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Speed skating - Los Angeles & Ventura counties

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Our Condolences to the Ness Family

We are heartbroken that Don Ness passed way on March 4, 2015 from cancer at the age of 75. Don was a pillar of inspiration, joy and happiness to our club.  He believed his work wasn’t done until he made every child smile, and we know of no child he met who didn’t eventually smile.  Indeed, Don had a way of making everyone happy when he entered the room.  For those who faced him on the ice at the starting line, we learned to respect his “That first block is mine!” command.  It was that focused determination and passion for skating that led him to become a National Medalist in Short Track Speedskating.

For years, Don traveled every week, come rain, snow or shine, over 100 miles from Bear Valley Springs near Tehachapi, to help out and train with us in Valencia and Oxnard under the coaching skills of National Team member Tracy Northup, and then later in Simi Valley and Valencia under the guidance of our 4x National Master Champion, Ken Mastrianna.  It was during Ken’s tenure in 2011-2012 that Don first won the California State Championships for his age group.  He went on that season to earn four bronze medals at the 2010-2011 National Championships in Wisconsin, assisting in propelling our club to an overall 5th place finish.  Don returned, while in a latent stage of his cancer, to repeat as State Champion during the 2013-2014 season.  The courage Don showed during this last season of his will always be an inspiration to and guidance for all of us to never give up, no how big the obstacles confronting any of us may be.  

We have all been blessed by Don.  He taught us what it meant to give generously from the heart and he showed us the way to truly embrace and love life to its fullest. We were so lucky to have had Don as part of our speed skating family for the past twelve years, and we will dearly miss him.

Don's funeral was held in El Monte, California on Thursday March 12, 2015, across the street from the police station where he worked for 30 years.  He his survived by his loving wife Jean and his three wonderful daughters. Melissa, Marianne and Margorie.  Jean may be reached by mail at:  23280 San Juan Drive, Tehachapi, CA 93561.


March 1, 2015 - The Southern California Championships

  Congratulations to Leo Sun, Saryn Kwon and Matthias Nguyen

Our new 2015 Southern California Meet Champions!



February 15, 2015 - The California State Championships 

Congratulations to Tessa Poulet and Jacob Han

Our new 2015 California State Champions!


Jacqueline Chen, for the fourth year in a row, has been named to the 

US World Junior Team! 

Jacqueline competed in the World Junior Championships in Osaka, Japan

She led the US Relay Team into the B Final, doing us all proud



Also, be sure to check out Coach Sarah's update from Dartmouth College on the USS website


2015 Winter Training Schedule at the Ice Station Valencia

Every Tuesday from 6:25 pm to 7:30 pm

Every Thursday from 5:55 pm to 7:30 pm




What we do



Santa Clarita Speed Skating wants to thank all those who have donated and contributed to the GoFundMe fundraiser campaign for additional club equipment. If you would like to be part of the new generation of SoCal speed skaters, visit our GoFundMe page.

Marcelo Poulet, Debra Halcrow, David Jepson, Ozzie Perez, Sydney Chu & Wang Hsiu Huei, Sean Clegg, Patricia Engle, Lorri Gunn, Lambert Gagnon.


Our Short Track Speed Skating Training Sessions

What:  Regular Team Practice
Where: Ice Station Valencia - every Thursday (year round) 
27745 North Smyth Drive, Valencia 91355
Ice Time: 5:55 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Thursdays)
Dryland:  6:25 p.m. to 7:30 pm (Tuesdays)
What: Technical Training with Doctor Bob
Where: Ice Station Valencia - most Wednesdays
27745 North Smyth Drive, Valencia 91355
Ice Time: varies, usually 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - check with Doc
What: Private Lessons - ask at the front desk before any practice
Where: Various Locations in the Greater LA Region
Ice Time: varies


What's the Fee?

$20 per session (Skaters paying by the month receive a discount)

Loaner skates and safety equipment are included (if available, first come, first served). Bring your own gloves. Long-sleeved shirt and long pants required. Please arrive at least 30 minutes early for proper fitting.  

Thank you LA84 in helping us keep our fees down and for helping to keep us safe with the proper safety equipment!


A non-profit, charitable organization [501c3]

President - Ron Halcrow - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Vice President - Warren Gaede
Secretary - Dr. Steve Han
Treasurer - Dr. Bob Allison
US Speedskating Certified Coaching Staff: Ron Halcrow, Melissa Engle, Sarah Chen
Assistant Coaches: Jacqueline Chen, Matthew Chen, Dr. Bob Allison
Our Speed Skating Club is made possible thanks to the generosity of people like you.
If you wish to support our mission, please contact any club officer go to our GoFundMe page..

Our Champions

Jacqueline Chen was the US Junior Ladies Champion during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons, a 4x National Age Group Champion from 2010 through 2014. 3x North American Age Group Champion from 2010 through 2014. She set 4 National Age Group Records. Jacqueline placed 7th Overall in the 2014 Olympic Trials.
Jacqueline Chen was a member of the US World Junior Team during the 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons. She was named to the US National Team in 2014 and the US World Cup Team during the 2014-2015 season.
Sarah Chen was the US Junior Ladies Champion during the 2011-2012 season. She is a 4x National Age Group Champion and a 3x North American Age Group Champion. Sarah placed 4th Overall in the 2014 Olympic Trials.
Sarah Chen was a member of the US World Cup Team during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons.  She was a member of the US World Junior Team during the 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 seasons.
Elizabeth Lee was the Pony Ladies State Champion during the 2011-2012 season.
Tessa Poulet was the Tiny Tot Ladies State Champion during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons.
Alex Gagnon was the Tiny Tot Men State Champion during the 2013-2014 season.
Jacob Han was the Pee Wee Men State Champion during the 2014-2015 season.
Haley Wilkinson was the Pee Wee Ladies State Champion during the 2013-2014 season.
Matthias Nguyen was the Pee Wee Men State Champion during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons and the Pony Men State Champion during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons.
Alex Brewer was the Midget Men State Champion during the 2010-2011 season.
Matthew Chen was the Junior C Men State Champion during the 2013-2014 season.
Brian Nelson was the Senior Men National LT Champion during the 2010-2011 season.
Ken Mastrianna was the Master Men 50+ National Champion during the 2010-2011, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons.
Ron Halcrow was the Master Men 60+ National Champion during the 2010-2011 season. Ron placed 12th Overall in the 1968 Olympic Trials.
Don Ness was the Master Men 70+ State Champion during the 2010-2011 and 2013-2014 seasons.
Marisa Watkins was theJunior Ladies World Champion in Special Olympics Snowboarding during the 2008-2009 season.
Timothy Cervenka was the Juvenile Men State Champion during the 2008-2009 season.
Brendon Winston was the Junior Men State Champion during the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons.
Frank Nilsen was the Master Men 40+ State Champion during the 2008-2009 season.

Web Store

Need a Club Hooded Sweatshirt or a Long Sleeved T-Shirt?  

This is the place.  It is easy to order online.

Just click on SCSSC Accessories to get Club sweatshirts, T-shirts, etc. Proceeds fund the club to buy ice time and reduce your fees.


Race Results

View complete race results


Clubs within the Club

Sub-Minute Club
Joel Isidro Emma Coppess Matthias Nguyen         
Sarah Chen Jacqueline Chen Matthew Chen
Jeffrey Rothwell Dr. Bob Allison      Ron Halcrow
Alex Brewer Katelyn Brewer John Behle
Marie Valentine Ken Mastrianna Christian Sookiasian
Johnny Latson Peter Smokler Marco Suson
Lyla Stone Brendon Winston Andrew Hagemeier
Alex Goldenring
*entry is made by skating the 500 meter race in less than one minute


Faster than the Masters Club

Matthias Nguyen                          Matthew Chen                    Alex Brewer 
Jacqueline Chen Sarah Chen Emma Coppess

*entry is open only to Ponys (7-10 yr olds) and Midgets (11-12 year olds) and is made by skating the 500 meter race in a time faster than the fastest master in any Regional USS Sanctioned Championship Meet


Skate Your Age Club

Dr. Bob Allison                            Don Ness                             Peter Smokler
Ron Halcrow                               Ken Mastrianna

*entry is made by skating the 500 meter race in a time (in seconds) that is under your age


KNBC So Cal, January 27, 2014

KNBC's Lolita Lopez covers Santa Clarita Speed Skating Club and what it takes to ramain in the speed-skating game. 

Full Story on NBC So Cal...

KNBC So Cal - January 7, 2014

KNBC So Cal's Lolita Lopez covers Jacqueline Chen and Santa Clarita Speed Skating Club.

Full Story at NBC So Cal...

Nick News 'Going for Cold Gold'

Sarah Chen featured in Nick News Going for Cold Gold video preview on the 2014 Winter Olympics: Nick.com...

KNBC So Cal - January 2, 2014

KNBC So Cal covers Sarah Chen's Olympic ambitions.

Full Story at NBC So Cal...

Southern California Skaters Making Headlines

Congratulations to Jacqueline Chen on making the 2014 US Junior World Team!

Congratulations to Sarah Chen on placing 4th Overall in the 2014 Olympic Trials!

Congratulations to Jacqueline Chen on placing 7th Overall in the 2014 Olympic Trials!


November 18, 2011 - KTLA Channel 5

Santa Clarita Speed Skaters push KTLA's Jessica Holmes across the ice in a "Hamster Roll"

KTLA's Henry DiCarlo speaks about speed skating with Santa Clarita Speed Skating Club's president, Ron Halcrow

Thanks to Jim Rothwell for providing these videos.

Santa Clarita Speed Skating Club on set with KTLA Channel 5 at Pershing Square, downtown Los Angeles

Santa Clarita Speed Skating Club with KTLA Channel 5 in Pershing Square, Los Angeles

SCSSC on Facebook

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Penny Drive

Do you have a bunch of pennies lying around? Not sure what to do with them? 

Santa Clarita Speed Skating Club's penny drive

Bring them to practice every Thursday and donate to the Penny Drive. We'll take them off your hands.

Mission & Profile


To develop young talent, foster community involvement and continue to grow as a dynamic club representing US Speedskating.

Club Profile

We're a growing club, always looking for new members to share in this exciting sport.

Our club is affiliated with US Speedskating, and the Southern California Speed Skating Association (SCSSA).

We're a non-profit, charitable organization [IRS 501(c)3].

Skaters young and old, beginner to advanced, are coached by a previous National Champion and current Master World Record holder in the 1500 meter event, Ken Mastrianna. By placing an emphasis on proper skating technique, Ken creates an atmosphere where all skaters, regardless of skill level, are welcome.

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Southern California Speed Skating Association (SCSSA)
U.S. Speedskating

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