Frequently Asked Questions

Equipment

1. What equipment do I need?
A.

Ice Skates (figure or hockey skates ok for beginners)
B. Helmet (bicycling, roller skating or other similar fall protection types ok)
C. Neck Guard (hockey style ok prefer with bib)
D.

Gloves (baseball, hockey, winter or leather work gloves ok)
E. Knee pads
F. Shine guards or pads
G. Full length shirt and pants
H. Pants should be stretchy and allow for freedom of movement
I. Water bottle
J. Eye protection recommended but not required

Forms 

2. What forms do I need to fill out to skate?
A. If you are skating in any Short Track or Long Track Competition that US Speedskating or OSA sponsored/approved then you must have
I. US Speedskating
II. OSA  [unless you are a direct member]
III. Member Club (Cleveland Heights Speedskating) [unless you are a direct member]
IV. Emergency Medical form and Cleveland Heights Liability Waiver (available at sign-in)

B. If you are skating for recreation locally at Cleveland Heights and plan to pay via walk-on fee then you must have
I. US Speedskating
II. OSA  [unless you are a direct member]
III. Member Club (Cleveland Heights Speedskating) [unless you are a direct member]
IV. Emergency Medical form and Cleveland Heights Liability Waiver (available at sign-in)

C. If you are skating for recreation locally at Cleveland Heights and plan to pay via Cleveland Heights Recreation Learn to Speedskate session payments then
I. Emergency Medical form and Cleveland Heights Liability Waiver (available at sign-in)

D. If you are renting Speedskates for the season from Cleveland Heights Speedskating Club and are not a member of an OSA Associate Club then
I. Emergency Medical form and Cleveland Heights Liability Waiver (available at sign-in)

E. If you are trying out for a day or two then
I. US Speedskating One Day $1.00 Insurance/Registration (available at sign-in)
II. Emergency Medical form and Cleveland Heights Liability Waiver (available at sign-in)

3. Can I just show up to try out?
A. No, please contact any of the club coach/officers by phone, email or after any practice session to discuss skills and goals. 

4. When do I start using Speed Skates?
A. If you are a previous Speed Skater then you may use then immediately.
B. Upon Coach’s review or skills and approval.

5. Where do I get Short Track Speed Skates?
A. You may rent them from the Cleveland Heights Speedskating Club for 1/2 or full season.
B. You can purchase from other skaters, ask around.  Local bulliten board. Know your size first
C. You can purchase them from equipment suppliers.  Most major competitions will have 1 or 2 vendors onsite.  Great chance to try on various models and sizes.
D. Ebay or other online sellers.  Buyer beware. Research the equipment before buying and know your size in that equipment.

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