Register now for Bay State Spring Jam 2015!

Spring is here, Age Group Nationals has already taken place and all the usual signs of the end of racing season are upon us. But wait! Isn’t there just a little bit more ice for one more? Nothing wraps up the racing season better than… another race! Registration is now open for the annual Bay State Spring Jam. You’ve heard the stories, now come experience the excitement.

The Bay State Spring Jam is our annual club race. It’s not the big, formal thing like we have in November. It’s a bunch of club members coming together to have some fun and do some racing. It’ll be just just like race (a ref, timers, etc) but with more merriment. How many races do you know that hand out chocolate bars at the end?
Schedule
Race day is Saturday April 25 at Rodman Arena in Walpole
Check-in with start at 5:00pm, on-ice warmups around 5:30 and racing about 6:00pm. We have the ice until 8:00pm so racing will be done by 7:45. 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 Walpole Winter (or “Intro” or “New Member”) card plus $10/skater. If you’ve run out of sessions on your card (or you have just a Bedford card) then the cost is $35/skater. These prices include pizza and drinks. The cost of non-skaters that would like to eat 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 the best way to start. We’d really like to encourage all of our newer skaters to try it, it’s fun!
Registration
When registering, you’ll need the following for each person racing: name, age, recent race time (333m or 500m). If you don’t have a time, register anyway. Ask a coach at the next practice to time you. Registration will close on Monday April 20. Please register early so we know how many people we’ll have. Plus, if you’re registered then I won’t remind you every time I see you.
Volunteers
Just like a real race, this can’t happen without volunteers. Lots and lots of volunteers. Volunteers get free pizza! Please e-mail BayState Speedskating to volunteer your services. We need:
– meet clerk
– block chasers (at least two, four is better)
– water bucket filler
– timers (six)
– lap counter
– heat box manager
– starter
Food
Pizza and drinks 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.

Sue Ellis Camp comes back to Bay State in May

Bay State Speedskating is thrilled to announce that we’ll be hosting another Sue Ellis camp this Spring. The dates of the camp this year are May 29-31 (Fri – Sun). Note this is the weekend *after* Memorial Day. The approximate times of the camp are 6-9pm on Friday, 8am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

This camp will have 8 hours of on-ice instruction, with the rest of the time being used for off-ice drills and video review. As with all Sue camps, she’ll be encouraging everyone to respond to questions using their best Canadian accent. Making fun of the Canadian skaters during video review is always optional.

As was the case last year, Sue will be assisted by Katherine Reutter. Katherine is Head Coach of the ASE elite development program in Milwaukee, as well as a two-time US Olympic medalist.

The price for the camp and the registration page will be available soon. Registration will open first for Bay State members and then be open to everyone. Participation is limited to 25 skaters. This camp *will* sell out, so be ready to sign up.

Sue Ellis bio:
Sue is recognized world-wide as a technical expert in the sport, and has 30+ years of experience at the highest levels of speedskating. Some of her accomplishments:
– 2002 US Olympic Short Track coach
– 1999-2002 US National Short Track coach
– 2000 US Speedskating Coach of the Year
– 1998-1999 US Speedskating Development Coach
– 14 years as Technical Director & Provincial Coach for Speed Skate New Brunswick
– Member of Canadian National Short Track Team

Bay State Short Track Championships 2014

Our annual meet, the Bay State Short Track Championships, is quickly approaching on Saturday Nov 22, 2014. This is a fully sanctioned US Speedskating meet held on an olympic-sized ice surface.

Race details, including registration can be found here: https://www.safepayevents.com/Home.aspx?ID=55133621

Special rates on hotels are listed on our lodging page: https://baystatespeedskating.wordpress.com/skate/lodging-info-for-bay-state-meet/. Note the different cut-off dates for the different hotels.

If you’d like to advertise (both commercial and personal messages are accepted), contact us at baystate.speedskating@gmail.com. Rates are $100 (full page), $50 (half page), $25 (quarter page). We’re a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so it’s tax deductible.

Interested in volunteering? We need lots of help so contact us at baystate.speedskating@gmail.com. Volunteers get a free t-shirt and food. Here’s an idea of what we’re looking for: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AnPFiWVxhw7HdElINWhtMG5CR1hzT0dsUmpGNDRDR3c&usp=sharing

We also need help with food for the meet staff and volunteers. Please sign up here to bring something: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AnPFiWVxhw7HdHEteno3RVVjNHlrVVVTQUFYS0hSS3c&usp=sharing