For many of our Bronze session skaters, this season will mark their first experience with Skate Canada Assessments. As this experience can be a little overwhelming (for both parents and skaters), the information included on this site will answer some of the questions. For all other skaters, it will act as a reminder of the procedures and time lines to be followed when taking assessments.
STAR 1-5 program consists of assessments in Dance, Freeskate and Skills.
If your child has already passed a Skate Canada Assessment under the previous system, they will be grandfathered to the appropriate level within the new system.
Assessments in the STAR 1-5 program are designed to be introduced in a semi-formal format and progress in formality to prepare the skaters for external evaluation in the Learn to Compete stage of development.
STAR 1 & 2 is the Introduction format whereby the assessments will occur in the skater’s natural training environment, during their lesson time. This may be in group, semi or private lessons. Practice attire is acceptable for this type of assessment.
STAR 2, 3 & 4 is the Transitional Format. These assessments also occur in the skater’s natural training environment, during their regular lesson time and may also be conducted in group, semi or private lessons. To increase the formality, only skaters being assesses will participate in the assessment. Proper skating attire is required for this type of assessment.
STAR 4 & 5 is the Classic Format. There are 2 assessments in the STAR 5 level that require this CLASSIC format which are STAR 5a Dance, and STAR 5 Freeskate Program. All other STAR 4 & 5 assessments have the option of being performed in either the Transitional or Classic format. Coaches will stand off the ice for the assessment to simulate an external evaluation and skaters will perform their assessment on clear ice. Proper skating attire is required for this type of assessment.
The assessment fees are $12 per assessment due and payable prior to the assessment taking place. This fee is provided to Skate Canada.
No additional administration fees are required for assessments.
Once a skater reaches Star 6, Freeskate and dance assessments are done on Formal Assessment days and evaluated by Skate Canada certified evaluators. (Skills assessments continue to be evaluated by a certified coach).
During formal Assessment days, there may be session cancellations. Sessions are subject to cancellation based on test schedule and allotted time needed.
The Assessment days are provided in advance on the website. At least three weeks before the Assessment day, please ask your coach whether you/your child is ready to take an assessment and if so, which one. Assessment envelopes will be given directly to the skater by his/her coach. Make sure that all relevant information is filled out on the envelope and that the appropriate fees as listed in this document are enclosed in the envelope. The envelope must be returned to the coach before the due date.
Assessment fees must be received one week before the assessment is skated. The fee includes both the Skate Canada portion of the fee, which is forwarded to Skate Canada, and the SCBC administrative fee. The SCBC administrative fee covers food, a small gift, and a mileage allowance for the evaluators. The evaluators are volunteers and are not paid for their services. This fee also covers any office supplies directly required for assessment days. The club administration fee is $20 per SCBC skater per Assessment Day effective Sept 1, 2018
As of October 1, 2015 the Skate Canada cost per test is $12.
- FreeSkate $12 per Part 1
- FreeSkate $12 per Part 2
- Skills $12 per Test
- Dances $12 per Test
It is your responsibility to ensure that scheduling issues are discussed with the coach as the coach has a specific deadline at which they can make “pulls”. Deadlines for the submission of Assessment applications will be clearly marked. These deadlines must be respected. They are Skate Canada Assessment rules which all clubs must abide by. If the deadline is on a day that you do not skate, please submit your application prior to that date.
The Assessment schedule will be posted on the SCBC website and bulletin board at the arena approximately one week before Assessment day. The dates are scheduled prior to the beginning of the season for the entire year. It is a rare occurrence but sometimes we need to revise a Assessment date during the year. If this happens a notification will be posted on the website and the bulletin board in the arena. It is advisable to check regularly for any updates.
If a skater is ill and unable to try an Assessment, a doctor’s note must be given to the Assessment Chair before Assessment day. Lack of attendance on Assessment day or late “pulls” will unfortunately result in the assignment of “Retry” on the Assessment and the Assessment fees must be paid and will not be refunded.
- Star 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Gold [Elements]
- Star 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Gold [Program]
- Star 6 Dances: Ten-Fox (6A), European Waltz (6B), Fourteenstep (6C)
- Star 7 Dances: Foxtrot (7A), Tango (7B), American Waltz (7C)
- Star 8 Dances: Killian Killian (8A), Rocker Foxtrot (8B), Starlight Waltz (8C)
- Star 9 Dances: Paso Doble (9A), Blues (9B), Silver Samba (9C)
- Star 10 Dances: Cha Cha Congelado (Star 10A), Westminster Waltz (10B), Quickstep (10C)
- Gold Dances: Viennese Waltz (A), Argentine Tango (B), Gold Rhythm Dance (C)
- Singles Artistic: Star 7, Star 9, Gold
Scheduling: Assessments are held on pre-determined days, sanctioned by Skate Ontario. Assessment days may affect regular skating and will occasionally be tried during the daytime. The skater may be required to attend both days in the 2-day Assessment days if they are testing a variety of Dances and FreeSkate Assessments.
- Assessment schedules will be posted as soon as available.
- Schedules will be posted on the Club bulletin board and our website.
- Scheduling depends on the availability of Evaluators and may change after initial posting.
- Skaters are responsible for checking the schedules regularly prior to Assessment Day.
All skaters should be at the arena and ready to skate at least 1 hour prior to their scheduled skate time.
- Scheduling is not an “exact science” and we do sometimes run ahead or behind schedule.
- Skaters should register with the Ice Captain and their Coach on arrival.
- Skaters waiting for their assessment should remain in Dressing Room area until time for their warm up.
- Skaters not checked in 15 minutes before the warm up commences for their Assessment category will forfeit the opportunity to be assessed. No credit will be issued and the Assessment will be marked as a retry.
- Skaters should be courteous of other skaters taking Assessments by keeping the volume of noise to a minimum while in the Dressing Room and by the boards.
- Parents are welcome and are strongly encouraged to attend and support the skaters. We request that you view your skater outside of the sliding doors or upstairs in the stands.
- Parents with young skaters, we ask that you put on skates (don’t forget hard guards) outside of the sliding door and proceed to the Ice Captain for check in. Only skaters are permitted past the Ice Captains’ desk.
- To minimize spectators and traffic, only skaters awaiting their Assessment, coaches and Ice Captains are permitted near the boards for the security and safety of the skaters.
- When the skater’s Assessment is complete, skaters are to wait in the dressing room or outside of the sliding doors for the Assessment results.
- Skaters and parents should not communicate with the evaluators. If the skater requires feedback or clarification on their Assessment sheet, consult your coach.
- Please check your skater’s record regularly at Skate Canada > Members Only and especially 6-8 weeks after an Assessment day which they took part in to ensure that the records are accurate.
Using Contemporary Music for Dance on Assessment Days
Please use the following link for guidelines with regard to using Contemporary Music on Assessment Days
Coaches/Skaters are responsible for providing any music outside of Series 8 as permitted by Skate Canada in the document linked above. Coaches must advise the Assessment Chair prior to the Assessment day if the Series 8 music is not being used in order to advise the evaluators prior to the Assessment day.
Proper Assessment Day Attire
- Please consult your coach for guidance on appropriate attire for Assessments.
- Please make sure your skates and laces are clean
- Warm sweaters and gloves may be worn during the warm-up period immediately prior to an Assessment.
Care of Skates Prior to Assessment Day
- When a skater knows that he/she will be trying an Assessment, ask the coach if their skates need sharpening.
- Coaches will be able to recommend a reputable sharpening service.
- Sharpening should be done a few days prior to the Assessment Day to allow the skater to get used to the sharpening.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Assessment Chair, Irma Orzeck at email@example.com