Speedskating classes and speed sessions

Learn to Speedskate classes

Saturday   8:30am – 9:30am   –   1/12/19 – 3/30/19

Operated by Oakland Ice Center skate school with NCSA volunteer coaches.  This class is for Beginner 3 and up. All ages are welcome.  Students will use speed skates provided by NCSA. This program is designed to transition a skater with some skating experience to the point where they can participate in fun races or the more advanced speed sessions.

This is a learning/teaching session. Emphasis is placed on developing skating skills and having fun.

Rental speed skates are provided by NCSA. The skate locker is in the hall-way past the lockers and rest-rooms.

Enrollment:  Oakland Ice Skate School You will need to create an account to register on-line. If you have problems with this, you will need to contact the “skate school manager” at the rink directly.

Oakland Ice Center is not offering “one time trial” classes.

NCSA Speed sessions

All Ages – Recreational to Highly Competitive skaters

Children younger than 9 years old not recommended unless they are very independent and follow instructions well.

Saturday – Oakland Ice Center 5:30pm – 7pm

Sunday – San Jose Solar4America Ice 11:30 am to 1 pm


Learn to Speedskate: check Oakland skate school

NCSA Speed session at Oakland:
Individual session  – $30
Book of 10 sessions – $260
Yearly subscription – $1000

For more information for the Oakland Subscription:
Oakland Ice Subscription

NCSA Speed session at San Jose:
Individual session  – $18 – paid to the rink

$5 per session – skate school – pay the rink

Speed sessions – pay NCSA directly, NOT the rink!

Coaching fees:  $0   

About the session:

The speed skating training sessions are designed for skaters who are comfortable with a work-out environment, and who need no supervision. Skating sessions include adults and youth who are training for racing on the National or International level. The speed sessions are not appropriate for young skaters who need supervision, or for skaters who just want to “go fast.” Sessions are designed by Level III certified Mary Wong. The sessions are supervised by adults. Skaters are divided into 3 or 4 groups based on age/size/ability. Each group takes their turn on the track doing the drills or training sets that the coach lays out. When not on the track, skaters must stay in the middle, work on drills, or may just socialize.

Our coaches and assistants are volunteers. Everyone who is on skates is there to skate and get a workout along with everyone else. Please respect that. 

RULES:  Skaters will follow the instruction of the head coach. All skaters are expected to assist with setting up and removing safety pads. No skating is allowed until the pads are set up and the doors are closed.  No one is allowed to go onto the track, go to the wall, or open any door except with permission of the coach. Skaters are discouraged from exiting/entering the ice during the session. Water bottles and jackets are placed in bins in the center of the ice.

Parents must respect the safety rules. This includes NOT opening the door of the rink for any reason, or calling their child over to the wall. An open door, or a person standing at the wall creates an extremely dangerous hazard. Skaters can be moving at over 25 mph, so, you can see the importance of providing a controlled environment. A collision can cause severe injuries.

Skaters who fail to follow rules or instructions may be banned from NCSA events.

SEASON:   Sessions are planned according to the race schedule. December to March:  heavy training to prepare skaters for the NorCal Championships (Jan), the State Championships (Feb) and the National Age Group Championships (Mar), and other events. Lots of laps, fast laps, speed drills, and less emphasis on technique and drills.

April to August: back-to-basics – technique drills, emphasis on proper form, building strength, endurance. We may use training equipment on the ice: buckets, straps

September to November: race prep, strategy, as well as continuing to build on technique, endurance and strength.

There are normally anywhere from 18-30 skaters on the ice at each session, ranging in age from 6 – 70 (Yes! We have two 70+ skaters skating with us!). There is also a wide range of abilities, from national-level elite skaters, to novice skaters, to everywhere in between.

Requirements: Helmet, long pants and sleeves, gloves. Neck guard, cut-suits, knee pads, safety glasses optional.

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