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Skate Oakville offers figure skating lessons and coaching based on Skate Canada’s STARSkate program.  It has been developed for skaters of all ages to learn 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 all delivered by NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) certified coaches. The program has been developed in a progressive and sequential manner and includes specifically designed awards and incentives. Skaters also 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.

The STARSkate program is currently being updated and the club will be rolling out new materials and curriculum as they are delivered from Skate Canada.

Check out the tabs below to learn more about the different options offered and the schedule.

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Our NEW model has STAR A – D sessions broken down as follows. Please refer to the your skating profile to find your new points count. Figure skates are required for all STARSkate programs.

STAR A -   passed stage 5

  • STAR A sessions are an hour long.
  • The first 30 minutes are group lessons with about 6 skaters per group. The groups will be working to complete new introductory assessments.
  • The second 30 minutes skaters work on their own.
  • It is in this second 30 minutes that you may arrange for private or semi-private lessons. These lessons are arranged directy with the coach of your choice and are often 10 minutes long.

STAR B -   3 - 7 points (must include STAR 2 Skills)

  • Skaters can build their program with 50 minute sessions of ice time only and 80 minute sessions which includes 30 minute group lessons and 50 minutes ice time only.
  • It is recommended that skaters at this level be skating a minimum of two times a week.

STAR C -   8 - 21 points (must include STAR 3 Skills)

  • Skaters can build their program with 50 minute sessions of ice time only and 80 minute sessions which includes 30 minute group lessons and 50 minutes ice time only.
  • Skaters at this level need to be skating a minimum of two times a week.

STAR D -  22+ points

  • STAR D sessions are 50 minute sessions of ice time only
  • Skaters at this level need to be skating a minimum of two times a week.

Mixed

  • Available for STAR B, C, and D skaters.
  • Mixed sessions are 50 minutes of ice time only

Open

  • Available for skaters at any level passed Stage 5
  • Open sessions are 50 minutes of ice time only

 

Fees

Session fees for STARSkate are based on the length of the session, how many weeks the session runs, and whether or not any coaching is included on the session.

Mandatory Membership Fees

  1. The Skate Canada (SC) Fee of $44 is only charged once per year (Sep 1 to Aug 31) and pays for your SC membership and insurance. We forward this fee on to SC on your behalf. The SC Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  2. The Skate Oakville membership fee of $50 is only charged once per year (Sep 1 to Aug 31) and entitles you to skating on Skate Oakville sessions.
  3. The Ontario Skaters' Promotional Contest Ticket Booklets at a cost of $80 is our annual fundraiser. Two ticket booklets are included with your registration at a cost of $80. You may sell the raffle tickets to family and friends and keep the money as you have already paid for the booklets. Alternatively you may enter yourself into the raffle and fill out all the tickets with your name. The ticket stubs are due back by Dec 31 so they can be mailed in to be included in the draw. The draw takes place at the Provincials competition in March.

Payments

Full payment of mandatory membership fees is required at time of registration. Session fees may be split into 5 monthly installments beginning September 1. Installments are also available for Spring and Summer seasons.

Figure Skating Schedules

Main Season - Tuesday Sept 3 2019 to Sunday March 29 2020

Schedule - Main 2019-20

Spring Season - To Be Announced

 

Summer Season - To Be Announced

 

Please see "My Family Calendar" found under "My Account" for your own personalized calendar.

Test Days

Main Season 2019-2020

  • Thursday December 5, 2019 - All Levels
  • Wednesday February 5, 2020 - All Levels
  • Tuesday March 10, 2020 - Intermediate
  • Wednesday March 11, 2020 - High

Online Payment Instructions (PDF)

Chart of all Figure Skating Tests (PDF) - If you have started testing in the old test system with Preliminary through Gold tests

Overview STAR 1 - GOLD Content (PDF) - If you are new to figure skating you will be testing the new STAR 1 - Gold tests

Testing Policy

Below you will find the requirements for testing at Skate Oakville. This policy is for both intermediate test days (Sr Bronze & Jr Silver) and high test days (Sr Silver and up & all interpretives).

Main Season: Skaters must be registered in a minimum of two (2) sessions per week

Spring Season: Skaters must be registered in a minimum of two (2) sessions per week

Summer Season: Skaters must be registered in a minimum of two (2) weeks of programs OR twelve (12) sessions

Synchro Team Skaters: Synchro teams count as one (1) registered session.

Shinny Ice: Shinny Ice sessions do not count as registered sessions

Non-Skate Oakville Members: Coaches may request special permission for a skater to test, this does not mean the skater will test. This is evaluated on a case-by-case basis and is dependent on the size of the test day and how much time is available. An additional surcharge would apply to any Non-Skate Oakville members testing. This must be requested minimum three weeks ahead of the Test Day.

Payments

Full payment of membership fees is required at time of registration. Session fees may be split into 5 monthly installments beginning September 1. Installments are also available for the Spring and Summer seasons.

Refunds

  • Refund requests must be in writing or by email to office@skateoakville.ca  We do not accept changes or withdrawals in person or over the phone.
  • There is a $15 charge for each individual change or withdrawal.
  • The $44 Skate Canada fees are non-refundable for any reason.
  • The $50 Skate Oakville fees and $80 fundraising fees are not refundable after the start of the season.

Full Refund policy can be viewed here.

Missed Classes

We use the same policy for missed classes as the Town of Oakville. "Participants are to attend all classes as scheduled for the program in which they are registered. In the event that a participant is unable to attend a scheduled class(es), make-up classes, refunds, or credits for the missed class(es) will not be provided."

Skate Oakville Volunteer Commitment

Skate Oakville is a not-for-profit organization that requires the support of volunteers to operate.  As a parent with a skater/skaters registered in any of the Skate Oakville programs listed below, you are required to commit to a number of tasks for the 2019-2020 season.  The number of commitments to be completed per family is calculated on a per skater and per program basis, to a maximum of (5) commitments per family.  The number of commitments per program is as follows:

  • STARSkate A & B - no commitment required
  • STARSkate C & D - (1) commitment required
  • Pre Comp - no commitment required
  • Base Comp - (1) commitment required
  • Advanced Comp - (1) commitment required
  • Elite Comp - (2) commitments required
  • Select Comp - (2) commitments required
  • Junior Comp Dance - (1) commitment required
  • Dance  Comp - (1) commitment required
  • Synchro Beginner 1 & 2 - no commitment required
  • Synchro Elementary - (1) commitment required
  • Synchro Elementary  Plus - (1) commitment required
  • Synchro Pre Juvenile - (2) commitments required
  • Synchro Juvenile - (2) commitments required
  • Synchro Intermediate - (2) commitments required

Mixed and Open sessions are credited according to the skaters STAR level.

The number of credits per position is specified on the list.  The volunteer positions will be available on a first-come, first serve basis.  If you do not select all of your commitments at registration, please keep in mind that you must register for or have completed all of your obligations/commitment requirements by March 15, 2020 or you will be subject to a charge of $150.00 per required commitment/obligation.

As a reminder for new members, please note that Skate Oakville volunteer obligations must be fulfilled by one of the parents of the skater/skaters.  High School students may also volunteer to satisfy High School volunteer hours but those volunteers hours do not count towards the Skate Oakville volunteer obligations.  If you have any questions regarding volunteering, please do not hesitate to email the volunteer chair at volunteer@skateoakville.ca.

As you know, Skate Oakville could not operate without the assistance of volunteers to help out at events.  As such, each member’s volunteer efforts are greatly valued and appreciated.  On behalf of the Board, we thank you in advance for your continued engagement and your dedication to the club.

For more information on positions and registering for volunteer positions please visit the volunteer page.

Figure Skating FAQ

Do I need skating experience to register for the STARSkate/Figure Skating program?

Yes, skaters must have passed Stage 5 of the CanSkate program to participate in the STARSkate program.

If your skater has passed Stage 5 at a different club, please provide our office with a copy of the report card so we can update your account accordingly.

What equipment do I need to be in the STARSkate/Figure Skating program?

Skaters in the STARSkate program are required to wear figure skates. Hockey skates are not suitable for this program. Athletic clothing, skating skirts and simple skating dresses can be worn by skaters during practice ice. Hooded sweatshirts are not recommended as they can obstruct the view of your skater.

How does the format differ from CanSkate?

STARSkate A sessions start with a 30 minute group lesson followed by 30 minutes of unstructured ice time, also known as freeskate time. In this time skaters practice their skills independently. Some skaters will also use the unstructured time for private lessons with a coach. There are no report cards or badges in the STARSkate program. Skaters will eventually need to hire a private coach to progress through the STAR levels by completing STAR Tests with their coach.

STARSkate B, C, & D are 50 minutes of unstructured ice time. At these levels it is necessary to have a private coach. There are some STARSkate B and C sessions that are 80 minutes and include a 30 minute group lesson.

Do I need a private coach?

Not at first but eventually you will need a private coach. Some skaters prefer to be in the program for a little bit to see which coach they connect best with, before hiring someone. Some skaters will have lessons set up right away. Your skater will need a private coach to track their progress and to determine when your skater is ready to move on to the next level. There are no report cards and level tracking in the STARSkate program, so skaters will need a private coach to help direct their progress. Progress is determined by tests, administered by the coach and further on, by testing on Test Days.

Visit Our Coaches page for information on the coaching staff.

How do I get a private coach?

If you already have a coach in mind, you can contact them directly to inquire about their availability. If you don't know any of our coaches, sign up for the session you would like and inform our office (office@skateoakville.ca) that you are looking for a coach. We will contact you with the coaches who are available during your session time. It may take some time to connect you with a coach, but we will do our best to find you someone as soon as we can. Alternatively after the sessions have begun, you may visit the office and ask for a list of coaches with availability on your session.

Visit Our Coaches page for information on the coaching staff.

Which coach should I choose?

Our office staff is more than happy to provide you with a list of coaches who are available on your skaters session, but this decision is best made by you and your skater. We always recommend you meet with the coaches you are considering before hiring them, and ask them any questions you may have during this meeting.

How do I pay the coach and how much is it?

The agreement is between you and the coach. Most coaches bill their skaters on a monthly basis and you make payment directly to them. Payments can also be dropped off to the office to deliver to the coaches mail slots. Please write the skaters name on the envelope.

Coaches are independent contractors and their fees are based on qualifications and experience. Please speak to the coach directly before agreeing to work with them to find out their coaching fees.

How many times per week do I need to skate?

Skaters in STARSkate A are required to skate at least once per week. This is the minimum, although the more you skate the faster you tend to progress. For skaters in STARSkate B, C, and D it is recommended that they skate a minimum of two sessions per week. In order for skaters to participate in our test days, they must be registered and skating on at least 2 sessions per week.

How do I move up to the next level?

Skaters move up to the next level by acquiring Skate Oakville Points. Points are awarded based on STARSkate testing levels. Your coach will guide you through the testing process and let you know when you are ready to test. Feel free to speak to your skaters coach outside of their on ice time if you would like to know more about your skaters progress.

How do I know when my skater is ready to test?

Your coach will let you know when your skater is ready to try a test, and they will let you know which test you need to purchase online.

How long does it take for a skater to move through the STAR levels?

There is no specific time limit on how long a skater will spend in each level as every skater learns and progresses at their own pace.

I have questions about my skaters progress. Who should I talk to?

Any questions regarding your skaters progress should be directed to your skaters coach. Feel free to speak to your skaters coach outside of their on ice time if you would like to know more about your skaters progress.