What is Short Track Speed Skating?
Short track speed skating is performed on a 111m oval on a regular sized ice arena. It is tactical and requires good technique, strength and endurance. Short track is pack-style racing among groups of 4 to 6 skaters. The majority of speed skaters start with short track before progressing to long track speed skating.
Value of Speed Skating
We consider speed skating to be a lifelong physical activity with a long history in Canada that can be enjoyed both recreationally and competitively for many reasons, including:
- Speed skating offers a highly attractive alternative for people, especially children and youth, who wish to skate in an exciting way and for whom other options (e.g. hockey, figure, dance, synchronized, ringette, etc.) are not appealing or suitable.
- It involves pure individual racing competition requiring skill, determination, strategy, and stamina in a warm atmosphere of respect and camaraderie; an excellent environment for developing young people’s personal character.
- It is equally available for children, as well as for adults.
- Speed skating is an excellent method for cross training for many other sports including cycling, hockey and figure skating as it will increase speed and endurance whilst building muscle.
2022-2023 Season Schedule and Registration
The 2022-2023 speed skating schedule will be available soon and posted to the Registration tab. Please check back for updates.
The 2022-2023 speed skating season sessions will take place at the Chedoke Arena (Red Side Arena) located at 91 Chedmac Drive, Hamilton Ontario OR F.H. Sherman Arena located at 388 First Road East, Stoney Creek, Ontario.
Wed: 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Starting September 14, 2022 (New and Developing Skaters)
Wed: 6:00pm – 8:00pm – Starting September 14, 2022 (Advanced Group)
Thur: 4:30pm – 5:30pm – Starting September 15, 2022 (New and Developing Skaters)
Thur: 5:30pm – 6:30pm – Starting September 15, 2022 (Advanced Group)
Sun: 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Starting September 18, 2022 (Advanced Group)
F.H. Sherman Arena
Tues: 6:15pm – 7:15pm – Starting October 4, 2022 (All youth and masters skaters)
Sat: 3:45pm – 4:45pm – 4 sessions only – October 8, 15, 22, 29 (All youth and masters skaters)
To ensure a safe and enjoyable season, the coaching staff will recommend all advanced group placements.
Please select the Registration tab for all registration information and the Registration Form (currently being updated; please check back soon).