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.
The Regional Stream objective is to provide an introduction to speed skating within a safe and welcoming sport environment. This stream focuses on:
Regional Stream skaters include all Active Start, FUNdamentals, Special Olympics and Active for Life skaters. The Regional Stream also encompasses novice Learn to Train, Train to Train and Competitive for Life skaters.
Regional Stream skaters compete in regional events, for example: club Minimeets, BC Interclubs, Short Track FUNales and the Long Track FUNale.
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.