What is STARSkate
Skills, Tests, Achievement and Recognition, that's what STARSkate is all about! STARSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to continue to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate, synchronize skating and artistic skating.
This program is unique to Canada, and teaches skating skills in a group or private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner and includes specifically designed awards and incentives. Skaters will learn at their own pace, and in STAR 1-5, they will be evaluated by their coach as they progress. In STAR 6-Gold, skaters will be evaluated by a Skate Canada assessor at a sanctioned test day. Skaters will also be given a chance to show off their skills at competitions or other performance days.
What will my skater learn?
Building on skills from Stage 6 of CanSkate, STARSkaters will learn skating skills, ice dance, free skate and artistic skating. Skating skills are the fundamental basics, used in all areas of skating. These moves are derived from compulsory figures.
Ice dance teaches timing, musicality and rhythm interpretation.
Free skate is what most people think of when they think figure skating. Free skate consists of jumps, spins, footwork, field movements, turns and edges.
Artistic skating includes the development of movement, creativity, projection and interpretation.
Synchro includes the development of synchronized skating elements through a variety of skating skills and teamwork.
Who will coach my skater?
Parents are welcome to contact any of our STAR coaches from the list found here, and interview them to gauge suitability for your skater. Our STAR coaches are independent contractors, and therefore will send you a monthly invoice for their coaching services. These fees are in addition to your registration fees. Fees vary based on the qualifications of the coach, so be sure to ask their rates when you reach out.
All of our coaches are highly trained and bring with them years of experience as a skater and a coach.
What about competitions?
STARSkaters are encouraged to compete if they feel comfortable. Skaters will get to test their skills in a competition situation, and Skate Canada offers several opportunities to do so. Competitions are not mandatory.
At the initial levels of competitions, skaters are not ranked and receive individual assessments of the skills they have performed. Skaters have an introduction to the performance aspects of the sport without the stress of worrying how they compare to others. As skaters progress to higher levels of competitions, they will enter ranked events.
What will my skater need?
Skaters at this level will need a sturdy skate with a quality blade. Skate sharpening should be done by a trained professional. Quality new and used skaters can be purchased from Place du Patin in Vaudreuil or B-Sharp in Ottawa. Also, be sure to check out our buy and sell section on this website.
Skaters should dress in athletic clothing on the ice, in layers for warmth. Baggy and loose fitting attire is not appropriate. Hair should be neat and pulled away from the face. For competitions and assessments, dresses for girls and pants and top for boys are appropriate.
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