Competitions are held regularly throughout the season; each meet is hosted by different speed skating clubs and therefore vary in location. Many of these competitions are in the lower mainland.
Most competitions are run as ability meets where skaters race against other skaters of similar ability rather than by age group; this allows skaters to better challenge themselves during racing situations. Towards the end of the season age-class meets are held in each region for the purposes of selecting skaters in each age group to compete in provincial and national championships. Skaters in the juvenile and junior age categories also have the opportunity to attend the BC Winter Games.
At least one club coach tries to accompany and support club skaters who are participating in theses various competitions.
Registration fees average around $20-40 dollars for ability meets, age-class meets, or other competitions. Most meets are held in the lower Fraser valley, within a one-hour drive outside of Richmond.
The Long Term Participant Athlete Development Plan (LTPAD) adopted by BC Speed skating and Speed Skating Canada guides the way we have competitions. Listed here are the LTPAD Program Age categories, defined as the skater’s age on June 30 before the event date.
The Richmond Rockets Speed Skating Club teams up with the Vancouver Speed Skating club to host the V-Rrooom Challenge competition in February of each year at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
Skaters in BC are involved in one of three streams: the Regional Stream, Provincial Stream or Performance Stream:
(Table from BC Speed Skating Association)
BCSSA Meets & Events Calendar
For details and registration forms click on the event.
Events on the calendar are colour-coded:
General events: e.g. AGMs, officials training sessions, coaching courses etc.
Performance Stream: events for ISU Junior and Senior athletes who are training and skating at a performance level.
Provincial Stream: events for L2T and older athletes who have met a defined time standard.
Regional Stream: events for all other athletes.
2017-2018 Speed Skating Competitions
|Richmond WEC||Dec 16 & 17, 2017||ST|
|Richmond Western T2T||Dec 16 & 17, 2017||ST|
|Prince George||Jan 6,2018||LT|
|Fort St-John BCLT Championship||Jan- 20 & 21, 2018||LT|
V-Rrooom Challenge IV
Canadian Age Class Championship
|Feb- 9,10 & 11, 2018||LT|
|Feb- 22 to 25, 2018||ST|
|BC Short Track ***
|Mar- 3 & 4, 2018||ST|
|Mar-17 & 18, 2018||ST|
- Competitions suitable for Group 1: Langley, Matsqui, PoCo, Ridge Meadow, Burnaby & V-Rrooom Challenge VI
- BCWG skaters: Zone 4 must do POCO/ Zone 5 do all possible meets before Dec-31-2017
- CanWest hopeful: Must do 1 Western T2T competition before BCST. Do Richmond Western T2T.
- CWG ST: Skaters born July 1st,1999 to June 30th, 2004. BC Team 5 males/5 females.
- CWG LT: Skaters born July 1st,1998 to June 30th,2004. BC Team 4 males/4 females. Do BCLT 2018.
Acronymns / Glossary
|L2T||Learn to Train|
|T2T||Training to Train|
|C4L||Competitive For Life|
|U14||Under 14 years old|
|U16||Under 16 years old|
|F11/12||Female 11 years of age; Female 12 years of age|
|F13/14||Female 13 years of age; Female 14 years of age|
|M12/13||Male 12 years of age; Male 13 years of age|
|M14/15||Male 14 years of age; Male 15 years of age|
|BCWG||BC Winter Games|
|CWG||Canada Winter Games|
|BCSSA||British Columbia Speed Skating Association|
|SSC||Speed Skating Canada|
|ISU||International Skating Union|
|BCST||BC Short Track|
|KSSC||Kelowna Speed Skating Club|
|ORTC||Okanagan Regional Training Centre|
|R2RD||Racing to Red Deer|
|NCCP||National Coaching Certification Program|
|WEC||Western Elite Circuit|
|TBC||To be confirmed|
|PGB||Prince George Blizzard|
|LTAD||Long Term Athlete Development|
|LTPAD||Long Term Participant Athlete Development Plan|
|RRSSC||Richmond Rockets Speed Skating Club|