Youth & Teen Programs

The Calgary Speed Skating Association offers a variety of programs tailored to skaters of different age groups and abilities, from the very young (ages 6+) to the young at heart (seniors/masters). Whether you are participating just to keep active or are an elite-level competitive athlete vying for a position on the provincial or national level.

All participants require basic skating skills, including the ability to glide and stop on skates.

2019-2020 Fall/Winter Programs

Prices are pro-rated when joining mid-season.

Youth 1

The program is for skaters between the ages of 7-9 and is based on skating and technical ability.

Practices are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays.

Practices are three times a week for 60 minutes each. Practices are to be held on the short track and split between the short-track and long track on Tuesdays. This program falls within the Fundamentals stage of development. This group would normally participate in the two club meets, the club mini-meets and may participate in a few other competitions in the province.

3x per week

$1175

*includes skate rental

Youth 2

The program is for skaters between the ages of 9-11 and is based on skating and technical ability.

Practices are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays.

Practices are three times a week for 60 minutes each. Two practices are held on the short track and one practice is held on the long track ice surface. This program falls within the Learn to Train stage of development. This group would normally participate in the two club meets, the club mini-meets and may participate in a few other competitions in the province.

3x per week

$1175

*includes skate rental

Youth 3

The program is for skaters between the ages of 10-13 and is based on skating and technical ability.

Practices are on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.

Practices are three times a week for 60 minutes each. Two practices are held on the short track and one practice is held on the long track ice surface. This program falls within the Learn to Train stage of development

Each practice is preceded by a 30-minute off-ice warm-up session to ensure the skater is ready to go hard on the ice. There will be a 10-15 minute break after off-ice session in order to dress for the on-ice session. This group would normally participate in the two club meets, the club mini-meets and a few other competitions in the province.

3x per week

$1425

*includes skate rental

Teen 1

The 3 or 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.

Sessions are on Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Practices are four times a week for between 75 minutes each. Two practices are held on the short track ice and two practices are held on the long track ice each week. For the 3 day program, the practices are 2 and 1.

Each practice is preceded by a 30-minute off-ice warm-up session to ensure the skater is ready to go hard on the ice. There will be a 10-15 minute break after off-ice session in order to dress for the on-ice session.

4x per week

$1545

3x per week

$1345

Teen 2

The 3 or 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.

Sessions are on Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Practices are four times a week for between 75 minutes each. Two practices are held on the short track ice and two practices are held on the long track ice each week. For the 3 day program, the practices are 2 and 1.

Each practice is preceded by a 30-minute off-ice warm-up session to ensure the skater is ready to go hard on the ice. There will be a 10-15 minute break after off-ice session in order to dress for the on-ice session.

4x per week

$1595

3x per week

$1345

Teen 3

The 3 or 4-day program for older teens is for high performance athletes. They are committed athletes with recognized talent who have chosen an elite pathway. This program falls within the Train to Train progressing to the Learning to Compete level of development. Skaters need to commit to a higher volume and higher intensity training throughout the year.

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 Trainstage 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.

Practices are on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Practices are four times a week for between 75 and 90 minutes each. Two practices are held on the short track ice and two practices are held on the long track ice each week. For the 3 day program, the practices are 2 and 1.

Each practice is preceded by a 30-minute off-ice warm-up session to ensure the skater is ready to go hard on the ice. There will be a 10-15 minute break after off-ice session in order to dress for the on-ice session.

4x per week

$1645

3x per week

$1345

2-Day Program – Long Track or Short Track Specific

For those teen (Junior or Senior) skaters who are only available to attend practices twice a week there is an option to register for a two day program that focuses their training on either long track or short track skills. For these teens, practices are twice a week between 75 and 90 minutes each. Two practices are held on either the short track ice or the long track ice dependent on which program the skater is registered in.

Practices are on Tuesdays and Fridays or Mondays and Thursdays depending on the age group.

Each practice is preceded by a 30-minute off-ice warm-up session to ensure the skater is ready to go hard on the ice. There will be a 10-15 minute break after off-ice session in order to dress for the on-ice session.

2x per week

$1045