Do you like to go fast and race other people? Were you excited by the speed skating you saw in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, or on other occasions? Are you interested in speed skating and would like to give it a try? If so, then read below to find out how you can start and CONTACT the Club to ask questions.

Open House

Come to our 2017 fall OPEN HOUSE where you will have the opportunity to learn about the sport from talking to skaters and coaches and watching our videos.

Then you will actually skate for free on speed skates, which we will loan to you. You will find that they feel quite different from the hockey or figure skates you may be familiar with, but you will also discover that you can go considerably faster with them.

Welcome to the world of speed and racing!

When?

Sunday September 10 2017, starting at 2:00 pm.
We have ice from 2:00 to 4:00 pm for your trial, so arrive at least a half an hour before you expect to skate to give yourself time to prepare.

Where?

The Mount Joy Arena in Markham. SEE MAP

What do I need?

Please download the REGISTRATION FORM, print the two pages on the front and back of one sheet. Fill in the sections but leave the Age Class boxes empty, and sign at the bottom and on reverse.

Complete one form per skater, and bring it/them with you when you register at the arena.

Bring and wear the following items:

You may also wear elbow pads and wrist guards if you prefer, but they are not required and are not normally worn.

Most of all, bring curiosity, an appetite to learn, and a desire to excel!

Must I be able to skate?

An ability to skate on hockey or figure skates is definitely advantageous, but you will still have to change your technique to suit speed skates and the requirements of racing. You will definitely benefit from the experience, whatever your objectives are or become.

Is there any age limitation?

No. Although the major objective is to develop the racing abilities of young people from age six and up, most provincial race meets also include many adults of all ages, so everyone can participate, compete, and have fun.

What will I do?

Initially, you will have the opportunity to learn about the sport and our Club by talking with our coaches and other members, and by watching videos.

Then, assuming that you will want to take advantage of the opportunity to speed skate, you will fill in a registration form and go to a dressing room and find a pair of our speed skates that fit you. Note that short track speed skates are different than the hockey or figure skates that you may already be used to, as you can see in this photograph. In particular, the blades are longer, narrower, and flatter than the other kinds. Furthermore, the boot has a hard fibreglass shell, and is set higher.

Please always keep the guards on the blades when you are not on the ice. (take off and put on at the rink door)

We require that you provide a security deposit of a driver's licence or some such item while you are in possession of our skates: we will return the item when you return the skates.

After you have put on the skates and have reviewed the safety procedures (see below), you will then skate around the ice to get used to the skates. You will find that they glide much better than what you are used to, but that they may seem slippery and that it is easy to catch the toe of the blade in the ice. The increased length, reduced width, flat bottom, and flatter rocker of the blade compared with hockey or figure skates provide greater speed but at the expense of reduced manoeverability. You will quickly discover that you will have to modify your skating technique to achieve the speed you are looking for!

You also familiarize yourself with the ice environment.
You will see the following items on the ice as shown in the diagram of the rink on the right:

PARENTS: Safety is very important, so please ensure that your children are familiar with the following safety rules before they get on the ice to avoid collisions:

These safety rules will be repeated by our instructors before you get on the ice.

Our instructors will also lead you as a group through some basic procedures of speed skating.

INTRO TO SPEED SKATING - 4 Hours

If you would like to try speed skating but are hesitant to commit to a full season at the outset, then the best way to start is to enroll in one of our Intro To Speed Skating programs during the skating season (September - April). This will introduce you to the skills and thrills of the sport for a limited time and price.

You will receive:

These will be held during our regular ice time on four sessions (normally successive, but can be spread out if you are unable to come on that schedule) at the Mount Joy arena in Markham (see MAP) Please arrive one half hour before ice time on the evening of your first session, for skate fitting and preparation.

The all-inclusive cost will be $100. If taken during the regular season (September-March) the cost can be applied towards a regular Club membership if you choose to continue.

Must I be able to skate?

An ability to skate on hockey or figure skates is definitely advantageous, but you will still have to change your technique to suit speed skates and the requirements of racing. You will definitely benefit from the experience, whatever your objectives are or become.

Can I use my own skates?

No. We will provide you with speed skates.
You will find that they feel quite different from the hockey or figure skates you may be familiar with, but you will also discover that you can go considerably faster with them. Welcome to the world of speed and racing!

Is there any age limitation?

No. Although the major objective is to develop the racing abilities of young people from age six and up, most provincial race meets also include many adults of all ages, so everyone can participate, compete, and have fun.

What do I need?

Please download the REGISTRATION FORM, print the two pages on the front and back of one sheet. Blank copies will be available if you are unable to do this in advance.
Fill in the top three sections (Skater; Parents; Newcomers), but leave the Age Class boxes empty, and sign at the bottom and on reverse.

Complete one form per skater, and bring it/them with you when you register at the arena.

Bring and wear the same items as listed above under OPEN HOUSE.

Note that although this list of items is the same as that recommended for the Open House, the use of all these items is mandatory for regular practices, including the Intro To Speed Skating sessions. This is to conform with safety practices established at the national and provincial levels, and to ensure that skaters are safe and covered by insurance.

Most of all, bring curiosity, an appetite to learn, and a desire to excel!

Please CONTACT the Club if you have questions or need further information.