November 4th Update

Halloween is over and its time to burn some of that excess sugar energy off.
In this email you will find information about the Atlantic Cup, equipment care, and practice times.
Practice at SMC will be at the usual times this week.  (see below)
The Atlantic Cup is this weekend at the Eastlink Center in Charlottetown, PEI.  A large contingent from our club will be present – 22 skaters! Division lists and schedules will be available soon.  Good luck to the skaters participating and safe travels to all.

A  few points about equipment care for those new and experienced skaters alike.Since ice is slippery and consists of frozen water, equipment gets wet as do skaters. ūüôā   Keeping your gear clean and dry will make skating a more pleasurable experience and will extend the longevity of your equipment.
It is a good idea to bring extra clothes to the meet.  It makes for a long cold wet weekend for a skater waiting around for a race in wet clothing.  Some people will be bringing hairdryers to dry clothes/equipment off between races.
Speed skates have 2 types of blade protectors.  The soft fuzzy “soakers” and the firm plastic blade protectors.  In order to maintain the sharp edge of the skate blades it is important to use the hard plastic blade protectors whenever you need to come off the ice.  Speed skate blades should only be walked on when necessary and protected.  The soft fuzzy “soakers” are not for walking on.  These are meant for  drying/soaking water away from the blades to protect against water damage (rust).  They are meant for the skate storage in your speed skating bag for example.


Speed skates have 2 types of¬†blade protectors.¬† The soft fuzzy “soakers” and the firm plastic blade protectors.¬† In order to maintain the sharp edge of the skate blades it is important to use the hard plastic blade protectors¬†whenever you need to come off the ice.¬†¬†Speed skate blades should only be walked on when necessary and protected.¬† The soft fuzzy “soakers” are not for walking on.¬† These are meant for¬† drying/soaking water away from the blades to protect against water damage (rust).¬† They are meant for the skate storage in your speed skating bag for example.

The blades need to be sharpened on a regular basis.  The frequency of sharpening is dependent on a number of factors including age and ability of skater, ice surface, blade to blade contact, and general blade care.  If you don’t know if your skates need sharpening ask a group A skater or a knowledgeable parent.  We are happy to help.  Speed skates need to be hand sharpened.  We can show you how or you can ask one of the group A skaters to sharpen them for you.  They typically charge $10 to sharpen them.

A reminder that our weekly practice times are:

Tuesday
Group C – Learn to Speed Skate 7:00 to 8:00pm

Group B – Recreational and Intermediate 7:00 to 8:30pm

Group A – Advanced and High Performance 7:45 to 9:15pm

*Groups C/B/A will overlap for activities and games together from 7:45 to 8:00pm

**Groups B/A will overlap drills and skating from 8:00 to 8:30pm

***Group A skaters – If available, are asked to assist with safety pads (helmets mandatory) before starting Dryland at 7:05 to 7:35pm.

Thursday
Group C – Learn to Speed Skate 7:30 to 8:15pm

Group B – Recreational and Intermediate 7:30 to 8:30pm

Group A – Advanced and High Performance 8:15 to 9:15pm

*Groups C/B will overlap for activities and games together from 8:00 to 8:15pm

**Groups B/A will overlap for drills and skating from 8:15 to 8:30pm

***Group A skaters – If available, are asked to assist with safety pads (helmets mandatory)before starting Dryland at 7:35 to 8:05pm.
Thank you everyone.  See you at the Rink!