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STARSkate

 

Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition – this is what STARSkate is all about!

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 purpose of this page is to provide information on the differences and transitions between the Okotoks Skating Club CanSkate program, Junior Academy program, Senior Academy program and Junior program.

 

 CanSkate  ->  Junior Academy ->  Senior Academy -> Junior

Below is a summary of movement between programs at OSC.

Movement from CanSkate into Junior Academy: The Head CanSkate Coach will identify skaters suited for the program who have completed stage 3.  The Head Academy Coach will then invite those skaters and parents to an in-person information session where you can learn more about the program and ask any questions you may have.  These invitations and information sessions generally occur at the end of each CanSkate session when report cards and assessments are being completed.  Consider the information session your “Figure Skating 101” where you will learn about the programs structure, prices, registration process, schedule as well as expectations for both skaters and parents.  Please note the Junior Academy program does have a limit on the number of registrants and fills up very quickly. 

Movement from Junior Academy into Senior Academy:  Senior Academy is an ideal program to be in if a skater is looking for more on-ice practice time, and more challenging skills to practice.  To move into Senior Academy the skater must feel prepared to work independently and ultimately the movement is at the coach’s discretion as they will be skating on a higher-level session and safety must be taken into consideration.  Senior Academy is not a required step in a skater’s movement; a skater is permitted to go from Junior Academy to the Junior program

Movement from Junior/Senior Academy into Junior:  Skaters may move to Junior when both the Head Academy Coach and Junior Head Coach feel they have progressed their skating skills to a ‘Junior’ standard.  (This is generally once they begin working on stage 6 of their CanSkate report card.)  Movement into the Junior level generally occurs when report cards and assessments are being completed.  The movement into Junior is based on coach discretion, the number of skaters on each session, as well as the skater’s interest to become more involved in the sport.

 

Program Summary

 

CanSkate Program Junior Academy Program Senior Academy Program Junior Program

Instruction in groups with a 1:10 ratio of coaches to skaters (no private lesson time)

 

More in-depth instruction in groups of approximately 1:8 ratio of coaches to skaters (no private lesson time)

 

Instruction in groups of 2-5, and time for skater to be working on their skills independently from coaches

 

Instruction in both groups of 2-5, private lesson time, and time for skater to be working on their skills independently from coaches

 

Skate on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday all 45minute sessions (or combination of those)

 

Skate on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday for 45minute sessions

 

Skate on Monday for 45minutes, Tuesday for 45 minutes, Thursday for 45minutes, Friday for 45minutes and Sunday for 60minutes

 

Skate on Monday 45min, Tuesday 45min, Thursday 45min, Friday 1h 15min, and Sunday 1h 30min.

 

Receive group lessons from a Skate Canada professional coach’s and Program Assistants (high level skaters who have completed a training course before teaching the groups)

 

Receive group lesson from only Skate Canada Professional Coaches and have the opportunity to progress at a speed that is right for the skater by moving onto a new skill quicker or by taking their time on a skill they struggle with

 

Receive smaller group lessons as well as private lessons from Skate Canada Professional Coaches and have the opportunity to progress at a speed that is right for the skater based on what they need to work and improve on

 

Receive smaller group lessons as well as private lessons from Skate Canada Professional Coaches and have the opportunity to progress at a speed that is right for the skater based on what they need to work and improve on

No dryland/off-ice

 

Dryland/off-ice included for 30minutes on Monday & Sunday

 

Dryland/off-ice included for 30minutes on Monday & Sunday

 

Dryland/off-ice included for 30minutes on Monday & Sunday

 

Is allowed to skate only on CanSkate sessions

 

May skate on both CanSkate sessions and Junior Academy time at coaches discretion

 

May skate on both CanSkate sessions and Senior and Junior Academy time at the coach’s discretion

 

May skate only on Junior ice sessions unless at coaches discretion

 

All coach’s fees are included in the registration cost

 

All coach’s fees are included in the registration cost

 

Ice time and dryland/off-ice fees included in registration cost (Senior Academy lessons billed directly to each skater from each coach)

 

Ice time and dryland/off-ice fees included in registration cost (all lesson time is now billed directly to each skater from each coach)

 

Skater’s learn basic skating skills

 

Skater’s will begin to learn sport specific skills pertaining to figure skating

 

Skater’s will practice sport specific skills pertaining to figure skating aiming to gain Figure Skating badges and begin to prepare for future Skate Canada Tests

 

Skater’s will practice sport specific skills pertaining to figure skating aiming to gain Figure Skating badges and begin to prepare for future Skate Canada Tests

 

Receive badges for passed levels within the CanSkate Program

 

Receive remaining badges for passed levels within the CanSkate Program as well as Figure Skating badges for achieved elements

 

Receive Figure Skating badges for achieved elements

 

Will continue to receive Figure Skating badges for achieved elements and will eventually begin to test and compete these practiced elements and programs