SkateCanada's Long-Term Athlete Development
Since 2005, all of the National Sports Bodies in Canada have designed sport-specific developmental pathways which their athletes follow to produce optimal training, competition, and recovery regimens from childhood through all phases of adulthood. This development is part of a coordinated effort with a variety of education and health organizations to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada under the umbrella of Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L). SkateCanada's earliest stage (Learn-to-Skate) is implemented as CanSkate. The second stage, Learn-to-Train, focuses on the acquisition of good foundational figure skating skills in a non-competitive environment. At WTSC this stage is provided through our instructional StarSkate 1 program. Skaters may move on to Learn-to-Compete, Train-to-Compete and finally Active-for-Life stages. A detailed description of SkateCanada's LTAD model can be found here.
SkateCanada's STAR 1-5 Program
Here is a great video from Skate Canada that explains the STAR 1-5 program to parents. Skate Canada has also put together a great online resource toolkit which explains what STAR 1-5 is and how it works.
At WTSC, skaters will test STAR 1-5 tests (formerly known as low tests) on their regular session, and will be evaluated by their coach. Your coach will determine when you are ready to be tested and will give you an orange Test Form. The form and payment ($12/test) must be submitted to the office no later than 1 week prior to the testing date.