All speed skaters in British Columbia are registered to both Speed Skating Canada and Speed Skating BC. Membership is required to participate, compete, volunteer, or try speed skating. Membership categories are listed below.
Short track speed skating takes place on a 111.12m (or 100m) oval track on a rink (Olympic size or NHL size). Because the corners are tight and it can be difficult for skaters to maintain control, the boards must be covered by protective mats of polyurethane foam at least 20 cm thick with a minimum height of 1 m. The mats are covered with a water-resistant and cut-resistant material and they must be attached to the boards as well as to each other. Skaters race pack-style where the first competitor to cross the line wins.
Racing in pairs, counterclockwise, on two lanes of a 400m oval track, the skaters change lanes every lap in order to equalize the distance covered. The skater in the outside lane has the right-of-way at the crossover if the skaters arrive at the same time. Racing includes Olympic Style, mass start (pack-style), and team pursuit.