Junior Academy is a bridging program suited for skaters who have successfully completed CanSkate Stage 3 or equivalent and have been talent identified by our Skate Canada Certified Professional Coaches based on their ability, desire and expressed interest in continuing development in figure skating. Skaters entering Junior Academy receive specialized instruction for figure skating in a small group setting. The program consists of on-ice instruction in the areas of jumping, spinning, edges, turns and musicality, and off-ice instruction in jump technique and other exercises to help with body development, awareness and movement patterns. Basic posture and stroking will also be emphasized to help build speed, endurance, gracefulness and agility.
To support and reinforce skill acquisition, skaters in this program are recommended to participate in two (2) on-ice sessions per week and one (1) off-ice session per week.
Our Junior Academy sessions are instructed by Skate Canada Certified Professional Coaches and delivered in a group format. All ice and coaching costs are included in the registration price. Additional coaching in the form of private lessons is optional.
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Junior STAR (STAR 1-5) is a figure skating program suited for skaters that have successfully completed Junior Academy, Intro to Figure Skating or CanSkate Stage 6 and want to take the next step. Skaters entering Junior STAR build on skills acquired in CanSkate Stage 6, further developing and refining fundamental figure skating skills. The goal of this program is to train skaters for successful completion of the STAR 1-5 assessments in:
- Skills: edges, turns, power and field moves;
- Freeskate: jump and spin technique as well as the introduction of programs to music; and
- Ice Dance: dance steps and technique, pattern dances, timing and carriage.
The Junior STAR program is based on the principles of the Learn to Train stage of development described in Skate Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model. Skaters are encouraged to acquire a skill set that will allow them to reach the highest level of proficiency that their unique talent and commitment will allow. The importance of coaching and strong technical development is critical at this stage.
Skaters entering this program (STAR 1) should participate in two (2) on-ice sessions and one (1) off-ice session per week. By the end of this program (STAR 5), skaters should participate in four (4) on-ice sessions and two (2) off-ice sessions per week.
The Senior STAR (STAR 6 to Gold) program is a continuation of the Junior STAR (STAR 1 to 5) program and the next set of skills for skaters to achieve after STAR 5. Skaters entering Senior STAR build on skills acquired in Junior STAR, further developing and refining fundamental figure skating skills. Skaters in this program have the option to pursue high performance development if they choose. The goal of this program however is to train skaters for successful completion of the STAR 6 to Gold assessments in:
- Skills: develop edges, turns in figure form, power and field moves for all disciplines;
- Freeskate: develops jumps and spins and Program Components;
- Ice Dance: develops proper skating technique, while promoting timing, accuracy and musicality through pattern dances; and
- Artistic: develops movement, creativity, projection and expression through programs.
The Senior STAR program is based on the principles of the Learn to Compete and Active for Life stages of development described in Skate Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model. Athletes in this stage are exposed to greater performance and competition opportunities. The competitive experiences that occur during this phase focus on performance and not solely on outcome or results. Training plans become even further individualized to the needs and abilities of the athlete as compared to Junior STAR.
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