General Event Rules

(Changes from previous year are in red)


The goal of this event is to allow skaters of all ages to compete in a variety of relays.  The intent is to:

  1. Provide an opportunity for all skaters to develop relay skills in a competitive environment, because currently relays are only skated at the provincial and national levels.
  1. To give skaters a chance to prepare and compete as a team.

The exact details are subject to change based on registration numbers at the meet Coordinator, Chief Referee, and Chief Recorder discretion.


All relay team shall consist of four members.  Teams of three will be allowed to enter.  However, if the team has a scratch or a member is absent for any reason, that team will be disqualified; as teams of two are not allowed.

Teams will compete in the group of the oldest skater on that team. Teams are encouraged to keep all members within the same age group.

The age groups shall be:

  • Group 3 skaters (6-10 year old)
  • Group 2 skaters (11-13 year old)
  • Group 1 (14-21  year old)
  • Masters (21+ year old)

Skaters from different clubs can combine to create a team.  However, each team must declare a single club affiliation for the purposes of the overall club award.

Once a team has been entered there are no substitutions for any reason.  If a team is short a skater prior to (i.e. scratch), or during the event (i.e. injury), they shall skate as a team of three. 

Teams may optionally name a fifth member as an alternate who would skate in case of a team member absence.  Alternates must be declared  prior to the start of racing.  Alternates can be from another team that is registered to compete

Teams may be of single or mixed gender.  With the exception of teams entered for the ISU Mixed Relay style event, where this team must consist of two female and two male skaters.


Any competitive OSSA member (Regional and Elite Circuit skaters) from any region is eligible to register.

Racers must have a valid Ontario Speed Skating Association (OSSA) helmet cover to participate (see Technical Bulletin for the OSSA Helmet Cover Policy).

Teams may only include one Elite Circuit skater.


A maximum of 36 relay teams will be accept to this event.

Priority will be given to teams from clubs who participated in the previous year’s event.

Other teams will be accepted at the organizers discretion in order to provide meaningful racing in each are group.  The event may balloon beyond 36 teams as long as it does not affect the overall number of races. 

Clubs can register as many relay teams as they wish.

Each team registration must include individual team member’s 400m or 500m times (see section 7 for distances per skater group), individual skater names and Speed Skating Canada (SSC) number.

Primarily intended as an event for OSSA affiliated clubs; teams from clubs from outside the province will be accepted at the organizers discretion up to the maximum number of relay teams permitted (no ballooning of the number of teams), providing those teams are from clubs in good standing with their respective speed skating associations.

Relay team helmet covers will be provided by the clerk of the course and must be returned after each race.

Clubs can enter a different combination of skaters for the ISU Mixed Relay style race in order to meet the gender criteria for the event.

Teams of three may register.  At the time of registration a team of three may indicate if they would like to add a four member from the pool of individuals who may have also registered.  Every effort will be made to ensure the fourth member is of the same age group and the final decision on accepting the fourth skater will be made by the three member team.


Racing distances will be established by the Meet Coordinator, Chief Referee, and Chief Recorder based on number of entries. 

The goal is to provide at least one heat and one final in 2 relay distances, as well as team pursuit and/or a team sprint.  Each race should last approx. 240 seconds.

If time permits we would also like to attempt a relay where skaters from various teams are mixed.  This race would not count toward the team or club point award.

If the event includes an ISU Mixed Relay style event it will be run as a 2000m super final.

Additional relays and formats will be added at the organizers discretion if time permits.


Relays shall be run using an all points ability format.

All Points: Format in which all teams advance to finals and therefore accumulate points.

Ability: Competition in which seeding is primarily on ability. Seed times prevail for seeding purposes, over sex and age within the three distinctive groups outlined above.

Seed time for each team will be determined by adding the 4 relay team members’ times (if a 5th member/alternate is declared, the top 4 times will be used for the team’s seed time).

At all Ability competitions, category names will be standardized by using the alphabetic call designations as follows: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu. The top ability grouping must be designated as Alpha and then proceed down.

The groups may be skated in the opposite order starting with the lowest group and finishing with the top group, the Alphas, at the discretion of the Meet Coordinator and the Chief Referee.

The Chief Referee and Chief Recorder shall establish, to the extent possible, racing divisions of 8 relay teams. In any case, the maximum size of a division shall be 16 teams.

Team Pursuits may be run as round robin, single or double elimination as time and numbers permit.

The ISU Mixed Relay style event will be run as a super final


Group 3 - Skaters aged 6-10: average 400m on 100m track of all team members

Group 2 - Skaters aged 11-13: average 400m on 100m track OR 500m on a 111m track of all team members.

Group 1 - Skaters aged 14+: average 500m on 111.12m track of all team members

Masters:  average 500m on 111.12m track of all team members

Relay teams with a mix of Group 1,2 and/or 3 skaters shall race in the group of the oldest member of that relay team.

Skaters who do not have a time in the specific distance/track size combination above are asked to submit an estimated seed time.  Conversions on submitted times with a group, may occur so that all teams are measured using the same track combinations.


Awards will be provided to the top 3 relay teams in each division based on points earned during the finals.

Points are awarded to each relay team following Appendix B of the OSSA technical Bulletin


There will be two awards for the top clubs. 

High Point Club – Overall Winner

  • The club with the highest points – which is the sum of all points from all teams in the competition - will be awarded a high point team banner (or some other suitable award as determined by the organizer).  This is based on OSSA style points awarded for every final.  Team Pursuit points will be added to this total.

Best Performing Club Award

  • The highest scoring team based on the following formula:
    • Only medals count for scoring [Gold – 1000 points; Silver – 816 points; and Bronze – 666 point ] divided by the total number of teams entered into the meet per club.

 10.   RULES

Normal ISU, SSC and OSSA Short Track rules apply including in non-traditional relays with the exceptions noted in .


Coaches should be certified Level I coaches.

Clubs may have one coach on ice, in the center during the group 3 races


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