New Skaters

Want to skate but not sure how to start? You’ve come to the right place! Whether you are 2 or 102, we accept all skaters regardless of age or ability. Before coming out, there are just a few things you need to do before your first session.

Connect

Just let us know you are coming so we can have our coaches ready to meet you when you arrive. Email us at baystate.speedskating@gmail.com to tell us what session you would like to try with us. We do encourage new skaters to come to a Saturday session in Walpole, MA as there will likely be more coaches present for that session. Please refer to our Club Calendar for the most up-to-date information on our current ice times.

Fill out Waiver and Registration

All new skaters will need to fill out our registration form and sign our waiver in order to come out with us. Additionally, all skaters need to have a membership with our governing organization, US Speedskating. Please print and fill out this form so you may also bring it with you on the night of your first session. As implied on the form, your membership fee for the first night will be $1.

Equipment

Bring the following equipment. This is mandatory and you will not be able to skate without these:

  • Helmet

  • Gloves

  • Long sleeves

  • Long pants

  • Neck guard or something with a high collar

  • Skates if you have them – figure or hockey skates are fine and we also have some speedskates to borrow or rent

    • If you need to borrow or rent skates, please let us know ahead of time so we can give you an idea if we have some that may fit. ​

Safety First

Speedskating can be dangerous. To prevent such accidents, please take some time to read over a few of our safety rules so that we can provide you with the best possible experience.

Have Fun

When you come out for your first session with us, relax and have a good time. All of us started where you are today so we understand the varying skill levels of skaters when they join us for the first time. Don’t worry, we have coaches with plenty of speedskating knowledge who are excited to teach you and want you to have fun!

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