Long blades are easier to balance on, therefore, easier to learn to skate on. And they are FASTER!
Long blades are flat on the bottom, not hollow ground, and therefore more efficient. You glide further with each stroke and skate further with less effort.Some of the faster skaters will use “clap” skates during long track season. The “clap” mechanism, so named for the sound made as you skate. Since the blade is only attached to the toe of the boot, the blade pivots away from your heel as you take each stride. When you lift your foot from the ice, springs snap the blade back into the resting position. The theory is that the longer the blade is on the ice, and the more the blade is on the ice, then the more power you can transfer during your stride.
Club Rental Program
You can rent boots/blades from the club for the season. The rental includes Boot and Blade. A prorated rate will be determined if the skater joins part way thru the year.
Both Short Track and Long Track skates are available for rental.
Your coach must approve a skater moving to Long Track skates.
At the end of the season, equipment must be returned to the club.
See the Store for prices.
Long blades must be sharpened by hand using stones and a support called a "jig".
The Club provides sharpening clinics during the year for those who wish to learn.
A jig is available at the rink before and during practices. Some of the older skaters will also sharpen skates for you for a fee.
Helmets and Gloves
Helmets and gloves must be worn at all times by skaters in the Learn-to-Skate Program and by all skaters for short track (indoors) training and competitions.
Speed Skating Helmet is recommended. Hockey or Multisport helmet will be permitted.
Gloves or mitts must be made of leather or synthetic leather.
Neck Protectors, Shin Guards and Knee Pads
A Kevlar bib-style neck protector, hard plastic soccer-type shin guards and basketball knee pads are mandatory for ALL skaters for short track (indoor) training and competitions.
Shatterproof safety glasses are required for all skaters. All glasses must be worn with a safety strap.