Sept 2010 Group Welcome Information Update - CSSA

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Thanks to all members who attended the welcome sessions. As promised here is the
information we covered during our meeting. Due to the interest and questions about
LTPAD, Mike Marshall – Technical Director of Alberta Speed Skating Association
(AASSA) will be providing you with more information on this initiative and an
opportunity to ask questions on Tuesday October 26 from 7 – 8 pm. Further information
on the location for this session will be emailed to you.

CSSA Administration:
Cecilia Pacanins – Club Manager/Administration
Taylor Luchynski – Administration Assistant

Shawn Holman - Director of Programs
Bryan McSorley Head Coach ST
Tracy Hillis - Head Coach for SPD 3a, 3b, and 4 ST
Ryan Hickman - Head Coach for SPD 2a
Sarah Pousette - Head Coach for SPD 2b and LT on ice coach for SPD 1
Beth Whitmee - Head ST Coach for SPD 1
Jack Walters - Head LT Coach for SPD 1
Guy Bushell - Head Coach for Adult SPD
Mark Terstappen – LT on ice coach for SPD 3a and 3b
Jenna Fortin – LT on ice coach for SPD 4
Kristy Shoebridge - ST on ice coach for SPD 3b
Maggie Qi - ST on ice coach for SPD 2b and 1
Ben Tam - LT on ice coach for SPD 1
Josh Ajohn - On ice coach for Adult SPD

Note: names in bold are primary contacts. For group communications please contact the
coaches, if you have questions regarding club matters please contact Cecilia and if you are
inquiring about ice programs please contact Bryan McSorley.

Calgary Speed Skating Association (CSSA) members will receive regular communications
by email from club administration – and their respective coaches.
You may also receive emails from CSSA board members as they carry out the duties of
their respective portfolios. Please take the time to read these emails as they will
typically contain time sensitive information regarding club events, meets, volunteer
opportunities and practices.
CSSA has launched a new website – and is in the process
of adding information to the site. In addition to our club and program information there
will also be links to each training group where specific information impacting your group
will be posted. We will also be re-launching our club newsletter this season and the link
for the current newsletter will be on the website.

With the increased number of training groups and changes to required equipment,
training and competition groups there is a greater need to ensure all of our members
are receiving and understanding the information provided to them by club
administration, board and coaches. Our group leader volunteers are the communication
link between these key contacts and group members.

Group leaders will check in with the members in their group to ensure everyone is
aware of what is currently happening within the club and their groups. Their role is to
support the coaches and club administration by talking about the information that has
been sent to the members from these contacts and to direct members to the
appropriate contact when they have questions, concerns or suggestions.

This role can be shared and time spent in the group leader position counts towards
your volunteer hours and is a great opportunity for members who attend practices
regularly and enjoy interacting with others in their group. Please refer to the names
listed below for your group leader volunteers.

Group             Group Leader
SPD 4             Shawn McGregor
SPD 4/Cradle      Belinda Walta Kok
SPD 4/Cradle      Tonia Wood

SPD 3a            Patricia De Boer

SPD 3b            Paula Cook
SPD 3b            Sarah Johnston
SPD 3b            Navin Jetha
SPD 3b            Mariann Sharp

SPD 2a            Brian Sarkadi
SPD 2a            Guillermo Mejia
SPD 2b             Jamie Hume

SPD 1              Kellie Jackson

Adult ST           Chloe Berezowski
Adult LT           Jeff White
Adult LT           Don Bumstead

Please refer to the handout from Sharon Zorman for accurate information.

ST Practices & Competitions – All CSSA Training Groups
Required Equipment                                    Recommended Equipment
   ●   Protective helmet                               - Cut resistant skin suit
   ●   Shatter resistant safety glasses with strap
   ●   Full bib neck guard
   ●   Cut resistant gloves
   ●   Knee pads* (soft)                              * Or protection built into skin suit
   ●   Shin pads* (soccer type)
   ●   Kevlar ankle protection

LT Practices & Mass Start Competitions – SPD 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, and 4
Required Equipment                               Recommended Equipment
   ●   Protective helmet                              - Kevlar ankle protection
   ●   Shatter resistant safety glasses/strap
   ●   Full bib neck guard
   ●   Cut resistant gloves
   ●   Knee pads (soft)
   ●   Shin pads (soccer type)

LT Practices & ISU Olympic Style (OS) Competitions** – SPD 1 and Adult
Required Equipment                               Recommended Equipment
   ●   Full bib neck guard                            - Kevlar ankle protectors

** For LT Mass Start Competitions, SPD 1 and Adult required equipment is the same as
SPD 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, and 4

Last season Speed Skate Canada (SSC) released their Long Term Participant and
Athlete Development (LTPAD) model for speed skating. The model is based upon
placing developing skaters into age, skill and speed appropriate groups for training and

Prior to this, skaters were identified by age classes {Cradle (5 years or younger), Pee
Wee (6 - 7 years), Bantam (8 - 9 years), Midget (10 - 11 years), Juvenile (12 - 13
years), Junior (14 - 15 years), Intermediate (16 - 17 years), Senior (18 - 29 years),
Masters (30 years or older)} based upon the age of the participant before July 1st prior
to the event.

In the LTPAD system, both a skaters age and gender are taken into consideration to
place them in developmentally appropriate groups for competitions. These groups are
as follows: FUNdamentals (FUNd) are Male skaters ages 6 – 9 or Female skaters ages 6
– 8; Learning to Train (L2T) are Male skaters ages 10 – 12 or Female skaters ages 9 –
11; Training to Train (T2T) are Male skaters ages 12 - 15 or Female 11 - 14. In future
years, skaters may change age groups for meets between the 2 periods of January -
June and July - December depending on their age during these periods.

At age 15, skaters of both genders would then be placed into International Skating
Union (ISU) age categories based upon their participation in higher level competitions.
These categories are as follows:
Junior B – 15 or 16; Junior A – 17 or 18; Neo Senior B – 19 or 20; Neo Senior A - 21 or
22; Senior – 23+; Masters – 30+ with a new masters age group division every 5 years
up until 85+.

Not all skaters develop at the same time or rate so there is latitude within the LTPAD
model to reassign skaters to a more developmentally and ability appropriate
competition group based upon their age and growth rate data. Coaches will identify
skaters in their training groups who are suitable for movement into different
competition groups and will submit their name and required information to Alberta
Amateur Speed Skating Associations (AASSA) Skater Development Committee for
consideration. Based upon the decision of this committee the skater may be reassigned
to a different competition group for the season. This information is sent to meet co-
ordinators and recorders to ensure the skater is placed in the correct group.

Competition distances and track length have also been adjusted based upon estimations
of skaters speed relative to their stage of development. Skaters in T2T and under will
be skating different distances on a 85m or 100 m short track this season as well as
different distances on the 400 m oval track in Calgary. Junior B competitors and up will
continue to race the ISU distances on the 111.12 m short track and 400 m oval in
Calgary. For further information please go to pp 57 – 61 in the attached document on
the Speed Skate Canada (SSC) website:

Based upon our membership numbers in conjunction with last season’s PIN testing
results, skill assessments by coaches, and skater’s speed and age, skaters were placed
by the CSSA coaching team into an appropriate training group. If you have any
questions or concerns regarding this process please contact your lead coach or our new
head coach – Bryan McSorley.

For further explanation on the reasons for the changes to training and competition
groups please read the following information and plan to attend an information session
on LTPAD by Mike Marshall on Tuesday October 26th from 7 – 8 pm at the Oval:

Prepared by: Mike Marshall – AASSA Technical Director
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   ●    SSC Age Categories

   The following age categories for ST and LT Mass Start competitions will be
   implemented for the 2010-2011 season

    CATEGORY NAME                                             CALCULATION OF AGE
                            MALE      FEMALE
FUNDAMENTALS (FUND)         6 to 9      6 to 8     Age of participant on July 1st prior to the event
LEARNING TO TRAIN (L2T)    10 to 12    9 to 11
                                                 Events between July 1st & December 31st: Age
                                                 of participant on January 1st prior to the event
TRAINING TO TRAIN (T2T)      12         11
                                                 Events between January 1st & June 30th: Age of
                                                 participant on July 1st prior to the event
                             13         12
                             14         13
                             15         14
         JUNIOR B          15 or 16                Age of participant on July 1st prior to the event
         JUNIOR A          17 or 18
       NEO SENIOR B        19 or 20
       NEO SENIOR A        21 or 22
         SENIOR              23+
       MASTERS 30+           30+
       MASTERS 35+           35+
       MASTERS 40+           40+
       MASTERS 45+           45+
       MASTERS 50+           50+
       MASTERS 55+           55+
       MASTERS 60+           60+
       MASTERS 65+           65+
       MASTERS 70+               70+
       MASTERS 75+               75+
       MASTERS 80+               80+
       MASTERS 85+               85+

    In any one meet, a skater is limited to the events of an age category. A skater may
    compete in a different category if it is deemed to be developmentally appropriate in
    accordance with guidelines established by SSC’s Competitions Development

   For SSC Championships, a skater under the age of 23 may only skate in an their age
   category or an older age category.

   ●    International Skating Union (ISU) Age Categories

   The following age categories for ST and LT ISU competitions will be implemented for
   the 2010-11 season;

   Junior           a skater who has reached the age of 14 but not the age of 19, by July
                    1st 2010
   Senior           a skater who has reached the age of 19, by July 1st 2010

   ●    SSC Sanctioned Events

    The following table sets out the distances officially recognized by SSC for the age
    categories. Distances for Fundamentals, L2T and T2T are based on the 100m track.
    Distances for Junior B, A and Senior categories are based on the 111m track. Other
    distances may be raced at the discretions of competition/event organizers provided
    the distances use stage appropriate durations.

                       AGE                    SHORT TRACK                    LONG TRACK
                       MALE      FEMALE        INDIVIDUAL        TEAM         INDIVIDUAL        TEAM
FUNDAMENTALS                                 27m*, 50m, 100m,               25m, 50m, 100m,
                       6 to 9      6 to 8                         N/A                             N/A
(FUND)                                             200m                          200m
                                                                            25m, 50m, 100m,
                                             27m*, 50m, 100m,    Relay:                         Relay:
LEARNING TO TRAIN     10 to 12    9 to 11                                  200m, 300m, 400m,
                                            200m, 300m, 3000m    2000m                          5 laps
(L2T)                                                                            3000m
                                            27m*, 100m, 200m,               25m, 50m, 100m,
                        12             11   300m, 400m, 500m,              200m, 300m, 500m,
                                                  3000m                   2400m, 3000m, 5000m
                        13             12
                                                                                                 5 laps
                                             100m, 200m, 300m,             100m, 200m, 300m,
                                                                 Relay:                          Team
                        14             13   400m, 500m, 1500m,            500m, 2400m, 3000m,
                                                                 3000m                          Pursuit:
                                                  3000m                          5000m
                                                                                                 6 or 8
                        15             14
                                    111m, 500m, 1000m,            100m, 500m, 1000m,        Pursuit:
    JUNIOR B       15 or 16                              3000m,
                                       1500m, 3000m               1500m, 3000m, 5000m        6 or 8
    JUNIOR A       17 or 18
                                                                  100m, 500m, 1000m,
                                                                     1500m, 3000m,
  NEO SENIOR B     19 or 20                                         5000m, 10000m
  NEO SENIOR A     21 or 22
     SENIOR          23+
                                                                  500m, 1000m, 1500m,
                                    500m, 777m, 1000m,   Relay:                             Pursuit:
   MASTERS 30+       30+                                           Marathon Distances:
                                          1500m          3000m                               6 or 8
                                                                  see special regulations
                                                                       for marathon
   MASTERS 35+       35+
   MASTERS 40+       40+
   MASTERS 45+       45+
   MASTERS 50+       50+
   MASTERS 55+       55+
   MASTERS 60+       60+
   MASTERS 65+       65+
   MASTERS 70+       70+
   MASTERS 75+       75+
   MASTERS 80+       80+
   MASTERS 85+       85+

   Time may also be used to set the duration of a race in for both individual and team
   events with result being determined based on the total number of laps completed by
   the individual or team. The following durations are officially recognized by SSC for
   all age categories beginning with the Training to Train stage of development:

          a) 10 minute individual race
          b) 10 minute two person relay

SSC Changes to Competition Structure – an LTPAD Outline

LTAD – means Long Term Athlete Development (became LTPAD with SSC adding “P”
for Participation)

The model that ties existing medical science into existing sport science.
        ● In the past we have applied Adult Physiology and training onto children
            because most studies in sport have been on adult subjects.
        ● With LTAD we now have a child specific development model
        ● Certain aspects are trainable/not trainable at certain times
        ● Some of the key changes in development are tied to the growth spurt
            (PHV –Peak Height Velocity)
      The blue and red windows outline key moments when different areas can be
      developed more readily

The changes in SSC distances/events are based on LTAD.
The key areas of change are:
   ● No middle distances for pre growth spurt (Pre PHV) children
         ○ This is because the systems that provide the body with energy over the
             time frames of these distances (Aerobic power, Lactate system) are not
             trainable until well into the growth spurt.
         ○ The sprint and long distances do not place demands on these “un-
             trainable” systems – in fact speed and endurance are trainable in pre PHV
             children. In Alberta, we will not likely make the longer race (3000m)
             mandatory but rather optional. We do need to give the endurance athlete
             a chance to shine, something they have not had in the past and one
             reason why Canada has not produced many top international level
             distance skaters.
         ○ By focusing efforts on the sprint and long distances it will encourage the
             development of these trainable qualities in practice and will also allow
             training that is more conducive to improving technique. It is the hard,
             repeated intervals and sustained high speed training (training that is
             designed for the demands of the middle distances and without benefit for
             the pre PHV child) that makes learning new skills and improving technique
             difficult. There is also medical evidence that points to heart issues when
             doing this middle distance training in pre PHV children.
   ● New SSC age categories
         ○ The new SSC age categories recognize the differences in physiology of the
             pre and post PHV children. (Junior B ISU is identified as the age where
             the majority of children are well into their growth spurt.
         ○ The single year age categories are to limit the difference in maturity that
             can occur in children of the same age. (these single year categories will
             not be the format of competition in Alberta – instead likely an ability
             format that puts all T2T kids in divisions and separate from The Junior ISU
             divisions. There will be some exceptions for certain T2T skaters that are
             already in their growth spurt and possibly even fewer exceptions to the
             odd skater that is well beyond their age class in terms of speed. (Approval
             for those skaters wishing to move up to Junior ISU would be made to the

Please ensure you have signed up for upcoming volunteering positions so you are able
to meet your volunteer requirements.
We are currently seeking volunteers to help write our newsletter. We have a skilled
individual who can format all the stories and put them onto our website but volunteers
are needed to collect information on what is happening in the various groups and put it
together into articles for submission by each month’s deadline. If this opportunity
interests you please contact CSSA office for further information.

Deadline: Oct 15/10 5:00 pm. Sizing suits are available to try on. If you are interested
please contact Cecilia prior to the deadline.

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