October Update from the Board

Photo Evening on Tuesday October October 26:  

One individual photo and one group photo is included in the price of membership but families can purchase additional pictures or packages.  If you normally come 1x or 2x a week on Wednesdays and Sundays, please also come on Tuesday October 26, so that you may be included in the photos.

Photo Schedule
GroupPhoto timeOn-iceComments
Youth 25:45 – 6:006:00- 7:00 LTChange in ice time
Youth 36:00 – 6:156:15 – 7:15 LTChange in ice time
Teen 16:15 – 6:306:30 – 7:45 ST 
Youth 1/L2SS/I2SS7:00 – 7:306:00 – 7:00 ST/LT 
Teen 27:45 – 8:008:15 – 9:30 ST 
Teen 38:00 – 8:156:30 – 8:00 LT 

Fun Mini-meet for all Youth skaters:  

We will be hosting a club mini-meet on Saturday November 27 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM for all Youth skaters (Learn to Speed Skate, Intro to Speed Skate, Youth 1, Youth 2, Youth 3 & Seton).  This fun mini-meet will help prepare skaters for interclub meets and help families better understand/feel more comfortable with racing.  Skaters will race 3 distances (100m, 200m and 300m or 400m) and will receive ribbons after each race.  There are no race entry fees. Pre-packaged drinks and snacks will also be provided.  As this is normally the adult skate time, they are invited to join in as well and will race 3 distances on the 111m track.  Registration info coming soon.

Looking for VC Marketing:  

We are still looking for someone to take on the role of VC Marketing.  If you are interested, please email president@calgaryspeedskating.ca.  This could help fulfill the volunteer commitment. 

Speed Skating Alberta (SSA) activities:

Upcoming interclub training sessions at the Calgary Oval: November 20, January 8, February 12, March 12 & March 19.  Mini-Camp #5 will be held in Calgary Nov. 26-28.  It will start Friday evening and include racing, racing debrief/video analysis, strength session, dryland technical training and a long-track session.  There will be racing on the 111m track for approximately 2.0-2.5 hours and racing on the 100m track for approx. 2 hours for 9-13 year old’s.  Racing will be SSA and Speed Skating Canada (SSC) sanctioned.

SAVE THE DATE  –  Competition Schedule

October 30-31              Lethbridge – short-track

November 6                 Red Deer – short-track

November 12-14          Edmonton Fall Classic – short-track (CYST Qualifier #1)

December 4                 Canmore/Banff – short-track

December 4                 Lloydminster – short-track

January 15-16              ABLT – Calgary Oval – long-track (back-up for CYLT Qualifier)

January 22                    Peace River – short-track

January 22-23               Red Deer (outdoor) – long-track (CYLT Qualifier)

February 5                     Edmonton (outdoor) – long-track

February 12                   Rocky Mountain House – short-track

February 26-27             Lethbridge – short-track (CYST Qualifier #2) 

March 5-6                      RU Fast – Calgary Oval – short-track

Youth Championships

February 19-20            Canadian Youth Long-Track (CYLT) Halifax, NS

March 26-27                Canadian Youth Short-Track (CYST) Selkirk, Manitoba

Masters International Short-Track (MIST) Games

March 26-27                Calgary Olympic Oval – short-track

See Speed Skating Alberta competition calendar link: 6130eedbc8cf88dd08a79ef4_Events Calendar – Sept 2021 to March 2022 – Final.pdf (webflow.com)

Message from Oval Guest Services

Spectating Practices

Oval Guest Services is asking parents to get their kids prepared for skating and then view the practice in the retractable metal stands (on the north side of rink) or the concrete bleachers (on east side).  Remember to remain socially distanced while in the stands.

Exercising during skating practices 

Parents/spectators should not walk around the backside (west) of Oval for safety reasons.  Operations has work equipment in that area, there are regular zamboni crossings and operators have poor front visibility while operating the zambonis.

Parents/spectators are welcome to walk around the stairs, ramps and concourse of the concrete spectator seating for exercise.  Another alternative is to use the track during public running.  Check with the Oval Guest Services desk for public running times and cost, as some evenings may be reserved for varsity and high performance athletes.