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Oshawa Skating Club


Pre-Canskate

 

What is the Pre-CanSkate program?

Our Pre-CanSkate session is for skaters who are 2 (as of July 1st) and 3 years old.  The objective of our Pre-CanSkate program is to get the skaters comfortable on the ice. 

Where and When does it run?

Pre-CanSkate is held during the CanSkate sessions.

The Thursday Pre-CanSkate session will run Thursday evening at the Legends Centre Pad 4.

There are 2 Pre-CanSkate sessions offered on Sunday mornings at Campus Ice Centre Pad 2.

What should my skater wear?

We recommend that Pre-CanSkaters dress warmly and in layers.  We recommend warm pants covered with splash pants to keep the skaters dry and warm.  Thicker mittens are also recommended.  Helmets are mandatory, and face masks are recommended at this level.  We often draw pictures on the ice with permanent marker, so we recommend dark, older clothing.

Who teaches the program?

The Pre-CanSkate program is taught by Professional Coaches who are assisted by trained Program Assistants (older club skaters).

How Does a Typical Session Run?

When you first arrive at the arena, please check in at the ‘Welcome Table’.  There you will find your skater’s name tag, indicating which group your child is in.  From there you can proceed to the dressing room to put on your skates and helmet.  All skaters then line up at the entrance door to the ice surface.  The Pre-CanSkate session will run during the CanSkate session in a special area on the ice designated for the Pre-CanSkaters.  Coaches and/or Program Assistants will greet your skater at the entrance to the ice surface where their session will begin with a 5 minute off-ice warm up.  This warm up will get the skaters comfortable with moving in their equipment, and also get them focused to begin their on ice portion of the lesson.  Once the warm-up is over the coaches and Program Assistants will bring them to the Pre-CanSkate area on the ice.  We encourage parents to watch from the arena seating or the warmer lobby area.  No parents will be permitted in the players/penalty boxes.  The Pre-CanSkaters will spend their on-ice time rotating through different activities.  It may look like play, but it is all done to increase a skater’s comfort level on the ice, and confidence in their balance to begin skating.  Skaters will typically begin standing on foam mats, and as their confidence improves will begin skating on the ice with assistance, and finally on their own!  At the completion of the 30 minute session, the skaters will be brought back to the same door they came on at to meet their parents.  Once the skaters have their skates off, they should return their name tag to the ‘Welcome Table’ where they will receive their reward for that great day of skating!

How long does it take to complete the Pre-CanSkate program?

Every skater is different and all skaters progress at different rates.  Some skaters will complete the Pre-CanSkate program in 1 session, where others may take 4 sessions.  It often depends on the age of the skater, and readiness to participate in the program.

What’s after Pre-CanSkate?

Once your skater turns 4, or has completed their Pre-CanSkate certificate, they move into our CanSkate program.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions during the session, please come to the Welcome Table and they will answer your question or refer to you someone who can!  The Coordinators will be available before or after the session to answer questions as well, or you can send them an e-mail – canskate@oshawaskating.com.

 

 

Tips for success:

Have your skater try on their skates and helmet at home in a familiar environment.  Try to have your young skater walk around in the skates (with guards on) by taking very small steps, and as well encourage them to sit down and try to stand up again.  This will all be very difficult with all of their equipment on!  Also, prepare your skater for their first session – let them know that you will be watching them from the arena seating and will be cheering their every accomplishment!

 

 

Canskate 

 

What is the CanSkate program?

Our CanSkate program is for skaters who are 4 years of age and up (or who have passed their Pre-CanSkate Certificate).

CanSkate, Skate Canada’s flagship program is one of the most sought-after skating programs in Canada. CanSkate was developed by experts to teach the fundamentals of skating in a progressive manner. Designed for beginners of all ages, the focus is on fun, participation and basic skill development. Participants earn ribbons and badges as skills are mastered. Skaters are taught in a group lesson format by Skate Canada professional coaches and supported by trained program
assistants.CanSkate is the foundational and feeder program for all other Skate Canada club and community ice sport programs.The CanSkate learning environment is enhanced through fun, music and colourful teaching aids and props along with praise and feedback from coaches. This unique intro-to-ice environment is designed to stimulate and maintain interest and enthusiasm among skaters, allowing participants to gain the physical competency and confidence to remain active for
life!
Program Objectives:

• To provide participants and families with a safe, welcoming and inclusive first experience to the sport of skating
• To develop skating and motor skills through natural learning phases (introduction, acquisition, retention/mastery)
• To use skill progression and repetition throughout the stages to introduce physical literacy and establish quality basic skating skills
• To foster personal achievements and satisfaction through skill acquisition, reward and recognition
• To evoke an interest in life-long participation in skating
Where and When does it run?

Our CanSkate session runs from 10:15-11:05 on Sunday mornings at Campus Ice Centre Pad 2, from 6:15-7:05 on Monday nights at Campus Ice Center Pad 2 and from 6:15-7:05 on Thursday evenings at the Legends Centre Pad 3.

What should my skater wear?

We recommend that CanSkaters dress warmly and in layers.  We recommend warm pants covered with splash pants to keep the skaters dry and warm.  Thicker mittens are also recommended (hockey gloves are not recommended).  Helmets are mandatory.  As skaters progress up through the badges they may require fewer layers of clothing, and some little girls may want to wear a favourite skating dress.  Please note we use permanent markers to draw our circuits on the ice, so we recommend you wear dark older clothing.

Who teaches the program?

The CanSkate program is taught by Professional Coaches who are assisted by trained Program Assistants (older club skaters).

How Does a Typical Session Run?

When you first arrive at the arena, please check in at the ‘Welcome Table’.  There you will find your skater’s name tag, indicating which group your child is in.  From there you can proceed to the dressing room to put on your skates and helmet.  All skaters then line up at the entrance door to the ice surface.  The CanSkaters will be greeted at the ice surface door by one of our Program Coordinators and directed to follow the other Coordinator and Program Assistants in the warm up.  At this time parents can watch from the arena seating or the warmer lobby area.  No parents will be permitted in the players/penalty boxes. 

After the warm up, the skaters will break up into their coloured groups.  The skaters are grouped based on skating level and age where possible.  The skaters rotate to different stations on the ice to work with different coaches on different skills.  The skaters are taught and review their skills on circuits.  There is also a ‘Fast Track’ around the perimeter of the ice where skaters work on their speed.   The session concludes with a group activity and cool down.

At the completion of the 50 minute session, the skaters will be brought back to the same door they came on at to meet their parents.  Once the skaters have their skates off, they should return their name tag to the ‘Welcome Table’ where they will receive their reward for that great day of skating!

How are ribbons and badges earned?

The CanSkate program curriculum is organized into six progressive stages of learning. Each stage is broken down into three Fundamental Areas:
• Balance: Concentrating on forward skills, pushing technique, and edges
• Control: Concentrating on backwards skills, stopping and speed elements
• Agility: Concentrating on turning and jumping skills
The awards consist of:
• Three Fundamental Area ribbons for each stage
• Six stage badges
To pass a stage badge skaters must achieve all Fundamental Area ribbons (Balance, Control and Agility) from the corresponding stage. The skill requirements for each Fundamental Area are indicated on the report card.
How long does it take to complete the CanSkate program?

Every skater is different and all skaters progress at different rates.  It often depends on the age of the skater, and readiness to participate in the program. 

 

What’s after Canskate?

Once your skater has completed their Stage 4 badge (or at the recommendation of a coach), your skater has 3 options:
1.  If they are interested in figure skating they are eligible for our Pre-Star program where they will continue to complete their CanSkate Badges, as well as receive an introduction to additional figure skating skills. 
2.  If they are interested in hockey/ringette (or just prefer to skate in hockey skates) they are eligible for our Learn to Skate for Hockey program where they will continue to complete their CanSkate badges with a focus on hockey skills such as edges, turning, stopping and crossovers.
3.  They can remain on our regular CanSkate sessions to finish their badges


How do I get a Private lesson?

CanSkate is a group lesson program.  If you wish to get private lessons in addition to your CanSkate session, you can select the PLB (Private Lessons for Beginners) session at Campus Ice Centre Pad 2.  There are additional fees for this extra session.  You and your skater decide which coach you would like to book your private lesson with – the list of coaches is on the website.  You must contact your coach directly to book lessons.  Typically during the PLB session a skater would book a 15 minute lesson and then practice for the additional time on their own.  Some coaches offer semi-private lessons as well.


Questions?

If you have any questions during the session, please come to the Welcome Table and they will answer your question or refer to you someone who can!  The Coordinators will be available before or after the session to answer questions as well, or you can send them an e-mail – canskate@oshawaskating.com.

 

Tips for success:

Ensure your skater is dressed warmly in layers.  Ensure that your skates are of a good quality as poor equipment can impede success.  Consider skating more than once a week – the more a skill is practiced, the faster it can be achieved!  Remind your skater that you will be sitting in the arena seating to cheer them on!!

 

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