During the spring of 2014, a new skater came to NCSA wanting to learn how to speedskate. This skater was different because she had edge control and could turn to the right. Her back position was a little off and she was puzzled by the lack of toe picks. Kathryn (Kat) Magno has come to us after a long, successful career as a figure skater where she competed at the international level. Her positive attitude, work ethic and focus has been a great asset to NCSA. On October 21-23, 2014, she will compete in the second race of her short track career, representing the Phillipines at the Asian Open Short Track Speedskating Trophy in Manilla
Help Kat with her quest to represent the Phillipines at the 2018 Olympic Games - https://www.booster.com/teamkatfund
Newsflash!! - Just in - Results from Manilla!! Kat medals in the 1500 -Asian Open Short Track Speed Skating Trophy
Good Luck Kat!!
Our Mission Statement:
To Promote a Healthy Lifestyle using Sports for Life through Speedskating
The Northern California Speedskating Association skates in San Jose, Fremont, and Oakland, California. We provide short track speedskating training sessions year round, and host races during the racing season (October - March). We welcome first time speedskaters of any age and ability - our current skaters range from 6 years to 70 (a current world champion!) Don't just watch speedskating on TV... come out and try it! Check out the New Skaters Begin Here article to get set up and see the schedule of sessions to find the right time for you.
Learn To Speedskate Class
Saturday mornings, 8:30am - 9:30am, Oakland Ice Center
The class is part of the Oakland Ice Center's (OIC) overall "Learn to Skate" program and runs 4 times (usually 12 weeks long) per year. The winter session starts Saturday, January 11, 2014.
Saturday evenings, 5:30pm - 7:00pm, Oakland Ice Center
This session is one of the two weekly training and practice sessions the club runs each week.
Sunday mid-day, 11:30am - 1:00pm, Sharks Ice San Jose
This session is the second of our two weekly training and practice sessions the club runs each week.
On September 25th, 2009, three coaches from NCSA, Mary, Gene and Greg became part of the Oakland Ice Skate School staff. We came armed with brochures, stickers, pencils ready to teach . . . . our 1 student . . . Max. It took a while to figure out how to teach a sport that requires a 190 x 100 ft ice surface on a 6 ft wide strip going across the center of the rink. The 1 hour session is divided into a 30 minute lesson and a 30 minute free skate. Our first lesson was one of the longest 1/2 hours that we had ever experienced.
After the lesson, we pulled out a stopwatch (aka - new speedskater magnet). Next thing you know, we had 8 kids gathered around us and we were using up every bit of our 6 ft strip of ice real estate. By the second lesson, we had 4 students for the class, 12 kids for the games. By the end of the semester, we had 8 students in the class and we were terrorizing the other skate school instructors. Some of the other instructors were talking to us about taking our class.