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Membership

Speed Skating Canada and BC Speed Skating membership fees

Pathway

Skater pathway to speed skating athlete development

Disciplines

Find out the difference between the disciplines of speed skating

Equipment

Guide to short and long track equipment requirements

Membership

association membership

All speed skaters in British Columbia are registered to both Speed Skating Canada and BC Speed Skating.  Membership is required to participate, compete, volunteer, or try speed skating.  Membership categories are listed below. 

NATIONAL

$ 180 BC $115 + SSC $65
  • Speed Skating Canada
  • BC Speed Skating

PROVINCIAL

$ 140 BC $95 + SSC $45
  • Speed Skating Canada
  • BC Speed Skating

CLUB

$ 83 BC $75 + SSC $8
  • Speed Skating Canada
  • BC Speed Skating

INTRODUCTORY

$ 25 BC $17 + SSC $8
  • Speed Skating Canada
  • BC Speed Skating

TRY SPEED SKATING

$ 0 BC $0 + SSC $0
  • Speed Skating Canada
  • BC Speed Skating

COACH

$ 26 BC $19 + SSC $7
  • Speed Skating Canada
  • BC Speed Skating

Official

$ 26 BC $19 + SSC $7
  • Speed Skating Canada
  • BC Speed Skating

Volunteer

$ 0 BC $0 + SSC $0
  • Speed Skating Canada
  • BC Speed Skating

Speed Skating Pathway

Speed Skating Pathway

AgeRegional StreamProvincial StreamPerformance Stream
0-6Active Start(AS)
6-9 femaleFUNdamentals (FUNd)
6-9 male
8-11 femaleLearn to Train(L2T)L2T
9-12 male
11-14 femaleTrain to Train(T2T)F11,F12,F13,F14ISU Jr C
12-15 maleM12,M13,M14,M15
15-16Competitive for Life (C4L) NoviceC4L OpenISU Jr B
17-18ISU Jr A
19-22NeoSenior
23-29Senior (23+)
30+C4L Masters 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, 85+, 90+
Special OlympicsC4L Special Olympics* (any age)
Any AgeFit for Life (recreational)

Disciplines

Short Track

Long Track

Short track speed skating takes place on a 111.12m (or 100m) oval track on a rink (Olympic size or NHL size). Because the corners are tight and it can be difficult for skaters to maintain control, the boards must be covered by protective mats of polyurethane foam at least 20 cm thick with a minimum height of 1 m. The mats are covered with a water-resistant and cut-resistant material and they must be attached to the boards as well as to each other. Skaters race pack-style where the first competitor to cross the line wins.

Racing in pairs, counterclockwise, on two lanes of a 400m oval track, the skaters change lanes every lap in order to equalize the distance covered. The skater in the outside lane has the right-of-way at the crossover if the skaters arrive at the same time. Racing includes Olympic Style, mass start (pack-style), and team pursuit.

Equipment

head protection

A helmet. Ski/snowboard, hockey or roller sport helmets are all acceptable. Bike helmets cannot be used because the large vents allow skate blades to pass through. Many clubs will have spare helmets for use.

Neck protection

A neck guard- bib style. Many clubs will have spare neck guards for use.

hand protection

Cut-proof gloves or mittens. Ski mitts or leather gloves are best. Hockey gloves are also acceptable.

Ankle Protection

Well-fitting, tall socks. Socks that are too short can cause skin irritation and blisters due to friction against the inside of the skates. A cut and puncture resistant anklet must be worn on both legs, covering the legs from the tops of the boots to 10 cm above the tops of the boots.

Skate blades

The rear and front tips of all skate blades must be rounded to a minimum radius of 1cm.

eye protection

Shatter-resistant clear glasses or a complete visor are required for all skaters. All glasses must be held in place by a strap.

rest of body protection

Comfortable, athletic-style long sleeve top and pants. A skin suit is not required at the introductory level. As a skater progresses in the sport and begins to compete at national-level competitions, they will require a skin suit with cut-proof material meeting or exceeding ISU standards.

knee protection

Knee pads. Soft, volleyball style pads are preferred, although plastic roller sport pads are also acceptable. If possible, plastic pads should be worn underneath the skater’s pants. Hockey knee/shin pads are acceptable, but may limit the skater’s movement. Knee pads that are built-in to a skin suit are also acceptable.

Shin Protection

Shin guards. Hard soccer shin guards are best, but hockey knee/shin pads are also acceptable.