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.
THE STARSKATE LEGACY
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 pre junior to senior, are required to volunteer and submit a volunteer bond cheque as a show of commitment to volunteering. Pre Junior skaters are required to submit a $100 post dated bond cheque and complete 1 bingo session (2.5 hours). Junior to Senior families are required to submit a $200 post dated bond cheque and complete 2 bingos (5 hours) OR 1 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 or a competition shift. Please see the Volunteering section of the webpage (under the Starskate Info tab) for information on how to do so.
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:
Pre-Junior STARSkate (Canskate Stages 4,5,6)
Junior STARSkate (Star 1,2,3 and 4)
Intermediate STARSkate (Star 5 and 6)
Senior STARSkate (Star 8,9,10 and Gold)