Programs

Programs

ESSA is offering the following programs for the 2018-2019 season.

Returning athletes will receive an email indicating the appropriate program.

New athletes should register based on the descriptions below or contact the head coach if you are unsure which program is appropriate.

ESSA will be introducing Stage 1 and Stage 2 levels for our Novice and Intermediate groups this season and splitting our Advanced program into T2T and Junior/Senior groups.  This is to help make transitioning between levels easier and less intimidating for our skaters.

Group placement and assessment will be ongoing throughout the season.

All group assignments and changes are subject to coach approval and may account for group dynamics and/or further technical factors not outlined in the table below.

ProgramDescriptionQuantitative StandardQualitative Standard (including all criteria of preceding groups)Competition
FUNdamentalsProgram focuses on the development of skating skills and basic speed skating technique.
Games and fun races are are used to develop and reinforce speed and skill.
1-2 sessions per week.
Skaters age 8 and under that have not been promoted to Novice Stage 1Skaters should be able to stand up themselves after falling, and push themselves forward unassisted on skates.Competition is not necessary at this level. Skaters will participate in intra-club fun meets during some regular practice times. Skaters are welcome to participate in local or regional events.
Novice Stage 1Program focuses on the development of skating skills and basic speed skating technique.
Games and fun races are are used to develop and reinforce speed and skill.
2 sessions per week (1 session shared with FUNdamentals, 1 session shared with Novice Stage 2).
Athletes ages 9 years and older (or athletes 8 and under that have been promoted to this group).
Athlete can skate 400m independently.
Skaters will participate in intra-club events during some practices.
Skaters are strongly encouraged to participate in ESSA's two hosted events (1 short track, 1 long track).
Skaters may choose to compete in regional events.
Novice Stage 2Continued refinement of speed skating skills including work on flexibility and endurance through games.
2 sessions per week (1 session shared with Novice Stage 1, and one session shared with Intermediate Stage 1)
Athlete consistently skates entire corner with crossovers
Athlete skates in basic position for at least 400m
Skaters will participate in intra-club events during some practices.
Skaters are strongly encouraged to participate in ESSA's two hosted events (1 short track, 1 long track).
Skaters may choose to compete in regional events.
Intermediate Stage 1Program focus remains on skill development but athletes are introduced to competition and relays.
3 sessions per week (1 session shared with Novice Stage 2, 2 sessions shared with Intermediate Stage 2)
55.0 seconds (400m)Applicable for new athletes transferring from other skating sports (hockey, ringette, figure skating).
Athlete pushes to the side consistently
Athlete can glide in recovery position between the blue lines (15.24m)
Athlete is capable of a standing start
Skaters are strongly encouraged to participate in ESSA's two hosted events (1 short track, 1 long track).
Skaters are encouraged to participate in at least 2 other regional events in either discipline.
Intermediate Stage 2Program focus remains on skill development Athletes continue to develop competition skills and improve endurance.
3 sessions per week (2 sessions shared with Intermediate Stage 1, 1 session shared with Advanced - T2T)
Athlete is capable of weight transfer
Athlete skates using speed track consistently
Athlete gives and receives correct relay exchanges consistently
Athlete skates in an ideal basic position consistently
Skaters are strongly encouraged to participate in ESSA's two hosted events (1 short track, 1 long track).
Skaters are encouraged to participate in at least 2 other regional events in either discipline.
Advanced - T2TAthletes primarily aged 11-14 that compete mostly on the 100m track. Program introduces and refines advanced skating techniques. Skaters train in both long and short track events.
4 sessions per week (1 session shared with Intermediate Stage 2, 3 sessions shared with Advanced Junion/Senior).
49.0 seconds (400m)Athlete skates with weight transfer consistently
Athlete can hold position  gliding on one foot (straights7*)
Athlete can maintain an ideal basic position for 1500m
Skaters are strongly encouraged to participate in ESSA's two hosted events (1 short track, 1 long track).
Skaters should consult their coach on other regional and national level events that may be appropriate.
Advanced - Junior/SeniorJunior and Senior level athletes that are committed to training and competing learn advanced skating techniques, and improving racing strategies and tactics.
4-5 sessions per week (3 sessions shared with Advanced - T2T)
Skaters should consult with their coach for applicable competitions.
Adult Long Track 1New or less experienced adults looking for an introduction to speed skating.
2 sessions per week.
Competition is not expected but skaters are welcome to compete in ESSA's annual long track event.
Adult Long Track 2Experienced adults looking to refine their skills.
2 sessions per week.
Skaters are encouraged to compete in ESSA's annual long track event.
Other regional, national, and international events may also be available.
Oval AffiliateSkaters training at the Oval Program in Calgary that require a club for competition. Note that Affiliate members that have historically skated with ESSA are eligible for funding for certain out of province events.

*Straights7 is a drill progression in the AASSA 2014 handbook

Preseason Training Times

Preseason runs September 4 – 29 and is included for all Intermediate and Advanced registrants.

Training GroupSundayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Intermediate Stage 120:00 - 21:00
Clareview Arena A
18:15 - 19:15
Clareview Arena A
06:15 - 07:30
Clareview Arena
(Optional)
Intermediate Stage 220:00 - 21:00
Clareview Arena A
18:15 - 19:15
Clareview Arena A
06:15 - 07:30
Clareview Arena
(Optional)
Advanced T2T18:00 - 19:30
Clareview Arena A
21:15 - 22:15
Clareview Arena A
18:15 - 19:30
Clareview Arena A
19:15 - 20:15
Clareview Arena A
06:15 - 07:30
Clareview Arena
(Optional)
Advanced Junior/Senior18:00 - 19:30
Clareview Arena A
21:15 - 22:15
Clareview Arena A
18:15 - 19:30
Clareview Arena A
19:15 - 20:15
Clareview Arena A
06:15 - 07:30
Clareview Arena
(Optional)

Short Track Season Training Times

Short track season runs September 30 – November 30, and February 19 – March 23.
*No Indoor Training Oct 7, Nov 11

Training GroupSundayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
FUNdamentals17:30 - 18:30
Kinsmen Arena A
18:15 - 19:15
Clareview Arena A
Novice Stage 119:15 - 20:15
Kinsmen Arena A
18:15 - 19:15
Clareview Arena A
Novice Stage 219:15 - 20:15
Kinsmen Arena A
18:30 - 19:30
Kinsmen Arena A
Intermediate Stage 120:15 - 21:15
Kinsmen Arena A
18:30 - 19:30
Kinsmen Arena A
19:15 - 20:15
Clareview Arena A
06:15 - 07:30
Clareview Arena
(Optional)
Intermediate Stage 220:15 - 21:15
Kinsmen Arena A
20:00 - 21:00
Clareview Arena A
19:15 - 20:15
Clareview Arena A
06:15 - 07:30
Clareview Arena
(Optional)
Advanced T2T18:00 - 19:30
Clareview Arena A
20:00 - 21:00
Clareview Arena A
18:15 - 19:30
Clareview Arena A
20:30 - 21:30
Clareview Arena A
06:15 - 07:30
Clareview Arena
(Optional)
Advanced Junior/Senior18:00 - 19:30
Clareview Arena A
21:15 - 22:15
Clareview Arena A
18:15 - 19:30
Clareview Arena A
20:30 - 21:30
Clareview Arena A
06:15 - 07:30
Clareview Arena
(Optional)

Long Track Season Training Times

Long track season runs December 1 – Feb 15.
*No Indoor Training Dec 23 – Jan 2, Jan 4
**Revised Outdoor Schedule Dec 24 – Jan 4 TBD

Training GroupSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
FUNdamentals18:00 - 19:00
Victoria Park Oval
18:00 - 19:00
Victoria Park Oval
Novice Stage 119:15 - 20:15
Kinsmen Arena A
18:00 - 19:00
Victoria Park Oval
18:00 - 19:00
Victoria Park Oval
Novice Stage 219:15 - 20:15
Kinsmen Arena A
18:00 - 19:00
Victoria Park Oval
18:00 - 19:00
Victoria Park Oval
Intermediate Stage 120:15 - 21:15
Kinsmen Arena A
19:00 - 20:30
Victoria Park Oval
18:00 - 19:00
Victoria Park Oval (LT)
19:00 - 20:30
Victoria Park Oval
06:15 -07:30
Clareview Arena A
(Optional)
Intermediate Stage 220:15 - 21:15
Kinsmen Arena A
19:00 - 20:30
Victoria Park Oval
18:00 - 19:00
Victoria Park Oval (LT)
19:00 - 20:30
Victoria Park Oval
06:15 -07:30
Clareview Arena A
(Optional)
Advanced T2T18:00 - 19:30
Clareview Arena A
18:00 - 19:00
Victoria Park Oval
19:00 - 20:30
Victoria Park Oval
18:00 - 19:00
Victoria Park Oval (LT)
-OR-
18:15 - 19:30
Clareview Arena A (ST)
19:00 - 20:30
Victoria Park Oval (LT)
-OR-
18:15 - 20:15 Clareview Arena A (ST)
06:15 -07:30
Clareview Arena A
(Optional)
Advanced Junior/Senior18:00 - 19:30
Clareview Arena A
18:00 - 19:00
Victoria Park Oval
19:00 - 20:30
Victoria Park Oval
18:00 - 19:00
Victoria Park Oval (LT)
-OR-
18:15 - 19:30
Clareview Arena A (ST)
19:00 - 20:30
Victoria Park Oval (LT)
-OR-
18:15 - 20:15 Clareview Arena A (ST)
06:15 -07:30
Clareview Arena A
(Optional)
Adult 1 Long Track20:00 - 21:00
Victoria Park Oval
20:00 - 21:00
Victoria Park Oval
Adult 2 Long Track20:00 - 21:00
Victoria Park Oval
20:00 - 21:00
Victoria Park Oval

Fees

*Note that first half skaters pay only the difference between the half season and full season fee when registering for the second half.

**Need financial assistance? Please refer to our KidSport policy.

***See our Refund policy with respect to registration fees.

Training GroupRegistration Half Season
(Oct - Dec) or (Jan - Mar)
Registration Full SeasonSkate Rentals
FUNdamentals$175 - twice per week
$125 - once per week
$300 - twice per week
$200 - once per week
$100 full season short track
$50 - half season short track
Novice Stage 1$220$390$100 full season short track
$50 - half season short track
Novice Stage 2$220$390$100 full season short track
$50 - half season short track
Intermediate Stage 1N/A$750$150 full season short track
Intermediate Stage 2N/A$750$150 full season short track
$250 full season short track & long track
$125 long track only
Advanced T2TN/A$1050$150 full season short track
$250 full season short track & long track
$125 long track only
Advanced Junior/SeniorN/A$1050$150 full season short track
$250 full season short track & long track
$125 long track only
Adult 1 Long TrackN/A$275$75
Adult 2 Long TrackN/A$275$75
Oval Affiliate$450
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