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Welcome to the Calgary Grizzlies Speed Skating Club!

The Grizzlies Speed Skating Club is a new organization in Calgary that focuses on both short track and long track speed skating for athletes aged 4-20+ years of age.


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Our Philosophy


The Grizzlies will take a key role in promoting and developing Short Track and Long Track Speed Skating on the basis of friendship and mutual understanding between the current programs already offered in the province.

We are dedicated to broadening the interest in Speed Skating with PRIDE!

Principles of the Calgary Grizzlies Program


Focused on the development of skaters with clear objectives and cost effective implementation, based on effective monitoring and evaluation processes that help improve performance and achieve results whether it is to continue to skate recreationally or move into the Oval Program.

Focus on Projects that can continue over an extended period of time and have continued results to increase the numbers and improve the quality of Skaters, Coaches, and Officials engaged in Speed Skating in either a recreational or competitive stream.

Teamwork and collaboration with our partners, The Olympic Oval and Canadian Sport Institute are vital in providing the expertise and facilities necessary to achieve progress and success.


Governance Structure


As this is a grassroots organization based on providing for the needs of all skaters, parents will work collaboratively to further the needs of all Grizzlies. The Board of Directors will consist of a maximum of 9 Directors.


Volunteering


Our hope for the club is to to embrace the concept of true volunteering with no mandated commitment nor payment.


Our Programs
2018-2019


TheGrizzlies follow Speed Skating Canada’s Long Term Participant & Athlete Development (LTPAD) Model (full details here). Programs are run at the Rocky Ridge YMCA (LTPAD Stages 1-3,9), Olympic Oval (LTPAD Stages 4-5,9). Skaters then progress to the Oval Program (LTPAD Stages 6-8). The progression through the Grizzly programs is shown graphically

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We have awesome certified speed skating coaches! They include former members of Canada’s National and Olympic Teams, and coaches who hold certifications with the National Coaching and Certification Program (NCCP) and the High Five Program.

NCCP:http://coach.ca/coach-training-in-canada-s15408

NCCP (Speed Skating): http://coach.ca/speed-skating-p154458

High Five Program: https://www.highfive.org/what-high-five


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Learn to Speed Skate


This program is designed for children ages 6 (or younger) to 9 years old who have some skating experience.  The goal of the program is to develop the skater’s skills and confidence on ice in a fun and supportive environment.  The on ice sessions will be one hour in length and held weekly at the Rocky Ridge YWCA.  Skaters can wear hockey skates, figure skates or speed skates. We will have some fun races so the kids get an introduction to racing and there will be the opportunity to enter a sanctioned competition, but the focus will be on fun and on skill-based activities that reinforce the development of skating-specific skills.

WHERE:Shane Homes Rocky Ridge YMCA

WHEN:Mondays from 5-6pm

Registration:Ongoing, beginning August 1st2018; contact fun@yycspeed.cafor more details.

Fall Program:Begins Monday September 10th2018 and ends 19 December 2018.

Winter Program:Begins Monday January 7th2019 and ends Monday March 11th2019.



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Learn to Train Group


This program is designed for skaters 9+ years old who are comfortable on skates.  The goal of the program is to focus on proper speed skating techniques and skill development.  This group will have both short track ice time (YWCA) and long track ice time (Olympic Oval).  Skaters will be encouraged to enter a couple of local competitions as their skills and confidence grow. The program will be 3 days a week, with 2 sessions at the YWCA and 1 at the Olympic Oval.  Each session will be 1 hour in duration.  There will also be a ST only option (2 days a week).

WHERE: Shane Homes Rocky Ridge YMCA and Olympic Oval at the University of Calgary

WHEN: Mondays from 7-8pm at Shane Homes Rocky Ridge YMCA

Tuesdays from 5:50-6:50pm at the Olympic Oval, University of Calgary

Fridays from 4-5pm at Shane Homes Rocky Ridge YMCA

Registration:Ongoing, beginning August 1st2018; contact fun@yycspeed.cafor more details.

Program: Begins Tuesday September 4th2018 and ends Monday March 11th2019.


Advanced – Competitive



This program is designed for skaters aged 11-17 years old. Skaters in this group will skate 4 to 5 days a week and participate in both Long Track and Short Track speed skating. Athletes will skate at the Calgary Olympic Oval and will have a 45 min dryland session followed by a 75 min ice session. The focus for these athletes will be Performance Foundation in preparation for competition on a Provincial, National level and beyond.

WHERE: Olympic Oval at the University of Calgary

WHEN:

Mondays AM

Tuesdays from PM

Thursdays AM

Fridays  PM

Saturdays AM

*Times are to be determined

Registration:Ongoing, beginning August 1st2018; contact fun@yycspeed.cafor more details.

Program:Begins Monday August 20th2018 and ends Thursday March 21st2019.

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Advanced – Competitive Pricing

4 Day Program

$1750

  • 45 min Dryland session before every skate
  • 2 Days Per Week Short Track Ice
  • 2 Days per Week Long Track Ice
  • Oval Pass
  • Coaching Fees
  • SSC/AASSA Fees
  • 1 Associate Member

2 day Long Track Only

$800

  • 45 min Dryland session before every skate
  • 2 Days Per Week Short Track Ice
  • 2 Days per Week Long Track Ice
  • Oval Pass
  • Coaching Fees
  • SSC/AASSA Fees
  • 1 Associate Member

2 day Short Track Only

$1000

  • 45 min Dryland session before every skate
  • 2 Days Per Week Short Track Ice
  • 2 Days per Week Long Track Ice
  • Oval pass
  • Coaching Fees
  • SSC/AASSA Fees
  • 1 Associate Member

Masters Group


Our Masters skaters (20+ years of age) will skate on the Long Track ice only. This uncoached group will have the opportunity to skate on the long track ice anywhere from once a week up to 4 times a week. If skaters desire, coaching can be arranged for a nominal fee.



1 Day Program

$250

  • One day per week long track ice
  • no coaching
  • 2 day Program

    $350

  • Two days per week long track ice
  • no coaching
  • 3 Day Program One Day Per Week

    $400

  • Three days per week long track ice
  • no coaching
  • 4 Day Program One Day Per Week

    $450

  • Four days per week long track ice
  • no coaching
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