PRE-CANSKATE

Young skaters (over 3 years) will participate in group lessons focusing on fun, participation, and basic skill development. Volunteer Program assistants will be on the ice to ensure the skaters are practicing their skating skills when they are not receiving instruction from the Club Coaches. CanSkate is a national program designed by Skate Canada for children.

Kids who have completed Preschool CanSkate have gone on to enroll in programs such as figure skating, speed skating, hockey, ringette and recreational skating.

Parents wishing to join their children pay only the $38 insurance fee.

Equipment:

CSA approved helmets are mandatory until the skater has successfully completed Level 5.

Skaters can wear figure skates or hockey skates.

Parents may opt to dress younger children in snowsuits.

Mitts or gloves are required.

CANSKATE

CanSkate is a national program designed by Skate Canada for school aged children. They will learn forward and backward skating, stopping, turning and many other skills that are necessary for buildling a strong foundation for other types of skating.

Skaters will progress through the Canskate Badges in the Juvenile and Novice levels. Skills are assessed on a day-to-day basis. A description of skills required for each badge will be posted on the bulletin board in our Club room. Skaters are assigned to groups based on badges being worked on. Volunteer Program assistants will be on the ice to ensure the skaters are practicing their skating skills when they are not receiving instruction from the Club Coaches

Skaters who have completed CanSkate have gone on to enroll in programs such as figure skating (CanStar), speed skating, hockey, ringette and recreational skating.

Equipment:

CSA approved helmets are mandatory until the skater has successfully completed Level 5.

Skaters can wear figure skates or hockey skates.

Parents may opt to dress younger children in snowsuits.

Mitts or gloves are required.

CANSTAR

CanStar is a transition program between CanSkate and StarSkate.  It is 1 hour in length.  For the first 15 minutes, skaters take part in a group stroking warm-up session.  After this, our club coach, Jennifer, gives them a 30  min group lesson, and then they have 15 minutes of freetime.  Their fees cover this full hour.

 

At any point in the season, skaters, in consultation with their coach, may move into the StarSkate program.  This is a choice often made when the skater is ready to enter competitions, to develop individual routines for free skating or interpretive programs, or to progress through dance levels.

Equipment:

CSA approved helmets are mandatory until the skater has successfully completed Level 5.

Skaters need to wear figure skates.

 

STARSKATE

StarSkate is a program four decades old all about Skills, Tests, Achievement and Recognition developed by Skate Canada.  StarSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate and interpretive 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 Tests through a nationally standardized testing system. Skaters who have mastered figure skating skills in StarSkate may also choose to pursue synchronized skating or pairs skating.

 

The StarSkate program consists of teaching skills inthe following four areas – Skating Skills, Ice Dance, Free Skate and Interpretive - at Primary, Intermediate and Senior Levels.  Skaters are on the ice for 1 1/2 hours.  Fees include ice costs and a 15 minute group stroking lesson.  Further lessons are negotiated with a coach and may be individual or in a group format.  Private lesson costs are paid directly to the coach.

 

Skaters in the Skate Canada StarSkate Program have the option to remain in the StarSkate Program taking tests (although not mandatory) at organized test sessions and honing learned skills. Skaters may also choose to enter competitions, while still trying Skate Canada tests. Other skaters may choose not to test or compete but to participate for fun and fitness.

 

For skaters who have progressed through CanSkate and are ready to start figure skating, we offer the CanStar program.  Please check this out under "Programs."

 

PRE-POWER/POWERSKATE

PowerSkate is an action-packed, high energy instructional power skating program geared to hockey and ringette skaters that focuses on balance, power, agility, speed and endurance. Skills, techniques and conditioning drills are taught in a progressive format that emphasizes how the skills apply to game situations. PowerSkate provides an alternative to figure skating and is an excellent complement for those athletes playing on hockey or ringette teams. Its unique skill award program provides incentives and motivation for skaters to continue to achieve.

 

PrePowerSkate is geared to skaters aged approximately four or older who already have basic forward and backward skating skills (they must be able to skate the length of the rink using alternate strides) and are able to stop on command without use of the boards.

 

PrePowerSkate helps develop basic skating abilities in a power skating-specific environment, including balance skills, forward and backward skating, stopping, turning and agility skills. The curriculum is presented in three progressive levels complete with its own awards to encourage participation and motivate skaters.

 

The PowerSkate program consists of skills divided into six levels, arranged in progressions gradually increasing in complexity. Levels 1 to 3 focus on the fundamentals of skating, Levels 4 to 6 place additional focus on the acquisition of efficient technique, speed, agility, technical aspects of stride and acceleration and skating with the puck/ring. Skaters are evaluated on skill level and are timed as they perform a test involving skills in a course-like pattern. The skater receives a mark combining his skill performance plus test time. This determines whether the skater receives a Bronze, Silver or Gold award bar for that Level.

 

Equipment needed:

-hockey skates

-hockey gear (gloves, knee & elbow pads required)

-CSA approved helmet (face mask recommended)

-no sticks

Please print / fill out a Skate Canada Media Release Form. Hand in at the time of registration. Thank you.