Welcome to the Figure Skating Section of the Milton Skating Club

Once your child has completed Level 4 of the Canskate program you will be invited to move up to the Pre Star 1 sessions. To find more information on them please follow this link to the PRESTAR 1 page of the website. As your child’s skills increase they will gradually move up in the Star skate program.

There are 5 levels of Starskate. With each step forward, the level of commitment from both the skater and the family increase.


Programs and Levels

STARSkate stands for Skills, Tests, Achievement and Recognition.

STARSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate and 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.

Program Details

  • Skaters must have completed CANSKATE Stage 4
  • 2 day/wk commitment
  • All lessons are all included in the fee

Equipment Requirements

  • Figure skates
  • Helmet is optional

The Milton Skating Club realizes that the transition from the Canskate program to the STAR 1 figure
skating program is a very big change both in terms of the time commitment and the financial commitment.
The Pre-STAR 1 program was developed to help ease this transition. The goal of the program is to help
skaters at a specific skill level develop the necessary skills for figure skating in a timely manner, as well as be
prepared and familiar with the STAR 1 Figure skating program when they are ready to enter it fully.

This program is a two day per week commitment which is similar to all other figure skating programs
within our club however it allows skaters to remain in group lessons. The goal in the group lessons is to
focus on skills that are specific to figure skating with the intent of developing a strong set of basics needed
for future success. The groups are small and the skaters are evaluated on an ongoing basis as well as
receive a progress report at the end of the program. Skaters will be introduced to dance, spins, jumps and
power.

Family Commitment:
While your skater is on the Pre-STAR session, you will not be asked to participate in the Family Commitment Program.
If your skater moves to the STAR 1 session before [date TBC], you will be put on the schedule for CanSkate Table Duty (1-3 shifts as needed).

PROFESSIONAL COACHES

Every skater must retain a professional coach.  During the first two weeks of the season and any time a new junior joins the session we will have Program Assistants or experienced skaters on the ice to help your child become comfortable with the program. During this time you should be observing and talking to the members of our coaching staff to determine whom will best suit your child. It is expected that after the two-week orientation period you will have chosen a coach.  The skater’s coach will give them private lessons in freeskate and dance and at the end of the month you will be billed for these lessons.  A list of our coaching staff including credentials, experience and contact information is available on-line or on the bulletin board located by the club office at the Milton Sports Centre.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Private lessons are a service provided by the professional coaching staff. As a parent you should discuss this directly with your child’s coach. A fee is charged by the coach for this service, and is agreed upon between parent and coach. Sometimes, a coach may teach groups of two or more of her/his student if they are working at similar levels thus reducing the cost. It is important to keep an open dialogue with your coach, as this is the best source of information.  As a New STAR 1 it will take some time to adjust to the format of a Figure skating session. You will be spending more time working independently and although there is a structure to the session, young skaters sometimes find it difficult to make the transition from CanSkate to STAR 1.

The STAR 1 Session format is as follows:

POWER  This group lesson is included in your session fee. During these lessons the skaters are learning and practicing proper technique of basic skating and crossovers both forward and backward. As you will see, all of the skaters practice these techniques every time they come on the ice.  These skills are the basis for all future elements the skaters will learn.
FREESKATE During this time the skaters practice their jumps, spins and other freeskate elements. Eventually, the skater’s coach will choreograph a freeskate solo to music and they may practice their solos during the freeskate time. Skaters may request their freeskate music from the music room. It is very important to pay attention to the other skaters on the ice as they skate forward, backward, jump and spin. The right of way should be given to a skater whose music is being played.
DANCE The skaters will learn the components of the first compulsory dance; the roll, the progressive and the edge. They will then put these skills together to create the first compulsory dance of Skate Canada-The Dutch Waltz. Once the skater learns the steps, they will perform them with a partner. There are three preliminary dances; The Dutch Waltz, The Canasta Tango and The Baby Blues. During the dance session the skaters are only permitted to practice freeskate if they are in a private lesson with their coach.

TESTS

When a skater is ready to try a test their coach will let them know. The skaters will be initially testing at Low test days and will test The Dutch Waltz first. They will be evaluated by a Skate Canada official. There is a fee of $12 for the test and a $10 club fee. The club fee covers the cost of ice, food and a small gift for the official and their mileage. The evaluators are volunteers and do not receive any compensation for the time they spend at test days or competitions and it is important to show them our hospitality. You will be invoiced for your tests through your online account, payment will need to be made at least 1 day in advance of the test.

COMPETITIONS

Competing is optional but most coaches feel it is important to compete even if you don’t have “Competitive Stream” aspirations. The process of preparing for competition focuses’ skaters efforts and the performance experience can improve performance under pressure both at competitions and test days. Besides, skaters enjoy competitions outside their club – they are exciting and skaters feel proud to represent their club. Our annual area competition is Skates Alive. This competition caters to all levels of skaters and is a good place to get your first taste of a skating competition. This is held in early December.

Please see our Finding a Coach page as well as Our Coaches for contact information and qualifications of our coaching staff.

STAR 1-5
Are you wanting to understand more about how the new STAR 1-5 system works?

Here are links to Skate Canada’s site about STAR 1-5.

STAR 1-5 Parent’s Guide

STAR 1-5 Program Requirements Chart (PDF)

Other resources at info.skatecanada.ca

MEET THE COACHES FINDING A COACH REGISTER ONLINE

Registration Package & Schedule

Follow the links below for information on Ice Schedule, Registration
and Figure Skating Policies and Procedures.

More Information

When you first start skating, your priority is to be warm and comfortable. You may wear skating dresses, skirts or sweat suit bottoms or stretch pants. These may be worn with warm tights, sweatshirts, sweaters or jackets. Gloves or mittens are important and the skater should always have a spare pair with them. It is important that the clothing be comfortable and not restricts movement. Hair should be kept neatly away from the face.

The most important piece of skating equipment is your ice skates. The skates consist of a boot, which is usually leather, and a blade. Your boots must fit properly, which means that they should be snug yet relatively comfortable, and provide good support for your ankles. A good pair of used skates will always be better than a pair of poor quality new ones. Your coach is the best source of information on which skates are best for your child.

The blades are made of steel and must be kept dry and well protected or they will rust. You should wear skate guards at all times off the ice. After you finish skating thoroughly dry your blades and boots with an absorbent cloth. The skates should not be stored with the guards on.

Skates should be sharpened after approximately 20 hours of skating. Your coach will be able to recommend where to have your skates sharpened and what type of grind should be done. Milton Skating Club offers in house sharpening bi weekly, usually on Fridays, emails are sent to notify our skaters.

Skates should not be sharpened just before a test or competition so allow the child to skate on them two or three times first.

If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact your base coach.

Follow the link below for information on the Family Commitment Program.

2017/2018

Program Assistant Schedule 2017

Program Assistant Policy

  • All Milton Home and Non-Home Club Members,
  • 11 years of age or older as of December 31/16
  • AND a STAR 2 level or higher are required to become a
  • Program Assistant for Pre-Canskate and Canskate
  • ALL PA’S are required to attend the mandatory training clinic. 2017/2018 Date TBC

Skaters will be scheduled for their training session at the start of the season

The Program Assistant Bursary

Program Assistants begin to receive a bursary after a one-time commitment of 20 mandatory sessions.  Your bursary is added to your account at the end of Quickstart, Fall, Winter and Spring Sessions cumulatively, and may only be used for Milton Skating Club merchandise or club fees such as test and registration fees.  The bursary cannot be exchanged for cash value at any time. As a Program Assistant you will receive $4.00 (elementary student) or $5.00 (high school student) per session.

High School Community Hours

You may choose to use your all or a portion of your sessions to complete the required Community Hours, instead of receiving the bursary.  The club will give you a letter at the year-end banquet indicating the number of hours that you have volunteered for the Milton Skating Club as a Program Assistant.

Program Assistant Fleece Jackets

Each new Program Assistant will receive a new, fleece jacket that is yours to keep.  The cost of the jacket is off-set by the 20 mandatory sessions that you are required to complete.  You are expected to wear your jacket each time you help with a Canskate program along with a pair of black pants.

And Finally, Subsidize Your Skating Fees

A large portion of the fees that are brought in from Canskate go directly to cover the ice costs of your sessions!!  Without these Canskate programs your ice fees would be considerably higher and would limit the amount of skating time available to you.

How do I sign up?

As part of your registration process, please select two sessions from the Program Assistant programs available. There are limited spots for each session, and as they fill up, you will no longer be able to select those sessions.

Please select only two sessions.

If you wish to do more, additional sessions may be available after the start of the season. There are also many opportunities throughout the season to help out fellow skaters as well, for competitions or illness.

PROGRAM ASSISTANT SUBSIDY POLICY

As mentioned a large portion of the fees brought into the Club are from our Canskate programs. These fees help subsidize your ice time and keep the cost down.

You may choose to buy out of the subsidy for $500.00(2 sessions of PAing for Hone Club Members)  and $300.00 (1 session of PAing for Home Club Members– this is only for Grade 12 students and Competitve skaters). For Non Home Club Members your Buy Out is $500.00

If you choose not to participate in this subsidy program, you will be expected to attend all scheduled sessions.

If you are unable to make your session you must find a replacement to cover you

Anyone not finding a replacement or a replacement that does not show for their session will receive an invoice for $20.00 for each session missed to offset the subsidy.