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2019-2020

Virtual seminar for level 3 and higher, Long Track Referees

Hello Provincial and Territorial Leaders,

SSC has kindly received an extended invite from US Speedskating to register for their virtual seminar for level 3 and higher, Long Track Referees. Please share this message with your local officials who are level 3 or higher.

The seminar will be hosted by two ISU Referees, Susan Sandvig-Shobe and Manitoba’s very own Trevis Boyd. It will be a two part, English only seminar and is complimentary.

The sessions will take place on the following dates:

December 9, 6:00PM MT - Register here

December 16, 6:00PM MT - Register here

If you are interested in participating please register with the links above!

ST Referee Clinic #3 | Clinique Arbitre CP #3

SSC is hosting the 3rd Short Track Referee Clinic is now open for registration. Please register for the Clinic using the hyperlink below. Kindly share this communication with any level two or higher ST referee.

Short Track Referee Clinic #3

When: Nov 25, 2020 beginning at 8:00 PM ET

Register in advance for this clinic

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For any questions do not hesitate to contact Jessica Price: jThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Short Track Referee Clinic #2

Speed Skating Canada (SSC) will be hosting a series of Virtual Clinics for Short Track Referees who are looking for continued learning and wanting to refine their skills by reviewing and discussing video footage in a group setting.

Who can attend? 

The clinic is open to level 2 and higher officials.

Those who are aspiring to be upgraded are encouraged to register.

The clinic will be conducted in English but questions in French are welcome.

Clinic Registration

When: November 11, 2020 beginning at 8:00 PM EST

Where: Virtual (Zoom)

Register for this Clinic After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the clinic.

SSC ORIGINAL DOCUMENT

COVID-19 Return to Speed Skating Update, Oct 4th, 2020

Update: October 4, 2020

The Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association updated the organization's response to the COVID-19 pandemic in July 2020 with a Return to Sport guideline.

Click here to access the full document  Return to Speed Skating Version 2 (updated in October 2020)

The updated version inculded: 
  • Updated Appendix B: Alberta Health Daily Checklist to reflect changes in the questions 
  • Updated Appendix F: Participant Tracking Log to reflect the different responsibilities of activity organizers and Alberta Health Services (AHS). AASSA and member clubs are responsible for “Participant Tracking” whereas AHS is responsible for “Contact Tracing”. This change is also reflected under General Activity Requirements (AHS)Appendix A: Group Training Checklist, and Appendix D: COVID-19 Liaison
  • Added a link to posters for member clubs to use in the ‘Participation’ section under General Requirements (Alberta Speed Skating)
  • Remove the recommendation to limit travel within the region in the ‘Travel’ section under Health & Safety Requirements
  • Updated Club Office Guidance replacing “tracing” with “tracking” in the ‘Screening and Tracing’ section to reflect the different responsibilities of activity organizers and AHS. 
  • Removed content in the ‘Guidelines for Prevention” section under Club Office Guidance. Replaced with a link to the ‘General Relaunch Guidance’ document provided by the Government of Alberta which outlines prevention and control recommendations and safety practices. 
  • Updated ‘Sport-Specific Requirements” in Phase 3: On-Ice Training (with restrictions) permitting relays, mass start and/or activities with physical contact if participants are within the same cohort. Furthermore, the following clarification regarding masks was added: “Masks should not be worn during intense physical activity”.

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Update: August 19th

Speed Skating Canada is waiting for the International Skating Union's decisions about the 2020-2021 season before announcing SSC decisions regarding the national competition schedule and Canada's participation in or hosting of any potential international competitions. Alberta Speed Skating will be paying close attention to these decisions and responding accordingly. Further updates are expected on or around September 1st.

Click on the following text to access these documents:

SSC's tentative 2020-2021 Season Competition Schedule (national and international)

SSC's Competition Contingency Plan, 19 August 2020 

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The July 2020 AASSA Return to Sport document includes:

5 Phases of the Return to Speed Skating plan:

  • General Activity Requirements (AHS)
  • General Requirements (Alberta Speed Skating)
  • Health and Safety Requirements
  • Club Office Guidance
  • Phase 1: Dryland Training (Individual)
  • Phase 2: Dryland Training (Group)
  • Phase 3: On-Ice Training (with restrictions)
  • Phase 4: Competitions (with restrictions)
  • Phase 5: To be determined (TBD) and Next Steps

The Return to Sport July 2020 document also includes several appendices:

  • Group Training Checklist
  • Alberta Health Daily Checklist
  • Club Declaration Form
  • COVID-19 Liaison
  • Contact Tracing Log

Please contact AASSA President Antonio Faiola via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about AASSA's Return to Sport document and overall approach to safely return to speed skating in Alberta.

 

 

Skater News

October 2020

Many Alberta Club athletes were able to do virtual summer training and are now following local and provincial protocol related to back-to-ice practices. Alberta Provincial Team suits were ordered in the summer and the ST suits have been received and are being distributed through club contacts -- thank you for everyone who helped / is helping with this effort. We will do the same process for LT suits when they arrive.

Competitions have been suspended for now, with re-evaluations happening on an ongoing basis. Please refer to the COVID-19 updates or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

The Olympic Oval Elite Athlete Pathway in short track and long track disciplines includes many Alberta athletes. Unfortunately with the Olympic Oval ice being out until at least the end of January 2021 due to a ice plant system issue, there is no long track ice training available. Oval short track athletes have had the opportunity, along with Oval program long track athletes to do some ST practicing at other Calgary locations. Dryland sessions are continuing for these athletes at the Olympic Oval and other locations, following University of Calgary, City of Calgary and Alberta provincial health safety guidelines.

The Canadian long track program including Alberta athletes based in Calgary has also been impacted by the Oval ice-out situation and they are also doing local dryland training while anticipating an ice camp in Fort St. John in November.

The Canadian short track program includes two Alberta athletes this season and has also experienced some challenges with ice, which is currently not available in Montreal, Quebec due to increasing pandemic cases. 

On the positive side, athletes, coaches and support staff are working hard to provide training and social opportunities and we appreciate all the efforts to adhere to health mandates while continuing as much as possible with speed skating activities!

Photo: Mikka Eaves of the Lethbridge Speed Skating Association with her new Alberta Provincial ST Team suit!

Mikka Eaves with new PT suit Oct2020

 

Thank you Volunteers for the successful 2020 AASSA Casino Fundraising Event!

Thank you to Casino Chair Josie Daub, AASSA Officer Manager Wen-Shu Huang and all the Volunteers who made the AASSA Casino at Elbow River in Calgary on Wednesday October 7 & Thursday October 8, 2020 a great success! 

Casinos are the largest fundraiser for AASSA, contributing approximately $70,000 every two years or $2,000 for every shift.