Red Deer Central Lions Speed Skating Club 

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Practice Schedule

RDCLSSC Programs follow the Speed Skating Canada Long Term Participant/Athlete Development Model (LTPAD). For more detailed information, see Skater Development. 


The Head Coach, with information provided by the Club Registrar, place skaters in Groups based on their ability and age. 


New Skaters and younger skaters in the SSC FUNDamental and Learning to Train categories are placed in Group 1 and evaluated for ability throughout the season. Group 1 skaters have the option of skating 1 or 2 nights a week. 


Group 2 is for older and more advanced skaters whose focus in training for competition (Train to Train through Junior). Group 2 Skaters normally skate 2 nights a week and, in some seasons, have the option of skating 3 nights a week (for more advanced skaters in Group 3). Group 2 Skaters also engage in dryland and cross-training for general fitness and endurance training. 


The following table gives start times for each program and the general dates for Short Track and Long Track. Please note that these dates will be confirmed each year as we learn our starting ice date and, for Outdoor Long Track, are weather dependent. Changes will be communicated to Club Members by email.   

Group and Location
Days and Times
 Date Range (Approximate)
Group 1 Short Track at the Kinex Arena
Tuesdays and Thursdays; 5:45pm to 6:45pm
October 1st to mid-December
Group 1 Long Track at Great Chief Park
Tuesdays and Thursdays; 5:45pm to 6:30pm
Mid-December to mid-Febrauary
Group 1 Short Track at the Kinex Arena
Tuesdays and Thursdays; 5:45pm to 6:45pm
Mid-February to late March  
Group 2 Short Track at the Kinex Arena
Tuesdays and Thursdays; 6:55pm to 8:15pm
October 1st to mid-December
Group 2 Long Track at Great Chief Park
Tuesdays and Thursdays; 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Mid-December to mid-Febrauary
Group 2 Short Track at the Kinex Arena
Tuesdays and Thursdays; 6:55pm to 8:15pm
Mid-February to late March  
Group 3 Short Track at the Kinex Arena
Tuesdays and Thursdays; 6:55 to 8:15pm
Wednesdays; 6:45pm to 8:00pm
October 1st to mid-December 
Group 3 Long Track at Great Chief Park
Tuesdays and Thursdays; 6:30 to 8:00pm
Wednesdays; 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Mid-December to mid-Febrauary 
Group 3 Short Track at the Kinex Arena
Tuesdays and Thursdays; 6:55 to 8:15pm
Wednesdays; 6:45pm to 8:00pm
Mid-February to late March