Membership in Gateway Speed Skating allows you to attend our practice sessions and benefit from the instruction of our coaches. Practices are organized by the coaches to maximize safety of the participants and maximize the use of the ice for all levels of instruction. In the past years, the Sunday and Wednesday practices have been split into 2 one hour sessions; the first hour is for all skaters, and the second hour is for the advanced skaters. The Thursday practice has been a one hour session for all levels of skaters. The beginning skaters have three hours of ice and instruction available each week. The advanced skaters have five hours of ice and instruction each week. Gateway also provides dryland technique and conditioning drills (see the events page for more on dry land).
All skaters participating in competition are required to have skates, a hard shell helmet, a cut proof neck guard, shinguards, gloves, long sleeves and long pants (no skin showing except the face). Participants also wear these in every practice, as we practice in groups, and often up to our full speed.
Members also have access to our skate rental program. Gateway has a selection of speedskates available for rental for the season. This allows new skaters to try out the sport without the large equipment purchase up front, and allows the family of a growing skater to exchange for a different size (as available) during the rental period.
How do I join the club?
We skate approximately 6 months from September through the beginning of March, with additional drop-in sessions over the summer months (see calendar). You will have the opportunity to skate 3 – 5 hours per week. As a participant in this sport, you are required to enroll with three organizations: 1; Gateway, 2; US Speedskating, and 3; MSA (Missouri Speedskating Association). Short-term memberships are available for learn-to-skate participants. Costs and important links are detailed below:
Gateway Speedskating Club:
$350 for ages 4-7
$450 for ages 8-11
$600 for 12 and up
Ages as of 01 July preceding the season