CanSkate is SkateCanada`s flagship program and is one of the most sought-after skating programs in Canada. It has been developed over time using feedback from coaches, sport science and Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) experts. The focus is to master strong basic skills in a progressive manner and develop the speed, strength and flexibility needed for all ice sports – hockey, ringette, and figure skating. The skater to coach ratio is low (10:1 or less) in order to ensure individual attention and continuous advancement through the program. There are six stages of skating skills development, plus an introductory level called Pre-CanSkate. Skaters progress through these stages at their own rate, and advance to the next stage upon completion of the previous one. Ages 3+
On-Ice Program Delivery
During a CanSkate session, there are up to six groups on the ice. By having different colored pinnies for each group, the skaters and coaches will be able to quickly see where they should be on the ice. The colors are random, and are simply a means of grouping the skaters – colors are not associated with a level. These pinnies will be worn over the child’s sweater/jacket. Your child should put on their pinnie before getting on the ice. Please CANSkate is SkateCanada`s flagship program and is one of the most sought-after skating programs in Canada. It has been developed over time using feedback from coaches, sport science and Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) experts. The focus is to master strong basic skills in a progressive manner and develop the speed, strength and flexibility needed for all ice sports – hockey, ringette and figure skating. The skater to coach ratio is low (10:1 or less) in order to ensure individual attention and continuous advancement through the program. There are six stages of skating skills development, plus an introductory level called Pre-CANSkate. Skaters progress through these stages at their own rate, and advance to the next stage upon completion of the previous one. be at the rink early for the first session to get your group assignments and pinnie. Please return your pinnie to the table after your session, as these are to be kept at the stadium
Pre-CanSkate will warm up and have lessons in the same zone at an end quarter of the ice for the entire session. The Pre-CanSkate group is made up of skaters who have never skated before and who are not confident with their balance on the ice, regardless of age. They work on the essentials needed to move safely and effectively on the ice so that they can eventually rotate through the different learning stations. There are eight basic skills designed to ready them for Stage 1. Once skaters are mobile and feel comfortable rotating between zones, they will be moved to a different group. Each skater will be assessed by the coach and Skating Director regarding movement to the rotational schedule. Please note that parents are not allowed on the ice with their Pre-CanSkater. The skater must be at least three years old by the end of the skating term and willing to go on the ice without their parent. Ratio on this session is 10:1.
There are three main stations on the ice during each CanSkate session: Balance, Control, & Agility. Each week, one of the zones is designated as the Fun Zone, which will have some extra fun added to the circuit. A Fast Track encircles the perimeter of the ice rink, outside of the group stations. Each session consists of a warm-up, three small group lessons (10 minutes each at one of three stations with a different coach at each station), a group activity and a cool-down with a focus on continuous movement. Skaters use the Fast Track to move from station to station. The sessions incorporate upbeat music, teaching aids and a wide variety of activities to add fun and variety. Ratio on this session is 10:1.
The Adult-TeenSkate program teaches the fundamentals of
skating required for recreational skating/hockey following our CANSkate levels. The focus is on fun and basic skill development with skaters progressing at their own pace. Lessons are given in a group format and led by an Skate Canada certified professional coach. This session is open to all skaters age 12 and older. As in all of our CanSkate programs, a CSA Approved hockey helmet is mandatory of all of our Adult-TeenSkaters.
Assessments, Ribbons & Badges
Skaters move through the stages based on their ability. They are continuously assessed and will progress at different rates. Within each stage, there are three ribbons (Agility, Balance and Control) to be earned in order to progress to the next stage. Each ribbon represents the mastery of the sub-skills for that stage. These ribbons can be achieved in any order, at any time and are awarded on an individual basis. When all three ribbons have been awarded, the skater will receive a badge for that stage and move to the next stage. This allows for faster progress for those who are ready to move up a stage. Please discuss this system with your child so that they understand that not everyone will receive a ribbon at the same time in order to avoid disappointment. It is possible for a child to move through multiple stages during the 10-week session; it is also possible for a child to remain in the same stage for entire session, both of which are perfectly fine! It is important to remember that all children will progress at different rates and will have their own level of success during the season. You will receive a report card at the end of the 10 weeks to update you and your skater on their progress, noting their successes and what they still may need to work on.