Cleveland Hts Speedskating Vol. 1 Issue 1.
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Learn to Skate fun!

We have been fortunate to have a lively group of learn to skaters who are moving up and on within our club. Thank you to our parents for getting them on the ice and navigating the organic process of developing your child into a speedskater. Every skater is different but we have one goal for everyone on the ice and that is to have fun. To that end, we are grateful to Coach Catherine who has been the pied piper of the youngest new skaters. Thank you Catherine for your endless energy, skill development and for being the ring master of fun! We look forward to watching each and every one of you grow and develop on the ice and through life. Our learn to skate program will conclude with the State Meet scheduled for Saturday, March 4th. 

Base Position.

Base (or basic) position is to speedskating what a golf swing is to golf. By that I mean that you will spend your most of your speedskating career working to perfect it. It is not like riding a bike. There is no activity in your everyday life that duplicates the muscles you use and balance you must sustain in this position. You can gain the strength and build the muscles to support the position for increasing lengths of time with repetition both on and off the ice. It is very important that the skater learn this position well. Over time, you will learn to know when your base position feels "right." Don't hesitate to stop, drop and demonstrate to your coach and ask for correction.

There are nine points to the basic position as stated in the US Speedskting Coaching manual:
  • Ankles straight (not caving in or out)
  • Blades/Feet shoulder width apart
  • Blades/Feet parallel and pointing straight ahead
  • Knees over toes
  • Legs bent about 90 degrees
  • Elbows on knees with hands clasped (eventually behind back)
  • Back bent at least 45 degrees in a relaxed position
  • Center of gravity over middle of blade/foot
  • Head and eyes straight ahead looking at a point about 10 feet in front.
Working on this position off the ice is helpful for muscle memory (familiar to the body and mind).

OFF ICE PRACTICE: If you have a mirror or reflective glass to do this in front of, even better. 
  1. Get in base position
  2. Hold for 30 seconds
  3. Relax for 30 seconds
  4. Repeat 3x's
The goal is to work up in 15 second increments to one minute (with equal rest periods in between)

Did You Know?

Did you know that Cleveland Heights is part of the Ohio Speedskating Association (OSA)? It is! Why is that important you ask? When there is a meet at Cleveland Heights, it is organized and sanctioned through OSA. Sanctioned means that the results are recognized at the National level. It is OSA that financially sponsors and secures ice dates and USS officials to provide our skaters with great local racing experiences. OSA sponsors the summer clinic as well as mat cover replacements and represents our club at the USS national level. Looking for the results from your last local meet or want to see more about OSA-sponsored events? Visit the OSA website and poke around a little. The people behind the organization have are tireless in their development and support of this amazing and unique sport. We are grateful to the volunteer board and all they do to serve our club and skaters.
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1 Monticello Boulevard, Cleveland Heights 44121
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