Program Descriptions and Times

SHORT LEARN TO SKATE                                    Jump Start Program
September: 6, 8, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27      5:45pm to 6:30pm        ACT Arena
January:     Tuesdays and Thursdays   5:00pm to 5:45pm      Lions Arena
During the months of September and January, the SLSSC operates two 8-session Short Learn-to-Skate programs. These are lessons designed to jump-start the beginner skater, ages 4 years and older. Skaters wear their own hockey or figure skates. Credits are given toward regular season group sessions if skaters decide to continue.

REGULAR SEASON
The regular season begins in October at the Lions Arena with our indoor Short Track program. There is padding around the boards for safety. Skaters have the option to attend meets held in Saskatoon, across Saskatchewan and beyond as they progress. Short Track Races are mass start and it takes a great deal of agility, speed, and strategy to compete in a race. The races are exciting! A skater is not allowed to bump or push another skater and there are disqualifications when this happens.

Regular Season Programs skaters are divided into four groups for instruction and training:

Group 1 – Learn to Skate    Tuesday and/or Thursday 5:50pm – 6:30pm
Intended for the youngest skaters and those just learning. These skaters can wear hockey skates, figure skates, or speed skates. Sessions take place twice per week, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:50 pm to 6:30 pm. There is the option to pay for and attend only 1 day per week on either Tuesday or Thursday. Sessions are indoor for the full season at the Lions Arena.

Group 2 – Learn to Speed Skate   Tuesday &/or Thursday 6:30pm-7:15pm
Intended for skaters who have mastered skating backwards, crossovers, stopping. Sessions are held twice per week, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm . Also with the option to pay for and attend 1 day per week on either Tuesday or Thursday. Sessions are indoor for the full season at the Lions Arena.

Group 3 – Learn to Train
Short Track:
   Tuesday 7:15pm – 8:30pm and Thursday 4:45pm – 5:50pm
Optional Saturday 7:15am – 8:45am
Long Track:  for January to early February
   Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday  6:00pm to 7:30pm
Consists of skaters graduating from Group 2 as well as skaters from other disciplines, competent on skates and wanting to give speed skating a try. Sessions take place Tuesday 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm and Thursday 4:45 pm – 5:50 pm with an optional Saturday morning session at 7:15 am, along with Group 4. Sessions are indoor October, November, part of December (depending on oval ice conditions) and March. During the long track season (December – February) skaters practice at Clarence Downey Oval – generally three times per week. Off-ice (dryland) training takes place prior (45 min) to most on ice sessions.

Group 4 – Advanced Competitive
Short Track:
Tuesday 4:45pm – 5:50pm and Thursday 7:15pm – 8:30pm
Wednesday 6:15am – 7:30am and Saturday 7:15am – 8:45am
Long Track:  for January to early February
Monday to Thursday 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Consists of skaters competing at a higher level, with many competing on a national level. These skaters practice Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as Wednesday and Saturday mornings at Lions Arena. During the long track season (January – February) skaters practice at Clarence Downey Oval generally 4-5 times per week. Off-ice (dryland) training takes place prior (45 min) to most on ice sessions. During the off-season, skaters can participate in weight training and other dry-land training activities.

See Group Calendars for specific start dates.

Come out and join us for some fitness and lots of fun! No one sits on the bench!

For more information or to register contact:
Rob Makowsky (Director of Membership Development) at membership.slssc@gmail.com or
call/text: (306) 371-3721