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Calgary Speed Skating Association

Youth and Teen Programs

The Calgary Speed Skating Association is committed to the development of our skaters. Our programs follow Speed Skating Canada’s philosophy for developing athletes.  For more information about their Long Term Participant and Athlete Development model (LTPAD) check out the Speed Skating Canada website.

TALENT TRANSFER PROGRAM

Has the pathway in another sport come to an end?  Don’t throw all those years of investment of time and training away, why not see if there are abilities that might transfer to speed skating.   Check out this new program, designed just for you…

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YOUTH PROGRAMS

This program is designed to enable children to continue to develop their speed skating abilities and provide an opportunity to compete to demonstrate what they’ve learned.  Young skaters focus on learning speed skating basic techniques to gear them up for their first competitions and beyond.  Experience in general skating (CanSkate/Hockey/Ringette or similar) or prior participation in a speed skating program is highly recommended.

  • For children 6 to 13 who have attended a speed skating program
  • Focus is to work on technique in a fun environment
  • Available with or without added dryland training

YOUTH 3 DAY – NO DRYLAND (Y3DN)

  • 2 short track and 1 long track, 3 sessions per week, approximately 3 hours per week

YOUTH 3 DAY – WITH DRYLAND (Y3DD)

  • 2 short track and 1 long track, 3 sessions per week, dryland training 30 minutes per session, approximately 4.5 hours per week
  • Dryland training is an introduction to structured off ice warm up.

TEEN PROGRAMS

TEEN 2 DAY SHORT TRACK OR LONG TRACK

These 2-day programs are recreational programs for busy teens that want to keep skating but aren’t able to commit to a 4 day training schedule or are only able to participate in a single discipline.  Please be aware these programs support the development of athletes to meet their goals to remain active within the sport of speed skating.  The program includes an introduction to, and further development of the skills of athletic training, including: athletic accountability, ethics, introduction to competitive mentality, goal setting and personal bests.  The goal of the program is to create an upbeat team environment.

  • For skaters 11 to 17 able to commit to regular training 2 days per week
  • Focus is on development of skills, speed and stamina
  • Skaters are encouraged to attend competitions
  • 2 short track or 2 long track, 2 sessions per week, dryland training 45 minutes per session, approximately 2.5-3.5 hours per week

TEEN 4 DAY PROGRAM

The 4-day program for young teens is an advanced training program for speed skaters aiming to qualify for and achieve elite results at the Speed Skating Canada Championships and qualifier competitions. This program falls within the “Train to Train” stage of development.

Developing and optimizing athletic abilities is the main objective of the program for young teens. Skill development is advanced and individualized. Speed and stamina development are specifically trained to enhance performance and results. Strength is introduced through improving kinesthetic movements and strength and conditioning sessions. Extra sessions for Short track and Long track will be available for certain periods before important competitions. Evaluations will be done through strength and conditioning tests and competition results.

The 4-day program for older teens is for high performance athletes not the average community sport program participant. They are committed athletes with recognized talent who have chosen an elite pathway that few others pursue.  This program falls within “Learning to Compete” level of development although athletes may still be competing in “Train to Train” level competitions due to their age.  Skaters need to commit to high-volume and high-intensity training throughout the year. Not all skaters will enter this stage of development and other may choose to make the commitment at a slightly older age.

Although there is an increased emphasis on competition for older teens, physical development remains very important as skaters look to “Optimize their engine”.  It should be noted that all objectives of the “Training to Train” stage must be achieved before the objectives of “Learning to Compete” can begin. Instruction in topics such as nutrition, sport psychology, recovery and regeneration, injury prevention, and injury management also become very important.

For older teens, strength is introduced through improving kinesthetic movements and strength and conditioning sessions. Extra sessions for Short track and Long track will be available for certain periods before important competitions. Evaluations will be done through strength and conditioning tests and competition results.

  • For skaters 11 to 17 years
  • Advanced training program for skaters to support athletes to optimize their abilities
  • High intensity, high volume program for skaters training to progress to Pathway 2 (RTC) at the Olympic Oval.
  • 2 short track and 2 long track, 4 sessions per week, dryland with strength training 45 minutes per session, approximately 8 to 9 hours per week

Please refer to our Pricing website page for fees, and our Registration Instructions page to register.

Please contact us at info@calgaryspeedskating.ca if you need more information.

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