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Calling all aspiring skaters! 

 

 

 

FIGURE SKATING


STARSKATE  

StarSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance,  skills, free skate and artistic skating. Unique in Canada, this program teaches figure skating skills in a group and/or private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner and includes specifically designed awards and incentives. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Assessments through a nationally standardized assessment system. Skaters who have mastered figure skating skills in StarSkate may also choose to pursue synchronized skating or pairs skating.

Once a skater is in the Skate Canada StarSkate Program, there are several options. Skaters may choose to remain in the StarSkate Program, taking assessments (although not mandatory) at organized assessment sessions and honing learned skills. Skaters may also choose to enter competitions, while still trying Skate Canada assessments. Other skaters may feel that they have progressed to a point where they may wish to enter the Skate Canada Podium Pathway or become involved in synchronized skating, evaluating or judging, or participate as an adult or varsity member.

Skaters who wish to challenge their figure skating skills and who show potential as competitive skaters can participate in the Podium Pathway.

 

PODIUM PATHWAY

There are several opportunities throughout the season for skaters to participate in competitive events.

The Skate Canada Podium Pathways Program offers nationally standardized competitions to competitive skaters. These events are the stepping stones to things such as the National Team and the World and Olympic teams. Skaters competing in the qualifying event structure can do so at the Juvenile (optional category), Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior and Senior levels in singles, pair and ice dance.


PROGRAMMING

 

LESSON FORMAT

Skaters participate in private lessons (1:1 instruction), semi-private (2 skaters), or small group (3 or more skaters).
Please contact your coach for more information on lessons or coaching fees.
 
OFF-ICE
As skills become more challenging, off ice plays a key element in athlete development. Off-ice helps to develop flexibility, agility and strength, while supporting skaters in practicing new skills on land. Skaters are required to attend both on ice and off-ice sessions.
 

COMPETITIONS

Coaches will send out an email prior to registration opening to inform you of the upcoming opportunities. Different competitions target different competitive levels and coaches will ensure they match your child’s competitive level with the opportunities available throughout the season.
 

ASSESSMENTS

Your coach will decide which assessment your skater is prepared for and will advise you when an assessment will be completed.  Assessments will follow Skate Canada's Star 1 - Gold guidelines. 

Assessment Information


SESSION LEVELS

JUNIOR (Pre-STAR, STAR 1 and 2)

The program introduces participants to the basic figure skating elements to create the foundation for singles, pairs, ice dance and synchronized skating.

Prerequisite: Completion of the Junior Academy Program with a coach's recommendation

What’s involved: 

  • Completing STAR 1 and STAR 2 Skate Canada assessments
  • Competing STAR 1 and STAR 2 in competition
  • Working on STAR 3 assessment to move into the Intermediate level

INTERMEDIATE (STAR 3, 4, & 5)

The program introduces participants to the basic figure skating elements to create the foundation for singles, pairs, ice dance and synchronized skating.

Prerequisite: Completion of a STAR 3 assessment

What’s involved:

  • Competing STAR 3-5
  • Working on a star 5 freeskate assessment or STAR 6 non-freeskate assessment to move to Senior

SENIOR (JUVENILLE U12+ /STAR 6 +)

This structure builds on the skills acquired in STAR 1-5 and introduces skaters to more advanced figure skating elements.

Prerequisite: Completion of both parts of STAR 5 assessment OR a STAR 6 assessment in any other discipline

What’s Involved:

  • Working through the rest of the STAR 6-Gold assessments
  • Competing Juvenile U12 through Senior Competitive or STAR 6 through Gold STARskate

*Prerequisites are guidelines only. Session assignments will be made by the Coach and Club based on factors such as skill level, competition scores, and enrolment numbers.

**Contact your base coach to confirm recommended skating days.