July Update from the Board

2019-07-09

  • Fall Program Registration Opened June 3.  Program starts Tuesday September 3, 2019.  Program details can be found on the CSSA website for both Youth & Teens. Early bird pricing ends July 31, 2019. Registration link on 2019 RAMP is: https://www.rampregistrations.com/login?v3=cee9308e4d
  • Ryan Hickman, 2018-19 Coaching Award of Excellence: Congratulations to senior teen short-track coach Ryan Hickman for receiving the Coaching Award of Excellence from Speed Skating Canada for his meaningful contributions to the sport during the past season.
  • Try Speed Skating:  Do you have friends that are interested in trying out speed skating?  Have them register for upcoming summer & fall tryouts at either the Oval or at the new Seven Chiefs Sportsplex in Tsuu T’ina. Sign up through the CSSA website which will lead you to 2019 RAMP: https://www.rampregistrations.com/a/?v3=cee9308e4d
  • Alberta Winter Games: will be held in Airdrie February 14 – 20, 2020.  Speed skating events will be long-track only and will be held at the Oval.  Top 3 girls & boys from each zone in T2T 1 (11-12girls/12-13 boys) & T2T 2 (girls 13-14/boys 14-15) will be selected.  Each zone will be determining their own selection criteria by September 2019. CSSA has skaters in Zone 2 (Cochrane, etc. outside Calgary) & Zone 3 (Calgary only).
  • Kelly Anne Erdman, sports dietitian:  The CSSA is pleased to announce that we have secured the services of Kelly Anne Erdman for the 2019-20 season.  She will be hosting monthly nutrition seminars and hands-on workshops for athletes and coaches. Kelly Anne has been a nutrition consultant to high-performance athletes for many years, including numerous Olympic Games athletes and the Calgary Flames hockey team.  She is also working with athletes in the Oval speed skating program.
  • Sports psychologist: The CSSA is actively looking to secure the services of a sports psychologist for the 2019-20 season which we are hoping to announce next month.

  • New Junior Events: Edmonton Speed Skating Club will be hosting a new junior specific event in Edmonton (ages 13-17 on 111m track). The date will be Thursday January 2nd, 2020.  We hope to have 3-4 junior events around the province in the next year or so to encourage athletes to continue competing and broaden their competition experience.

  • Seton YMCA & Tsuu T’ina: CSSA has been working with the Oval Regional Development Committee to operationalize those two locations for September.  The Oval will be signing a contract for ice times at Seton & the CSSA will be providing some administrative support, such as registration.  We are still working on getting a contract for Tsuu T’ina and progress is slowly being made.
  • Upcoming Important Dates:

Tuesday August 27, 2019: Skate rental, parking pass pick-up, speed suit & clothing sizing

Tuesday September 3, 2019: Start of all Fall programs

Saturday September 7, 2019: Welcome BBQ for all families

Week of September 9, 2019: Coaches will meet with parents on program overview

Week of September 23, 2019: Meetings with new parents or parents new to T2T

Saturday October 5, 2019: Coaching fundamentals course