2022-2023 Season Schedule and Registration
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.
You are welcome to download and print the Speed Skating Equipment list.
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. Alternatively, speed skating vendors often sell equipment at meets.
Skate Rental Program
Coach Mike Murray has a large inventory of club speed skates, and rents them for the season to members. You will find skate rental fees on the Registration Form.
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. Here are some simple precautions to keep your rented skates in good condition:
- The blades should never be allowed to get dirty or rusty and the boots should be kept clean and dry so that the leather remains in good condition. It’s a good idea to keep a rag in your skate bag to wipe off skates and blades after each practice.
- Please do not store skates with hard guard on: the water gets trapped in the hard guards and rusts the blade. Instead, let the guards and skates dry overnight (you can use skate “soakers” for the trip home) and then re-attach the hard guard.
- Skates generally need to be sharpened every 4-6 weeks. If you think you need sharpening, ask Coach Mike who has special sharpening equipment. Do not take your skates for sharpening at the local rink or Canadian Tire as you would for hockey skates. Speed skates have very different blades and need hand sharpening.
- While walking around the arena while off the ice your hard guards should be on at all times.
Age Class Categories
Age Category is based upon gender and age as of June 30. For example, a 9 year old girl, whose birthday is Feb 5 will be ranked among the “Girls 9” category. A 9 year old boy, whose birthday is July 3 will be ranked among the “Boys 8” category.