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SSNB has made several changes to their Competition Bulletin and Provincial Team Policy for the 2019-2020 season. The documents are linked below; please have a read through them if you would like to see the fully updated documents.

Some of the major changes are:

Provincial Team Policy:

  • The standard to skate on the 111.12m track has been changed to be 215s for the women and 203s for them men when combining their 100m tracks 400m + 1500m personal best times.
  • SSNB athlete funding to competitions has been modified. A detailed outline of SSNB’s funding is outlined in the PTP

Provincial Team Policy

 Competition Bulletin:

  • With the a personal best time in the 500m distance below 60.00seconds, a Masters Class or Special Olympics skater will be allowed to compete on the 111.12m track as part of the ability division if they so choose.
  • Seeding into divisions will be based on a combination of a skaters personal best times (refer to pre-competition seeding table)
  • PB times from the previous season can be used for seeding purposes until December 31st of the current skating season
  • Number of skaters on the line for each distance has been modified and will be different for both Olympic sized ice surfaces and non-Olympic sized ice surfaces
  • Advancement criteria from heats to finals has been defined and is dependent on the number of skaters on the line and the distance skated (see table in bulletin for outline)
  • Advancements by time are now irrelevant of position. For example with a 1+3 advancement it is possible for 4 skaters from the same heat to make the A final

SSNB Competition Bulletin

With all of these changes, the Athletic Development/Coaching Committee will monitor how the meets are being ran with the new changes, and we thank everyone for their understanding of some potential hiccups as we continue to innovate and try to offer the best meets we can.

All of these changes were made in an effort to: align with Speed Skate Canada’s meet format, provide meaningful competition to each participant, run more efficient meets, and to offer exhibition relays more regularly in our maritime meets.

We’re looking forward to a great season!

Hello Everyone.

For the first time in a while, SSNB/SJASSC held an open Summer Camp.  Speed Skaters of all ages, from beginner to competitive, took part in a five day camp from August 19 – 23 at the Qplex Arena, Quispamsis. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank all the skaters, coaches, volunteers,  parents and SJASSC for a job well done.  Lots of positive feedback from skaters and families that attended.  This bodes well for annual summer camps going forward.

For those of you who may not know, Scott Beamish has resigned as Technical Director/Provincial Coach of SSNB.  On behalf of the Board of Directors and SSNB, I would like to thank Scott for all of his hard work and dedication to our Association. He has made a significant impact to where we are today as and Association and to the direction we are going.  I’m sure he will be missed by everyone involved in our sport.  We wish him well in his future endeavors.

The Board of Directors is working diligently to fill the vacancy left by Scott’s departure.  We will keep Clubs posted through their representation at Board Meetings of our progress.  Please direct any questions or concerns going forward by email to speedskatenb@gmail.com and we will do our best to address them.

Thank You Everyone!

Andy MaGee

President, SSNB

An Introduction to Competition Coach is qualified to assume the responsibilities of a head coach with skaters in Learn to Train (~9-12 years old) and Train to Train (~12-16 years old) stages of development.

Where:  Saint Thomas University (51 Dineen Dr, Fredericton, NB) – Sir James Dunn Hall: Room G6

When: September 21st 10am-6pm

September 22nd 8:30am-4pm

The schedule for the weekend will be:

Saturday

10:00-11:00 Introduction
11:00-12:00 Planning a Practice
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-3:30* Planning a Practice (Cont.)
3:30-6:00* Technical

*Breaks at 2:30 and 4:30

Sunday

8:30-10:00 Equipment
10:00-12:00* Tactics
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-3:00* Analyze Performance
3:00-4:00 Conclusion

*Breaks at 10:30 and 2:30

The course will be led by Derrick Macleod (SSNB High Performance Coach) and co-facilitated with Scott Beamish (SSNB Technical Director/Provincial Coach) and Sarah Taylor (SSPEI Technical Director).

This course will go through speed skating specific material only. To gain full certification as an intro to comp coach you will have to complete the multisport modules on your own. Upcoming workshops can be found at https://www.coach.ca/

The cost for this course is $75/participant. Please register HERE by September 15th.

If you have any question, please reach out to Derrick Macleod at: derrick.macleod@rogers.com