Covid Protocols and start of 2021 season

Skating for the 2021-2022 season will begin on Wednesday October 6th or Thursday October 7th, depending on your registration. As in the prior year, the club is required to contract trace those attending. Please complete the form using the following link:

SCREENING FORM – To be completed by 3pm each skating day.

The City of Hamilton – Covid Policies

As per the provincial announcement on September 1, 2021, vaccine verification will be required to access indoor sports and recreation facilities as of September 22, 2021. In addition to the provincial announcement, the city has provided the following details.

  • Access will only be available through the facilities main access. City of Hamilton Staff will be responsible for verifying vaccine requirement upon entry.
  • Any players, coaches or officials aged 18+ will be required to show proof of vaccination and ID, OR exemption.
  • Any spectator/parent/sibling aged 12+ will be required to show proof of vaccination and ID, OR exemption.
  • Permit holders [ie. clubs] will still be responsible for contact tracing and health screening
  • Businesses and organizations are not permitted to retain vaccine records or status, and as such patrons will be required to show their proof of vaccination each time they enter the facility.

Vaccine verification and ID will be checked in accordance with the direction provided by the Provincial Ministry of Health. For more information:

Health Screening Form – due at 3pm day of skating

For the 2021-2022 season 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.

For more details, see the COVID policies and resources for recreation facility users for the start of the 2021-2022 season

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.

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.