2022-2023 Club Administration Timeline - Updated August 24, 2022
The Fast Fun Friends Program Benchmarks provide guidance to clubs on standards for their child Learn to Speed Skate program.
The Fast Fun Friends Club Welcome Letter Template is a customizable letter for clubs to share with their Learn to Speed Skate participants as they begin the program.
Short (100m/111.12m) and long track (400m) diagrams
Waiver forms must be completed in IceReg
Coaches who have completed the modules for a course and are working on their evaluation (portfolio and practice evaluation) may wish to consult the SSC resources:
Please email email@example.com if you are interested in hosting a coaching course in your region.
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.
2022-2023 GenBC Selection Bulletin
GenBC skaters have access to programming provided by the SSBC Integrated Support Team.
Elite skaters are also eligible to qualify for Canadian Sport Institute- Pacific (CSI-P) nomination.
2023-2024 CSI-P Nomination Criteria
CSI-P nominated skaters must register with their local centre to be eligible for benefits through CSI-P.
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 Youth 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.
All NCCP courses an individual has taken are tracked in an online database called The Locker. Anyone who has taken an NCCP course (in any sport) will have a profile on The Locker. If coaches need assistance finding their account number or password, please contact the BCSSA Technical Director.
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.
To become an official, candidates must take a clinic and work as an apprentice official. Some certifications require assessment. Details can be found in the visual officials pathway.
Speed Skating BC hosts clinics through the year, both in-person and online. All clinics are listed on the SSBC Events Calendar. To request a local clinic, please email the SSBC Officials Development Committee.
Clinic resources are available below:
The SSBC Certified Officials list is updated regularly as upgrade requests are processed. Last updated: May 2023.
If you notice an error and/or have updates for the list (e.g. change in club, retirement of an official, etc.), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Uprade to Level 1
To begin the process of becoming a Certified Official, applicants must complete the Level 1 Officials Clinic, assist at meets throughout the season and submit the online Level 1 Upgrade Form. The SSBC ODC administers upgrades to Level 1.
Upgrade to Level 2
To upgrade to Level 2, applicants must complete the Level 2 Officials Clinic (specific to the position), officiate at meets throughout the season and submit the Level 2 Upgrade form, including evaluation form(s) completed by a mentor. The SSBC ODC administers upgrades to Level 2.
Upgrade to Level 3
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.
Referee report: see "Post-Competition Requirements" below under Competition Resources.
Meet Coordinator report: see "Post-Competition Requirements" below under Competition Resources.
Assessment reports (for upgrades): see "Upgrading to Level 2" above under Official Resources.
Mentor report: access online form here.
Incident report: see the Safe Sport page for details.
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 Speed Skating BC that the event will operate according to Speed Skating Canada and/or Speed Skating BC procedures.
Meets can be sanctioned under a SSBC Sanction and an SSC Sanction:
Email the Database Administrator to have the event added to the SSBC 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 SSBC Concussion Protocol”. The SSBC Concussion Protocol can be found in the SSBC Guidelines: Sport Injury Management document, in Safety Resources.
Arrange to use SSBC-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 an SSBC Sanction. Competitions with SSC sanctions may have additional requirements.
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:
Forms to be emailed to the Executive Director:
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 (updated November 2022).
Questions and bye requests should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speed Skating BC names skaters to Team BC for the Canadian Youth Championships each season.
Team BC x Canadian Youth Championships Selection Bulletin (v2 November 2022)
Team BC x CYLT Intent to Participate form (now closed)
Team BC x CYSTW Intent to Participate form (due March 5th- no late entries can be accepted!)
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 page.
Speed Skating is a fast and exciting sport. Preventing injuries through proper safety equipment is everyone's responsibility.
Speed Skating Arena Safety Checklist
SSBC Sport Injury Management Guidelines
SSBC Injury Report Form- must be completed for all injuries sustained in practice or competition.
SSBC Post-Injury information Document- should be provided to any SSBC member who sustains an injury during practice or competition.
Concussion prevention, recognition and return to sport protocols have been heavily featured in the media over the past few years. Please see the SSBC Sport Injury Management Guidelines for the concussion protocol that must be followed at all SSBC practices and competitions to recognize and assess concussions.
Skaters who have been diagnosed who a concussion must follow protocols to return to activities (school, sport, work). See Parachute Canada resources for more details.
To learn more about concussions in speed skating, consider taking the FREE eLearning module "Making Head Way in Speed Skating".
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 Safe Sport page for details.