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Start of the Season

Start of the Season is here.

We are are day away from the start of the start of the speed skating season.   There is a staggered start with Sherman Arena sessions beginning on September 22, and Chedoke starting the following week.

The sessions start

  • Sunday – September 22, 2019  (Sherman Arena)
  • Tuesday – September 24, 2019 (Sherman Arena)
  • Wednesday – October 2, 2019 (Chedoke Arena)
  • Thursday – October 3, 2019 (Chedoke Arena)

You must review all of the necessary information and provide all completed forms before entering the ice.

New for 2019 – Rowan’s Law has come into effect to improve concussion awareness and safety.  Each SKATER must review the age appropriate content and submit a completed code of conduct form to the club.

For new skaters:

  • Review the equipment requirements and ensure you have all necessary safety equipment.  Cut proof ankle guards will be available for purchase from the club at the first practice at a cost of $15.
  • Plan to arrive 20 minutes before the start of the session to allow enough time to fit equipment correctly
  • contact hamiltonspeedskating@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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.