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.
All skaters have a place within Speed Skating BC! Our programs and competitions use age categories for member clarity and ease of communication. The SSBC Age Categories match the national (Speed Skating Canada) age categories and were developed based on Long Term Athlete Development principles, including: holistic development of the skater (physical, intellectual, social), an early focus on physical literacy, and sport for life opportunities.
Our SSBC Programs Pathway showcases the “right programming at the right time”. We offer or partner to deliver programs to skaters across the Long Term Athlete Development spectrum, from Club Learn to Speed Skate, to GenBC programming for our Performance Development skaters, to PACK programming to keep our Masters skaters engaged for life.
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.