Glen Ellyn Speed Skating - Goals and Objective of Each Program Level

From Intro to Speedskating and Learn to Speedskate to the Full Regular and Advanced Club Programs

The levels and the goals/objectives listed below are designed to 1) give the skaters an idea of what they need to work on to progress in the sport, and where they stand in their progression ; and 2) give the club and the coaches a framework to group the skaters in order to organize and guide them in everything from groups at practice to maximize safety to individual goal setting and evaluation.

Intro To Speed – Introduction to The Fundamentals (Equipment, Safety, Fundamentals, Placement)

  • Get fitted for skates and get to know and become comfortable with the equipment
  • Learn the basic safety rules
  • Learn the 4 basic types of stops and show you can use one of them properly
  • Learn how to fall and get up properly
  • Learn the start commands and proper start technique
  • Learn what makes a speedskater go fast for a long time – increased pressure into the ice and efficiency
  • Learn the foundation of good technique and how to generate pressure efficiently – the basic position
  • Ask questions and get feedback, learn about the club and where to go from here including placement in LTS

Learn To Speedskate (White level) – Basic 1; The Fundamentals (Equipment, Safety, Starts, Basic Position)

  • Know the basic safety rules and equipment
  • Know the 4 basic types of stops and show you can use one of them properly
  • Know how to fall and get up properly
  • Know the start commands and proper technique
  • Be able to walk "heel to ball" with back to front pressure
  • Be able to penguin waddle with side to side weight transfer from one foot to the other
  • Be able to do a two foot basic position in static mode
  • Be able to do a two foot basic position dynamic glide from blue line to blue line

Learn To Speedskate (Red level) – Basic 2; Straightaways (Pressure, Control, Balance, Arms)

  • Two foot basic position glide with ankle and knee compressions from blue line to blue line
  • Two foot basic position slalom glide through 6 cones using all four edges
  • Triangle pressure drill with feet apart creating pressure and pushing it forward then across
  • Triangle pressure drill load, carve, push, recover feet together
  • Straightaway push to the side and recovery back, around, then feet together
  • Straightaway armswing - 2,1,no arms
  • Left and right single leg basic position static with support
  • Left and right single leg basic position glide red line to blue line

Learn To Speedskate (Yellow level) – Basic 3; Turnstrokes (Edges, Position, Control, Balance)

  • Two foot turn glide in basic position on Left Outside Edge (LOE) and Right Inside Edge (RIE) with bucket
  • Two foot turn in basic position with right foot pushes with bucket
  • Turn with right foot pushes with bucket picking left foot up with each push
  • Left foot turn glide on LOE picking right foot up with bucket
  • Left foot turn underpush on LOE with right foot crossing over with bucket
  • Three consecutive crossovers with the bucket on any edges
  • Three consecutive crossovers without the bucket on any edges
  • Crossovers throughout the whole turn without the bucket with left foot on LOE


Learn To Speedskate (Green level) – Intermediate; Apply basics (Attitude, Awareness, Consistency, Control)

  • Know and demonstrate you can do a proper pre-ice warm-up
  • Know and demonstrate how to properly care for equipment
  • Demonstrate a consistent ability to follow the rules and skate safely and under control at all times
  • Demonstrate a consistent ability to follow directions and listen to the coaches for as long as it takes
  • Demonstrate a consistent ability to be a respectful, good teammate and training partner
  • Participate in at least one novice practice race
  • Skate a flying lap in 17 seconds or less
  • Skate three laps from a standing start in 1 minute or less

Advanced Club (Orange level) – Regular (Explore the sport/your potential; continue to develop/enjoy)

  • Learn, integrate and balance teamwork, sportsmanship, school/work, family, life-lessons with sport
  • Continue to learn, explore, apply and master the basic and intermediate technical elements of the sport
  • Develop and apply the ability to speedskate as a lifelong recreational and fitness activity
  • Develop the ability to compete in order to gain the technical, mental, social, and fun/excitement benefits
  • Continue to improve technical, strength, endurance, all-around athletic, physical and mental capacities
  • Begin and develop at your own rate through: Learning to Train, Training to Train, Learning to Compete
  • Demonstrate the commitment to use your unique gifts to give back to the club and the sport
  • Aspire to improve your personal best performance as defined by the goals you set

Advanced Club (Blue level) – Advanced (Strive to make a significant commitment to achieve your max potential)

To be able to skate in the Advanced (Blue) group you should be able to demonstrate all of the following: Skate - a flying lap in 13.5 seconds or less; a 500m in 1:06.00; 777m in 1:46.00; 1000m in 2:22.00; and, be able to consistently display a strong level of the necessary attitude including: awareness, character, discipline, focus, maturity, respect, and teamwork to be a safe & positive contributing member of the group.

  • Continue to learn the intermediate and advanced technical elements of the sport
  • Continue to show development in the following: Learn to Train; Train to Train; and, Learn to Compete
  • Learn and exhibit personal leadership qualities that will advance your ability to perform in sport & life
  • Learn and exhibit leadership qualities that will help advance the level of the club's growth & performance
  • Qualify to compete on a national level for peer group
  • Qualify to make finals at the national level
  • Qualify to make the podium at the national level
  • Qualify to compete internationally for the USA