Skating Instruction and Speed Coaching, is provided by local skating clubs. Coaches are accredited through a National program administered by the National Sporting Organization and overseen by the National Coaches Accreditation Scheme.
Find your local club via your State Branch and enquire about available Speed Coaching. Your club should provide instruction by an accredited Speed Skating Coach, in a program that caters to beginner, intermediate and advanced level speed skaters.
Bayside Blades Junior Series
The Skate Victoria Speed Branch has a junior development program running for ‘Junior’ members, under the age of 15 years. This program caters for children who are proficient in general skating skills and wish to progress into racing. Andy Finster and Kieran Garriga run the sessions once a month at Skaterz rink, 27 Susan Street, Eltham. Bayside Blades has been kindly supporting this program for 9 years.
Please click here for the 2017-18 program.
Speed Skating promotes good health, fitness and builds strength through dynamic full-body movement patterns. Through scheduled club practices, Speed Skaters learn the importance of teamwork, persistence, organization and goal-setting, in an environment of good sportsmanship that fosters both team and individual achievement.
Skaters practice regularly to improve their sport-specific skills, conditioning and general fitness appropriate to their age/athletic experience. Speed Skating is a complex activity which athletes master through planned, complementary practices on-skates in indoor and outdoor settings, as well as through cross-training in a range of other activities.
Indoor Practice generally takes place at a purpose-built skating rink or multi-sports hall (such as an indoor basketball or netball facility), where facilities accommodate a 100 metre regulation (or scaled-down version) skating floor.
Indoor Practices can include aerobic and anaerobic conditioning work, specific technique drills, skill-development exercises, race simulations and other training methods. Corners are the major feature of Indoor Skating and Indoor Practices are where much of the skill-development for corner skating take place.
Outdoor Practice can take place at a range of venues – generally large concrete or asphalt-surfaced circuits or areas that allow for a practice circuit of up to 300 metres.
Your accredited coach should ensure an Outdoor Practice venue is a safe and suitable location for skating – including managing any potential traffic risk (pedestrian, cyclist, vehicle). Outdoor Practice venues should have a uniform surface and present a clear path around any stationary objects (posts, kerbing, garden…).
Outdoor Practices also include a range of training methods to develop the Speed Skater, but lend themselves to practicing the longer distances experienced in Outdoor Competition. Straight-aways are the major feature of Outdoor Skating. Outdoor Practices are where much of the straight-line stroke development, straight-line strength and speed training take place.
Cross-training for Speed Skating through exposure to other activities is practiced by many Speed Skating athletes. As you progress your skating, your coach will advise you as to what other activities (such as bodyweight exercises, weight training, cycling…) would be beneficial to your physical ability and how to integrate them into your individual practice regime. Clubs may also offer scheduled group activities (such as group off-skate training or group cycling) for their members during the season.