Fall / Winter Program

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.

Early Bird Registration deadlines are from July 15th, 2017 to August 14th, 2017 inclusive.
Regular rates apply on August 15th or later.

Fall/Winter Ice Schedule

Learn to Speed Skate

This program is for skaters that are between the ages of 6 – 9, and are new to speed skating. The focus is on the basic foundations of speed skating, ensuring the development of proper speed skating techniques. This all accumulates into entering their first meet or race.

Practices are on either Sunday or Tuesdays.

Practices are once a week for 45 minutes and is held on the short track ice surface.

Introduction to Speed Skating

This program is for skaters between the ages of 9 – 14 or those skaters that have some previous speed skating experience. The focus here is the basic foundation of speed skating, ensuring the development of proper speed skating techniques. The goal is to be able to participate and various meets that are available around the province.

Practices are on Sundays and Tuesdays.

Practices are twice a week between 45 to 60 minutes each. One practice is held on the short track and one practice may be held on the short track or long track ice surface based on coaches discretion.

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 improving their speed skating basic techniques to gear them up for competitions and beyond.

The program is for skaters between the ages of 6-13 and have previous speed skating experience.

Youth 1

The program is for skaters between the ages of 6-9.

Practices are on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Sundays.

Practices are three time 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.

Youth 2

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

Practices are on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Sundays.

Practices are three time 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.

Each practice is preceded by a 30 minute dryland/warm-up session to ensure the skater is ready to go hard on the ice.

Youth 3

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

Practices are on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Practices are three time 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.

Each practice is preceded by a 30 minute dryland/warm-up session to ensure the skater is ready to go hard on the ice.

The program is for skaters between the ages of 11-17 and have previous speed skating experience. Focus is on development of skill, speed and stamina. Skaters are highly encouraged to attend competitions.

Junior Teen

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.

Sessions are on Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays.

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.

Each practice is preceded by a 45 minute dryland/warm-up session to ensure the skater is ready to go hard on the ice

Senior Teen

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.

Practices are on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday 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.

Each practice is preceded by a 45 minute dryland/warm-up session to ensure the skater is ready to go hard on the ice

Optional 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 45 minute dryland/warm-up session to ensure the skater is ready to go hard on the ice.

The Calgary Speed Skating Association supports adult athletes at all levels of development in their participation and enjoyment of the sport of speed skating.

Short Track

This program is for skaters that enjoy speed skating and want a structured program to improve skills.

Practices are on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Practices are three time a week for up to 90 minutes and is held on the short track ice surface.

Each practice is preceded by a 45 minute dryland/warm-up session to ensure the skater is ready to go hard on the ice.

Long Track – Coached

For adult skaters who enjoy speed skating and continue to work on their skills to meet their personal goals. For adult skaters wanting to compete as a master in Regional, Provincial, National and International competitions and want a coached program to help prepare them to race.

This program is for skaters that enjoy speed skating and want a structured program to improve skills.

Practices are on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Practices are either twice or four times a week for upto 90 minutes each. One practice is held on the long track ice surface.

Each practice is preceded by a 45 minute dryland/warm-up session to ensure the skater is ready to go hard on the ice.

Long Track – Uncoached

This program is for skaters wanting the flexibility to skate laps on the long track 2 to 4 times per week to continue to enjoy the sport of speed skating as well as meet their fitness goals.

Practices are on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Practices are upto four times a week for upto 90 minutes each. One practice is held on the long track ice surface.

Program Fees Early Bird Price
(July 15th – August 14th)
Regular Price
(August 15th and later)
Getting Started Programs
Learn to Speed Skate
Includes Skate Rental
$600.00 $650.00
Introduction to Speed Skating $800.00 $850.00
Youth Programs
Youth 1 $850.00 $900.00
Youth 2 $1,100.00 $1,150.00
Youth 3 $1,100.00 $1,150.00
Teen Programs
Teen 2 Day Short Track $900.00 $950.00
Teen 2 Day Long Track $900.00 $950.00
Junior Teen $1,400.00 $1,450.00
Senior Teen $1,500.00 $1,550.00
Adult Programs
Adult 2 Day Short Track $850.00 $900.00
Adult 2 Day Long Track Uncoached $575.00 $625.00
Adult 4 Day Long Track Uncoached $675.00 $725.00
Adult 2 Day Long Track Coached $925.00 $975.00
Adult 4 Day Long Track Coached $1,275.00 $1,325.00
 
Membership Fees Price
 Family Membership (Mandatory for any fmaily that has a skater under 18 (one per family)) $45.00
High Performance Membership (Elite membership for oval participants that must be affiliated to a local club) $152.50
 Affiliation Upgrade from Competitive to Elite (all CSSA programs start at Competitive affiliation) $50.00
 
 Skate Fees Price
Deposit (post-dated cheque, returned when skates returned) $200.00
Full Season Rental (September to March) $180.00
2/3 Season (November to March) $140.00
1/3 Season (January to March) $100.00
One Month $60.00
One Week $30.00
One Day $10.00
Summer Program $60.00
 
Other Fees Price
 Parking Pass $200.00
Jig Rental – Per Use $2.00
 Drop in Fee – Per use $30.00
 Special Event Affiliation (skater from another club wants to participate as drop in, must have affiliation for insurance), one time fee $11.00
New Oval Card Access Process
The oval has implemented a new registration process for all athletes that want to use the Oval Facilities.
See the following documentation describing the new process for the oval.

  1. Go to the following URL: https://iac01.ucalgary.ca/OvalPublic/
  2. Click on Login on the top right.
    • If you do not have an Oval Account then
      • Click on Not a client? Create an account!
      • Follow the prompts for account creation. If you are or have been a University student or staff and know your UCID number, please enter it on the UCID field when creating your account.
  3. After the account is created select:
    1. Browse Programs
    2. Other Programs
    3. CSSA SPEED SKATING, select the program CSSA Speed Skating – Season (Sept-Mar) – Oval Access and click on View Offerings.
    4. Add the program to Cart.
    5. Complete the registration process and enter the registration code: FSSM7M.
    6. If you are registering yourself, please select I am Registering Myself and follow the registration steps.
    7. You will see a preview of the waiver. However, you will not be able to sign it until you receive your UCID number. This process takes 24 hours. You will receive an email from oval@ucalgary.ca with your UCID number and instructions to login to your account and sign the outstanding waiver. Click on Continue
    8. You will be taken to the Shopping Cart where you will be able to complete the registration by clicking on Register.
    9. If you are registering your child, please make sure to add them under the + Add More Family Members , fill in all the personal information for your child as required and Add to Family.
    10. You will then be taken back to the registration page where you will be able to select your child’s name to register them in the program.
    11. You will be taken to the Shopping Cart where you will be able to complete the registration by clicking on Register.
A message will appear letting you know of the outstanding waivers that you will be able to sign once you receive your UCID number from oval@ucalgary.ca
Once you have completed your online waiver, you can stop by the Oval Front Desk with your registration confirmation to obtain your Oval access card.
Please note, no card will be given to athletes until they have signed their waivers.
If you require any assistance please contact the Oval at oval@ucalgary.ca or (403)220 7954