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LEARN TO SKATE PROGRAMS

These programs are used both as a feeder program for our figure skating groups and for other programs such as speed skating or hockey.

KidCanSkate:
What is the KidCanSkate Program?
KidCanSkate is one of Skate Canada’s Learn to skate program’s designed for children from 3 to 5 years of age. The course design has a strong element of play built in to encourage and capture the attention of young skaters. Dedicated Skate Canada Coaches and trained Program Assistants teach skating fundamentals in stages using methods specially formulated for the age group. Although it may appear that most of the on-ice time is spent playing games, these games are geared toward assisting them to learn the basic skills while having fun. To make learning to skate a pleasant and satisfying experience, Coaches take care to emphasize participation focusing on fun and continual movement.

Throughout the course specially designed certificates, ribbons and colouring sheets are given to each skater to provide recognition for each skater’s efforts. KidCanSkater’s also earn badges. These badges were created by the Coaches of the YKSC as many skaters are not fundamentally ready for CanSkate after one year of the KidCanSkate program. The badges are broken down into 3 stages with the final stage being the Skate Canada Kid Skater Badge & recommendation to move onto CanSkate: Stage 1 – Crawlers, Stage 2 – Walkers, & Stage 3 – Skaters. You will notice your skater moving through these stages. Skaters may register for 1, 2 or 3 thirty (30) minute sessions weekly. Skaters are normally involved in this program for no more than 2-3 years.

What are the Objectives of KidCanSkate?
During KidCanSkate sessions, the young skaters are encouraged to apply their attention and energy
• To develop proper posture
• To learning the correct method of pushing, gliding, stopping, and turning

Upon completion of the KidCanSkate Program skaters will be able to demonstrate:
• A forward one-foot glide
• A forward snowplow stop
• Backward skating
• Forward skating
• A two-foot jump on the spot
• A 360-degree turn on the spot




CanSkate:
What is the CanSkate Program?
CanSkate is one of Skate Canada’s Learn to Skate Program’s designed for children 5 years of age or older. Skaters are encouraged to participate at their own level of interest and skill. Dedicated Skate Canada Coaches and trained Program Assistants teach skating fundamentals in stages using methods specially formulated for the age group. Skaters are evaluated on a day to day basis with no formal testing. Creation of an enjoyable learning environment by combining music, warm-up exercises, group instruction, ice games and a cool down period will provide skaters with an interesting, fun program. Skaters earn badges by demonstrating mastery of specific skills at each level. Please refer to the appendix of the handbook for more details.

Skaters may register for 1, 2 or 3 forty-five (45) minute sessions weekly. Skaters are normally involved in this program for no more than 2-3 years. This program is used both as a feeder program for our figure skating groups and for other programs such as speed skating or hockey.

What are the Objectives of the CanSkate? program
• To provide an enjoyable, safe skating program
• To develop balance, co-ordination and rhythm through the use of music
• To teach correct techniques for forward skating, backward skating, stopping, turning, spinning, jumping, and the four basic edges
• To promote physical fitness
• To encourage lifelong participation in skating



CanExcel:
What is the Can Excel Program?
Can Excel is a new program offered by the YKSC for 2004/2005. Skaters between the ages of 3 and 6 are invited to participate in the group by the Professional Coaches as part of the club’s Talent Identification Program. This group of young skaters is still part of the CanSkate program as they are involved in warm-up and cool downs with all skaters. The group is taught by a combination of Professional Coaches and trained Senior Program Assistants and is limited to a maximum of 10 skaters. Skaters are required to attend a minimum of 2 forty-five (45) minute sessions weekly.

Skaters are identified for this program when he/she:
• Learns new skills faster than their peers
• Is normally first to finish assigned exercises
• Moves faster than the rest of the group
• Shows "No Fear!"
• Is willing to try anything
• Shows perseverance when a skill does not come easily
• Can perform the challenge skills at his/her level
• Tends to lead the group and 'take charge'
• Loves to skate!



Power Skating:
What is Power Skating?
CanPowerSkate is an action-packed, high energy instructional power skating program geared to hockey and ringette skaters that focuses on balance, power, agility, speed and endurance. Skills, techniques and conditioning drills are taught in a progressive format that emphasizes how the skills apply to game situations. CanPowerSkate provides an alternative to figure skating and is an excellent complement for those athletes playing on hockey or ringette teams. Its unique skill award program provides incentives and motivation for skaters to continue to achieve.

CanPowerSkate is geared to skaters aged approximately six (6) or older who already have basic forward and backward skating skills (they must be able to skate the length of the rink using alternate strides) and are able to stop on command without use of the boards.

This program is instructed by a Skate Canada certified Power Skating coach with the assistance of volunteer coaches.



Group Test Stream:
What is Group Test Stream?
This program is designed for skaters 5 – 13 years of age who are not finding the Canskate Program challenging enough and wish to learn more about figure skating. Group Test Stream is a bridge to the STARSkate program (Test Stream). The program will give your skater an exposure to what figure skating is like. Independent work habits will be developed and help prepare the skater for entry into the Junior STARSkate Program if they wish to continue on in Figure Skating. Professional Skate Canada coaches assisted by Senior Program Assistants teach this group. Two new curriculums are being added to the Group Test Program this year: Jump Start and Pre-Preliminary.

Jump Start
As part of the over all Group Test Program the Jump Start group is aimed at skaters aged 5-9 and who have passed the Skate Canada Stage 3 badge. This program begins to teach the skaters the simpler figure skating skills required to prepare them for their first Skate Canada Tests, Competitions and the Junior STARSkate Program. Skaters register in this program upon invitation by the club’s Professional Skate Canada Coaches and are required to attend two (2) sixty (60) minutes sessions per week as a minimum. The group size is limited to 15 skaters and shares the ice with the Pre-Preliminary Group Test program. Jump Start is used as a feeder system for our competitive skating programs. Skaters in this group will participate in fun meet competitions and may take entry level Skate Canada Tests.

Pre-preliminary
Also a part of the over all Group Test Program the Pre-Preliminary group is aimed at skaters aged 8-13 years of age who have passed the Skate Canada Stage 4 badge. This program also begins to teach the skaters the basic figure skating skills required to prepare them for their first Skate Canada Tests, Competitions and the Junior STARSkate Program. Skaters register in this program after consultation with the club’s Professional Skate Canada Coaches if they are interested in figure skating at a more serious level. These skaters are required to attend at least two (1) sixty (60) minute session per week. The group size is limited to 15 skaters and shares the ice with the Jump Start Group Test program. The Pre-Preliminary Program is used as a feeder system for our STARSkate (Test Stream) program. Skaters in this group will participate in fun meet and invitational / open competitions and take Skate Canada Tests.




STARSkate/Competitive (Test Stream) Programs
What is Test Stream?
The Skate Canada Test Program is for figure skaters that are beyond the learn-to-skate level. There are separate tests for Skating Skills, Freeskate and Dance. A skater, at their own rate can work towards becoming a 'gold test skater' or skate at this level for the 'pure joy of skating'. In the Test Stream program there are two paths that your skater can choose, please see the definitions below. The Test Stream program allows the flexibility of designing your skating schedule to best suit your time and interest. Coaches are available for private or semi-private instruction. Please contact the coach of your choice directly.


Competitive Skate
This program is aimed at skaters aged 6 and up who wish to figure skate competitively. These skaters also progress through the STARSkate program including taking tests in all three disciplines. These skaters may compete at some invitational and open competitions but also compete at a provincial / national level.

STARSkate
This program is aimed at skaters aged 6 and up who wish to figure skate and take instruction in all three disciplines (dance, skills and freeskate) on a regular basis. These skaters progress through the STARSkate program including taking tests in all three disciplines. These skaters also compete at invitational, open or fun meet competitions. In this program ice time is purchased from the club when you pay your registration fees, and coaching fees are separate and paid directly to your coach upon being invoiced.


Special Olympics

What is Special Olympics?
The YKSC offers a skating program for athletes with a mental disability. Our national body, Skate Canada, is committed to providing special needs athletes with program and competitive opportunities. Liaising regularly with Special Olympics Canada as well as other sport organizations for athletes with a disability, Skate Canada provides updates and support to member clubs regarding strategies on how to integrate Special Olympians and other special needs skaters into regular club programming. The Yellowknife Skating Club is the only club in the NWT to participate in these programs. The program is instructed by a Skate Canada certified Special Olympics coach and volunteer assistant coaches.



Adult/Late Starters – Learn to Skate Program

What is Adult/Late Starters?
Whether the goal is skating "just for fun", hockey, ice dancing, or figure skating, Adult/Late Starters teaches skaters 18 and older the basic skills or improves the ones they may already have. Learning the correct way to skate can add fun to anyone’s life while enhancing a healthy and active lifestyle. The perks in fitness and self-confidence are immeasurable. The program caters to all skaters, whatever their age, fitness level and skating skills. Coaches take care to create enjoyable and social classes to provide the best learning environment. Professional coaches realize that adults have specific expectations, needs and fears about skating and teach accordingly. Adult/Late Starters encompasses four stages, through which skater’s progress at their own rate. Skating fundamentals are taught in stages using methods specially formulated for this diverse age group. Participants master nine out of eleven required skills, for example, before moving to the next level.

By the end of the program skaters will be capable of executing moves such as:
• Forward and backward skating
• Inside and outside edges
• Gliding on one and two feet
• Stopping and turning (mohawks & three turns)
• Jumps
• One and two foot spins