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 baystate.speedskating@gmail.com

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 https://baystatespeedskating.wordpress.com/skate/pay-for-ice-time/ or by check/cash in person.

Please respond to Jen Kola <jenkola@gmail.com> 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 (toddski@mac.com) with the amount you’d like to contribute. Nothing is too small and every little bit is appreciated!

Register for annual Spring Jam!

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 <toddski@mac.com> to volunteer. Thanks!