Welcome to CompetitiveSkate

The difference between STARSkate and CompetitiveSkate

STARSkate is the recreational side of Skate Canada’s program which was developed for skaters that would like to compete, but compete in a fun and relaxing way. There is no age limit for any of these levels. Skaters can move up through the levels at their own pace.

CompetitiveSkate is the competitive side of Skate Canada’s program that was the original direction for all skaters who would like to compete. This is a tougher and very competitive side of the competition. There is an age limit in the first three levels and the requirements for passing tests are mandatory.

The tests for CompetitiveSkate and StarSkate are the same. The commitment level for CompetitiveSkate is the biggest difference between the two programs.

Levels & Age Limits

Competitive Skating Consists of 6 Levels:

  • Pre- Juvenile – Under 13 – Axel + 2 consistent double jumps.
  • Juvenile - Under 14 – Axel + 3 consistent double jumps.
  • Pre-Novice – Under 16 – Axel + 5 consistent double jumps.
  • Novice – Under 17 – Double Axel + 1 Triple Jump
  • Junior – Under 18 – Double Axel + 3 Triple Jumps
  • Senior – No Age Limit – Double Axel + All Triple Jumps

Commitment

According to Skate Canada’s  Long-Term Athlete Development at the CompetitiveSkate level a skater should look at committing on-ice time ranging between 3-5 days per week with as many as three sessions per day. Skaters should also take into account off-ice training as well which could include jumps, fitness, flexibility, yoga, ballet and other training methods.

Session

Approximate Test Level

Session Requirement1

 

LTAD Ideal Training Load2

On-Ice

Off-Ice3

Length of Season

Bronze

Pre-Preliminary - Preliminary

Passed Canskate Stage 6

StarSkate

45-60 min sessions; 2-5 days/wk

1-3 hrs/wk

20-44 wks/yr

Silver

Preliminary –
Jr Bronze

3+ test points (min 2 points must be Freeskate test points)

StarSkate

45-60 min sessions; 1-2 sessions/day;

2-5 days/wk

1-4 hrs/wk

20-44 wks/yr

Competitive
Skate

45-60 min sessions; 1-2 sessions/day;

3-5 days/wk;

3-8 hrs/wk

44-48 wks/yr

Gold

Sr Bronze up

9+ test points (min 5 points must be Freeskate test points)

or

12+ test points (min 4 points must be Freeskate test points)

or

10+ CPC technical element score

StarSkate

45-60 min sessions; 1-2 sessions/day;

2-5 days/wk

3-5 hrs/wk

25-46 wks/yr

Competitive
Skate

45-60 min sessions; 2-3 sessions/day;

4-5 days/wk;

4-14 hrs/wk

44-48 wks/yr

 

Notes:

  1. STARSkate test points assigned for each passed test (excludes pre-preliminary tests or dance segments): 1 point for each PART of Free Skate test (2 points for Complete test) / 1 point for each GROUP of Dances / 1 point for Skills / 1 point for Interpretive
  2. While Training LTAD may not always be achievable, athletes should be working toward these scheduling goals
  3. Off-ice consists of jumps, fitness, flexibility, yoga, ballet and other training methods.