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2019-2020

COVID-19 and End of Season Updates

March 24, 2020

  • All end of season competitions have been cancelled including the WEM Fun Meet, the ST Youth - Canada West Championship (CanWest) and the ST and LT Canada Cups (Junior and Senior Finals)
  • The April 2020 Level 3 Referee Clinic in Calgary has been cancelled.
  • The Alberta Speed Skating Casino Fundraiser scheduled for April 8-9 is to be confirmed; the Alberta Government has closed provincial casinos, but we have not officially heard that out fundraiser date is also cancelled.
  • All Alberta Clubs have concluded the 2019-2020 season and are finishing year-end tasks, such as final membership updates, planning for equipment returns and inventory, as well as making tentative spring, summer and fall training and celebration plans.

Alberta Speed Skating is finishing off the 2019-2020 membership list and fees submissions for SSC. We are also doing post-season analysis and making tentative plans for spring, summer and fall programming, pending provincial and national recommendations. We continue to work on routine administration business remotely; if you have any questions or comments, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are primarily guided by the direction of the Alberta Government in our local and provincial efforts. This web site also has links to various physical and mental health resources.

Click here to be redirected to the Government of Alberta's COVID-19 information

SSC has created a COVID-19 web page for national speed skating updates which are pertinent to Alberta Athletes, Coaches, Clubs and other stakeholders:

Click here to be redirected to SSC's COVID-19 web page

 

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March 13, 2020

Please find below a statement from our President, Antonio Faiola about the COVID-19 situation and our 2019-2020 season ending. If you have any questions, please direct them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Click here for a PDF of the letter.

 

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                                                                                                      Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear members and partners,

 

Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association (AASSA) and its board of directors take the health and safety of everyone in our community very seriously. As such, we have reviewed the public health restrictions on mass gatherings as outlined by the Government of Alberta.  

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Alberta has implemented restrictions on events, including that the following should be cancelled:

  • Events with more than 50 attendees that involves international participants, critical infrastructure staff, seniors, or other high-risk populations
  • Large events with more than 250 attendees, including sporting events, conferences and community events. Please not that this does not include: places of worship, grocery stores, airports or shopping centres

Events that do not meet the above criteria can proceed, but risk mitigation measures must be in place, such as providing sanitizer stations and distancing between attendees. The board of directors of AASSA asks that you abide by these government restrictions. I have attached a copy of a poster made available by the Government of Alberta for your use locally.

Although the 2019-2020 season is near its end, many of you continue to have scheduled training sessions and/or local events. We ask that you take into consideration the restrictions and mitigation measures outlined by the Government of Alberta and those outlined by your municipal government, community agencies and facilities management teams.

Speed Skating Canada has communicated several cancelled events. Further to this, the following AASSA-sanctioned events have been cancelled:

  • 18th Annual West Edmonton Mall Fun Meet (March 21, 2020)
  • AASSA Level 3 Referee Clinic (April 3-5, 2020)

Please note that the clinic is cancelled due to facilitator availability and recommendations by the Government of Alberta for those returning from travel outside of Canada after March 12 to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Further information will be provided by the VP – Officials.

We will continue to monitor the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 coronavirus for Albertans and will respond accordingly. This information is available at: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

Thank you to our clubs, athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and community members for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,

Antonio Faiola

President / Président

Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association (AASSA)

  

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Cancelled: AASSA Level 3 Referee Clinic (April 3-5, 2020)

Update, 13 March 2020: The AASSA Level 3 Referee Clinic has been cancelled. 

Please note that the clinic is cancelled due to facilitator availability and recommendations by the Government of Alberta for those returning from travel outside of Canada after March 12 to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Further information will be provided by the VP – Officials.

We will continue to monitor the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 coronavirus for Albertans and will respond accordingly. This information is available at: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

Thank you for your understanding. 

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Alberta Speed Skating and the Calgary Olympic Oval will be hosting a Level 3 Referee Clinic with a dual focus of Short and Long Track. This Clinic will cover all the required material that will help you in your ongoing development as a national referee, whether in Short Track or Long Track. This course will meet the requirements for the Level 3B Referee upgrade with Speed Skating Canada and is open to all Certified Level 2 Referees only.

Dates: Friday, April 3rd to Sunday, April 5th

*Times:
April 3, Friday 6pm to 9pm
April 4, Saturday: 8am to 5pm
April 5, Sunday: 8am to 1pm

*Location: Calgary Olympic Oval Boardroom

*Clinic Cost: $150

*Clinic Instructors: Stuart Gibbs (Short Track) and Dave Thomson (Long Track)

*For more information: Rhona Hathaway: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Lorelei St Rose: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration Link

 

Cancelled: Short Track Youth Championships-West (CanWest) 2020 -- Selkirk, Manitoba

This event has been cancelled by Speed Skating Canada. 

We will continue to monitor the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 coronavirus for Albertans and will respond accordingly. This information is available at: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

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Speed Skating Canada and the Manitoba Speed Skating Association are hosting the Short Track Youth Championships-West (CanWest) on March 28 and 29, 2020.

This is a very exciting event for our T2T athletes! Alberta-nominated athletes are determined within the SSC parameters and through related Alberta criteria, as attached below. We have also included the SSC Bulletin, which outlines the purpose and criteria for the STYC East and West competitions, and the 2020 STYC-West Announcement.

If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2020 Alberta STYC-West Qualifying document

2020 SSC STYC-West Announcement

SSC 2019-2020 Competitions Bulletin Sept2019

 

Cancelled: 18th Annual West Edmonton Mall Fun Meet Saturday March 21, 2020

This event has been cancelled. 

We will continue to monitor the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 coronavirus for Albertans and will respond accordingly. This information is available at: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

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Time: Saturday March 21, 2020 11:00 – 17:00

Location: West Edmonton Mall Mayfield Toyota Ice Palace, Edmonton, Alberta

Fun short track meet at West Edmonton Mall's Ice Palace. Skaters choose four distances that they want to race during the event. Other fun races will also be in the program. The number and type of these events will depend on registration and time. Grand Finale is the water puddle slide! All events are superfinals 

Who: Any registered speed skaters!

Entry Fees:  $40/skater. (Please make club cheques payable to the Edmonton Speed Skating Association. )

Entry Deadline:  The registration deadline is Friday March 6th, midnight.

                             Email club summary sheets to Diane:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by Midnight March 6, 2020.

Draft Schedule:

  • 10:30 a.m. Mats on the ice/Flood
  • 11:00 a.m. ish Warm-ups
  • 11:30 a.m. coaches meeting
  • 11:30 a.m. flood
  • 11:45 a.m. ish races begin
  • 4:45 pm mats off

• Floods and Breaks will be dependent on ice conditions and number of skaters.

** Bring extra clothes for the sliding competition!

Volunteers:  We need you! Please contact sign up to help volunteersignup.org/HAAPW

On-Site Food and Recreation: The Ice Palace Rink is situated in the heart of West Edmonton Mall. As such, there is easy access to all types of food and beverages, as well as shopping, plan extra time to find parking. Have fun! Best entrances to access the Ice Palace are #48, and #50

Accommodations: We are listing several hotels/motels that are close by and that have good rooms at reasonable rates. We have not made a group booking. Fantasyland Hotel, 1-800-RESERVE Executive Royal Inn: 1-800-661-4879 Holiday Inn Express: 1-877-483-4001 Days Inn: 1-866-441-1441 Sandman Hotel: 1-800-726-3626

WEM 2020 Registration form / Meet Info (for skaters / parents)

WEM 2020 club summary sheets (for culb to use)

 

To be confirmed: Canmore Camp, Sunday, July 12th to Friday. July 18th

Update, March 24, 2020: We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will make a decision by the end of April whether or not we will run this camp. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as needed.

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Alberta Speed Skating will be offering the Canmore Camp again in 2020:  from Sunday, July 12th to Friday. July 18th. It will be in the same location ( Alpine Club) and will include a lot of fun, as per usual!

The camp will be based in Canmore, but will include excursions into Banff and the surrounding area.

The accommodations will be in the Alpine Club.

Registration will start at the beginning of April. 

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about the camp.

Registration and cam details will be post here soon.