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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 Assessments 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. Previous skating experience is required for this program. Figure skates are required for all STARSkate programs.

STAR A -   passed stage 5

  • STAR A Groups sessions are a 50-minute group lesson
  • Skaters wishing to have private lessons from a coach should register for Open sessions
  • If you need to be connected with a coach, please email office@skateoakville.ca

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

  • STAR B Groups sessions are a 50-minute group lesson
  • Skaters wishing to have private lessons from a coach should register for Open, Mixed or Day Ice sessions - please check with your coach for their availability first

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

  • We are not currently offering any specific STAR C sessions, skaters at this level can register for Open, Mixed and Day Ice sessions
  • Skaters at this level need to be skating a minimum of two times a week.

STAR D - have 22+ points

  • We are not currently offering any specific STAR D sessions, skaters at this level can register for Open, Mixed and Day Ice sessions
  • 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 monthly installments for the Fall and Winter (Main) Seasons. Installments are also available for Spring and Summer seasons.

Figure Skating Schedules

For Policies and Procedures surrounding skating during the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic please visit our COVID-19 specific page

Fall Season (Session One) - Mon Sep 14 to Sun Nov 1, 2020

Fall Season (Session Two) - To be announced

Winter Season - To be announced

 

Spring Season - To Be Announced

 

Summer Season - To Be Announced

 

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

Assessment Days

 

 

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

Equivalency Chart STAR 6 - Gold (PDF) - If you have been working on Sr Bronze and higher tests, this will show equivalent tests and next steps

Assessment Day Policy

Below you will find the requirements for using an Assessment Day at Skate Oakville. This policy is for both intermediate assessment days (STAR 6-8) and high assessment days (STAR 9-Gold and Diamond).

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 be assessed on an Assessment Day, this does not mean the skater will participate. This is evaluated on a case-by-case basis and is dependent on the size of the assessment day and how much time is available. An additional surcharge would apply to any Non-Skate Oakville members participating. This must be requested minimum three weeks ahead of the Assessment Day.

Payments

Full payment of membership fees is required at time of registration. Session fees may be split into monthly installments. 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

There is currently no volunteer commitment for the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 restrictions surrounding events.

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. Skaters passed Stage 5 of CanSkate are no longer required to wear a helmet while on the ice.

How does the format differ from CanSkate?

Sessions that are listed with "Groups" offer group coaching. These sessions will be 50-minutes of group lesson time only.

Mixed and Open sessions are available for skaters who wish to work with a private coach. These sessions are 50-minutes of ice time only, coaching is not included.

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 assessments, administered by the coach and further on, by testing in front of judges on Assessment 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 a list of 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 coach & 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 Assessment 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 completing STARSkate assessments and acquiring Skate Oakville Points. Points are awarded based on completed STARSkate assessments. Your coach will guide you through the assessment process and let you know when you are ready to be assessed. 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 and the assessment process.

How do I know when my skater is ready to be assessed?

Your coach will let you know when your skater is ready to be assessed, and they will let you know which STAR Assessment 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. Skaters are required to pass a certain amount of tests, which may include specific tests, in order to move to higher STAR sessions.

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 or send them an email if you would like to know more about your skaters progress.

Where can I get more information?

More information can be found on the Parent Resources Page.