Texas Speed Club
Inline & Quad Speed Skating in Austin, Texas, and beyond...
Texas Speed Club is primarily based in Austin and Houston Texas speed skating indoors at Playland Skate Center in Austin and Humble Family Skate Center in Houston. We have other skaters from all over Texas and surrounding states.Texas Speed Club is a non-profit organization formed to promote the sport of quad and inline speed skating in Austin, Texas. Our members train to participate in short track indoor speed skating competitions sanctioned by USARS and USRSS throughout the year.We are fortunate to have an excellent coach, Sonny Felter, as well as several nationally ranked skaters who are always willing to teach and support the club members.Texas Speed Club does not currently collect dues. However, to offset the cost of floor maintenance, uniforms and competition expenses, we ask that our members help with fundraising efforts. Our coaches do not receive any compensation.
How do you join the Texas Speed Club? That’s easy! You come to practice, listen to your coaches, and pitch in when we need help!Skaters who are new to speed skating are invited to a practice designed especially for them on Saturdays from 8:00-9:30 am at Playland Skate Center. The first practice is free, after that the cost is $12 (price of admission) or you can purchase a monthly pass for around $82. A Helmet is REQUIRED to step on the floor for practice and we recommend wrist guards as well.We primarily practice at Playland Skate Center, 8822 McCann Dr, Austin, TX 78757LEARN MORE
Texas Roller Games, in Waco Texas, May 27th - 30th
American Roller Speed Skating Championships, in Colorado Springs, June 14th - 19th
Indoor National Championships 2022, in Lincoln Nebraska, July 17th - 24th
US Track & Road Championships 2022, August 30th - September 5th
Florida Inline Skating Marathon, October 16th 2022 in Sarasota Florida
Playland Skate Center
Monday | 5 - 8 pm (Inline)
Tuesday | 6 - 7 pm (Quads)
Wednesday | 5 - 8 pm (Inline)
Saturday | 7 - 9:30 am (Inline & Quad)
Sunday | 7 - 9:30 am (Inline) | 9:30 - 11 am (Quad)
These are our typical times,
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Joining our Team
How do you join the Texas Speed Club? That’s easy! You come to practice, listen to your coaches, and pitch in when we need help!Skaters who are new to speed skating are invited to a practice designed especially for them on Saturdays from 8:00-9:00 am at Playland Skate Center. The first practice is free, after that the cost is $12. A Helmet is REQUIRED to step on the floor for practice and we recommend wrist guards as well.Skaters are invited to wear their own skates (quads, rollerblades, hockey skates, or inline speedskates) OR they can rent skates from Playland. Our coach has a small collection of used skates for new skaters to try, but that usually comes after a skater regularly attends our Beginner Practice consistently for multiple weeks. Our coach can also help you once you decide to purchase new or used speedskates.Once you have been to a few Saturday practices and are very comfortable stopping safely, crossing over, and controlling your skates, you can think about attending our other practices, however it's best to ask a coach first (see the Practice Schedule). All other practices are at a much higher skill level and intensity level than the Saturday practices, and safety is of the utmost importance! Until you have the basics down, please plan to keep coming on Saturdays.
What to Work On
At the end of Saturday practices, every week, people ask “What can I do to improve my skills?” The answer is simple – SKATE MORE! The best thing you can do is spend as much time on your skates as your schedule will allow. Come to session at Playland. Wear your skates around the house. Skate around your neighborhood.Drills we do a lot with new skaters on Saturdays:Right foot push – bend knees, get low, skate with your left arm resting on your left thigh and keep your left foot on the ground; right foot pushes out and returnsApart-Together – keep all wheels on the ground – start with skates together and push out on your feet – they will push apart and then you use your thigh muscles to pull them back together – do this in a straight line first and feel how the muscles you use help control your skatesShuffle Skating – again, keep all wheels on the floor, but push out with the right foot, then the left – be sure to bring each foot ALL the way back under your body – do this in a straight line until you are comfortable trying it with turnsBalance on One Foot – as you skate the straightaway, shift all of your weight (nose, knees, toes all lined up) over to one foot to balance on that foot. As you get better, balance longer on each foot AND learn to balance while bending that supporting knee and “getting low” into skater positionCrossing over – a great way to practice your crossovers is to do it with your skates on, but standing – not skating. Face a wall and make sure as you practice crossing to your left, you keep your shoulders, hips, and feet all square to the wall – don’t twist! Get low and bring your right foot over your left, then reset and step again. At first you can hold the wall or railing for a little balance support, and as you get more comfortable, you can get lower and step more smoothly.
Where to buy Gear
We recommend however that you speak to a coach before making any major purchases as they will be able to best guide you where you want to go. They can help with more advanced purchases, specialized wheels, boots, and frames.
Can I compete in a meet
Once you can safely crossover and stop, sure! We usually have a small league meet at our home rink in early Fall and then a much bigger Invitational meet in April. For information about other meets that we attend as a team, check out the Event Schedule! It’s important that you know that skating meets start SUPER EARLY in the morning – usually around 5:30 am! So plan accordingly!
What about a uniform
Uniforms are only required to compete at higher level meets like Regionals (in May) and Nationals (in July). Most skaters wear uniforms at all meets though. Our team has an extensive library of used uniforms to loan skaters for local meets. Uniforms can be ordered from Empower Roller Sports/RoadStar.
How can I help
Great question! Our team does not collect dues, which is very rare for any sports team or skating team. Our amazing coaches, Sonny Felter, Deb Smotrilla, John Burke, and Al Tinsley coach us as a volunteers. They give us an amazing amount of their time on a volunteer basis. All that they ask from us is that we work hard, try our best, and have a great attitude.Several times a year we ask skaters and parents to help by doing the following:Bringing items to sell at the snack bar during our 2 home meets every yearWorking shifts at the snack bar during our home meetsHelping to set up and take down the safety walls that we use during our practicesPitch in cash to cover equipment and floor maintenance costsThanks for your interest! We are really excited to have you be a part of the best speed skating team in the country!
|May 1st||-||-||-||-||-||-||Inline 7-9:30 am Quad 9:30-11 am|
|May 2nd - 8th||Inline 6-8 pm||Inline 4-6 Quad 6-7 pm||-||-||-||Inline & Quad (Beginner) 7-9:30 am||Inline 7-9:30 am Quad 9:30-11 am|
|May 9th - 15th||Inline 6-8 pm||Inline 4-6 Quad 6-7 pm||Inline 6-8 pm||-||-||-||Inline 7-9:30 am Quad 9:30-11 am|
|May 16th - 22nd||Inline 6-8 pm||Inline 4-6 Quad 6-7 pm||-||-||-||Inline & Quad (Beginner) 7-9:15 am||Inline 7-9:30 am Quad 9:30-11 am|
|May 23rd - 29th||Inline 6-8 pm||Inline 4-6 Quad 6-7 pm||-||-||-||Texas Roller Games||Texas Roller Games|
|May 30th - 31st||Texas Roller Games||Inline 4-6 Quad 6-7 pm|
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Last Updated: 05/19/2022
Contact Coach Deb Smotrilla
Phone: Deb Smotrilla (512) 771-2416