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Coaches

CBS Skating Club is proud to offer professional coaching for all of our skaters in all of our skating sessions – from Pre-CanSkate to our senior levels.

The coaching of figure skating in Canada is done on a professional basis.  Individuals make their coaching services available for a fee.  Skate Canada Professional Coaches normally coach as their vocation, either on a full or part-time basis. All coaches are registered with Skate Canada and required to be trained and/or certified in the National Coaching Certification Program.

Learn-to-Skate

CanSkate  • AcademySkate • Adult-TeenSkate • CanPowerSkate

All group lessons offered by the CBS Skating Club will include coaching when registering.  This includes all CanSkate and CanPowerSkate sessions.

When participating in these group lessons, the CBS Skating Club will be responsible for the hiring, scheduling and remuneration all coaches assigned to your child’s group lessons. As a parent and participant you will not need to worry about the coaching logistics as this is all done for you by the club’s office.

Many of the coaches that teach your child in the early stages of their skating career also teach our senior skaters on a provincial and national level. Our coaches have a lot of experience and enjoy bringing their knowledge and love of skating to our beginner skaters.   

Figure Skating

STARSkate  • CompetitiveSkate • Synchro

When your child progresses past the beginner stages of skating (completed CanSkate) – private coaching is something you need to consider. The addition of private coaching is required at the Intermediate & Senior level - at our club this is when you join a STARSkate Bronze class or higher. At this point you need to make a decision about which coach you want to hire from among the available coaches in the club.  The coach should be someone the skater feels comfortable with, and one you both respect as an individuals as well as a teacher.  You want a coach who treats your child with respect and who is interested in your child’s development as a person as well as a skater.

When looking for a coach, get information directly from the potential coaches, from our club’s website or directly from the club’s office about the coach’s coaching qualification, their coaching experience, formal education, test passed as a skater, competitive experience etc.  Talk to other parents and skater and watch how the potential coach interacts while they are teaching other skaters.  After all, you may end up paying this coach a fair amount of money over several years so take the time to find the right coach for your child.

Does my skater need a private coach?

Private coaching will help speed progress by increasing focus on each skater’s individual goals and challenges; these may include the exciting experience of going to competitions or working through Skate Canada test levels. If your skater wants to try competing or testing, Skate Canada dictates that you must have a coach.

So how do I choose a coach?

Our professional coaches teach both male and female skaters of all levels of ability and experience. Simply contact the coach of your choice directly for more information.

Familiarize yourself with their credentials: our club’s coaching staff have listed their credentials and biographies on the coaches’ profile page on our website.

Your private coach should be someone the skater is comfortable with. Ask your skater for an opinion - they will have some familiarity with the teaching style of several coaches through group lessons, warm--‐ups and so on. But be careful that they are not just asking for a certain coach because their friends are with that coach! Personal fit is important. You might want to observe the coaches on sessions other than your usual sessions. While you will not be able listen in to lessons directly, watching the coaches from the stands might help to give you a feel for how each coach works.

How many lessons a week do we need?

The number of private lessons per week will depend on the skater’s goals. Naturally, the more lessons a skater has the faster they will progress. However, remember that skaters also need to learn to work independently – do not schedule so many lessons on each session that they do not have a chance to develop this skill. Semi--‐private lessons (lessons where skaters of similar ability share a private lesson) are a good option as long as they are supplemented by private lessons, so each skater gets a chance to work on his/her individual needs with the coach.

Communication with your coach is key

Communication is the key to any good relationship and the coach and skater/parent relationship is no different. There are least two distinct times when coaches and skaters/parents should discuss their needs and expectations surrounding their coach/skater/parent relationship: the initial meeting when the skater/parent is looking for a coach; and a yearly meeting at the beginning of every skating season.  At the initial meeting, information such as the coaching philosophy, roles and responsibilities of each individual, fees, skating budget, skating equipment, your child’s safety on and off the ice, base and support coaches, amount of time committed to skating, off-ice training, lesson scheduling, behaviour and conduct of the skater should be discussed.  The yearly meeting should give and assessment of the previous year; evaluate and reset short and long term goals, discuss new programs, off-ice training plan, test and competition schedule, off-season school plan, extra activities, school performance and commitments, equipment, medical exam and fitness testing.  At this time the coach should also provide you with a current copy of the Coaches Code of Ethics and review the code directly with you.  Your coach should also set dates for progress report meeting throughout the year. 

If you have any questions about your skater's progress or your lessons, speak with your coach. After all, you are paying them to work with your child. This is a business arrangement and must be treated as such. Discuss your thoughts, ask questions, and raise any concerns openly. Our coaches pride themselves on friendly, supportive and positive skater/coach relationships!

What if I decide to change coaches?

It is not unusual for a skater to change coaches during his/her career.  Skaters often seek specialized attention from different coaches at different times to help them meet their skating goals.  When and if, the decision to change coaches has been made, certain common sense and ethical procedures should be followed:

  • Notify your current coach of your decision privately;
  • Pay any outstanding account balances;
  • Seek a new coach, although informal and discreet inquiries in this area may start earlier;
  • Be discreet and courteous throughout.