track (400m) diagrams
Sport BC waiver form must be completed in IceReg
Sport BC waiver form must be completed in IceReg
The PACE Award program was re-launched to recognize individual skaters’ achievements throughout the season. PACE (Personal Achievement Celebration Event) Awards may be awarded to suit the individual skater, examples include:
The awards highlight the diversity of skaters’ achievements throughout the season. The PACE Award Program is self-administered by individual clubs and may vary based on the club’s unique situation. The number of awards that each skater receives, the timing of award distribution and tracking of awards is at the discretion of the club.
The following information was prepared to assist BC coaches, skaters and parents to ensure that skaters are healthy and fit for the start of a new season. It is a guideline and should be modified as needed to suit each individual skater. The information presented below is intended for Performance Dev skaters (competitive L2T, T2T and Junior skaters).
Please note that recommendations and websites included below are for information purposes only, and are not meant to be an exhaustive nor prescriptive list. Skaters and their immediate support team (parents, coaches, medical/paramedical professionals) are responsible for the season plan and health of each skater. Skaters are encouraged to verify the qualifications and experience of any medical/paramedical professionals.
The following list outlines what preparation is recommended for skaters at select points during the season. See below (‘Detailed Information’) for more about each topic.
A Functional Movement Screen is a screen to analyze how people move through basic movement skills (e.g. squat, lunge, jump). There are many different standardized tests, for example: FMS, Sport Readiness and PLAY (suited to younger athletes). A Functional Movement Screen may be administered by various professionals, including: kinesiologists, personal trainers (identified by NSCA-CPT if certified), strength and conditioning coaches (identified by CSCS), registered massage therapists (identified by RMT), physiotherapists (identified by RPT) and athletic trainers/therapists (identified by CAT-C). Some speed skating coaches are also trained to administer the tests. These screens are a snap shot of functional movement and are a helpful start to identify major/obvious movement pattern deficits. Skaters may also benefit from a more comprehensive, individualized Functional Assessment, usually administered by a physiotherapist (see below for more details). It is typically more expensive to complete a Functional Assessment than a Functional Movement Screen. Contact your coach or health/fitness specialist (see list above) to arrange for a screen.
Functional Assessments are a crucial part of the skater’s preseason preparation, in order to catch functional movement pattern deficits early in the season. The full assessment is typically done by a physiotherapist. Physiotherapy clinics will set the cost for an assessment, which can range from ~$60 to $150. Health practitioners specializing in sport can register on the SportMedBC website. This website is an excellent resource for finding local sport-specific practitioners. If there are no local physiotherapists listed on the SportMedBC website, any physiotherapist in a private clinic should be able to perform a Functional Assessment, but may not specialize in sport. See the Sample Letter to Physiotherapists and the Expected Follow-up from Functional Assessment documents- helpful resources to ensure the skater gets the most benefit from their Functional Assessment.
A medical assessment/general check-up is recommended at least once per year. A general physician (identified by MD CCFP) should do the check-up. A general physician who has a speciality in sport will be identified by MD CCFP DipSportsMed. Physicians may choose to use the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation as a guideline. Skaters who are traveling out of country for competitions should discuss travel vaccines and banned substances/anti-doping with their physician. Physicians can also provide recommendations on seasonal vaccines.
Testing results should be used by coaches to track fitness levels and adjust training programs; testing for the sake of testing has little, if any, benefit. A baseline session should be done in May to establish a starting point for the season and to evaluate the maintenance/loss of the previous season’s fitness levels. A repeat session should be completed near the end of the off-ice season (August/September). The tests can be administered at your local CSI/PacSport campus or by a coach/other individual who has access to the appropriate equipment and testing protocols. Coaches may be eligible to be trained by their local CSI/PacSport campus to administer the tests and should contact the campus directly for more details. It is best if skaters repeat their testing in the same venue, to eliminate factors such as floor surface changes. The cost for testing sessions can vary based on the location. Many regional camps offer testing sessions included in the camp fee.
In-Season Testing should also be done to allow coaches to adjust training programs. In-Season Testing should be done at the beginning of the ice season (August or September) to establish a baseline, mid-season (December) and at the end of the season (February or March). The on ice component of In-Season Testing can be done with standard speed skating equipment, during any practice session. Club coaches can administer the on ice tests.
The Wingate test is a test of both peak anaerobic power and anaerobic capacity. Speed skaters typically complete the test on a stationary bike. The Wingate is recommended for skaters after they have been through Peak Height Velocity (PHV). It is important that skaters undergo regular height measurements to determine when PHV occurs for each individual skater. In the Wingate test protocol used by BCSSA, the test itself lasts 30 seconds. A sufficient warm-up and cool-down are also completed. The Wingate test is usually administered by an exercise physiologist (identified by CSEP-CEP) and must be done at a lab/gym with appropriate testing equipment. Many of the CSI/PacSport campuses offer Wingate testing (FSJ, PG, Vancouver, Victoria). Private gyms and university labs may also offer testing. A testing session typically costs between $30-70. Skaters who do not have access to a facility that administers Wingate tests may do the Running-Based Anaerobic Sprint Test (RAST) as an alternative.
Athlete Health & Performance Handbook. Canadian Sport Centre Pacific.
The Art of Staying Healthy in Sport (PowerPoint Presentation). Janet McKeown, MD CCFP DipSportsMed, Canadian Sport Centre Pacific.
Special thanks to: Peter Saar (Canadian Sport Institute), David Morrison, Nancy Goplen and the BCSSA Athlete Development Committee for their input and expertise.
To upgrade to Level 2, applicants must complete the Level 2 Officials Clinic (specific to the position), officiate at meets throughout the season and submit the Level 2 Upgrade form. Officials evaluation forms are available here. The BCSSA ODC administers upgrades to Level 2.
Upgrading to Level 3 is administered by Speed Skating Canada’s Sport Development Committee. Applicants for Level 3 upgrades must complete Speed Skating Canada’s requirements for Level 3 officials. All application forms (hard copy, below) must be submitted to the BCSSA ODC for vetting prior to submission to SSC.
Report to follow all BC Speed Skating sanctioned competitions
The sanction process is a guarantee between the organizer(s) and BC Speed Skating that the event will operate according to Speed Skating Canada and/or BC Speed Skating procedures.
Meets can be sanctioned under a BCSSA Sanction (Regional Sanction or Provincial Sanction) and an SSC Sanction.
Sanctions can be requested through IceReg.
Events and sanctions are requested and paid through IceReg.
If the Sanction Fee has not been received at by BCSSA by the date of the event, the club will be invoiced an additional $75.
The Sanction Certificate is a guarantee between the event organizer(s) and BCSSA that the competition will operate according to SSC and/or BCSSA standards and procedures.
Email the Competitions Committee to have the event added to the BCSSA Events & Results calendar. Dates should be added as soon as they are known.
All sanctioned meet registration forms must include the following statement and corresponding check box: “I have read and agree to the BCSSA Concussion Protocol”. The BCSSA Concussion Protocol can be found in Safety Resources.
Arrange to use BCSSA-owned equipment (horn start and/or electronic lap counter and/or helmet covers), as appropriate for the competition. Contact the host of the previous (local) competition to determine the current location of the equipment.
In coordination with the Recorder and Referee, plan appropriate racing events for the competition.
Note that these are the minimum requirements for a competition with a BCSSA Sanction. Competitions with SSC sanctions may have additional requirements.
The Sanction Certificate must be displayed by the Recorder’s Office during the competition.
The BCSSA Officials Code of Ethics must be visibly displayed during the competition.
The Track Certification Form must be completed by a surveyor and signed by the Chief Referee prior to the competition.
Copies of the BCSSA Injury Report Form, BCSSA Suspected Concussion Form and BCSSA Incident Report Form must be available at the competition venue. Examples of a reportable incident include: an altercation between participants and a parent/coach/official berating another person.
Copies of the Athletic Accident Report (insurance claim form) must be available at the competition venue. Ensure injured skaters (or their parents if the skater is a minor) receive a copy. The forms are to be submitted directly by the skater/family to the insurance company (details on form).
All sanctioned competition must follow the BC Speed Skating Concussion Protocol and safety procedures
It is the Meet Coordinator’s responsibility to ensure that the proper paperwork is completed after a competition. Meet protocols should be emailed to the BCSSA Competitions Committee (email@example.com) as soon as possible following the competition.
Other reporting requirements (within 14 days of the competition) include:
Forms to be emailed to ODC:
The BC Winter Games (BCWG) are an important developmental event for athletes across the province. The BCWG are a mulit-sport event overseen by the BC Games Society and are held February of every other year (even years). Athletes represent their Zone at the Games.
Note: Zone Qualification Formats will be posted as they are completed by the respective Zone Rep. Qualification Formats are subject to change based on the number of eligible skaters. Updates will be posted to this page with the version number noted.
BC Speed Skating Push 2 PEI programming - Coming Soon
Following the release of the viaSport Phase 3 Return to Sport Guidelines for B.C. and the BCSSA Return to Skating Guidelines, each member club is responsible for updating their own plan. The Board of Directors/Executive for each club must then approve the club’s plan. More Resources are temporarily located in the COVID-19 & Safe Sport page.
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Concussion prevention, recognition and return to sport protocols have been heavily featured in the media over the past few years. Speed Skating Canada has a webpage dedicated to Concussions/Brain Injuries, which provides speed skating specific education and resources for coaches, officials, club administrators and parents.
Within BC, the BCSSA Concussion Protocol must be followed at all sanctioned events. The protocol includes the administration of the Concussion Recognition Tool and the provision of the BCSSA Suspected Concussion Form. The BCSSA Concussion Protocol outlines the steps to follow in identifying a concussion and providing initial care. Return to play guidelines are also available for speed skating, through the Speed Skating Canada Return to Play Guide. It is highly recommended that clubs consider adopting similar protocols for their club practices.
One of the BCSSA values states that “We believe all members of the organization; staff, athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, parents, etc., are entitled to be treated in an ethical and professional manner.” Please see the Harassment Policy page on the BCSSA website for details. Any incidents occurring at BCSSA events should be reported using the Incident Report Form.
More Resources are temporarily located in the COVID-19 & Safe Sport page.