Getting Started

From Learn-to-Skate to High Performance Development, Ridge Meadows Racers offers programs for skaters of all ages and abilities.

Speed skating is a unique sport with specialized equipment. All skaters use long blade skates—these classic skates increase stability and reduce resistance, resulting in faster speeds and a more comfortable experience on the ice. A full list of equipment is outlined below. Long blade boots and blades are available to rent (included in annual fees) for most skaters.

If you are interested in trying out speed skating, please contact us and we can arrange for you to participate in a practice. We know you’ll love the fun, friendships and excitement of speed skating.

Training Schedule

We have one, two and three day training schedules to meet the needs of skaters at all levels of development. Skaters are assessed based on their ability and their age, and placed in an appropriate group for training schedules. The skating season generally starts in the first week of September and continues through mid March.

Group 1 skaters getting ready to practice strength and stability.

Group 1 skaters getting ready to practice strength and stability.

Group 1: Beginners skaters.

This group is our youngest skaters, with a focus on fun and basic skills that will instill a lifelong love of skating. Skaters in Group 1 have the option of one or two day (per week) programs.
Tues: 3:45pm – 4:35pm (50 min)
Saturday: 9:25am – 10:10am (45min)

Skaters in Group 1 have the opportunity to compete at local mini meets and Interclub competitions.

Group 2: Developing skaters.
This group is based on learning to train and compete, with a focus on specialized skills and the racing techniques of speed skating. This is also a great level for youth cross training—many skaters in this group are active in multiple sports. Skaters in Group 2 have the option of one or two day (per week) programs, plus interclub options.
Tues: 4:35pm – 5:35pm (60 min)
Saturday: 9:25am – 10:10am (45min)

Skaters in Group 2 have the opportunity to compete at local mini meets and Interclub competitions.

Group 3: Training skaters.
This group focuses on competitive training, with race conditioning and a full spectrum of on and off ice programs. Skaters in Group 3 have the option of two or three day (per week) programs, plus interclub options.
Mon: 4:30pm – 5:40pm (70min) coach approval required
Tues: 5:45pm – 6:55pm (70 min)
Saturday: 8:30am – 9:25am (55 min)

Skaters in Group 3 have the opportunity to compete at local Interclub competitions, as well as qualify for sanctioned provincial, regional and national meets.

Equipment

This skater is fully outfitted for competitive skating.

This skater is fully outfitted for competitive skating.

Speed skating requires specialized equipment for both speed and safety. All skaters are required to wear the following for practice and racing:

  1. Helmet
  2. Safety Glasses
  3. Neck Guard
  4. Aerodynamic Skin Suit (optional in practice and some racing)
  5. Cut Resistant Lining (optional in practice)
  6. Cut Resistant Gloves
  7. Knee Pads*
  8. Shin Guards*
  9. Cut Resistant Socks
  10. Long-Blade Skates

*Knee pads and shin guards are built-in to some racing suits.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask an member of the Executive—they can advise you on the correct equipment, and where it can be purchased (or borrowed).

For more explanation please see BCSSA Requirements

4 thoughts on “Getting Started

  1. Kelly

    My son is 7years old and we are thinking of trying this sport out for him. He has very little skating experience. Do we need to wait until next fall?

    • Stephen Abbott Post author

      Hi – thanks for inquiring. We’d love to have your son try the sport. This season is almost over (there’s only few practices left), but if he would like to come and try it in the next couple weeks, we can arrange a session. Please send me an email at stephenjabbott@gmail.com and we can find a good time on a Saturday or Tuesday.

  2. liliana

    My son is almost 9 years old and we want to try this sport. He already have the six levels in skating and he enjoys the speed when he is skating. How can we register him?
    Thank you

    • tgmclennan

      Why not come out to Planet Ice Saturday morning at 10:15 or so and see if we can find some skates that’ll fit him. I don’t believe that the 2014/15 registration package is ready yet (but I’m probably mistaken).

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