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     Oshawa Skating Club

                            History of Success and a Future of Excellence

Pre-StarSkate

 

What is the Pre-Star program?

Our Pre-Star program is for skaters who have completed Stage 4 or at the recommendation of a coach.  The objective of the Pre-Star program is to complete the CanSkate badges, as well as introduce basic figure skating skills including jumps, spins, turns and dances.

 

Where and When does it run?

The Pre-Star session runs from 11:15-12:05 on Sunday morning at Campus Ice Centre Pad 2, from 6:15-7:05 on Monday evenings at Campus Ice Centre Pad 2 and from 5:15-6:05 on Thursday evenings at the Legends Centre Pad 3.


What should my skater wear?

We recommend that Pre-Star skaters dress in comfortable clothes that are easy to move in.  Many skaters like wearing jogging pants, yoga pants or skating dresses and tights with warm fleece jackets or sweatshirts.  Gloves or mittens are also recommended.  Helmets are mandatory for all skaters until they have passed their Stage 5 badge.


Who teaches the program?

The Pre-Star program is taught by Professional Coaches.  Program Assistants will also help with the warm-up, cool down and lesson time.


How Does a Typical Session Run?

When you first arrive at the arena, please check the monitor at the arena to find out which dressing room has been assigned to us.  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-Stars will be greeted at the ice surface door by one of our Coaches and directed to skate around the ice to 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. 

The Monday sessions will differ from the Sunday and Thursday sessions.

On Sundays and Thursdays, when the skaters first come on the ice, they will participate in a Warm Up lead by a Program Assistant.  They will then receive 3-10 minute group lessons from various Professional Coaches.  Their session will conclude with individual practice time and a Cool-Down lead by a Program Assistant. 

Our Monday session will run similar to a CanSkate session.  The session will begin with a warm-up lead by a Professional Coach.  Skaters will then be grouped based on level (our Pre-Star skaters will all be in the same group) and each group will rotate to the different stations on the ice to receive lessons from Professional Coaches or review skills with a Program Assistant.  The session will conclude with a Cool-Down lead by a Professional Coach.

At the completion of the session, the skaters will be directed back to the same door they came on at to meet their parents.


How are ribbons and badges earned?

In the Pre-Star program the skaters will continue to complete their Stages (1 to 6), and badges are awarded at the completion of each Stage.  In addition, each Stage is divided into the 3 Fundamentals with ribbons being awarded for each:

Agility 5 Ribbon + Balance 5 Ribbon + Control 5 Ribbon = Stage 5 Badge

Once the skills for a ribbon or badge have been completed successfully, the reward will be handed out by the coaches on the next session.


How long does it take to complete the Pre-Star 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. 


How do I get a Private lesson?

Pre-Star is a group lesson program.  If you wish to get private lessons in addition to your Pre-Star session, we offer a PLB (Private Lessons for Beginners) session.  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.


What’s after Pre-Star?

Once your skater has completed their Stage 6 badge, they are eligible for our StarSkate ‘A’ program where they will continue to advance through their figure skating skills and begin testing and/or competing.  At this point, you must select a private coach who your skater will work with during the ‘A’ session.


Questions?

If you have any questions during the session, please speak with the coordinator at the completion of your session.  If time doesn’t permit, please e-mail us at canskate@oshawaskating.com.

 

Tips for success:

As the skaters may have some individual practice time, it is recommended that the skaters be able to work well independently to participate in this program.  Ensure that your skater is wearing a better quality skate, as better equipment will make performing the more difficult skills easier.

 

StarSkate/Competitive

What is the StarSkate program?

The StarSkate program is for skaters who have completed their CanSkate badges and are continuing to work on their figure skating skills.

The Oshawa Skating Club offers 4 levels in the StarSkate/Competitive Skate program.

Session A – Skaters must have completed the Stage 6 badge

Session B – Skaters must have passed 1 complete Skate Canada test (i.e. Preliminary Skills, complete Preliminary Dances, or complete Preliminary Free Skate)

Session C – Skaters must have passed the complete PreliminaryFree Skate test, plus 1 complete Junior Bronze test

Session D – Skaters must have passed the complete Junior Bronze free skate test, plus 1 complete Senior Bronze test

 

Where and When does it run?

The StarSkate sessions are offered Sunday to Thursday.  Please see the schedule for a detailed schedule for each level.  Session A and B skaters must select a minimum of 2 sessions.  Session C and D skaters must select a minimum of 3 sessions.  All sessions are held at Campus Ice Centre Pad 2, with the exception of the Thursday sessions which are held at the Legends Centre Pad 3.

 

What should my skater wear?

We recommend that StarSkate skaters dress in comfortable clothes that are easy to move in.  Many skaters like wearing yoga pants or shorts or skating dresses and tights with fleece jackets or sweatshirts.  Gloves are also recommended. 

 

Who teaches the program?  How do I book a coach?

The StarSkate programs are taught by Professional Coaches.  You must have a private coach at this level.  You must decide, along with your skater, who you wish to contact to book lessons.  You must contact your coach directly to make these arrangements.  Coaches vary in their rates, experience and qualifications.  Our current season coaching list, and their resumes can be found on the Coaches Page.

The first coach you book will be your Base Coach.  Your base coach will be responsible for all decisions relating to your skater.  You have the option of also selecting additional coaches to work with your skater as well, however this decision should be made in conjunction with your base coach.

Occasionally there may come a time when a coaching change is necessary.  The protocol in this situation is to contact your new coach (to ensure they are able to accommodate your lesson requests) and then to speak with your former coach to notify them of the change.  All fees must be paid in full to the former coach before you can receive any lessons from your new coach.

 

How Does a Typical Session Run?

When you first arrive at the arena, please check the monitor at the arena to find out which dressing room has been assigned to us.  From there you can proceed to the dressing room to put on your skates.  All skaters then line up at the entrance door to the ice surface.  Skaters may not enter the ice surface before their session begins and must leave the ice promptly at the end of their session.  During the sessions, parents can watch from the arena seating or the warmer lobby area.  No parents will be permitted in the players/penalty boxes. 

During the StarSkate sessions, skaters must work independently.  Typically a skater will get one 15 minute lesson from their coach and then practice what they have learned for the remainder of the session.  Some sessions are structured (i.e. time designated for skills, free skate, dance, etc.) where others are open sessions.  Some sessions offer a stroking session instructed by a club coach, which is included in your ice fees.

 

What is a Test Day?

Skate Canada has divided the figure skating skills into different disciplines and levels.  They start at the Preliminary level and conclude with the Gold levels.  Test days are held at various times throughout the season.

When your coach feels that your skater is ready to pass the test, they submit the request to the club’s Test Chair.  The Test Chair will distribute the test schedule approximately 1 week before the test day.  Please note:  tests cannot be removed from the test list within 14 days of the test day.  Any tests pulled after this time will be marked as a retry and the test fees must still be paid.

You must arrive approximately 1 hour before your scheduled test time.  At the completion of the test, there is a short wait for the results.  Results are either a ‘Pass’ or a ‘Retry’.  If a test must be retried, you must wait until the next test day to try it again.  The Evaluators who come to the test days are volunteers, and their decisions must be respected.  Your coach can provide you with more information when your skater is ready for a test day.

 

The tests are:

Skills Tests

Preliminary

Junior Bronze

Senior Bronze

Junior Silver

Senior Silver

Gold

 

Free Skate Tests  (Two parts - Elements and Program)

Preliminary

Junior Bronze

Senior Bronze

Junior Silver

Senior Silver

Gold

 

Dance Tests

Preliminary

Dutch Waltz

Canasta Tango      

Baby Blues

 

Junior Bronze

Swing Dance

Fiesta Tango

Willow Waltz

 

Senior Bronze

Ten Fox

Fourteenstep

European Waltz

 

Junior Silver

Keat's Foxtrot

Harris Tango

American Waltz

Rocker Foxtrot

 

Senior Silver (4 out of 5)

Paso Doble

Starlight Waltz

Blues

Kilian

Cha ChaCongelado

 

Gold (4 out of 5)

Viennese Waltz

Westminster Waltz

Quickstep

Argentine Tango

Silver Samba

 

There are also Diamond Dance tests for skaters wishing to continue with dance tests.

 

Interpretive Tests

Introductory Interpretive

Bronze Interpretive

Silver Interpretive

Gold Interpretive


What opportunities are there for competitions?

There are numerous opportunities for competitions, within our Section as well as in nearby Sections.  Contact your coach for more information.


Questions?

If you have any questions it is recommended you speak with your coach.  General inquiries for the club can be directed to membersrep@oshawaskating.com.

 

Tips for success:

An off-ice warm-up before the session will enable skaters to be able to use their ice time more effectively.  Off-ice programs (such as dance, Pilates, yoga, etc.) are also beneficial in order to keep the skater’s body strong and flexible in order to be able to perform the difficult skating elements.

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