Who Can Join and What Group is Right for you?
Speed skating is a sport open to girls, boys, men and women from age four and up. This is a wonderful life-long sport. Some ability on skates is an asset in getting started but regular practice and enthusiasm will quickly result in improved skills for both recreational skating and racing.
We have 3 main "groups" - Group 1, Group 2 and Active for Life. Read below to help identify the level right for you.
Group 1 are our younger skaters and where skating FUNdamentals are introduced. Group 1 are normally from the Active Start and Fundamental age groups. Sometimes even older skaters, new to the Club will begin for a short time in Group 1 to ensure they have a solid skill foundation.
Group 1 focuses on developing core skills to ensure long term skating success. Many of the skills are either taught or reinforced through games and on-ice events.
Group 1 skates on Tuesdays & Thursdays, from the beginning of October to early March. Skaters hit the ice at 7:00 pm sharp so parents are asked to ensure skaters are at the rink by 6:45pm at the latest to give your skater time to get into their gear.
Skaters who have been with the Club a few years or already have a strong foundation in skating from other sports like hockey form our group 2.
Group 2 skaters are normally from the Learn to Train, Train to Train and Junior age groups, but RSSC Coaches will determine when a skater is ready to practice at the group 2 level based on factors such as endurance, foundational skills, attention/focus etc. Skill and speed within this group of skaters varies and is managed by the Coaches through practice planning - with safety and overall skater development in the forefront at all times.
Group 2 skates on Sundays (Mondays during long-track), Tuesdays & Thursdays from the beginning of October to early March. Skaters begin with dry land skill development & warm up at 7:00pm and hit the ice about 7:45pm until 9:15pm.
Active for Life
Do you love to skate? Want to stay fit and enjoy the outdoors to make the most of winter?
Consider joining our Active for Life Program.
A program for adults of all ages and abilities, our Active for Life group follows the RSSC Long Track training season from about mid December to late February.
Registration is done under the Active for Life option for the RSSC online registration system. Most first time speed skaters register under the non-competitive option but if you would like to compete then register as a competitive Active for Life skater.
Active for Life group would skate alongside group 2 on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays.