Tuesday 18 December 2012

Speed Skating Officials Clinics in the Atlantic

Hi, everyone.  

Speed Skate Nova Scotia is hosting two officials clinics in conjunction with the Long Track Camp to be held on the Emera Oval January 4-6.  The classroom instruction will be done on Saturday afternoon at the Atlantica Hotel, with an opportunity for practical experience on Sunday morning during the racing that will take place after the camp.  There would be additional opportunities to gain experience later in the season at the oval, or at the Canada East Short Track Championships which will be hosted by the Halifax Regional Speed Skating Club in March.
Level One Officials Clinic
January 5th 1-5 PM classroom, January 6th  7:30 – 11:00 AM at the Oval
Age 16 or over
The Level One Officials Clinic provides an introduction to speed skating competition, the rules and regulations that govern speed skating, the different racing formats and tracks, and the skater age categories; and an overview of all of the different officials positions, the officials certification program, and the duties and responsibilities of all of the positions.  After completing this clinic, participants would be certified at Level One by position once they have experience in working in that position under the supervision of a senior official.
This clinic will be presented by Roger Cole from Speed Skate New Brunswick.
Level Two Starters Clinic
January 5th 1-5 PM classroom, January 6th  7:30 – 11:00 AM at the oval.
Age 16 or over
This clinic will include condensed coverage of short track, but will focus primarily on long track Olympic style starting, and will include class work as well as video analysis, followed by practical experience at the oval.
Targeted participants include level one officials, level two starters looking for experience in long track, and officials with experience as starters in other sports.  Completion of the Level One Clinic is recommended, but not mandatory. 
Materials to bring: Whistle (recommended pea-less Fox 40 Classic with rubber covered finger strap, on a lanyard) and stop watch.  Some extras will be available if participants don’t have their own.
This clinic will be presented by Bruce Gray from Speed Skate New Brunswick. 
To register for this clinic please contact David MacDonald at fourmacds@ns.sympatico.ca or (902) 477-9234.

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