We encourage all parents and guardians to volunteer for any of the following opportunities; fees will not be charged. In some instances, we need more than one person. Don't be shy: if you have never done one of these activities, we'll be more than happy to show you how, and ensure that you get all the help you need to learn: many hands make light work!
Mats: All parents/guardians are expected to help set up and remove the mats from the ice. This is particularly important at the beginning of our ice time to ensure that the Group 1 skaters start on time and get the full value of their skate time. Please schedule enough time in advance of the Group 1 skate time to set up the mats and help your skaters with their skates (if necessary). At the end of the Group 2 skate time, parents/guardians are needed to remove mats from the ice and place them back into the storage area before the end of our ice time. If parents/guardians aren't available to help, the practice will end early and Group 2 skaters will be asked to help remove and store the mats. Instructions on where to place mats on the ice and how to return them to the storage area are posted on the storage area door.
VSSC together with the Richmond Rockets Speed Skating Club jointly host a speed skating meet at the Richmond Oval in early February. We pool our resources and talents to make this a great event. Approximately 60 people are needed to run a meet and we hope that as many as possible parents and/or adult skaters will contribute. The volunteer positions vary from officiating at the event to hospitality and sponsorship solicitation. More information will be provided closer to the event.
The following duties enable the smooth running of the club.
Laying the track on the ice (establishing the position of the speed skating dots at the corners):
In late July or early August, we are contacted by Kitsilano Ice Rink staff in order to lay out the speed skating markings on the ice before additional layers of ice are added and the rink is made ready for the new skating season. We will be given a two or three day window to complete laying our track. This activity takes between two and three hours depending on the number of people helping.
Skate rental sign-out and return:
This is a position which sees activity at the beginning of the season and at the end. The responsibility is to log the skate number of those skaters who are renting skates at our boot-fitting session (and often during the first couple of practices), and to also track the return of the rented skates at the end of the season.
Equipment order & skin suit order for VSSC members:
One volunteer is needed for each ordering process. The responsibilities are to collect the orders from VSSC members, place the order, collect payment and deliver the order. Orders are placed during the first few weeks of the season.
Provide yearly team photos and document our skaters at meets and other club events.
Website / Blogger:
To answer email enquiries to our website, provide news updates, general website maintenance.
Meet Registration Coordinator
Collates the registrations of VSSC skaters who will attend meets in the Lower Mainland, provides the information to the Meet Register of the hosting club, collects payments from VSSC skaters and arranges for VSSC to make one payment to the host club. This position is active throughout the season coordinating registrations for approximately 8 meets (exact dates can be found on our Calendar).
Our club participates in the SSC's Cutting Edge Pin Program. The Awards Coordinator liaises with coaches to determine the pins to be awarded, orders additional pins if necessary, and helps present the pins at the AGM. The Awards Coordinator also prepares the "Golden Boot" trophies with the new engravings of the year's recipients.
Multiple positions: leading skate sharpening clinics; checking supplies; help with ongoing skate repairs, ensuring that the skate sharpening area is tidy.
Typically we hold three events during the season: Halloween Skate-A-Thon, December party & year-end party and AGM. Responsibilities include food preparation, set-up of supplies kept in our clubroom, tidying area after event and returning supplies to clubroom. Exact dates for the events can be found on our Calendar.
On the last Sunday of the month, we hold Trial Skate sessions for new skaters to try our sport. Help is needed with boot-fitting, to collect payments, answer questions about the club etc. Trial Skate dates can be found on our Calendar.
Various programs: flyer campaign (posting flyers on community notice boards); soliciting sponsorships etc.
Meet Results Coordinator:
This position tracks personal best time for skaters throughout the season as they compete in meets.
To provide on-ice help to coaches as needed - particularly useful for Group 1 practices.
To assess the availability of grants for the club and make the application on behalf of the club.
This position liaises with Vancouver Parks Board staff to book the club's ice time for the season and is usually active during the off season.