Parent/Guardian Guide to Midway
We appreciate every parent and guardian’s support and their wish to be involved in their child’s sport. A perfect time to show this support is during a race or on the drive to and from practice. Show unconditional love, total support, compassion, unwavering belief in them as human beings. It is you parents who help develop values and virtues.
During practice, please let our designated club coaches do their job. All of Midway Speedskating Club coaches are US Speedskating licensed coaches with many years of experience in the sport and in coaching.
It is required that parents/guardians assist their skaters getting on and off the ice for all skating practices. Midway staff cannot be in charge of tying skates or making sure each skater has the proper equipment. Skaters must be prepared and ready to begin practice at the designated time, so please make sure you arrive early enough to make that happen.
It is very important that the parent/guardian is there to pick up their child on time at the completion of practice. The Midway program staff cannot be responsible after practice is over. If there are any transportation emergencies, please contact your coach in a timely manner. Please respect your coach’s time.
There will be many racing opportunities throughout the season. During these race days the Midway staff is very busy coaching and running the competition. Midway athletes need to be able to follow the racing schedule and get themselves ready for each of their races. We recommend that any athlete under 13 years of age, or any athlete who cannot tie their own skates, has a parent/guardian with them the entire race day to assist with equipment, getting on and off the ice, etc.
Parents/Guardians who do not need to help their child should still be present during race days. There is a great need for volunteer help: manual timing, electronic timing, track setup, pad moving, judging, officiating, starting, etc. There is always a spot where we could use assistance. No experience required! Please see your coach or any board member for more info.