East Penn Speedskating Club
We are a short track ice speedskating club based in Eastern Pennsylvania with members from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware who skate for leisure, fitness and competition. We cater to a wide range of skaters of all ages, and from absolute beginners through Olympic athletes.
East Penn Speedskating Club was founded in the fall of 1997 by Hence Bollinger, a local businesswoman, cyclist and speedskating enthusiast. While reading a local newspaper, Hence discovered a local woman by the name of Leslie Corbett Bader. Leslie was a member of the 1988 Olympic Team in long track speedskating. Bollinger used her business sense to acquire ice time, safety mats and club skates. Combined with the coaching and competition experience of Corbett, a club was born.
Hence Bollinger - Club Founder
East Penn Speedskating Club is a short track ice speedskating club based in Eastern Pennsylvania with members from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware who skate for leisure, fitness and competition. We cater to a wide range of skaters of all ages, and from absolute beginners through Olympic athletes.
We skate at the Power Play in Exton, PA, and we always welcome new skaters at our team ice practice sessions
Kyle Carr has had an exciting and successful career as both a short track and in-line speedskater, capping it with a fourth overall at the 2014 Olympic Trials, and skating for the US Olympic Team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. As a member of the US World Cup team every year from 2010–13, he also won a bronze at the World Championships in 2011.
Kyle has been coached by skating greats, including Mikel Percy, U.S. National short-track coach Guy Thibault, U.S. National and Canadian National coach Steve Gough, 2006 Olympic Bronze Medalist Alex Izykowski, and our own Shawn Walb. Kyle also studied exercise science at the University of Northern Michigan and first started coaching speedskating in 2008, coaching several short track camps in Wausau, WI.
Meet Our Executive Members
Bill has been the president of the East Penn Speedskating club since 2015
Kyle has been skater representative and our coach since 2015
Jeff is the General Manager of Power Play Rinks and has partnered with East Penn to help expand membership.
Dmitriy joined our club together with his son David in 2019
"Help me help you."
Skin suits not only make you look like a superhero, but they will help you go faster, and they will help us tweak your technique. Suits come with built-in shin and knee pads (no more "I forgot to put on my knee pads!" after putting on skates). Cut resistant material (Spectra) can be built into the suit for added protection from the sharp blades. It is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended.
In speedskating, skates are generally discussed as boots and blades separately. Boots vary by materials, molding potential, and stiffness; boots start at around $250. Blades vary by hardness of metal, and engineering; various bends, rockers, etc. Blades start at $145.
Things you should consider before purchasing:
Do you need to have reservations for growth? Both the boot and blade sizes vary based on the height, weight, and skill level of the skater. (One strategy against obsolete equipment is to buy something slightly larger and use thicker socks, thinning down until the foot truly outgrows the boot).
If the skater is pretty much done growing (please do not include wishful thinking), it may make sense to spend more money on more durable boots (better control/command on skates) and blades made of harder metal (less sharpening, more control on choppy ice).
Are you the type that likes getting new things often? Getting a progression of skates on par with skill level will provide you the opportunity to get new "toys" more often, while creating a reserve of backup equipment, and perhaps some equipment you can share with those friends that you want to get into this sport you love.
For all those times your hands go down when you fall.
Bike helmets are acceptable, but they have many more holes (for airflow) than speed skating helmets do. You can hold off on buying one of these, but eventually, you will want one.
You will want to have a jig, sharpening stones, and burr stones.
Beginning skaters don’t need these.
Having your own equipment will allow you to participate in activities that are not at East Penn’s home rink.
Are you sure I can do this?
Yes! We have beginners of all ages, and experts of all ages.
What do I need? What is the cost?
Our equipment page explains some of the finer details, but if you're just starting, you only need the stuff described on the practice sessions info page. The cost of speedskating is determined by several factors, including club fees, ice time and coaching fees.
Where do you practice?
We skate at Power Play Rinks in Exton, PA
Address: 701 Haywood Dr, Exton, PA 19341
Although short track speedskating can be done in any regular hockey rink, clubs tend to be geographically dispersed. Clubs provide valuable resources like safety mats, skate rentals, and coaching. East Penn's members hail from all over Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
How long until I'm an awesome elite skater?
That depends on how much effort you put in! Come to practice every week, do your dryland (off-ice) training every day, and go to some camps to get really focused. You can race during your first season! (Or just skate for fun!)
When do you practice?
We practice on Thursdays and Saturday; ice sessions are 1 or 1.5 hours. Always check the calendar for the latest schedule. The main speedskating season runs from September to April, but we love to practice year-round when possible.
So how do I get started?
Beginners are welcome at all of our practice sessions. Come and find out what the fuss is all about!
We are conveniently located near interstate 76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike)
Please, click on the map to get directions from your location.