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Registration & Programs

Are you ready to join for an exciting season of Speed Skating! Registration Opens Soon! 

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Club Benefits

Long Track

Experience the thrill of Long Track Speed Skating with our specialized training program. From recreational skaters to aspiring Olympians, our program caters to all levels. Our experienced coaches focus on technique, endurance, and speed, empowering skaters to excel in this exhilarating sport.

Short Track

Our Short Track Speed Skating program offers a comprehensive training curriculum for skaters of all levels. Whether you're a beginner or aiming for high-performance, our program is designed to help you achieve your goals. We provide expert coaching and a supportive environment to enhance your skills and performance.

Early Bird Discount

Join by September 10th and Save! 

10% Early Bird Discount!

Registration includes:

  • Coaching

  • Ice Time (1 or 2 practices / week)

  • Season's Use of: 

  • Practice Skin

  • Competition Skin

  • Speed Skates (Short Track)

  • Ankle and Skate Guards

  • Access to Sharpening Equipment

Program Options

Learn to Speed Skate

Want to try speedskating? Want to try on your own Hockey Skates? Learn to Fly on Ice with us!

 

Skaters in this program must be able to skate (unassisted around a hockey rink). 
 

This is a Learn to Speed Skate program that integrates young skaters who are new to Speed Skating into our youngest speed skating group. Skaters in this program will skate with Group 1 once a week on Tuesdays or Thursdays from October through December or from January to March. Skaters in this category are also eligible to attend Meets.

 

A great first meet for new skaters is our Red Deer Short Track Meet in November!

 

New, Introductory, skaters can also choose 2 Nights a Week! 

Regular Club Programs - Youth to Adult

Regular Programs (Club Athlete - Competitive or Recreational)

For Youth or Adult Skaters who wish to skate with the Club and are not new to Speed Skating.
 

For skaters who wish to skate 1, 2, or 3 Nights a Week as a recreational or competitive skater. Advanced Competitive Skaters may (in some seasons) have the option of skating 3 Nights a week. Higher-level skaters who qualify for CanWest or CYLT will be upgraded, upon qualification, to Provincial/Territorial Athletes and invoiced for the fee difference. 

Families can register online for the full season (Oct-Mar) or for a half-season. Speed Skating Alberta and Speed Skating Canada Category fees are paid in full and Club Fees/Skate Rentals are divided in half for Fall/Winter registrations. 

Competitions and Meets

All Club Athletes are encouraged to participate in our Club's Meets in November (Short Track) and January (Long Track).

 

We also encourage younger skaters to attend local meets within driving distance if this works for your family. These meets would include Rocky Mountain House, Edmonton, and Calgary as a fun, learning experience for kids of all ages.

 

Older skaters will attend more competitions and should consult with the Coaches for the best options.

 

Meet Registration will be through IceReg (separate links for each Meet) and information will be emailed to Club Members as they are made available.

 

Club Members should also refer to the Speed Skating Alberta for the Calendar of Events each season: 

https://www.albertaspeedskating.ca/

Sport For Life - Participant Development

Red Deer Lions Speed Skating Club Programs follow the Speed Skating Canada Participant Development Model (https://speedskating.ca/community/athletes/). 

The Head Coach, with information provided by the Registrar, places skaters in Groups based on their ability and age. Returning Skaters will always start the season with their Group from the previous year until their development and ability can be assessed by the Coaches. 

New Skaters and younger skaters in the Active Start (Club Skaters age 0-6), Fundaments (Club Skaters ages 6-9), and Learning To Train (Club Ckaters Ages 8-10 and Youth Ages 11-13) will often start in Group 1 and are evaluated through the season. Group 1 Skaters have the option of skating 1 Night or 2 Nights per week. 

Group 2 is for older or more advanced skaters who are developmentally able to skate with Group 2 with an increased focus on competition. This includes some Youth 11-13 (Learning to Train & Training to Train) Skaters, and Neo-Junior/Junior Skaters (Ages 14+). Group 2 Skaters normally skate 2 Nights a Week (in some seasons there is the option to skate 3 Nights per Week) and engage in dryland and cross-training for general fitness and endurance training. 

Our Club has both Short and Long Track built into our Programs. Long Track is weather dependent; we move to the outside Oval at Setters Place as soon as the ice is ready, normally from mid-December to mid-February. 

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