Organized by the Buffalo Speedskating Club & Milton Speed Skating
We are excited to announce a unique competitive opportunity for Master skaters in the U.S. and Canada. The first ever North American Virtual Short Track Masters TT Challenge - 2018.
Details & Rules:
1) This is a virtual time trial masters meet conducted on a standard 111.12m track. Skaters will be timed by their club on their home rink.
2) We recognize the inherent differences that factors such as ice conditions, elevation, and the timing of when competitors skate, can have on performance. However, since we can not control for these variables, in the spirit of goodwill and sportsmanship they will be discounted.
3) Times are to be submitted to 1/100 of a second (min:sec.00), and must be certified by a US Speedskating or Speed Skating Canada certified coach, timer or referee (using the Club Sanction Form). All skaters must be timed by three timers with the median (middle) time being the one submitted. Digital stopwatches must be used.
4) Skaters must skate as individuals. It is acceptable to have two skaters on the track at the same time as long as they start at opposite sides, (pursuit format). Skaters are not allowed to draft, and in the event that one skater overtakes the other, they must do so on the outside.
5) Starts are to be regulation: 1) Go to the start 2) Ready 3) Whistle or Starting Gun
6) The virtual meet will take place during the month of February, 2018. Skaters will upload their best time in each distance to the website by February 28, 2018. Distances can be skated at anytime and in any order during the month, with each club determining when and how many times each competitor skates. It is up to individual clubs to decide on the most efficient, productive and enjoyable way for participating masters to achieve their desired times.
7) The age groups and events will be as follows, note: age of the skater on or before 6/30/2017.
Master Ladies 30-34 500m, 1000m, 1500m
Master Ladies 35-39 500m, 1000m, 1500m
Master Ladies 40-44 500m, 1000m, 1500m
Master Ladies 45-49 500m, 1000m, 1500m
Master Ladies 50-54 500m, 1000m, 1500m
Master Ladies 55-59 500m, 1000m, 1500m
Master Ladies 60-64 500m, 1000m, 1500m
Master Ladies 65-69 500m, 1000m, 1500m
Master Ladies 70-74 333m, 500m, 1000m
Master Ladies 75-79 333m, 500m, 1000m
Master Ladies 80-84 111m, 333m, 500m
Master Ladies 85-89 111m, 333m, 500m
Master Ladies 90+ 111m, 333m, 500m
Master Men 30-34 500m, 1000m, 1500m
Master Men 35-39 500m, 1000m, 1500m
Master Men 40-44 500m, 1000m, 1500m
Master Men 45-49 500m, 1000m, 1500m
Master Men 50-54 500m, 1000m, 1500m
Master Men 55-59 500m, 1000m, 1500m
Master Men 60-64 500m, 1000m, 1500m
Master Men 65-69 500m, 1000m, 1500m
Master Men 70-74 333m, 500m, 1000m
Master Men 75-79 333m, 500m, 1000m
Master Men 80-84 111m, 333m, 500m
Master Men 85-89 111m, 333m, 500m
Master Men90+ 111m, 333m, 500m
8) Participants must have a US Speedskating competing membership, or a Speed Skating Canada competitive membership.
9) The track must be a standard 111.12 meters, and be certified by a US Speedskating or Speed Skating Canada certified coach or referee, (using the Club Sanction Form).
10) Proper safety precautions must be taken to protect the personal welfare of all athletes and spectators. At a minimum, the rink will have pads that extend from the icing line (or 1m from the end of the rink if there is no icing line) through to the track marker closest to the rink's center line.
11) To ensure that participating clubs meet the event guidelines concerning track layout, timing and safety, each club must submit an online Club Sanction Form prior to February 1, 2018. The form can be found here. Only one form needs to be submitted per club.
12) On-line registration will close on January 31, 2018. Early registration is $15 USD and will run until August 31, 2017. Regular registration will be $20 USD. To register gohere.
13) Awards (to be determined) will be given as follows: A) The top three finishers in each age category and event. B) The top three overall (as determined by points) in each age category. C) The top club (as determined by points). 14) Results will be posted by March 31, 2018, and awards distributed by April 30, 2018.
The virtual meet gives masters an opportunity to compete without the cost and difficulty of traveling to a physical meet. This allows athletes to see how their times compare to those throughout the U.S. and Canada, while competing on an individual level and for their clubs. It is designed to be fun, instructive and challenging not only for the participating athletes but for their clubs as well. The virtual meet also give masters who have never competed an opportunity to do so in an easy, safe and supportive environment - their own club. Skaters who are unaffiliated will also have the opportunity to compete through their local clubs. Please note that all participants must be members of US Speedskating or Speed Skating Canada.