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.

STARSkate has been the mainstay of figure skating in Canada for more than four decades.
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 testing system for achieving specific figure skating skills
  • complimentary Gold Test pins
  • invitational and interclub competitions, including the STARSkate championship stream
  • 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.

Once a skater is in the Skate Canada STARSkate Program, there are several of options. Skaters may choose 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 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.
Skating 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 dancing. The objective of the Skating Skills program is mastery of the basic fundamentals of skating – edge quality, control, power and speed.
Ice Dance
The Dance Test program teaches timing, musicality, rhythm interpretation, structure as well as basic skating skills such as edges, flow, control and unison.
The dances in the STARSkate Program can be tried in any order but a candidate must pass the required number of dances in a dance test before proceeding to the next level. In addition to the traditional compulsory dances, there are also Creative Dances to challenge skaters’ creativity, artistry and originality.
Free Skate
Free skating consists of the execution of jumps, spins, footwork, field movements and stroking, either in isolation or performed in sequence to music.
Each test consists of 2 parts – Elements in Isolation and a Free Program.
Interpretive
The objective of the Interpretive program is to encourage and develop skaters’ creativity, expression, musicality, movement, interpretation of music, as well as the use of space, rhythm, line and style. The program provides skaters with the opportunity to explore the performance aspect of skating without focusing on technical elements.
The Interpretive tests consist of skating to and interpreting a piece of music . Skaters can take Interpretive tests as individuals and/or as a couple (male/female, female/female or male/male) at four levels:

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.
Club Competitions
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 (this allows Skate Canada Sections to offer a Section Final). The STARSkate Championship program provides opportunities for skaters who want to remain in the STARSkate program but also want to have the challenge of competing up to a Sectional level in a credible, nationally standardized event.
Invitational Competitions
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.

BRONZE SESSION
The Bronze session is our entry level figure skating session. For participation in this program, skaters must have successfully completed in full, all Stage 6 CanSkate Levels of the Skate Canada CanSkate Program. At this level, skaters are required to obtain and work with a private coach. Please refer to the “Coaches” section on our website to obtain SCBC contracted coaches bios and contact information if you have not secured the services of a private coach at this time.
This is a two (2) day a week skating program. Skaters are free to select any two days from the available sessions that work best for their schedule. If a day is full, the skater will be required to select another day to fulfill their 2 day session requirement.
Included in the Bronze session are 2 group lessons, to be led by an SCBC coaching member. These 15 minute session will occur during the first 15 minutes and the last 15 minutes of the session. These group lessons are available to all skaters on the session, and are already included in your registration fee; however, participation on a daily basis may be affected periodically by the “private lesson” schedule set out by your skaters coach.
Skaters looking for significant additional ice time beyond their two day bronze registration commitment are welcome to register in any of the remaining bronze session days to a maximum of 5 Bronze sessions per week.
Bronze session skaters are encouraged to Guest Skate on any other Bronze sessions, where the session attendance capacity has not been met. Please refer to the Guest skating policy for additional details and the procedures regarding Guest Skating.
Bronze Session skating days – Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday
Skaters will begin to have independent personal development time on this session.
All registered skaters must be working with an SCBC contracted private coach.
SILVER SESSION
Silver session skaters must have passed their Star 2 skills OR Preliminary Skills, AND the Star 4a AND Star 4b Dances (Fiesta and Swing Dances).
This is a minimum two (2) day a week skating program; however, skaters are free to select any number of sessions above this minimum requirement that they wish to skate. Skaters are free to select the sessions that work best for their schedule. If a day is full, the skater will be required to select another day to fulfill their 3 day session requirement.
The Silver sessions include 1 group lessons per session. This 15 minute lesson will be led by an SCBC coaching member, and take place during the last 15 minutes of the session. These group lessons are available to all skaters on the session, and are already included in your registration fee; however, participation on a daily basis may be affected periodically by the “private lesson” schedule set out by your skaters coach.
Silver session skaters are encouraged to Guest Skate on any other Silver session where the session attendance capacity has not been met. Please refer to the Guest skating policy for additional details and the procedures regarding Guest Skating.
Silver Session skating days – Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Saturday
Skaters will have significant independent personal development time on this session.
All registered skaters must be working with an SCBC contracted private coach.
GOLD SESSION
Gold session skaters must have passed FULL Star 5 FreeSkate (equivalent to Junior Bronze Program and Elements), OR Full Senior Bronze Dances, OR Senior Bronze Skills.
This is a minimum two (2) day a week skating program, however skaters are free to select any number of sessions above this minimum requirement that they wish to skate. Skaters are free to select the sessions that work best for their schedule. If a day is full, the skater will be required to select another day to fulfill their 2 day session requirement.
The Gold session does not include group lessons for skaters.
Gold session skaters are encouraged to Guest Skate on any Gold session where the session attendance capacity has not been met. Please refer to the Guest skating policy for additional details and the procedures regarding Guest Skating.
Gold Session skating days – Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday
Gold/Platinum shared session skating days – Saturday
On Saturday there is a Gold/Platinum shared session. This session is open for registration by any skaters who qualifies for the Gold or Platinum session and desires to skate on the weekend for additional skill development time.
Skaters will have significant independent personal development time on this session.
All registered skaters must be working with an SCBC contracted private coach.
PLATINUM SESSION
Platinum session skaters must have passed ½ Senior Bronze FreeSkate OR Junior Silver Dances AND Jr. Silver Skills.
This is a minimum two (2) day a week skating program, however skaters are free to select any number of sessions above this minimum requirement that they wish to skate. Skaters are free to select the sessions that work best for their schedule. If a day is full, the skater will be required to select another day to fulfill their 2 day session requirement.
The Platinum session does not include group lessons for skaters. All registered skaters must be working with an SCBC contracted private coach.
Platinum session skaters are encouraged to Guest Skate on Platinum sessions, where the session attendance capacity has not been met. Please refer to the Guest skating policy for additional details and the procedures regarding Guest Skating.
Platinum Session skating days – Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday
Gold/Platinum shared session skating days – Saturday
On Saturday there is a Gold/Platinum shared session. This session is open for registration by any skaters who qualifies for the Gold or Platinum session and desires to skate on the weekend for additional skill development time.
Skaters will have significant independent personal development time on this session.
PRE- COMPETITIVE SESSION
The Pre-Competitive program is available to skaters who will be competing at the STAR 3-5 level. Younger skaters are invited to join this session to enhance their training in anticipation of competing in the near future. Skaters on this session must demonstrate dedication and a continual commitment to their training. Their main focus should be on developing and expanding their FreeSkate abilities.
The Pre-Competitive skater should be moving towards becoming a Competitive figure skater in their respective STARSkate level category.
Skaters on this session will participate in 3 specific training days, which include on-ice, off-ice training, and group stroking lessons, these group session costs are already included in your session membership fee. Each session day will include a 15 minute group lesson. This lesson
will be led by an SCBC coaching member, and take place during the last 15 minutes of the session. These group lessons are available to all skaters on the session; however, participation on a daily basis may be affected periodically by the “private lesson” schedule set out by your skaters coach.
Pre-Competitive skaters must gain pre-approval for any other session they wish to Guest Skate on, from the Skater Assessment Committee, prior to their first Guest Skating session. This is required in order to ensure the safety of all skaters and to ensure that the Guest skating individuals skate on a program/ session on par with their ability. Guest Skating is only permitted where the attendance capacity of the session has not been met.
All Pre-Competitive skaters must have a SCBC contracted coach for private lessons. In some cases, it may in the best interest of the skater to have multiple coaches (coaching team) to cover all technical aspects of the skater’s development.
GUEST SKATING is NOT permitted on this session, without the pre-approval of the SCBC Board, on the recommendation of the Skater Assessment Committee.
It is the expectation that all Pre-Competitive skaters will be competing in Skate Ontario sanctioned events throughout the year.

 
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