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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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!

Junior Nationals Results

Hello Speedskaters!

This past weekend, February 1 and 2, the US Junior Short Track Championships were held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Pettit National Ice Center. Four Baystate skaters, Betsy Richards, Nicole Nassif, Jori Kola and Julie Letai, as well as several skaters from our neighbors in Connecticut, qualified for this competition. They were collectively known as the North East Speedskating Team, or NEST, and coached by Dave Moneypenny.
All competitors skated 9 and 4 lap Time Trials which sorted them into Group 1 (1st – 16th fastest times) and Group 2 (17th – 32nd fastest times). US citizens 12 years old but under 14 years old are only eligible for Group 2. Those who place 1 – 4 in Group 1 are chosen for the US Junior World Team.
Throughout the weekend the spectators were treated to some exciting and hair raising racing!
In the overall Group 2 Ladies standings Betsy placed 3rd and brought home a bronze medal. She has spent the last 6 months living in Wisconsin and training with former Olympian Katherine Reutter in Milwaukee. Nicole and Julie placed 6th and 7th in the same division. Jori placed 6th with the Group 2 Men. They all tried their hearts out and did a superior job representing Baystate at one of the highest levels of junior competition.
Ryan Piverotto who, until very recently, trained with CT Speedskating in Hartford, placed 4th in Group 1 Men securing a spot on the Junior World Team! He also skated last month in the 2014 US Olympic Trials. He has been training in Salt Lake City, Utah, and continues to be a huge encouragement for Baystate and CT skaters.
Congratulations for a job well done to all our Olympic hopefuls. Now time to turn our eyes to Sochi!

Special Olympics

Once again, Bay State Speedskating hosted the Special Olympics of Massachusetts for their annual speedskating meet in Walpole.  With over 35 competitors and 25 races squeezed into 2.5 hours of skating, the event was a huge success and lots of fun for the Special Olympics and volunteers.

Thanks so much to our volunteers Hugh Johnston, Jean & Becky Vangsness, Jen & Jori Kola, Nicole Nassif, Dan Butler, James Benner, David Bernard, Julie Letai, and Tod Shannon for making this event possible.