Joining the Richmond Rockets allows people of all ages to learn an exciting new winter sport.
The coaches seek to provide quality instruction in a safe and fun atmosphere, in a way that caters to the full range of skill levels. The board executives intend to run the club efficiently and to maintain effective regular communication with all of the members through the club website, newsletters, and email.
All members are expected to behave in a respectful manner to others. Please read our Athlete Code of Conduct.
Skaters are asked to arrive on time and be on ice ready for the practice. Due to COVID-19 restrictions parents are NOT allowed to stay onsite during sessions but should be nearby and reachable by phone. Please familiarize yourself with our COVID-19 Safety Plan and Policies and complete the COVID-19 Health Declaration prior to your arrival.
Minimum Skating Skills
Although our club accepts members of all skating levels (High Performance, Competitive, Recreational, Learn to Speed Skate, Improve skating)… however, rudimentary skating skills are expected as a minimum requirement for membership, as we do not have the resource to teach ice familiarization skills such as being able to stand, walk or glide on ice skates for the absolute beginner.
i.e. As a minimum, the skater must be able to glide or walk across the length of the ice in a forward direction unassisted nor having to hold onto anything or anyone, away from the boards. She or he must also be able to get up from a fall unassisted. Two foot skating and falls are okay. Basic balance over 2 skates is expected.
Club Skating Groups
Fall / Winter 2021-2022 Season: The RRSSC skates on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from September to March.
Spring 2022 Season: TBA
RRSSC also has a 10 lesson Learn to Speed Skate Program in the Winter/Spring session.
Each session is divided into 2 groups.
- GROUP 1 (Beginner/Intermediate)
- New/Beginner skaters, who have no speed skating experience, but have completed the Learn to Skate Level Orange course or have skating skills of similar level OR
- Intermediate skaters who have the basic speed skating skills but have not yet met the minimum speed skating fundamental skill set to advance to Group 2*.
- Minimum age: For safety reasons, skaters 5-7yrs old must be able to take directions and able to demonstrate safety awareness and focus during lessons.
- 60 minutes duration
- GROUP 2 (Intermediate/Advanced):
- Returning Group 2 skaters & advanced skaters of similar speed and skills.
- Intermediate to Advance skaters who have demonstrated speed skating skill set, physical maturity and experience to safely skate at high speed with others.
- 60 minutes duration
* The RRSSC Head Coach makes the exclusive decision in advancing a skater from Group 1 to Group 2.
The Coaches perform skater assessment throughout the season to determine if he/she has mastered the speed skating skill set at their current level. The Coaches will advance skaters to the next level as appropriate based on assessed readiness. Please see the Evaluation Protocol.
Oval High Performance
Administered by the Richmond Olympic Oval, the High-Performance Speed Skating Program is designed to create a fun and focused training environment for speed skaters between the ages of 12 and 18 years old. For more info visit Oval HP for schedule and registration.