Try Speed Skating
Is there a way to try speed skating before committing to a full season?
Yes. CSSA offers the Absolute Speed (ABS) – Try Speed Skating Program. It’s an opportunity to try speed skating for a session or two. These events are offered during summer time, early in the season or at the end of the season. To encourage you to participate in our sport, the club will apply the ABS registration fees toward the cost of a program in the same season, if you register within a year of attending the program.
How do I know what training group I am in?
The names of the registration packages are not necessarily the same name of the training groups. This document below will clarify how to determine your training group based on the package you registered for.
Registration Package Training Group
|Registration Package||Training Group|
|L2SS, Learn to Speed Skate||L2SS|
|I2SS, Intro to Speed Skating||I2SS|
|Y3DN (Youth 3 Day Program – No Dryland)||Y1|
|Y3DD (Youth 3 Day Program – With Dryland)||Y2 or Y3*|
|T4D (Teen 4 Day Program)||T1, T2 or T3*|
|T2ST (Teen 2 Day Program – Short Track)||T2ST|
|T2LT (Teen 2 Day Program – Long Track)||T2LT|
|A3STC (Adult 3 Day Short Track Program – Coached)||A3STC|
|A2LTC (Adult 2 Day Long Track Program – Coached)||A2LTC|
|A4LTC (Adult 4 Day Long Track Program – Coached)||A4LTC|
|A2LTU (Adult 2 Day Long Track Program – Uncoached)||A2LTU|
|A4LTU (Adult 4 Day Long Track Program – Uncoached)||A4LTU|
*If you have registered in either Y3DD or T4D, you will be notified prior to the start of the season to which training group you have been assigned.
For more information please refer to our PROGRAMS website pages.
When are program fees due?
All fees are due upon registration and must be paid prior to attending the first session.
What makes up a program fee?
Program fees are made up of the affiliation fees for both Speed Skating Canada (SSC) and Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association (AASSA) (these fees are set by SSC and AASSA) as well as coaching costs, ice costs, competition hosting costs, and administration costs. Program fees also include a t-shirt, individual photo, where applicable.
Any member under the age of 18 must have 2 adults sign up for a Family Membership for insurance purposes, NO EXCEPTIONS. We highly recommend that both parents sign as members as you might want to share the volunteer commitment. Family Memberships ensure volunteers are insured while performing their volunteer duties for the club.
Non-skating coaches, Board of Directors, or anyone wishing to volunteer with CSSA are also required to have an Associate membership. This fee is used to cover the cost of insurance for these types of volunteers.
Does CSSA make a profit on the fees they charge?
No. CSSA is a registered not-for-profit organization. Fees pay for the cost of providing the programs and are calculated based on the budget approved by the club’s Board of Directors.
Why are the CSSA fees different for different groups?
The fees are calculated to consider the specific coaching time and reflect different on ice as well as the off ice training program components such as dryland activities; coaching time and experience, and competition coaching hours is also taken into consideration.
Do program fees change during the year?
Program fees may increase for a skater moving to a different program during the season. We use the posted pro-rated fees for the season to adjust for the time the skater attended the new program. You’ll be asked if agree to the recommended program change. Program change fees are due at the time of the change to the new program.
How are ice fees paid? What if we miss our ice time due to Oval events?
CSSA has an agreement with the Oval for ice fees for the year. World Cup and other Oval events are known in advance and lost ice time is taken into account in the annual fee.
Ice fees are passed on to club members based on how much time each group is using the ice, including lost ice time. This year, the ice schedule includes opportunities for extra ice time to make up for missed training during the week.
Does CSSA prefer cash, cheque to credit cards?
Credit card payments are the preferred method of payment at time of registration. Cash and cheque are also accepted forms of payment.
Why does CSSA ask for different cheques?
- For deposits (e.g. skate deposits), the club requires the cheque for security against damage to or non-return of equipment. CSSA would prefer not to tie up a member’s cash during the season. Requesting a cheque also means reduced administration because the office avoids issuing repayments at the end of the season.
- Volunteer members review and audit the club’s financial records, at the end of each year. Requesting separate cheques helps with the recording and reporting process.
Does CSSA provide a receipt?
Yes. Receipts are issued via email or printed directly from the RAMP registration system, based on the information you provide during the online registration process. Receipts are always available and are stored as part of your account information. Your Child Fitness Tax Credit receipt can also be found in your account.
If you opt to pay by cash or cheque during the walk-in registration, we will provide a handwritten receipt for the payments made that day and we will update the online registration system to reflect this as part of your account history.
Does CSSA provide refunds?
CSSA has a no-refund policy once the season has started.
What happens if we’re interested and missed the registration date? Will fees be pro-rated for the time we missed?
Fees are only prorated for November 1 and January 1. Otherwise, participants registering late should plan to pay the full program fees.
Not For Profit
If CSSA is not-for-profit, does the club apply for grants and other funding opportunities?
Yes. In any year the club can and does apply for funding. This type of funding has rules about, eligibility, how often the club can apply and how the funding is spent, which is tracked and reported to the funding organization. If it’s available, the spending for these funds appears in the approved budget for the season.
One thing to consider is this type of funding is not available every season/year. To ensure members are not subject to large changes in fees and balancing this with the sustainability of the club year over year, how these funds are spent is the subject of careful consideration.
What’s included in the budget?
The approved budget includes fees CSSA must pay for our club affiliations (AASSA/SSC), Oval ice time, equipment purchases, coaching time, hosting competitions, and administrative costs (e.g. office help, the website, the registration system).
CSSA also offers some financial support to develop coaches, officials and volunteers (ex. some level of reimbursement for level 1 clinics). As CSSA can afford, the club will enhance programs by engaging facilitators and speakers. We also buy the pizza for these clinics!
CSSA hosts events each season and year end (gala) and awards events.
What affiliations do we pay for? Why?
The Calgary Speed Skating Club is part of an overall development program for speed skaters in Canada. We participate in and support programs offered at the provincial and national level through our affiliation fees paid to the Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association and Speed Skating Canada. Our affiliations provide our athletes access to additional development opportunities and increasing levels of competition.
Affiliation fees are structured by these organizations to scale the fee to reflect the appropriate level of skater development.
Do we have to attend competitions?
CSSA skaters are strongly encouraged to participate in the RU Fast short track and Alberta Open Indoor Long Track competitions scheduled at the Oval. CSSA is the host for these two events. Other speed skating clubs in Alberta hold competitions throughout the season and CSSA club skaters can choose to attend and race against others at their level of development.
Competition fees and travel costs are not included in the program fees. CSSA will pass along information about these events as it becomes available during the season. Skaters should talk to their coaches about competitions they should consider attending.
What if I decide I want to participate in a competition later in the season?
Great! You’ll need to register and pay the meet registration fee. Also, you’ll need to cover the cost of any travel. For most programs, this is the only change. There are some exceptions because of the original affiliation fees paid as part of the program when you registered. Please see the ‘Fees’ section about competition upgrades to see if changes apply to you.
Affiliation fees cannot be pro-rated, even if it’s late in the season.
How do equipment and skin suit purchases work?
CSSA has invested in skates over the years to support athletes not ready to purchase their own skates. CSSA budgets responsibly for club equipment purchases to repair, replace or buy new skates. Rental fees help cover these equipment costs.
CSSA also supports athletes if they wish to purchase their own equipment. CSSA sources and works with suppliers to pass along reasonable equipment prices. When members purchase through the club, the member pays the same price as the club plus a small administration fee at the time of the purchase. When CSSA is charged shipping and taxes, the cost is included in the price offered to members.