The STARSkate program at West Toronto SC is ably organised by Amanda Tully. If you have any questions or concerns about the program, she is the best person to speak to about it.
The STARSkate program, formerly known as the Test Stream, is SkateCanada's name for the framework of activities which allows skaters of all ages to set and achieve their skating goals. The STAR in STARSkate stands for Skills, Tests, Achievements, and Recognition. SkateCanada has organised skills in four seperate figure skating disciplines into a series of progressive levels. Skaters advance through the levels by passing formal tests evaluated by an outside SkateCanada-qualified test judge. Test days are organised three or four times a year by WTSC, usually at the end of each term. The test level(s) held by a skater determine which category they are eligible to participate in at local inter-club competitions. The STARSkate program also offers an opportunity for skaters to compete at larger invitational competitions, and at the annual Central Ontario Section STARSkate Championships. Eventually, your skater may feel that they have progressed to a point where they may wish to enter the Skate Canada CompetitiveSkate Program or become involved in synchronized skating, evaluating or judging, or participate in figure skating as an adult or varsity member.
The STARSkate program consists of figure skating skills in four disciplines: skating skills, free skate, ice dance and interpretive skating. For more details, including the skills taught at each level, you can consult your coach or the Skate Canada website at www.skatecanada.ca.
Different clubs organise their sessions in different ways, each with varying qualifications to move up to the next session. In all cases, clubs are trying to maximise the use of the ice time that is available to ensure that all skaters are safe and have sufficient space and resources to make the most of their practice time. Currently the skaters in the STARSkate program at WTSC are divided into three levels, based on the tests they have successfully completed.
Register in any of our StarSkate programs using our on-line registration system. The $36 annual Skate Canada fee will automatically be added to your first invoice of the 2016/17 season. (Sep 1, 2016-Aug 31, 2017)
Qualifications: Passed the CanSkate Stage 4 Badge.
Description: The Pre-STARSkate program is a continuation of the CanSkate levels, but introduces the specific skills of figure-skating alongside basic skating activities. The format of the instruction changes to provide a bridge between the group-instruction format of the CanSkate program and the independent practice required of figure skaters. Skaters spend most of a session working with a coach, but are given short periods of unorganised time on the ice to they practice what they have learned on their own. Skaters require basic skating skills and be able to work independently for short periods to benefit from this program.
Includes 1/2 hour group lesson and 15 minutes Stroking or Theatre. It is recommended that skaters to begin to have private (one-to-one) or semi-private coaching on entering this program. 15 minutes free time available for private coaching. Please contact the Coach of your choice directly for private/semi-private lessons.
Qualifications: Passed the CanSkate Stage 6 Badge but no complete STARSkate test.
Description: - Includes ½ hour group lesson and 15 min. stroking/theatre. It is mandatory that these group lessons be supplemented by a minimum of one private lesson per week. Coach bios are available on our website. Please speak directly to the coach of your choice for further details.
Qualifications: Passed 2 complete Preliminary test (ie Prelim Dances, Skills, Freeskate Part 1 or Part 2).
Description: Includes ½ hour group lesson. It is mandatory that these group lessons be supplemented by a minimum of one private lesson per week. Maximum of 20 skaters on each session at one time. Must retain the services of a Club Coach.
Qualifications: Passed Preliminary Freeskate Part 1 & 2, and one of Senior Bronze Dances or Senior Bronze Skills.
Description: It is mandatory that these group lessons be supplemented by a minimum of one private lesson per week. Maximum of 20 skaters on each session at one time. Must retain the services of a Club Coach.