SAFETY

VSSC is committed to fostering a safe and inclusive environment — free of abuse, harassment, neglect or discrimination, both on and off the ice for all all participants whether they are athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers or administrators.

COVID-19 Protocols

As of March 11, 2022

Due to evolving health protocols, this information is subject to change at any time. VSSC adheres to the guidelines set by viaSport Return to Sport and Speed Skating British Columbia Reactivation Protocol. All activities for children and youth are allowed, including programs, events and tournaments. Masks: are not required on or off the field of play. Our facility does not require mask wearing on their premises. There is no maximum group size for participants, coaches, volunteers, staff and officials. Physical distance does not need to be maintained on the field of play. Off the field of play, maintain distance where possible. Spectator seated and standing is at full capacity.

Until April 8, 2022

Proof of vaccination is required for adult sport (21+), all spectators (12+) and all non-employee support people like parents, coaches and volunteers for indoor sport.

Resources

Communicable Disease

This document outlines our Communicable Disease Plan. This plan adopts recommendations put forward by SSBC, viaSport, WorkSafe BC and the Provincial Health Office (PHO). 

VSSC Communicable Disease Protocol (September 7, 2021)

This plan is required reading by all participants, parent(s), and guardian(s) before being permitted to register with VSSC. This document is part of the registration process. 

Rule of Two

The Rule of Two serves to protect minor athletes in potentially vulnerable situations, as well as the quality coaches working in our communities, by ensuring that more than one adult is present.

The goal of the Rule of Two is for organizations to always have two screened and National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) trained or certified coaches with an athlete, especially a minor athlete, when in a potentially vulnerable situation. Vulnerable situations can include closed doors meetings, travel, and remote training environments.

Coaching Association of Canada

Our Coaching staff adheres to the Coaching Association of Canada. Attached is a helpful infographic outlining good Rule of Two implementation practices.

Concussion Awareness

In short track speed skating, crashes and falls are common. Despite having the highest regulation crash mats, concussions can occur as a result of a skater hitting their head against something and it can even happen if there is no contact but the brain makes contact with the skull.

Symptoms can occur between 0 to 48 hours after a crash or impact. It is important that the athlete stops all physical activity as soon as a bad crash, fall or impact happens even if they feel “fine.” If the skater is experiencing symptoms it is very important to monitor them and visit a doctor as soon as possible. As we all now know, concussions are very serious and should not be treated lightly.

Speed Skating Canada

Our Coaches are well educated with Concussion protocol. Here is the SSC Return to Speed Skating Protocol & Concussion Guidelines for Club and Provincial Level Athletes.

Parachute Concussion Return-to-Sport

Parachute is Canada’s leading national charity dedicated to injury prevention. Here is their recommended Return-to-Sport Strategy for an athlete with a concussion.

Accident Report Form

It is vital to report any accidents and incidents on the field of play that resulted in potential injury.

SSBC Official Accident Report Form

Please use this document when filing an injury report for a skater, coach, official or volunteer on ice.