Schedule for 2015-16 Winter Season

The schedule for the 2015-16 Winter Season is now set and available for viewing on the club calendar. The details are:

Walpole: 57 sessions
31 Thursdays starting Thurs Sept 10
26 Saturdays starting Sat Sept 19
Bedford: 24 sessions starting Sun Oct 10

The rinks have the right to reclaim our ice slots (often with little notice), so remember to keep your eyes/ears open for cancelations.

No ice this week

Rodman Arena didn’t give us any ice this week, so Thursdays will start on Sept 10 and Saturdays will start on Sept 19. Note that Thursday ice is now 8:00-9:20pm. See our Calendar for all the Walpole rink details. Enjoy a little bit more summer and have a great Labor Day weekend. We will have a dryland on Thursday Sept 3 at Rodman Arena in Walpole, starting at 7pm.

Speedskating Camp with Caroline Hallisey

On Saturday Aug 22, three time Olympian and Bay State alumni, Caroline Hallisey, is back to impart her knowledge upon us!

This 1-day camp will be held at The Edge Sports Center, 191 Hartwell Ave., Bedford, MA 01730. It is open to adults and children of all abilities (some skating experience recommended). It will cover off ice warm up exercises, on ice skating drills/technique and an introduction to skating-specific dryland training.

Tentative schedule (4 hours of ice):

7:45 AM Assemble in lobby
8 – 9:30 AM Warm up drills
10 AM – 12 PM On ice drills/technique
12 – 1:30 PM Lunch
2 – 4 PM On ice drills/technique
4:30 – 6 PM Dryland training

Price is $125.00 per camper

Email Jen at to register and to pay by check

Payment by credit card can be made on the Baystate website under the Skate! tab then click “Pay for Ice Time

Annual Bay State BBQ!

It’s time to gather for our annual bbq and coaches appreciation celebration! This year the festivities are on Saturday June 20 at 4pm. The host will 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.

In addition to gathering to see what everyone looks like outside of a rink, plus sharing some food and beverage, this bbq is also an opportunity to thank the coaches (Brendan, Hugh, Jen and Mike) 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”, please see Todd at one of the next two ice sessions or send me an e-mail ( with the amount you’d like to contribute. Nothing is too small and every little bit is appreciated!

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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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