Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition – this is what STARSkate is all about!
STARSkate - Junior/ Intermediate/ Senior
Program Information:At the STAR Skating Level the coaches and the LTAD model recommend that skaters participate in 3-4 sessions of skating a week.
At the STAR level Skaters will continue to develop their skills within the areas of Freeskate (jumps, spins), Skills (edges, turns & field moves) and Dance (turns, step sequences & dance patterns). At this level of skating, the instruction needs to become more targeted to the individual athlete.
Off-ice: Off-ice is a crucial component to athlete development as recommended by SkateCanada starting at the IFS level continued through to the highest levels. As skills become more challenging, off-ice plays a key element in athlete development, as such off-ice sessions have been incorporated into the clubs training program.
Off-ice helps to develop flexibility, agility and strength, while supporting skaters in practicing new skills on land. Off-ice sessions have been embedded into the overall program provided to skaters. This will include a 15 min off-ice session before skaters get on the ice to help them warm-up and prep for their session. There will be off ice sessions on Monday and Wednesday evening from 5:00-6:00.
Skaters are required to wear running shoes and clothing that allows them to move and stretch easily and safely.
If you would like more information about off-ice sessions and the skills your skater is working on, please connect with the coaches. A great time to do this would be during your goal setting session at the start of the year.
Lesson Format: Private lessons can take different forms; private (one on one instruction), semi-private (2 skaters) and small group (3 or more skaters). Coaches use semi-private and small group lessons when there are skaters working on the same skills or elements (this can help to keep the cost of lessons down). As communication between parents and coaches is key, please contact the coaches if you have questions about private lessons or coaching fees.
As a club we use a team approach to coaching, and as a team we work closely together to support the development of all our skaters. This means that your skater will receive instruction from different club coaches. A team approach allows all skaters to benefit from the range of expertise and experience across the coaching team.
Goal Setting:Goal setting is key in supporting skaters to reach their potential. Coaches will be sending an email in August so a goal setting session can be set up at the beginning of September. Coaches, parents and skaters all need to have a common understanding of what they are aiming for. This can be aided by setting goals and creating an action plan. Coaches will connect with you across the year to hold a check-in session to review your skaters progress
Competitions: There will by opportunities over the season for skaters to participate in competition.Competition can be fun and allow skaters to show off their their skills! Coaches will send out an email prior to registration opening to inform you of the upcoming opportunity. Different competitions target different competitive levels and coaches will ensure they match your child’s competitive level with the opportunities available across the season.
To help prepare skaters for the experiences of competition, a simulation session will beheld prior to each event. Skaters will be encouraged to wear their competition outfit.The goal of the simulation sessions is to make it feel as close to the feeling of a competition environment as possible. This helps to build their confidence and prepare for the event. Coaches will email you with the details around these events as they come up across the season.
Assessment:Skaters at the STAR 1-5 level develop skills in three disciplines, Freeskate, Skills and Dance. When skaters are ready they will be assessed by their coach in lesson time during club ice times. A coach will give your skater an envelope that will indicate the assessment and the date of the assessment. Before the coaches can complete the assessment you will need to return the envelope with the payment included. This payment is to cover the fee SkateCanada charges for assessments at the STAR 1-5 level.
Skaters at the intermediate/ senior level (soon to be STAR 6-gold levels) are assessed by an evaluator. Coaches will be monitoring skaters progress and will connect with you when they are ready to assess.
JUNIOR (Jr) skater - Must be working on your PRELIMINARY Freeskate assessment (STAR 1-5 program). At this level, your skater will start working on the dance and skills disciplines as well. They too will be introduced to many jumps and spins and field moves and may begin to assess and compete.
INTERMEDIATE (Int) skater - Must have passed COMPLETE Preliminary Freeskate assessment. At this level, skaters will be assessed and compete. More advanced jumps and spins will be introduced as well as the continuation of dance and skills assessment.
SENIOR (Sr) skater - Must have passed COMPLETE Junior Silver Freeskate assessment. Skaters at this level will be working on more double jumps and flying spins. They will continue to compete and assess at the higher levels.
sharpened figure skates - white (or black for males)
skating dresses or leggings with tights
- snug fitting sweaters (no hoodies)
- running shoes for off ice training
- water bottle
Equipment Frequently Asked Questions click here
|3:30 pm||dry land warm-up|
|3:45 - 4:00 pm||group instruction|
|4:00 - 4:45 pm||independent practice time|
|5:00 - 5:30/5:45 pm||off ice training|
STARSkate DATES & TIMES
Registration for 2018/2019 season opens Wed, August 1, 2018 at 9:00 am.
|Mondays (September 9, 2019 - March 16, 2020)||3:30 - 5:45pm|
|Tuesdays (September 10, 2019 - March 17, 2020)||3:30 - 5:30pm|
|Wednesdays (September 11, 2019 - March 18, 2020)||3:30 - 5:45pm|
|Thursdays (September 112, 2019 - March 219, 2020)||3:30 - 5:30pm|
(No classes Oct 14, Dec 23 - Jan 5, Feb 17)
Spring and Summer - We do not run spring and summer programs as the City of Beaumont removes the ice.
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- Skaters choose their preferred dates and times of skating. Ice costs will be charged for days skated through the Club. Coaches fees will be billed directly to the skater/family. Ice and BSC Registration Fee includes Off Ice training, Skate Canada Fee, Safe Sport, Insurance and photos ($43.65 Skate Canada Fee)
- Skaters must be in "good standing” to participate in Skate Canada sanctioned events (test days, ice shows, competitions, etc.). “Good standing” means that the skater’s registration and coaching fees (if applicable) are paid to date and that the skaters is not under any disciplinary action.
- All skaters taking private/semi private lessons must notify coaches of an absence by 12 pm noon the day of the lesson; however 24 hour notice is preferred. Failure to notify the coaches of absence will result in charged coach fee for missed lesson. Notification to the coaches is to be made by the skater or their parent via email at BSCcoaches@outlook.com.
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Extra Fundraising - Click here for details
IFS/JP/STARSkaters have the option to participate in extra fundraising. All funds raised are to be used directly by your skater and can be used for competition and test fees.