It’s practically summer so that means it’s time for our annual bbq and coaches appreciation celebration. This year the festivities are on Sunday June 12 from 4 – 7pm. The host will once again be the Letai family in Medfield, MA.
Please note that they have a pool, so bringing swim attire is a great idea!
This link should bring you to the food sign-up and rsvp count. Please volunteer to bring something to share and fill in your name and number attending on the right side. If you have any trouble accessing it, please contact me.
While gathering to share some food and drink is fun, this bbq is also an opportunity to thank the coaches (Brendan, Hugh, Mike and Matt) for all their volunteer work. Beyond just a big thanks and a hearty slap on the back, we like to give them a gift to highlight our recognition of their hard work. If you’d like to make a contribution to the “coaches appreciation fund”, send me an e-mail (email@example.com
) with the amount you’d like to contribute. Nothing is too small and every little bit is appreciated!
There’s still time for one more speedskating race before the season is over. You know what that means… Bay State Speedskating’s annual Spring Jam!
Registration is now open via the link below. This year’s “must attend” event is on Saturday April 23. We have ice from 5:30-8:30pm (30m more than last year), so plenty of time for lots of people to race. The cost is a stamp on your Walpole Winter card (or “Intro” or “New Member”) plus $10/skater. If your card is out of “sessions” (or you only have a Bedford card), then the cost is $20/skater.
Last year we had 28 racers, so it’d be great to break that record this year. As always, in order to run a successful meet, we need lots and lots of volunteers. If you’re a skater that’s not racing or a parent of a skater, we really need your help! Please contact Todd <firstname.lastname@example.org
> to volunteer. Thanks!
Registration for the Ellis Edge Camp being hosted by Bay State Speedskating is now open. Participation is limited to 25 skaters, age 8 and older, must be able to cross-over.
This camp, coached by Sue Ellis, former Olympic and US National Short Track coach, is Memorial Day weekend (Sat May 28 – Mon May 30). It will take place at Rodman Arena in Walpole.
The camp will have 8 hours of on-ice instruction plus lots of off-ice technique drills and video analysis. This is a technical camp that focuses on technique, “teaching the latest in skating development, combined with simple biomechanics to create power and efficiency.” You’ll learn a ton and have fun doing it.
On-ice drills are typically done in 3-4 lap sets, focusing on a very specific position, movement or push. Off-ice drills range from finding your perfect position to mimicking skating using corner belts and Technicords. Participants will also analyze video of elite skaters, describing or imitating what they see (it’s not always good!). This camp is a very interactive learning experience. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and will be asked to demonstrate/describe what they’re experiencing, what they’re seeing and what’s working for them.
The Walpole rink has canceled our contracted ice time for this Saturday, March 5 so there won’t be a practice. We will have practice on Sunday morning in Bedford, March 6 from 7:00-8:00am.
Please note that the rink has also canceled another Saturday practice, on April 2.
Full club calendar at: https://baystatespeedskating.wordpress.com/calendar/
Due to a schedule change at the rink, our ice time for Saturday Feb 27 will be 7:50-9:20pm. There will be an off-ice warmup-up and “skate care” session from 6:45-7:30pm.
Star tests previously scheduled for Feb 27 (Walpole) and Feb 28 (Bedford) will be postponed until Sat Mar 12 and Sun Mar 13.
The results from the 2015 Bay State Championships are now available on the Racing page:
Information regarding group rates on lodging for the Bay State meet is now available: