Ice time for the remainder of 2016

Just a reminder, we do not have any more regularly scheduled practices for 2016. There is no ice in Walpole on Sat Dec 24, Thurs Dec 29 or Sat Dec 31. There is no ice in Bedford on Sun Dec 25 or Sun Jan 1.

But, don’t fret! The Bay State elves have been busy. The club has arranged for extra ice, outside of our normal schedule. See details below. These are separately purchased ice slots, so we won’t be taking cards.

Friday Dec 30, 12:00-2:00pm, Walpole
Cost per skater is $20

Saturday Dec 31, 8:00-9:30am, Bedford
Cost per skater is $30

Volunteers needed for the meet

We are still in need of volunteers for our meet on Sat Nov 19. It takes the whole club pitching in to make a successful meet. If any parents or siblings are available, please consider volunteering. Contact Jen or Todd, email us at

Start times for Walpole and Bedford this weekend

Walpole – Return of dryland
  • Prior to tonight’s ice session, there will be a off-ice warmup and light dryland. This will start at 5:45, so please arrive before that.
  • We do not have ice in Walpole next Saturday, Nov 12 so tonight’s the night to skate!
Bedford – Daylight Saving Time
  • Daylight Saving Time ends on Saturday, so turn your clocks back. Or… don’t! We can get on the ice in Bedford as soon as the pads are out. It’s a community effort so the more help we have, the faster they get out, the sooner we can get on the ice.
  • Please arrive at Bedford by 6:40. For this week, with the extra hour of sleep, let’s all aim for 6:30.

Registration is open for Bay State meet

Registration is now open for the Bay State Short Track Championships. This is our annual meet, being held this year on Saturday Nov 19.  it’s by far the closest race to where you live! I encourage all of our skaters to sign up and race (and if you’re not racing then you should be volunteering!). There’s a place for everyone who’s been at our practices to race. Don’t delay, sign up today!

Lodging info:

Caroline Camp, Sat 8/27 in Walpole, MA

Caroline Camp returns again this summer to Bay State Speedskating. Coached by Caroline Hallisey, 3x Olympian and Bay State Speedskating alumni (and legend!). Skaters of all abilities are welcome! Details are:

Saturday August 27, Rodman Arena (Walpole, MA)

7:45 am Arrive at Rodman Arena for check-in
8 – 8:45 am Off-ice warm up
9 – 11:00 am On-ice instruction
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch
1 – 3:00 pm Dryland (off-ice) workout
3 – 3:30 pm Questions & Individual Attention

Please plan to bring your own water, snacks and lunch. We will provide limited amounts of bottled water and snacks. Remember to bring sunscreen. If the weather cooperates we will hold dryland outside.

$100 per person can be paid by credit card on our website at or by check/cash in person.

Please respond to Jen Kola <> to register for camp and how you’re paying for camp.

Bay State BBQ: Sunday, June 12

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 ( with the amount you’d like to contribute. Nothing is too small and every little bit is appreciated!