West Island Speed Skating FAQs

What age should my child start speed skating?
Does my child need to know how to skate before registering?
Can my child try speed skating before registering?
How long does the season run?
How many practices per week?
What are the season costs?
Where do you run your sessions?
How can I get involved?
How are the skaters divided into training groups?
Does my child have to do competitions?
Does my child need to skate with speed skates?
Where can I buy speed skates?
What is the mandatory speed skating equipment?
Where can I buy speed skating equipment?
How do I sharpen my skates?
What age should my child start speed skating?

Your child can start as early as 4 years old.

Does my child need to know how to skate before registering?

No. However, we do ask that they be able to stand up on their own.

Can my child try speed skating before registering?

Yes, we will supply the basic equipment and a pair of skates for 1 free trial practice. Free trials take place Thursdays at 6:30 pm and Sundays at 8:30 am. Places are limited, so reserve your spot on the main page https://cpvwestisland.ca/ or call Paul at 438-772-9535.

How long does the season run?

Typically, the Short Track Speed Skating season starts in September after Labor Day and ends in the first week of April.

How many practices per week?

Please visit our practice schedule and competition calendar for places and times:

https://cpvwestisland.ca/horaire-schedule/

Where do you run your sessions?

We currently run sessions at the Dollard-des-Ormeaux Civic Centre and the Pierrefonds Sportplexe (please consult the group description to see the location of training) https://cpvwestisland.ca/classes/

How can I get involved?

Volunteers are always welcome! CPV West Island is a not-for-profit club that is run by volunteers. All our executive members run the club in their spare time. We encourage all members and families to help in daily activities such as helping others try on skates, setting up safety mats before/after practices, answering questions, etc…

How are the skaters divided into training groups?

Skaters are divided first and foremost by age, then by their competition circuit and lastly by skill and technique.

Introduction to Speed Skating

Skaters 4 years and older with little to no skating ability. This is a low-cost group to learn the basics and see if your child enjoys the sport before switching into the program groups.

Group 4

This is the first group requiring the full mandatory speed skating equipment and speed skates. This is where everyone aged 5-9 start. After a few sessions, the head coach will evaluate and decide if the child remains in this group or has the ability/skills to move up to Group 3. Group 4 competes in the C’L’Fun competition circuit.

Group 3

This is the second initiation group for 7+-year-olds. Once settled in with some speed skating experience, skill and speed under your belt, you will train with this group. This group is for skaters in the Lilianne-Lambert competition circuit and those in the C’L’Fun circuit who are close to acquiring the time standards to access L-L.

Group 2

This group is for those already in the Lilianne-Lambert circuit, have a few years of speed skating experience, have mastered the basic technique, and have a minimum time standard.

Group 1

This group is for those in the inter-regional and provincial competition circuits. These skaters now race under the provincial status and have an official ranking in Quebec.

Please see the links for Group Curriculums http://www.cpvddo.com/p/documents.html

Does my child have to do competitions?

Except for Group 1, skaters are not required to go to competitions. However, time standards to access the groups must still be acquired before being able to move up to the next group. Competitions and standards: https://cpvwestisland.ca/competitions/

Does my child need to skate with speed skates?

Speed skates are mandatory only as of Group 4. You can bring your own skates for the Intro group.

Where can I buy speed skates?

Not necessary. To keep costs down and make entry to the sport easier, the club offers a speed skating rental service. The cost of skate rental is included in your registration fee.

What is the mandatory speed skating equipment?

Skaters must wear the following mandatory equipment before getting on the ice:

  1. Speed skating helmet (no hockey or bike helmets)
  2. Anti-cut leather gloves
  3. Shin guards (as in soccer)
  4. Knee pads (as in volleyball)
  5. Neck protector (as in hockey, but with a bib)
  6. Goggles with an elastic band (as in racquetball)
  7. Anti-cut ancle protectors (Kevlar)
  8. Rigid skate blade guards
  9. Team apparel
  10. Anti-cut competition skin suit – optional (mandatory for Group 1)

Skaters in the Intro group require the following equipment:

  1. Hockey or figure skates (without buckles or second blade)
  2. CSA hockey (no face grill) or speed skating helmet
  3. Neck guard (with bib or without)
  4. Gloves or mittens
  5. Knee, shin and elbow pads (optional)
Where can I buy speed skating equipment?

You can order all the necessary equipment from us in person or through our online store:

https://club-de-patinage-de-vitesse-west-island.square.site/

How do I sharpen my skates?

Short track speed skates cannot be sharpened with traditional pro-shop sharpening machines. They are sharpened by hand. The club offers a sharpening service. Alternatively, you can use the club’s equipment to do it yourself. A sharpening clinic will be given at the start of the season free of charge.

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