Avoid Stress and Distractions

It takes hard work, dedication and stamina to rise from the novice to championship level in speedskating. A coach is important to help an athlete set goals and design a training program, but the athlete must have commitment to reach the highest levels of the sport. Outside stresses in life should be recognized and avoided, especially when an athlete is close to reaching long term goals. Eight potential problems that should be avoided and why they are a problem for an athlete in serious training are:

  1. Too many family obligations....an athlete needs a lot of time to train.
  2. Stress in the family....diverts energy from training and does not allow the athlete to focus completely.
  3. Stress in love relationships....diverts energy from training and does not allow the athlete to focus completely.
  4. Disappointment in school or work....causes poor attitude toward training and diverts focus.
  5. Overload of studies or outside activities....an athlete needs a lot of time to train and rest.
  6. Problems or jealousy with colleagues....diverts focus and energy from training.
  7. Too many outside influences or obligations that don't relate to goals... diverts focus from an athlete's training cycle.
  8. Health problem... causes weakness and requires extended time from training.

Thanks to Ken Mastrianna for providing these guidelines from US Speedskating.

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Our mission is to provide a safe and open volunteer based environment where youth above 5 years of age and adults of all abilities can come and be part of a family oriented club of recreational and nationally competitive ice speed skaters.

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We are a growing club, always looking for new members to share in this exciting sport.

Our club is affiliated with US Speedskating

We are a non-profit, charitable organization [IRS 501(c)(3)].

Skaters young and old, beginner to advanced, are coached by US Speedskating Certified Coaches, including National Champions and World Team Members. By placing an emphasis on proper skating technique, our coaches create an atmosphere where all skaters, regardless of skill level, are welcome.

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We adhere to the The National Association for Sport and Physical Education endosed Bill of Rights for Young Athletes. 

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