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.
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:
NFSA STARSKATE CATEGORIES:
Star 1 STARSkate (formerly known as Pre Junior Starskate): Beginner figure skating sessions. After Canskate, skaters wishing to continue into figure skating, will transition into the Star 1 program. Sessions are 1 hour long and skaters will receive a 45 minute group lesson with a Club coach. Skaters who are interested in private coaching lessons, are asked to email the club for more information or to visit our Coaches tab above and email coaches directly.
Junior STARSkate (Star 2 and 3): Skaters will receive 1 hour and 30 minutes of ice time per session. Sessions will include group format lessons with a Club coach. Skaters are required to be working with a private coach. Junior skaters are also encouraged to volunteer by becoming program assistants during one of our Canskate sessions.
Intermediate STARSkate (Star 4 and 5): Skaters will receive 1 hour and 30 minutes of ice time per session (with the exception of Sundays being 1 hour and 45 minutes). Skaters are required to be working with a private coach. Skaters are encouraged to volunteer by becoming program assistants during one of our Canskate sessions.
Senior STARSkate (Star 6 to Gold): Skaters will receive 1 hour and 30 minutes of ice time per session (with the exception of Sundays being 1 hour and 45 minutes). Skaters are required to be working with a private coach. Skaters are encouraged to volunteer by becoming program assistants during one of our Canskate sessions.
ABOUT THE STARSKATE PROGRAM:
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
- specifically designed awards and incentives such as badges, tattoos and stickers
- STARSkate Skater of the Year awards program
- Progress updates and report cards
- 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.
A $50 late fee applies to all registrations after the first week of programming. No pro rating will occur for missed classes. NFSA also will not give out any refunds. A credit to your account may be given in the instance of an injury or illness. A medical note will be required as well as a $25 administration fee.
All Starskate families, from Star 1 (formerly known as pre junior) to senior, are required to volunteer and submit a volunteer bond cheque as a show of commitment to volunteering. All Star 1 to Senior level skaters are required to submit a post dated bond cheque for $250. Parents are required to complete either 2 bingos or 1 bingo and 1 volunteer shift (5 hours) at a Skate Ontario Competition. Once you have completed your volunteer commitment, bond cheques will be returned to you.
ALL bond cheques must be submitted PRIOR to skating your first session, as skaters will not be permitted on the ice.
Sign up for your volunteer sessions online. These are the ONLY volunteering opportunities our Club has to offer. Sign up early for your bingos and competition shift. Please see the Volunteering section of the webpage (under the Starskate Info tab) for information on how to do so.