Bay State Speedskating welcomes Chris Creveling!

Bay State Speedskating was thrilled to have 2014 US Olympic Short Track Silver medalist Chris Creveling join us for a practice session on Tuesday July 15. Chris, seen here in the grey and orange hoodie, skated a bit, coached a bit and was happy to show off his shiny silver medal from Sochi.

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Year in Review

We started the season with Baystate member Hugh Johnston becoming A US Speedskating Level 1 Coach. This was an important event considering several of our long time coaches recently retired. He joined John Chadis, a Level 2 Coach, in helping our club learn the fine art of speedskating twice a week in Walpole. Mike Powers continued coaching and growing the Bedford contingent on Sunday mornings. This provided our skaters with a total of three ice sessions per week.

The Baystate Championships held in November, our USS Sanctioned meet, was orchestrated by an all new cast of organizers with lots of help from knowledgeable friends. It not only ran well but was also a financial success. Lets hope this continues! Our meet draws competition from all over the Northeast and provides official qualifying times for Junior Nationals, the American Cup Series and other USS Championship events. We also provide a Novice Division which allows everyone to race.
Several of our club members traveled to local and national meets this year. Skaters who qualified for the 2014 US Junior Short Track Championships held at the Petit National Ice Center, Milwaukee, WI in January were Betsy RichardsNicole NassifJori Kola and Julie Letai. Nicole, Jori and Julie are also members of NEST, North East Speedskating Team, coached by CT coach Dave Moneypenny.Betsy spent this season in Milwaukee with the Academy for Skating Excellence (ASE) training with Olympian Katherine Reuter. Nicole, Betsy and Julie also qualified for the AM Cup Series.
The same group of Juniors and myself competed at the 2014 Age Group Short Track Championships held in St. Louis, Missouri in March. Jori Kola made the podium for his 3rd place finish and a Bronze Medal in the Junior C 500m race. Yours truly earned a Bronze Medal for 3rd overall in the Master Women 50-59 group and CT Coach Dave Moneypenny was overall Silver Medalist in Master Men 60-69.
International superstar Maura Zimmer traveled to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada at the beginning of April and represented Baystate at the Masters International Short Track (MIST) meet. I hear it was fabulous fun with plenty of competition. Rounding out the season was the Spring Jam at the end of April which was a fun, pressure-free, way for skaters, volunteers and organizers to gain some meet experience. Congrats to all the competitors for an exciting and action packed season and thank you to all the volunteers who help everything run smoothly.
Enjoy the nice weather and see you at the rink!!
Jen
Upcoming Club Events
   1) Summer Ice (starts Tuesday, May 6th, in Walpole)
   2) Sunday Morning Cycling (starts, May 11th/meets at Elm Bank, Wellesley/ages 12 & up)
   3) Sue Ellis Camp (June 6-8 in Walpole/sign up on USS website).
   4) Baystate Coach & Volunteer Appreciation Cook-Out (June, date and location pending)
   5) Summer Dryland w/ Brendan (Thursday 7-8:30 PM/Needham High School/all ages/no previous experience needed)

Register now for Bay State Spring Jam 2014

Come one, come all! Registration is now open!
The Bay State Club Races, also known as the Spring Jam, will be held on Saturday April 26.

Schedule:
Check-in will be at 5:00pm, warm-ups will start around 5:30pm and racing will start about 6:00pm. We have the ice until 8:00pm, so all races will be done by 7:45pm. After the races, we’ll have pizza, dessert, awards and our annual meeting.

Cost:
Since we’re renting extra ice, the cost will be a stamp on your Winter (Walpole) card plus $10. For new skaters that don’t yet have a card, and for our Bedford skaters, the cost will be $35. These prices include pizza. The cost for non-skaters that would like to join us for pizza is $5 per person.

Participants:
This is a club race, so the competition will be friendly and informal. If you’ve never raced before, this is a good place to start. We’d really like to encourage all of our newer skaters to give this a try. Come on Bedford folks, make Coach Mike proud!

Registration:
Click here to register
When registering, you’ll need the following for each person racing: name, age, recent race time (333m for those 12 and under, 500m for those above 12). If you don’t have a time, register anyway, Ask a coach at the next practice to time you. Registration will close on Sunday April 20. Please register early so we know how many people we’ll have! Registering early will also prevent me from bugging you every time I see you.

Volunteers:
As always, we need volunteers to help us. And volunteers get their pizza for free! Please e-mail BayState Speedskating to volunteer your services.
– meet clerk
– mats, before and after (as many as possible)
– block chasers (at least two, four is better)
– water bucket filler
– timers (five or six)
– lap counter
– heat box manager

Food:
Pizza will be provided, but it would be great to have some people bring desserts, salads, etc. Let me know if you’re interested in bringing something.

Worcester Oval Demo

The City of Worcester asked us to demo at their public rink “The Worcester Oval” in Worcester this past Sunday.  Bay Staters Jen, Hugh, Jori, Julie, James, Raul, Maura, and Tod represented the club on the ice while Todd Zaorski announced and Mike Powers helped answering questions from the crowd of 100+ spectators.

Luckily, the weather and the ice were good – the rink was challenging in shape and size but the demonstration did a great job of showing some basic short track skills via start, a pace line, and relays.

Kim Benner acted as the official photographer, see the rest of her pictures. Thanks Kim!