The Skate Canada STARSkate Program offers skaters an opportunity to take optional tests in free skating, ice dancing, skating skills and artistic skating. These tests challenge a skater to learn and develop more advanced figure skating skills. Test skaters work independently and with group and/or private coaches to attain certificates from Preliminary to Gold levels.
The Skate Canada Competitive Program provides opportunities for skaters to compete in a variety of competitions from the regional level to the national and international level. Skaters compete in singles, pairs, dance and precision events at levels ranging from juvenile to adult (adult category for Precision team skating only). Skaters who exhibit aptitude for competitive skating can advance from club competition to provincial or national championships and beyond.
Skaters registering must have passed CanSkate Stage 6 and not passed the complete Star 4 Freeskate tests.
Skaters registering must have complete Star 4 Freeskate tests or Junior Bronze and no higher than complete Senior Bronze Freeskate Test (program and elements).
Skaters registering must have full Junior Silver "Freeskate" Test (program and elements).
Q. When will the new Star 1-5 program come into effect?
All clubs/schools and coaches must be ready to implement STAR 1-5 programming and assessments on September 1, 2017. From this date onward the Preliminary and Jr. Bronze tests will no longer be available.
Q. Will skaters have to start with STAR 1 assessments when they are capable of starting at a higher level?
Skaters new to STAR must begin with STAR 1. If a skater has previously passed a Preliminary or higher test they will granted an equivalency in that discipline into the appropriate STAR level.
Q. How do the coaches get paid for their time doing the evaluations?
The coach is assessing during a skaters’ regular session and lesson. The assessment essentially becomes part of their job description. Coaches will use existing lesson time to assess their skaters. The coach will charge for the time spent with the skater as they would for a regular lesson.
Q. What elements are tested at each level?
An Overview of the Skate Canada Star 1-5 content can be found here.
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