New To Junior/Star Skate Information!!
Your skater is now ready for the STAR program ! The STAR 1-5 program has five levels of assessment for skaters in three disciplines of Figure Skating. These levels of assessments align with the STAR 1-5 events. The STAR 1-5 program offers opportunities for skaters to develop basic skating skills in three different areas: Freeskate, Dance, Skills
Skaters will transition with ease from CanSkate stage 6 to the STAR levels. Skills introduced in the CanSkate stages are advanced and refined in the STAR Program. Advanced figure skating elements such as single and double jumps ,spins ,ice dance and skills, will be covered int his program .
In order to maximize skaters time with a Skate Canada professional coach the club may use a variety of formats including classes, group lessons, stations and more. Your skater will receive instruction in all three disciplines during their time on the ice for solid development.
As your skater masters the skills at each level they will be assessed by their coach on a regular session. There are 23 assessments in the STAR 1-5 program . All assessments have a Skate Canada fee of $12 which must be paid prior to the assessment. Your skaters training will also include off-ice warm-up and/or jump, stretch, movement and fitness classes. Off-ice training is a critical piece of development as skaters must ensure their bodies are ready for the on-ice demands.
STAR program participants love to perform ! The STAR program offers several opportunities for these skaters to demonstrate what they have learned. They have many opportunities to do this: Club Events, Inter Club Events, Regional Events and Invitational Events.
How STARSkate works?
The STARSkate program consists of figure skating skills in four areas – Skating Skills, Ice Dance, Free Skate and Interpretive. Each area is divided into the following levels:
Primary Level Tests
- Skating Skills: Preliminary, Junior Bronze
- Free Skating: Preliminary, Junior Bronze
- Dance: Preliminary, Junior Bronze
- Interpretive: Introductory
Intermediate Level Tests
- Skating Skills: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver
- Free Skating: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver
- Dance: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver
- Interpretive: Bronze
Senior Level Tests
- Skating Skills: Senior Silver, Gold
- Free Skating: Senior Silver, Gold
- Dance: Senior Silver, Gold, Diamond
- Interpretive: Silver, Gold
Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system. Badges will be given for successful completion of levels. Upon successful completion of Gold level, skaters will receive a Gold pin from CSC.
Required equipment and attire
Skates - Skaters at this level should be in a sturdy boot with a quality blade. Sharpening should be performed by a trained professional.
On-ice attire - Skaters should wear athletic clothing on the ice in layers. Clothes should be form fitting or close to it, to allow coaches to see the body line for proper execution of technique. Baggy, loose fitting attire is not acceptable. Gloves should be worn versus mittens, if the temperature permits, to allow for more articulation of the hands and fingers.
Off-ice attire - All skaters should be in appropriate active wear for the off-ice class they will be attending. Appropriate footwear must be worn as per the class they will be attending i.e. ballet shoes for ballet class, running shoes for fitness class etc.
Assessment Day attire
STAR 1 & 2: Regular practice attire acceptable.
STAR 2 – 5: Performance attire required.
Gloves and jackets may be worn for warm-up, but should be removed for the assessment (if temperature permits). Hair should be neat and pulled back away from the face. Skates and laces should be clean and tidy.
How do I arrange for private coaching?
Arrangements are made by speaking directly with any of our professional coaches. Fees vary by coach and all payments are made directly to them. We encourage you to contact them to find out more.
Coaches biographies are available on the coaches page please email Castlegarskatingclub@gmail.com to inquire about private lessons.
What Options do I have as a STARSkate Athlete?
Once a skater is in the Skate Canada STARSkate Program, there are several options. Skaters may choose to remain in the STARSkate Program to hone learned skills and and take optional tests at organized test sessions. Skaters may also choose to enter competitions while still trying Skate Canada tests. Other skaters may feel that they have progressed to a point where they may wish to enter the Skate Canada CompetitiveSkate Program or become involved in synchronized skating, evaluating or judging, or participate as an adult or varsity member.