2022-2023 Club Administration Timeline - Updated August 24, 2022
Short (100m/111.12m) and long track (400m) diagrams
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The PACE Award Program is self-administered by individual clubs and may vary based on the club’s unique situation. PACE (Personal Achievement Celebration Event) Awards may be awarded to suit the individual skater, examples include:
Youth and Junior aged skaters are eligible to qualify for GenBC based on their performance in the preceding season.
Invitations for GenBC will be sent beginning in April 2022.
The following information was prepared to assist BC coaches, skaters and parents to ensure that skaters are healthy and fit for the start of a new season. It is a guideline and should be modified as needed to suit each individual skater. The information presented below is intended for Performance Development skaters (competitive L2T, T2T and Junior skaters).
Please note that recommendations and websites included below are for information purposes only, and are not meant to be an exhaustive nor prescriptive list. Skaters and their immediate support team (parents, coaches, medical/paramedical professionals) are responsible for the season plan and health of each skater. Skaters are encouraged to verify the qualifications and experience of any medical/paramedical professionals.
Students can earn credits towards graduation through the External Credentials Program - Coaches. The program is under review by the Ministry of Education; however, credits may still be earned. See the Awards page for more details.
Upgrading to Level 3 is administered by Speed Skating Canada’s Sport Development Committee. Applicants for Level 3 upgrades must complete Speed Skating Canada’s requirements for Level 3 officials.
Referees must complete this online report following all BC Speed Skating sanctioned competitions.
Students can earn credits towards graduation through the External Credentials Program - Officials. The program is under review by the Ministry of Education; however, credits may still be earned. See the Awards page for more details.
The sanction process is a guarantee between the organizer(s) and BC Speed Skating that the event will operate according to Speed Skating Canada and/or BC Speed Skating procedures.
Meets can be sanctioned under a BCSSA Sanction and an SSC Sanction:
Email the Competitions Committee to have the event added to the BCSSA Events & Results calendar. Dates should be added as soon as they are known.
All sanctioned meet registration forms must include the following statement and corresponding check box: “I have read and agree to the BCSSA Concussion Protocol”. The BCSSA Concussion Protocol can be found in Safety Resources.
Arrange to use BCSSA-owned equipment (horn start and/or electronic lap counter and/or helmet covers), as appropriate for the competition. Contact the host of the previous (local) competition to determine the current location of the equipment.
In coordination with the Recorder and Referee, plan appropriate racing events for the competition.
Note that these are the minimum requirements for a competition with a BCSSA Sanction. Competitions with SSC sanctions may have additional requirements.
The Sanction Certificate must be displayed by the Recorder’s Office during the competition.
The BCSSA Officials Code of Ethics must be visibly displayed during the competition.
The Track Certification Form must be completed by a surveyor and signed by the Chief Referee prior to the competition.
Copies of the BCSSA Injury Report Form, BCSSA Suspected Concussion Form and BCSSA Incident Report Form must be available at the competition venue. Examples of a reportable incident include: an altercation between participants and a parent/coach/official berating another person.
Copies of the Athletic Accident Report (insurance claim form) must be available at the competition venue. Please email the SSBC Executive Director to obtain a copy. Ensure injured skaters (or their parents if the skater is a minor) receive a copy. Any individual considering making a claim must contact the SSBC Executive Director prior to submitting for further guidance.
It is the Meet Coordinator’s responsibility to ensure that the proper paperwork is completed after a competition. Meet protocols should be emailed to the SSBC Database Administrator (email@example.com) as soon as possible following the competition. If the meet was recorded using Meet Manager, please also attach the .csv results file.
Other reporting requirements (within 14 days of the competition) include:
Forms to be emailed to ODC:
The BC Winter Games (BCWG) are an important developmental event for athletes across the province. The BCWG are a mulit-sport event overseen by the BC Games Society and are held February of every other year (even years). Athletes represent their Zone at the Games.
Unfortunately, the 2022 BCWG will not be hosted as originally scheduled in February of 2022. The BC Games Society and Greater Vernon 2022 BC Winter Games Society are committed to exploring options with stakeholders to help deliver a future version of these Games in Vernon, possibly in 2023. More will be known about the possibility of hosting in 2023 in the coming months after appropriate consultation
with all community stakeholders.
The 2023 Canada Winter Games will take place in Prince Edward Island. Sport-specific information is available on the Canada Games website.
BC Speed Skating will be preparing skaters for the 2023 Canada Winter Games via our Push to PEI program.
The TEAM BC Selection Trials (short track and long track) will take place in December 2022. Details can be found in the TEAM BC 2023 Selection Bulletin.
Speed Skating BC names skaters to Team BC for the Canadian Youth Championships each season.
**Note: the Team BC @ Canadian Youth ST Championships-West Intent to Participate is included in the BC Short Track registration process. Please email Technical Director Chris Acton with any questions.
Students can earn credits towards graduation through the External Credentials Program - Athletes. The program is under review by the Ministry of Education; however, credits may still be earned. See the Awards page for more details.
Resources are located on the COVID-19 & Safe Sport page.
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SSBC Injury Report Form- must be completed for all injuries sustained in practice or competition.
Athletic Accident Report (insurance claim form)- must be available at practice and competition venue. Please email the SSBC Executive Director to obtain a copy. Ensure injured skaters (or their parents if the skater is a minor) receive a copy. Any individual considering making a claim must contact the SSBC Executive Director prior to submitting for further guidance.
Concussion prevention, recognition and return to sport protocols have been heavily featured in the media over the past few years. Speed Skating Canada has a webpage dedicated to Concussions/Brain Injuries, which provides speed skating specific education and resources for coaches, officials, club administrators and parents.
Within BC, the BCSSA Concussion Protocol must be followed at all sanctioned events. The protocol includes the administration of the Concussion Recognition Tool and the provision of the BCSSA Suspected Concussion Form. The BCSSA Concussion Protocol outlines the steps to follow in identifying a concussion and providing initial care. Return to play guidelines are also available for speed skating, through the Speed Skating Canada Return to Play Guide. It is highly recommended that clubs consider adopting similar protocols for their club practices.
One of the BCSSA values states that “We believe all members of the organization; staff, athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, parents, etc., are entitled to be treated in an ethical and professional manner.” Please see the Harassment Policy page on the BCSSA website for details. Any incidents occurring at BCSSA events should be reported using the Incident Report Form.
More resources are located in the COVID-19 & Safe Sport page.