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From Skate Canada - STAR 1- 5 Club Support Initiative

To support our clubs through the implementation of the STAR 1-5 program, Skate
Canada is offering many ways to reach out to clubs/schools and coaches. The
mission of these strategies is to be able to provide the support needed at the
delivery level, collect feedback from the community and to be available to answer
any questions.

  • Information sheet [2p, PDF - includes Schedule of Call-in (Skype) Conference Calls/Information Sessions for TEST CHAIRS & Club Volunteers, Coaches]

STAR 1-5 Program

STAR 1-5 offers a solid development pathway for skaters who are entering a figure skating program for the first time. The complete STAR 1-5 Resource Tool kit will offer coaches and clubs information to help deliver their program in a fun, enjoyable and challenging format.

The STAR 1-5 program will introduce skaters to the sport of figure skating and its disciplines: Freeskate, Skills, Dance and Synchronized Skating

All coaches actively coaching skaters at the STAR 1-5 level are required to take the STAR 1-5 Program Training, available on Skate Canada’s Education and Training Academy. To access, coaches are to log in to the Skate Canada Membership Site > eLearning > recently released courses.

STAR 1-5 Philosophies

Golden Age of Learning: The importance of training proper technique during this “golden age of learning” is paramount for optimum skill development. To take advantage of the flexibility window, coaches are encouraged to offer off-ice programming and promote the participation of other sports during this phase.

Remove Barriers for Progression: During this “golden age of learning” it is imperative that skaters are encouraged to move through the assessments at their own rate. Coaches and skaters no longer have to wait for test days or adjust their training plans to accommodate dates for testing as coaches will be assessing the program. Coaches can spend time on training, development and skill acquisition and assess the skaters when ready.

Strong Focus on Quality Basics: The STAR 1-5 program is designed to encourage skaters and coaches to strive for the highest quality of skill execution and acquisition. A strong foundation at this level will enable skaters to progress more quickly in the higher levels of figure skating and be ready for the next level of skills.

Introduce More Complex Skills Earlier to Allow for a Better Foundation for Development:  As in CanSkate, many skills in the STAR 1-5 program will be introduced early to allow coaches to work with skaters on developing these skills over time. Many skills in skating are complex. Introducing these skills early will enable coaches to hone and develop the skaters’ technique over time.

Create a Better Bridge From CanSkate to Figure Skating: The entry level of STAR 1 is designed to meet the exit level of Stage 6 in CanSkate. It is imperative that all skaters beginning STAR 1 have the skills of Stage 5 and 6 in CanSkate. 

STAR 1 Edges, Turns, Field Move, Stroking Elements   STAR 1 : Elements
STAR 2 Edges, Turns Elements

Program: STAR 2
Event Requirements

STAR 2a: Dutch Waltz
STAR 2b: Canasta Tango

STAR 3 Field Move, Stroking Elements Program: STAR 3
Event Requirements

STAR 3a: Baby Blues
STAR 3b: Elements

STAR 4 Edges, Turns Elements Program: STAR 4
Event Requirements

STAR 4a: Swing Dance
STAR 4b: Fiesta Tango

STAR 5 Field Move, Stroking Elements Program: STAR 5
Event Requirements

STAR 5a:  Willow Waltz
STAR 5b:  Elements

  5 assessments 5 assessments 4 assessments 9 assessments

Total of 23 assessments
(spanning LEARN TO TRAIN: Stage 6 to double jumps)

In all areas of development, Skaters will be introduced to simple and then more difficult concepts throughout their progression. Many elements will be repeated to allowed coaches to introduce technique, develop the technique and finally master the technique needed for solid development.

STARSkate Technical Info

  • STARSkate on Skate Canada's Info Centre
  • WO Technical Page
    • 2016-2017 STAR Competition Technical Program Requirements
    • Overview STAR 1-5 Content
    • Creative Dance Manual
    • Interpretive Skating Test Standard Manual
  • Note: Skaters may skate up in WO STARSkate freeskate events.

STARSkate Program Info

Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition – this is what STARSkate is all about!

STARSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of:

    1. ice dance
    2. skating skills
    3. free skate
    4. 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.

STARSkate has been the mainstay of figure skating in Canada for more than four decades.

When you or 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.



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