Volunteering

The Calgary Speed Skating Association (CSSA) is made up of more than skaters! CSSA includes skaters, coaches, a technical director, office manager, Board of Directors, staff and VOLUNTEERS!

The CSSA is committed to fostering an environment that values people who voluntarily offer their services in the activities of the Association (adopted from Speed Skating Canada Volunteer Policy) and relies heavily on our volunteers. Over the past 3 years, we have required over 4,500 volunteer hours each year, to successfully manage the programs and competitions that we run.

How to Volunteer

A variety of volunteer opportunities will be offered throughout the season. These opportunities will be communicated to our members via email notification and/or updates to our volunteer website pages.

It is quick and easy and we advise you to sign up early to have the most choices available for tasks and shifts being offered. A confirmation email is provided and due to the nature of the program, there may be possible changes or added information, so additional emails may follow.

If you are looking for hours, do not leave it to the last month! Contact our Vice Chair of Volunteers for assistance.

NOTE
Skating members are required to commit at least 5 hours of their volunteer requirement to one of CSSA’s two sanctioned meets – ABLT and RUFast.

  • Allows our club to provide great events
  • Learn more about the sport of speed skating
  • Meet other parents and officials
  • It’s fun to be a part of an event
  • It’s rewarding to make a contribution
  • Often provides a ring side viewing location
  • Makes time pass quickly at a meet
  • Helps keep speed skating costs reasonable

It takes a lot of volunteers to plan and execute a successful speed skating meet. Our skaters rely on your continued support! The following opportunities are available at our meets. For some, no experience is needed, while other require past experience. This will be marked on the sign up sheet.

NOTE
Please be sure that you have signed up to volunteer through a CSSA representative, volunteering at Olympic Oval sponsored meets does not count towards your CSSA volunteer hours.

Volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend a Level One Officials Clinic prior to working at a sanctioned meet. Time spent at the clinic will count towards your total volunteer requirement.

  • Meet coordinators
  • Referees
  • Starters
  • Recorders
  • Clerk of the course
  • Timers
  • Place judges
  • Lap recorders
  • Track stewards
  • Announcers
  • Runners
  • Hosting

Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Sanctioned competitions: ABLT and RUFast (your volunteer commitments can easily be completed at one meet!)
  • Club mini-meets (this is an excellent opportunity to train for working at a larger meet)
  • Skate rental (assisting with skate rental distribution in August)
  • Casino (runs approximately every 2 year)
  • Coaching (parents and skaters interested in coaching will be paired with a trained coach)
    • Remember to have the coach sign off on your volunteer hours regularly
  • Skater recruitment (events and/or information kiosks for the public)
  • Committee member (become a committee member: committees are set up throughout the season to assist with key tasks for the association, for example: fundraising and grant writing)
  • Equipment maintenance (work with our VC of Equipment)
  • Administration (helping office staff and/or Meet Coordinator with various tasks prior to a competition)
  • All Sports One Day (June event)
  • Special Event assistant (purchase food, set up, clean up, etc. for club events such as Officials’ Clinics, the AGM, the Awards Gala, walk-in registration and other events as needed)

Like all sports organizations, speed skating relies heavily on volunteers to successfully meet the demands of the sport. Members of the CSSA are required to volunteer each season. Each skating member is required to provide 20 hours of volunteer service during the season. For a family with more than one skating member,each additional skating member adds 10 volunteer hours to a maximum of 40 volunteer hours.

Tracking Hours

Members are responsible for the completion and recording of their own volunteer hours. They are responsible for having their time verified by a meet coordinator, CSSA board member, staff or coach that they may have assisted. Volunteers are encouraged to track their hours using our CSSA Volunteer Tracking Form.

  • Volunteer hours are calculated to the end of the season (end of March).
  • Submissions must be submitted for verification to the Vice Chair of Volunteers.
  • Submit your completed volunteer hours as soon as possible after completing. This helps us in our season-end calculations.

Exceptions

  • CSSA members who skate with other programs,such as the Oval Pathwayand do not use any CSSA ice times are not required to volunteer, but are strongly encouraged to volunteer.
  • Learn to Speed Skate and uncoached adult skaters are required to complete 10 hours of volunteer service.