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Skating resumes on February 24, 2021

Modified Schedule and Rules starting February 24, 2021

The city of Hamilton continues to adjust requirements for ice uses to meet the provincial legislation. Rinks have reopened with the change into Red Zone in February and skating is set to resume on February 24, 2021. By now you should have received and completed a form to express your interest in returning to skating, contact the club if you have not received this communication. Skating families that responded have been contacted with ice times for their skaters starting as early as February 24th. Please review the RULES and HEALTH PROTOCOL as they have changed. .

We have been asked to use the back entrance of the arena (lower floor entrance by washrooms / meeting room). The upper/front entrance is not to be used.

Rules

I)  Ten skaters per session

  • Complete the screening prior to arrival at the arena https://forms.gle/J9PUWKWXrKJqX8t3A
  • As before, skaters should come wearing as much of their equipment as possible.
  • There are no change rooms available and skaters are NOT to strip down to undergarments while seated in the public areas.
  • As before, skaters will need to bring all of their belongings into the red hallway area. Leave nothing on the chairs.
  • At the end of practice, gather your belongings, change out of your skates and leave. No loitering.

II)  One Emergency Adult per session

  • Complete the screening prior to arrival at the arena https://forms.gle/J9PUWKWXrKJqX8t3A
  • Dress warmly as this person will sit on the far side of the arena / players’ bench. It is COLD at ice level.
  • The emergency adult will also be asked to complete the in house screening of skaters for your session.

III)  Two Coaches

IV)   One guardian per skater if necessary (i.e. one guardian can come in and tie skates. This guardian may remain in the arena in the designated seating area)

  • Complete the screening prior to arrival at the arena. https://forms.gle/J9PUWKWXrKJqX8t3A
  • The guardian may NOT have other children.
  • The guardian is expected to remain inside the building. Once you’re “in”, you’re “in”.
  • Once the guardian has helped his / her skater, the guardian is expected to sit in the designated area in the stands.
  • Guardians are asked to help put the mats on the ice and/or take the mats off the ice. See Coach Mike for specific direction.

Health Protocol

  1. All skaters, coaches and guardians are to complete the health screening prior to attending each skating session. https://forms.gle/J9PUWKWXrKJqX8t3A It is IMPERATIVE that this health screening is done before practice as we must have it readily available for Public Health. It is an expectation of the City of Hamilton that our organization ensures our membership is completing the screening. Failure to complete the screening can jeopardize our club’s ability to skate.

If you, or someone with whom you have been in close contact, are not feeling well, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO SKATING.

2. All skaters, coaches and guardians are to be masked at all times – on and off ice.

3. Sanitize hands before / after touching common, high-touch surfaces.

4. Hands must be sanitized and gloves may be worn when handling the safety mats. Mats should be sprayed with disinfectant spray upon storage Wednesday evening. Mats do not need to be sprayed upon storage

5. Please be mindful of the traffic flow patterns that the arena staff have designated.Thursday evening as they will be untouched until the following week.

Cohort/Group 1 (Older Skaters) – Chedoke Arena

  • Session 1 – Wednesday: 4:00-5:15pm – Starting Feb 24, 2021
  • Session 2 – Wednesday: 5:45-7:00pm – Starting Feb 24, 2021

Cohort/Group 2 (Younger Skaters) – Chedoke Arena

  • Session 1 – Thursday:   4:30-5:30pm – Starting Nov 26, 2020
  • Session 2 – Thursday: 6:00-7:00pm – Starting Nov 26, 2020

F.H. Sherman Arena – Closed

Health Screening Form – due at 3pm

All skaters are required to complete the online health screening form before 3pm on the day they will be skating. Access the form using the link below.

HEALTH SCREENING FORM – to complete by 3pm for each skater.

This health screening information is a requirement of the arena operators as well as Ontario Speed Skating. Our club volunteers are working tirelessly to ensure a safe experience for skaters and your completion of the form is an integral part in allowing a safe, contactless, traceable check-in for skaters. Please do you part to keep skating safe for all of us by filling in the form for each session as soon as you are able to able to assess the skaters state of health.

Dry Land Training 2020 – Starts August 10

Having entered Stage 3 in the Province’s Covid-19 protocol, and being able to assemble in larger groups, we are looking forward to seeing each of you again at our outdoor, dryland training sessions.  These sessions are offered free of charge and facilitated by Coach Mike. These dryland sessions offer our athletes the opportunity to train in preparation for our upcoming speed skating season.

You are encouraged to return/exchange skates at this session if you are attending.

Dryland
When: Mondays (next session confirmed for October 5, 2020)
Where: Sanctuary Park, Dundas
Time: 6:00 pm (90 minute session)

Cycling
When: TBD

In keeping with OSSA Return To Sport Protocol, and Health Department advisories, there are a few extra steps that need to be taken before each athlete can participate in our group, outdoor, dryland sessions. 

Each attendee must perform the before attending your first session:

1. OSSA Concussion Code of Conduct – please complete for EACH participant and return by email.
2. OSSA Acknowledgement…Assumption of Risk Regarding Covid-19 – please complete for EACH participant and return by email.
3. HSSC Dryland Training Information Document – Review the new HSSC protocols that align with OSSA Return To Sport Protocol
4. HSSC Dryland Training Checklist – Review the dryland training checklist

Each attendee must also complete a health screening form before each session:

5. Health Screening Form – Anyone arriving at a session (athlete, parent, volunteer) must perform a health screening and complete a health screening questionnaire. The form MUST be completed by 4:00 the day of an afternoon dryland activity and by 7:00 p.m. the night prior to an early morning activity (i.e. cycling) 
 

Participants will also be screened upon arrival to the activity. Any participant who exhibits symptoms will not be able to participate in the training.

We know these new steps seem like a lot, but the new policies have been put in place to ensure all skaters and their families can remain safe as we begin to reopen and resume training. Taking appropriate measures such as wearing face coverings and maintaining social distance are key to keeping everyone healthy.

We look forward to seeing each of you out for some summer training. (Because the protocols require that a parent remain on site with each participant, be sure to wear YOUR workout gear and benefit from this opportunity for a fun fitness session !!)

Additional details and session dates will be provided by email.

As always, if you have any questions, please send us an email.
Start of the Season

Start of the Season is here!

Modified Schedule for September 2020

Due to the ongoing pandemic arenas across the province has approved the opening of arenas that have implemented revised policies and cleaning procedures.  These changes have impacted the available ice times for all ice user groups.  Our club will be offering the following revised schedule as of September 2020.

Register Now – Registration forms will be available shortly.

Chedoke Arena

  • Wednesday – 4:00-5:00pm and 5:30-6:30pm – Starting September 30, 2020
  • Thursday – 4:00-5:00pm and 5:30-6:30pm – Starting October 1, 2020

F.H. Sherman Arena – Closed

The club is continuing to work with officials to facilitate a return to skating for for the 2020/2021 season.  Please be patient as we coordinate a fun and safe schedule for our skaters.

New for 2020-2021

The club has implemented a new Covid policy to comply with the requirements of OSSA and the province.  HSSC/GHSSC policies and requirements for the skating season are available here or through the link at the top of the page. 

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Summer Ice and Land Training

Bored ? Got the Summertime Blues ? Looking For Something To Do ?
Dryland Training is the answer !
Sessions are open to ALL skaters and their families ; everyone is encouraged to participate in the fitness fun at NO cost !!!Participants should dress in athletic clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather.
Bring a water bottle.

Mondays     6:30 p.m.
CHEDOKE STAIRS (Chedoke Golf Clubhouse)
Circuit program including some stairs and/or hills

Wednesdays     6:30 p.m.
CHEDOKE STAIRS (Chedoke Golf Clubhouse)
Running program with off-ice technical activities

Saturday mornings 8:30 a.m.
WATERFRONT TRAIL (just east of the lift bridge on Eastport Drive)
Cycling or Inline Skating

Note :
Participants MUST wear helmets and wrist guards if inline skating. 
In case of rain, CYCLING will be the only option. No inline skating in wet conditions.
Also, due to the variety of ages and abilities, this group will likely not stay together. Please ensure family supervision for younger athletes. 

Note 2: Due to other commitments over the summer, Coach Mike cannot guarantee his presence at each session ; however, there are usually several team members at each session who are capable of leading in his absence. 

Looking for some on-ice skating time ? Try….SUNDAY SKATING WITH NIAGARA SPEED SKATING CLUB
Sunday sessions
1:30 – 3:00

Vale Health and Wellness Centre
550 Elizabeth Street , Port Colborne

www.niagaraspeedskating.com
905-321-3408

2019-Sept-7: Skate Fitting and Team BBQ

10th ANNUAL POT LUCK BBQ /SKATE FITTING / REGISTRATION

DATE:  Saturday September 7, 2019

LOCATION: 11 Hilltop Place, Dundas

(You can park at the Sanctuary Park lot and walk down the trail for more parking)

TIME: 3:30 pm and onward (Bon Fire at dusk)

 

Plan to spend time socializing while the children play in with other skaters

 

Please E-mail us to know what you are bringing:

Salad – Appetizer – Dessert (dts@d-t-s.ca)

 

Burgers and Corn will be provided.

Download a print friendly version using the link below

10th Annual BBQ

Preseason Ice – September 2019

In preparation for the first competition of the season we have secured preseason ice at Chedoke.

The intent of this ice time is to prepare skaters for the OSSA Invitational Meet, September 14th & 15th – at the Chedoke area in HAMILTON), .

Returning skaters (11 years +) who are interested in competing in the Elite Series for the 2019-20 season are offered the following sessions.

Cost :
$345.00 for 23 hours of ice
OR
$20.00 per hourTuesday September 3                                     5:30-7:00 p.m.  (1.5)
Wednesday September 4th                             6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (2)
Thursday September 5th                                 4:30-6:30 p.m. (2)
Saturday September 7th                                  9:00-11:00 a.m. (2)
Sunday September 8th                                    9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (2)

Tuesday September 10th                                 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. (1.5)
Wednesday September 11th                           6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (2)
Thursday September 12th                               4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (2)

Wednesday September 18th                           6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (2)
Thursday September 19th                               4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (2)

Wednesday September 25th                          6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (2)
Thursday September 26th                              4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (2)

For returning skaters (not interested or eligible to skate in the Elite Series) who are interested in some preseason ice skating opportunities :

COST = $120     ( 6 hours of ice time )

Wednesday September 4th                            5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday September 11th                          5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday  September 18th                         5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday September 25th                          5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Equipment

All skaters must have the following personal protective equipment. However, there are exceptions for participants in the Introduction-to-Speed-Skating and Learn to Skate programs who only require head, hand, shin and knee protection.

Speed Skating EquipmentIf you would like to print this list, please download it here: Speed Skating Equipment.

 

Most of these items can be purchased at a local sporting goods store. However, there are some (e.g. Kevlar ankle protection, certified helmet for competition, hard skate guards) that you may need to purchase with help from the club. We typically take orders at the beginning of the season so take advantage.  Also, suppliers often set up tables at meets where you can purchase many of these items.

Skate Rental Program

Coach Mike Murray has a large inventory of club speed skates, and rents them for the season to members. Whether you have rented a pair of the Club’s speed skates or you have purchased your own, they are an expensive piece of equipment that you rely on to skate your best.