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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 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.

STAR A -   passed stage 5

  • 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 -   2 - 7 points

  • 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 C -   8 - 21 points

  • 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.

High Dance

  • Ice time only session for skaters at the Junior Silver Dance level and above to work on their dances.  No Free Skate or Skills allowed on this ice time.

Fundamentals

  • 50 minute group lesson of skating exercises to build fluidity, strength, and balance

Boys Only

  • 50 minute group lesson session for boys at the figure skating level

 

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 $35 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 March Mania competition.

Payments

Full payment of membership fees is required at time of registration.  Session fees may be split into 5 montly installments beginning September 1.

Figure Skating Schedules

Summer - Monday July 4 to Friday August 19 2016

Schedule - 2016 Summer

*Please note we will not be providing supervision during our Summer 2017 program.  If your child requires supervision while at the rink, please register through the Town of Oakville for the "Summer Figure Skating Camp" www.oakville.ca

Pre Season - Tuesday Sept 6 to Friday Sept 23 2016

Schedule - PreSeason 2016

Main Season - Sunday Sept 25 2016 to Friday March 10 2017

Schedule - Main Season 2016-17

2016 Holiday Closures

Spring Season - Monday April 3 2017 to Sunday June 18 2017

Schedule - Spring Season 2017

 

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

Test Days

Summer 2016
Pre Season 2016
Main Season 2016-17

Online Payment Instructions (PDF)

Chart of all Figure Skating Tests (PDF)

Payments

Full payment of membership fees is required at time of registration.  Session fees may be split into 5 montly installments beginning September 1.

Refunds

  • Refund requests must be in writing or by email to the office at least 24 hours before the class being cancelled.
  • The $35 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.
  • All refunds are pro-rated from the time of notification.
  • Refunds for injury with a doctor’s note will be issued at anytime throughout the program.

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 (or skaters) registered in any of the Skate Oakville programs listed below, you are required to commit to a number of tasks for the 2016-2017 season.  The number of commitments to be completed per family is calculated on a per skater and per program basis, to a maximum of 7 commitments per family.  The number of commitments per program is as follows:

    • STARSkate A = no commitment
    • STARSkate B to D = 1 commitment
    • Pre Comp = 1 commitment
    • Base Comp = 1 commitment, plus 1 commitment for STARSkate B to D sessions
    • Advanced Comp = 2 commitments, plus 1 commitment for STARSkate B to D sessions
    • Elite Comp = 2 commitments, plus 1 commitment for STARSkate B to D sessions
    • Dance Comp (if not already Volunteering in other Comp program) = 2 commitments, plus 1 commitment for STARSkate B to D sessions
    • Synchro Team = 2 commitments, plus 1 commitment for STARSkate B to D sessions
    • Maximum of 7 commitments per family

A new feature this year will be your ability to select your volunteer position(s) for the season as part of the online registration process for programs.  You will be prompted to select position(s) from a list, similar to the one attached.  The number of commitments per position is specified on the list.   The positions will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and once the number of volunteers needed per position has been filled, the system will no longer allow you to select that position.   The registration system will not automatically calculate the maximum 7 per family.  We will need do this manually for you in the office.

You will not be able to complete the registration process without selecting at least one of your volunteer commitments.  If you do not select all of your commitments at registration, please keep checking back for new positions as they get posted throughout the year.  As such, you may wish to give some thought to your volunteer involvement with the Club this coming year in advance of your on-line registration! 

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

 

Figure Skating FAQ

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

Yes, skaters must be passed stage 5 of the CanSkate program to participate in the STARSkate I program.

How do I get a private coach?

If you already have a coach in mind, you can contact them directly to enquire about their availability.  If you don't know any of our coach, 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.

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 I program, so skaters will need a private coach to help direct their progress.  There are no group lessons on STARSkate II so you will need to connect with a coach to move on to SSII.

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.

How many times per week do I need to skate?

Skaters in STARSkate II, III or IV are required to skate at least 2 sessions per week to participate in our test days.  Skaters in STARSkate I are required to skate at least once per week.  This is the minimum the more you skate the faster you progress.

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 your through the testing process and let you know when you are ready to test.  There is more information on our Levels & Criteria page.

How does the format differ from CanSkate?

STARSkate I sessions start with a 30 minute group lesson followed by 30 minutes of unstructured ice time.  In this time skaters practice their skills.  Some skaters will also use the unstructured time for private lessons.

STARSkate II, III, & IV are 50 minutes of unstructured ice time.  At these levels it is necessary to have a private coach.