Sanction package

Sanctions are the primary mechanism through which competitions are recognized by SSC. When SSC issues a sanction and an organizer accepts a sanction, this represents a formal agreement between the competition/event organizerand SSC.

This agreement stipulates:

  1. That SSC’s Guiding Principles for Competitions and Events will be upheld
  2. The roles and responsibilities of SSC and of the Event Organizer
  3. Which SSC policies, procedures and regulations will be in force for the designate event.
  4. Which reports must be submitted to SSC as part of the formal review of the competition and or event

Speed Skating Canada offers the following types of sanctions:

  • SSC Championships - applies to all events where a Canadian Champion is named in one or more categories. Branches may also declare their provincial champions based on the results of these events
  • Ability - issued for events that use time or other measures of performance to group skaters for competition.
  • Age Class - competitions where skaters are grouped within their age categories to participate in events deemed developmentally appropriate for that stage of development.
  • Selection/International - issued for national and international level events which are used for selection or feature competition between ISU member countries.
  • Festival - designed to bring together participants with a common interest, skating. Festivals can include both traditional and non-tradition racing
  • Marathon - SSC may sanction open and/or closed championships in mass start marathon skating events, which are defined as skating events in excess of 10km.

Applying for a Sanction:

All sanction applications must be received by the SSC Head Office at least twenty-one (21) days prior to the start of the event.

Sanctions must be applied for through the SSC Head Office by way of an electronic application form available on SSC’s website. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

The SSC Head Office will review all sanction applications. Should any required documentation be missing the applicant will be contacted to provide additional documentation. Missing documentation must be provided to the SSC Head Office within a reasonable period; failure to do so may result in an automatic rejection of the sanctioning request. A request may also be rejected if a competition/event organizer has failed to submit required reports from a previous competition/event. The SSC Head Office has a responsibility to ensure that all technical requirements of a sanction are being met. Should the administrative review identify any inconsistencies with the technical guidelines, the sanction application is to be referred to the Competitions Development Committee for further review prior to the sanction being issued.

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