Designed for skaters eager to move into the figure skating programs. Skaters must be identified from our CanSkate program by Coaches as having an aptitude for skating. Evaluation session will be setup prior to registration. Skaters in this program are must skate 2 sessions per week, one Academy and one regular CanSkate session. This session is intended for skaters up to the age of 8 years as of July 1st as of the beginning of the skating year (Sept - Mar).
On-Ice Program Delivery
As there are less skaters per coach in our Academy sessions, we do not use the pinnie system that your skater would be familar with in their CanSkate sessions.
In our Academy sessions we have fewer skaters on the ice to allow for more movement. The teaching format is also different than in a regular CanSkate program, as the program and lesson plan will be individualized to the skaters/groups. Academy Can-Skate is a good introduction to the Figure Skating teaching format. The lesson plan will follow more of a STARSkate approach rather than a CanSkate approach in terms of team teaching and format. All sessions will still have the following components – warm-up, lesson time and cool-down.
During the Academy session, the coach and skaters will not necessarily be focusing on Canskate elements (to pass stages), but rather on figure skating elements. Distribution of ribbons and badges will not be the focus of Academy sessions but will occur in the skater’s Accelerated CanSkate session.
We are proud to have all of our programs taught by Professional Coaches who are specially trained and certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). They are on the ice teaching the skaters the skills and assessing their ability. They are responsible for preparing and implementing the lessons.
They will have “Coach” on their jackets to identify them.
Academy CANSkaters will also have access to off-ice training. Off-Ice Training is provided in a group setting, usually in our warm room. During the session skaters will work on agility and strength training, core and balance work, athletic/skating related games specific to skating skills.
All Academy skaters will skate two sessions, the Academy session and a CanSkate session.
Academy Session: Coach and skaters will not necessarily be focusing on Canskate elements (to pass stages), but rather on figure skating elements. Although they won’t be assessed on these specific skills - these lessons are considered a key component to an Academy CanSkaters future success and will be help the skater in mastering skills to be used in later CanSkate levels or StarSkate. Distribution of ribbons and badges will not be the focus of Academy sessions.
CanSkate Session: Skater will be focusing primarily on elements covered under the CanSkate report card. Skaters will also have the opportunity to gain their CANSkate ribbons and badges during this session. Please refer to the CANSkate page for an overview of CANSkate stages, ribbons and badges.
As the Academy sessions focus on figure skating elements, all Academy CanSkaters are required to wear
Figure Skates for this session (no hockey skates). Skates should be comfortable, fit well, and provide firm ankle support. All CanSkate participants (up to & including Stage 5) must wear a CSA-approved hockey helmet while on the ice. If you have any questions or concerns regarding equipment for your skater, please speak to the CanSkate Coordinator, a coach or a Board member.
For more information on how to choose skates and care for them properly, please refer to our Equipment Guide.