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:
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 ( Edges & Turns )
- Free Skating ( Jumps, Spins & Choreography )
- Ice Dancing ( Pattern Dance, Rhythm Dance & Free Dance )
- Artistic Skating ( Choreography & Creative Routines )
For more details, including the skills taught at each level, you can consult your coach or the Skate Canada website.
Different clubs organize their sessions in different ways, each with varying qualifications to move up to the next session. In all cases, clubs are trying to maximize 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 online registration system. The $36 annual Skate Canada fee will automatically be added to your first invoice of the 2018/19 season (Sept. 1, 2018 - Aug. 31, 2019).
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 all STAR 3 Tests (Dance, Skills, Freeskate).
Description: Includes 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 STAR 5 Freeskate, 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.