Our ‘Junior STAR’ program is designed for skaters who wish to continue to develop their skating skills in a group lesson setting.
To register in this program, skaters must have passed their Stage 6 CanSkate badge or have been recommended to this program by a professional coach. Instruction is provided in stroking, free skating, skills, dance and artistic. Independent learning encouraged. Semi-private or private lessons may be available; please contact the Skating Coordinator at [email protected] if interested.
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.
When you/your child registers for a STARSkate program at your local Skate Canada club, you also become a member of Skate Canada and will have access to:
opportunities to be recognized through a nationally standardized assessment system for achieving specific figure skating skills
invitational and interclub competitions
STARSkate Skater of the Year awards program
Special STARSkate events and club functions
Opportunity to be talent-scouted
Opportunity for personal growth and the development of important life skills such as goal-setting, self-discipline, confidence, time management, healthy lifestyle and coping strategies to deal with success and failure.
These are some of the awards and incentives that have been developed to encourage athletes in the STARSkate Program.
How Junior STARSkate Works
The Junior STARSkate program consists of figure skating skills in three areas – Skills, Ice Dance and Free Skate. Each area is divided into the following levels:
STAR 1-3 Skills
STAR 1-3 Dance
STAR 1-3 Free Skate
All STAR 1-3 levels are assessed by a coach.
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 CompetitiveSkate Program or become involved in synchronized skating, evaluating or judging, or participate as an adult or varsity member.
Skills are a combination of fundamental skating movements, executed on a pattern and skated solo. The basic components of all disciplines of figure skating are incorporated into the program. The movements are derived from former compulsory figures, free skating and ice dance. The objective of the Skills program is mastery of the basic fundamentals of skating – edge quality, control, power and speed.
The Dance assessment program teaches timing, musicality, rhythm interpretation, structure as well as basic skating skills such as edges, flow, control and unison.
The dances in the Junior STARSkate Program can be tried in any order but a candidate must pass the required number of dances in a dance assessment before proceeding to the next level.
Freeskate consists of the execution of jumps, spins, footwork, field movements and stroking, either in isolation or performed in sequence to music.
Each assessment consists of 2 parts – Elements in Isolation and a Free Program except STAR 1. There is only an element assessment.
Competitions For STARSkate Athletes
STARSkate participants love to compete! Our feedback indicates that even though a skater may choose not to participate in the Skate Canada CompetitiveSkate Program, they still want the opportunity to test their skill in a competition situation. Skate Canada offers several opportunities to do this. STAR 1-3 skaters are judged to a standard. Skaters receive a report card and a ribbon depending on their overall achievement.
Clubs offer competitions for their own members to compete against each other. The club determines the categories which generally follow Skate Canada STARSkate guidelines (e.g. length of program, category name, type of event offered, etc.) The club may also offer other creative events such as longest shoot-the-duck, similar pairs, spins and jumps, etc.)
STARSkate Interclub Competitions
These are events involving a number of clubs in the same region or area. The competition categories offered generally fall in line with the applicable Skate Canada Section specifications, so that all Interclubs within the Section are standardized.
These are events coordinated by a Section or Club(s) and offered, generally, to STARSkaters and competitive skaters. Most events fall within Skate Canada’s specifications regarding program length and eligibility to compete. For more information contact the hosting Section or club.
What do you need to participate?
All you need are good quality skates with great ankle support, a CSA-approved hockey helmet (only for those who have not achieved Stage 5 in the CanSkate program), leggings, skating skirt or dress, mittens and a warm sweater. Boys can wear warm pants. Dress in layers – it will get warm!
The CSA approved helmet must be no more than 5 years old. Please refer to the sticker on the back of the helmet to see when the helmet expires. Skaters are required to wear CSA approved helmets until they have earned Stage 5.