Red Deer Central Lions Speed Skating Club 

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Practice Protocols & Sportsmanship On and Off the Ice

One of the ways in which we can reduce the chance of injury is by following certain “rules of the rink” during practices and meets. These rules exist to encourage a safe, productive, and enjoyable experience for all. Please ensure that your skaters are familiar with these Protocols and with Sportsmanship prior to skating.

  • At the short track rink, safety mats must be in place around the ice to protect skaters if they fall and/or slide into the boards. Parents are asked to help set up and take down the protective mats at each practice. NOTE: skaters cannot skate until these mats are in place. It would be greatly appreciated if all parents would spend a few minutes doing this at each practice thereby ensuring that the kids get as much ice time as possible.
  • A coach must always be on the ice when members are skating.
  • All skaters, both competitive and recreational, are expected to follow directions given by the coaches. Failure to do so can and will result in the skater being asked to leave the ice surface.
  • All skaters must skate counter-clockwise unless the coaches direct otherwise.
  • On the skating track, the fastest skaters have the outside lane and the slower skaters have the inside lane. Where appropriate, fast skaters should try to let slower skates know when they are passing by shouting “track”.
  • When skating on the track, skate in a consistent pattern. If you wish to stop or rest, stand up and glide carefully to the centre of the ice. Do not stop suddenly or cut across the track. Do not stand on the track. Do not block the track in any way.
  • The safest place to be is at the centre of the ice.
  • Skaters must NEVER stand against the boards, and especially against the mats, as a falling skater may crash into them. This is where serious injury can occur.
  • If you must leave the ice, first tell the coach. Extreme caution must be used when crossing the track: stop, look, and then when safe, cross the track quickly.
  • Deliberately falling and sliding across the ice or pushing skaters is dangerous to others and will result in disciplinary action.
  • Please tighten skates and use the bathroom before coming onto the ice.
  • As a courtesy to others, all skaters must be prompt in getting on the ice, so the coach can follow his or her coaching plan without waiting for tardy skaters.

The following behaviours and actions will not be tolerated:

yelling at officials
taking performance-enhancing substances

Certainly, we all have bad days and we all make poor decisions at times. However, we must all strive to create an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and supportive. If you ever want to talk about some of these items please seek out one of the coaches or a Club Executive member.