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.

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.