Georgetown Skating Club Parent Information Package 2009 - 2010

					Georgetown Skating
       Club




Parent Information
    Package
   2009 - 2010
                        TABLE OF CONTENTS

SECTION 1

GEORGETOWN SKATING CLUB                                           3
BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                                3
CLUB STRUCTURE                                                    4
VOLUNTEERS                                                        5
PROGRAM ASSITANT/FUNDRAISING/MUSIC DUTY                           6
POLICIES AND ICE ETIQUETTE                                      7/8
CODE OF CONDUCT                                                   9
MUSIC/SOUND BOOTH POLICIES                                       10

SECTION 2

SKATE CANADA PROGRAM INFORMATION                              11/12
GEORGETOWN SKATING CLUB PROGRAMS                              13/14

SECTION 3

STARSKATE ONE PARENT INFORMATION                              15/16
STARSKATE TWO PARENT INFORMATION                              16/17
STARSKATE THREE PARENT INFORMATION                            18/19

SECTION 4

HOW TO CHOOSE A COACH                                         20/21
COACH INFORMATION                                             22/23

SECTION 5

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR PRE-CANSKATE AND CANSKATE
SKATES HOW TO BUY/FIT/TIE                                       24
HOW TO CARE FOR SKATES,HELMETS,CLOTHING,FIRST DAY SUCCESS       25
USEFUL INFORMATION
TEST DAY, LOW TEST/HIGH TEST                                     26
COMPETITIONS, W HAT DO I NEED FOR MY FIRST COMPETITION?       27/28
TICKET ICE, OFF ICE, YEAR END BANQUET,CLOTHING                   29
SHARPENING FIGURE SKATES, WHERE TO LOOK FOR SKATING APPAREL      30
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
JUMPS                                                           31
SPINS, TURNS                                                    32
                             Georgetown Skating Club
                                   162 Guelph Street, Ste 235
                                       Georgetown, Ontario
                                            L7G 5X7
                            Phone: 905-866-2330 (answering machine)
                             E-mail: info@georgetownskatingclub.ca
                             Website: www.georgetownskatingclub.ca

                      Sanctioned by: Skate Canada – Club Number 1000437




                                    MISSION STATEMENT
   The Georgetown Skating club is dedicated to the principle of enabling every person to
   participate in skating throughout his or her lifetime for fun, fitness and/or achievement.



                    2009-2010 Executive & Board of Directors
The Georgetown Skating Club is run by an elected VOLUNTEER Board of Directors. At present we
have two vacant positions. Each Chairman at one time or another needs help. If you are interested
in helping out with any of these positions, please contact any member of the Board.


 President                    Joseph Gushue            joe.gushue@georgetownskatingclub.ca
 Vice President               Lisette Logan            lisette.logan@georgetownskatingclub.ca
 Vice President               Syl Carle                syl.carle@georgetownskatingclub.ca
 Secretary                    Jennifer Malatesta       jennifer.malatesta@georgetownskatingclub.ca
 Treasurer                    Carol Praught            carol.praught@georgetownskatingclub.ca
 Test Chair                   Krista Prong             krista.prong@georgetownskatingclub.ca
 Membership Chair             Krista Prong             krista.prong@georgetownskatingclub.ca
 Communications Chair         Lisette Logan            lisette.logan@georgetownskatingclub.ca
 Competition Chair            Jennifer Thomsen         jennifer.thomsen@georgetownskatingclub.ca
 Coach Liaison                Syl Carle                syl.carle@georgetownskatingclub.ca
 Director                     Byron Conrad             byron.conrad@georgetownskatingclub.ca
 Past President               Laura Rees               laura.rees@georgetownskatingclub.ca
 Coach Representative         To Be Announced




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Club Structure
The Georgetown Skating Club is a non-profit organization constituted under the authority of Skate
Canada within its Midway West Area. The Club sends a delegate to the annual meetings of both the
national and sectional organizations. The Board of Directors is made up entirely of volunteers
elected by members of the Club at the Annual General Meeting in late spring. Board members fulfill
the following responsibilities:
        The President chairs the meetings, drafts the agenda, sits in on committee meetings
         periodically, and generally provides the overall leadership and direction for the club.

        The Vice President provides support and direction to the Club in all areas, participates on
         committees, and acts on behalf of the President in her or his absence.

        The Treasurer prepares the budget and authorizes expenses approved by the Board.

        The Secretary records minutes of Board meetings and summary of action items.

        The Test Chair plans and organizes preliminary to senior test days as well as reports all
         results to Skate Canada. Any issues related to testing can be directed to the test chair for
         resolution by the Board.

        The Communication Chair reports to the Board on current issues and concerns,
         communicates with parents, maintains the website and represents the club in marketing
         and public relations initiatives.

        The Membership Chair looks after clerical and administrative duties related to
         registration, fees, and communicating with club members.

        The Competition Chair informs Club of upcoming competitions, organizes the club
         competition, organizes year end banquet with the Test Chair and provides necessary
         location, cost and schedule information for all events.

        The Coaches Liason serves as a communication conduit between the Board and the
         coaches.

        The Fundraising Chair creates and leads fundraising projects and committees as agreed
         by The Board of Directors. The key responsibility of this position is as a committee leader.
         The fundraising duties should be executed by a number of people to appropriately manage
         the potential workload.

        Past President advises the President and other offices and the Board of Directors
         regarding past practices, general administration, and other matters to assist in effective
         operation of the of the Georgetown Skating Club.

        Director at Large responsibilities are assigned by the President or his/her designate.

        The Coaches’ Representative attends all Board meetings, and brings the coaches’
         issues and concerns to the attention of the Board.
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                                         Volunteers
The Club depends on the efforts of many volunteers, who assist in the planning, organizing, and
success of various Club events:
           On Test Days, volunteers coordinate refreshments for the judges, help with registration,
            work as ice captains, and assist with music and announcements.
           The Club competition, held in February every year, is the one of the largest events of the
            year at the Georgetown Skating Club. Volunteers do everything from setup and tear
            down to greeting and registering skaters, organizing hospitality, helping with ice events,
            and many other duties.
           Club ice shows depend on volunteers to coordinate refreshments, collect tickets, and
            help with younger skaters, help the skaters with costume changes, fundraising, and
            security.
           For the annual Awards Banquet, volunteers help to organize and promote the event, sell
            tickets, prepare trophies and certificates, and create a program to honour achievements
            of Club skaters past and present.
           Volunteers maintain the bulletin boards, keeping information up-to-date and attractive, to
            showcase skaters’ achievements.
           At fundraising events (skate-a-thons, bottle drives, raffles, and Summer BBQs, etc.) help
            is always needed, at every level.
If you are interested in helping out, please contact a Board Member!, it can be as little as one
hour or a couple of hours. Your efforts are very much appreciated!




               It takes a strong team of dedicated volunteers to run a successful club!
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Program Assistant (PA)
SKATE CANADA Coaches are the primary teaching resource in our club and Program Assistants
assist in the delivery of the program. Program Assistants are older, accomplished skaters at the
club who volunteer their time to assist the younger skaters. They receive annual and ongoing
training. Program Assistants are not required to answer any skating questions regarding your child's
progress. You may, however, ask them to get the attention of the a coach or relay a message. They
share their love and knowledge of skating while performing various duties:

         assisting the SKATE CANADA Coach to deliver the program on and off ice
         demonstrating skills and teaching progressions
         supervising practice time
         assisting with warm ups and cool downs under the direction of the Skate Canada Coach
         reinforcing learned skills
         assisting with on ice circuits
         providing individual and group assistance
         acting as a role model for young skaters

Fundraising
The Georgetown Skating Club is a not for profit association and is run entirely by volunteers. Major
costs include the cost of ice (rented from the Town of Halton Hills) and the fees of the professional
coaching staff. In order to keep the fees for programs as economical as possible, the Georgetown
Skating Club must actively fundraise and look for corporate sponsorship. All profits that are
generated through our fundraising activities go directly to the Club. Funds are used to help offset
the costs of ice, coaching, equipment, insurance, supplies, awards and special events for our
members.




MUSIC FEE- Club Credit Program
Our STARSkaters require music to be played during on-ice training for Dance, Interpretive, Free
Skate, Skills and Stroking. We are looking for volunteers from each family to assist with the music
program in order to have the music available to our coaches and members during the on-ice
STARSkate sessions. You are welcome to book during those sessions that your child is skating for
your convenience. Your $100 music fee charged with your registration will be refunded to you in the
form of club credits, (to a maximum of $100.00 per skater) which can be used for skating fees (with
the exception of test fees), coach fees, home club competition fees and club clothing. Skate
Canada regulations restrict us from refunding these fees in cash. Each session of music room work
earns a $10.00 club credit. Volunteers must have each session of duty signed off by a Board
Member to receive club credits. STARSkate families interested in volunteering for the music
program should contact lisette.logan@georgetownskatingclub.ca to book their dates. Training for
music room duty will be available at your first session. Music room volunteer spaces will be filled on
a first-come, first-served basis. Once the music room schedule is filled, we will keep a list of
volunteers in first come, first served order who will have first opportunity to earn club credit for all
other volunteer duties throughout the year such as helping in fund-raising activities, assisting during
club competitions, family skate days etc.. We will use the date/time of your e-mail to determine your
order on the list.
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Policies and Ice Etiquette

The following Policies and Ice Etiquette are in the interest of safety and courtesy to all skaters on the
ice and in the dressing room. We urge all skaters and parents to review them carefully and abide by
them. If any clarification is required, please ask any Board Member.

    Members are expected to display proper respect and sportsmanship towards their fellow
     skaters, coaches, officials, parents, volunteers, Board of Directors and the general public at all
     times.

    Young skaters and other children should not be left unattended while at the Arena.
     A parent or guardian MUST be in attendance at all times or designate another parent the
     responsibility for the skater in their absence. Parents will not be allowed on the ice during the
     lesson time.

    CSA HOCKEY HELMETS are mandatory for all Parent & Tot, PreCanSkate, CanSkate and
     PowerSkating Programs. (CSA Hockey Equipment). Bike Helmets are not acceptable.

    To avoid the possibility of serious falls and injury; food, gum, candy or drinks are not permitted
     on the ice.

    Pushing, tripping, horseplay or intentional interference with other skaters is not permitted on
     the ice or elsewhere in the Arena.

    Parents/Guardians of skaters are responsible for the behavior of their children during all
     sessions.

    Parents/ Guardians and spectators are requested to watch sessions from the stands, not the
     players bench or at the entry gates; so as not to interfere with lessons or block access to the
     ice.

    All times will be set by the Arena Clock.

    Money or valuables should not be left in the change areas. The Club bears no responsibility for
     loss or theft of valuables left unattended.

    Skate responsibly by watching out for others, keep heads up and watch out for other skaters.
     Show respect for your fellow skaters.

    Skaters are only allowed to skate on sessions they are qualified and registered for.

    StarSkate One, Two and Three guest skating: Fee $15.00. Members may only guest skate on
     a session they are qualified for. The number of guests per session is at the discretion of a
     Board Member. Please pay the person in the music room. Guest fees must be paid before you
     go on the ice. Music personnel are responsible to collect guest skater fees. Guest Skater music
     will be placed at the end of the music rotation for that session.

    Only members in "Good Standing" with the Club will be allowed to take Tests, participate in any
     competition or participate in our Ice Show.

   All skaters must wear proper clothing appropriate for their sessions. Jeans are not allowed.

    All skaters are expected to comply with the Georgetown Skating Club, Central Ontario Section
     of Skate Canada and Skate Canada Code of Conduct.
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"THREE STRIKE" RULE: If any member of the Georgetown Skating Club is causing problems; he/
she will be warned and parents informed verbally by Board Member designate. On a second
occasion the skater will be warned again and the parents and skater's coach will receive letters
advising that if a problem arises a third time; the skater may be suspended at the Board's discretion.
This may be for a minimum of one month. ie: no skating for four skating weeks. There will be no
refunds made for any time missed due to suspension.

        The use of profane language is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

        Skaters are expected to be polite and courteous while on the ice and in the arena and must
         act with due regard and consideration for others both on and off the Ice. Failure to do so
         will result in a warning or removal of the offending skater from the ice and/or the Arena.

        Any Club Coach or Board Member may ask any skater to leave the ice for unruly
         behavior.

        Any Club member defacing Town or Club property or other skater's personal property will,
         at the discretion of the Board, be subject to suspension.

        Anyone caught in the act of theft of any property will be subject to cancellation of
         membership and further disciplinary action. Fees paid will not be refunded.

        Skaters representing the Club at any function or competition are expected to conduct
         themselves in an acceptable and responsible manner.

        Be alert for other skaters at all times. If you fall, do not sit or lie on the ice (unless injured).
         Get up quickly to avoid being hit by other skaters.

        Kicking or Digging! Defacing the Ice with skate blade is prohibited

        Do not interrupt a Professional Coach who is giving a lesson to another skater.

        No clothing is to be worn on the ice which could become a hazard to another skater.

        When talking to music volunteers, please do so politely and respectfully.

        Socializing, while best done off ice, must not be done in the centre of the ice.

        Upon announcement to clear the ice; all skaters shall leave the ice immediately.

        Skaters are not permitted on the ice surface until the Zamboni doors have completely
         closed and a coach has given permission to enter the ice surface.

        All skaters MUST use the dressing rooms for changing of skates, attire and to store skating
         bags, coats etc. The lobby is to be used only for spectators.

        Competition and Test Days - the Evaluator/Judge's room and Data Control (Accounting)
         room are out of bounds except to those who have been assigned to be there.

        Skate responsibly. Keep heads up. Watch out for other skaters. Show respect for your
         fellow skaters and our Professional Coaches.

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Code of Conduct

Conduct for Skaters:

   I will understand the rules of skating and govern my actions within the guidelines.
   I will control myself and accept decisions of the judges.
   I will remember that winning isn’t everything—that having fun, improving skills, making friends
    and doing my best are also important aspects of skating.
   I will remember that coaches and judges are there to help me. I will accept their decisions and
    show them respect.
   I will do nothing to hinder another skater’s performance.
   I will work to promote camaraderie within the skating community.
   I will not physically or verbally abuse another skater




Conduct for Parents/Spectators:

   I will remember that skaters skate for their own development and enjoyment.
   I will not have unrealistic expectations. I will remember that skaters put pressure on
    themselves and that outside pressure does not improve performance.
   I will not ridicule a skater for poor performance. I will make positive comments that motivate
    and encourage continued efforts.
   I will respect the judge’s decisions and will encourage other participants to do the same. I will
    will encourage open communication between judges, coaches and skaters.
   I will condemn the use of ridicule towards any skater/coach/judge and stress the positive
    elements of all participants.
   I will refrain from making any vulgar or suggestive comments. I will respect the personal dignity
    and privacy of all participants.
   I will respect all volunteers and the work they do for our organization
   I will show respect for all members of the skating community.
   I will remain off the ice surface unless specifically requested to do so by a professional coach.




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Music / Sound Booth Policies - All Skaters and Parents
        The sound booth is to be used by members on music duty and Board Members.
         Only two people should be in booth at one time.
        The person on music duty is responsible for controlling the music for the skaters. Only
         music provided by the Georgetown Skating Club or Professional Coaches will be played
         during the StarSkate program.
        Skaters are not allowed to make requests for solos or dance music unless invited to do so
         by the person on Music duty. All music for solos will be played in rotation.
        Guest skaters' music will be placed at the end of the music rotation for that Session. There
         is no guarantee that music will be played for guest skaters.

STROKING: StarSkate One, Two and Three
        There will be no private lessons allowed during Stroking on StarSkate One, Two and Three.
        All skaters are expected to participate in Stroking group lessons.

FREESKATE: StarSkate One, Two and Three
        There will be no dancing on a Freeskate session unless the skater is having a private
         lesson.
        Solos will be played according to the list in the sound booth (alphabetically), and will
         commence at the point left off at the previous session.
        Coaches may request music for those skaters receiving a lesson. Music may not be
         requested for skaters not receiving a lesson.
        When your name is called for your music, raise your hand. This helps the music player find
         you, as well as permitting other skaters to recognize you as the soloist.
        The following order determines who has right-of-way during Free Skate sessions.
              1.    The skater whose music is being played.
              2.    The skater who is receiving professional instruction.
              3.    Skaters who are practicing.
DANCE: StarSkate One, Two and Three:
It is beneficial for the skaters to dance to whatever music is playing, even if it is not the dance they
are working on. If a skater is not familiar with the dance they can follow someone who is.

        There will be no free skating during Dance ice time. Private Free Skating lessons may
         be given, but Free Skate music will not be played on Dance sessions.
        Dances will be played according to the list in the Music Booth. Coaches may request
         dance music for skaters receiving a lesson. Music may not be requested for skaters not
         receiving a lesson.
        The following order determines who has right-of-way during Dance sessions:
             1.    The skaters dancing the music being played.
             2.    The skater receiving a private dance lesson.
             3.    Other skaters who are dancing.
             4.    Private Free Skate lessons.

ALL CLUB COACHES AND BOARD MEMBERS HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO REPRIMAND ANY SKATER NOT
COMPLYING WITH THE ABOVE POLICIES AND CODES.
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                Skate Canada Program Information

                                  CanSkate
                                    CanSkate is Skate Canada's flagship learn-to-skate program,
                                    designed for beginners of all ages. When you sign up for CanSkate
                                    you will be in a program that focuses on fun, participation and basic
                                    skill development. You will earn badges and other incentives as
                                    you learn fundamental skating skills. Lessons are given in a group
format and led by an NCCP certified professional coach. Professional coaches are assisted by
trained Program Assistants. The coach to student ratio is a maximum of 1:10. Skater’s progress at
their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of
activities that create a fun environment and promote learning. CanSkate is the feeder program to all
other Skate Canada Skating Programs, and is presented by BMO Financial Group, reflecting their
commitment to grassroots development.


StarSkate
Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition – this is what StarSkate is all about!

StarSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental
figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate and
interpretive skating. Unique in Canada, this program teaches figure skating
skills in a group and/or private lesson format in a progressive and sequential
manner and includes specifically designed awards and incentives. Skaters have the opportunity to
take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system. Skaters who have
mastered figure skating skills in StarSkate may also choose to pursue synchronized skating or pairs
skating.
               StarSkate One
               StarSkate Two
               StarSkate Three



                    Competitive Skate
                      The Competitive Test Program is a testing program for skaters in singles, pairs
                      and dance wishing to compete in qualifying events within Skate Canada. Skaters
take tests specific to the discipline (Singles, Pairs and Dance) in which they wish to compete. A
skater or team may begin testing at the level at which they wish to compete (there are no test
pre-requisites) Skaters enrolled in Competitive Skate learn a variety of life skills as they progress up
the competitive ladder. These include goal setting, focus, ability to deal with success/failure, time
management and principles of fair play and sportsmanship. Many skaters who compete in the
qualifying event structure also take tests in Skate Canada's StarSkate Program or participate on
Synchronized Skating teams. The only events that you may not be able to compete in are club,
Interclub and National StarSkate events, some which restrict entry of skaters who have competed in
the qualifying event system.


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CanPowerSkate
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 Pre-Power is designed for young skaters, approximately four to six years of age
who can stand up on skates and move forward (shuffle, walk or glide) who may not be ready for
CanPowerSkate Level 1. Pre-Power helps develop basic skating abilities in a power skating
specific environment, including balance skills, forward and backward skating, stopping, turning and
agility skills. The curriculum is presented in three progressive levels complete with its own awards
to encourage participation and motivate skaters. Pre-Power has been designed to run concurrently
with CanSkate sessions.




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                 Georgetown Skating Club Programs
Parent and Tot – Ages 2 to 3 years with an adult
    Must be 2 years of age before December 31st
    Skaters will be on the ice 50 minutes each skating day
    Skaters will develop strength and balance while having fun
    Skaters may sign up for one, two, or three days per week
    Siblings will not be allowed on the ice with the skater and parent
    A Skate Canada Membership fee must be paid by the adult to participate in this program
    Adults must wear skates to participate and skaters must wear a CSA approved helmet


Pre-CanSkate – Ages 3 and up
    Must be 3 years of age before December 31st
    Beginners up to Stage 2
    Skaters will be on the ice for 50 minutes each skating day
    Skaters may sign up for one, two, or three days per week
    Program will encourage fun and movement on the ice
    Skaters must wear a CSA approved helmet


CanSkate
Stage’s 3 to 6
    The fundamentals of skating are taught
    Skaters are prepared to begin figure skating, recreational skating or hockey
    Skaters may sign up for one, two, or three days per week
    Skaters are grouped by ability and progress through a badge program
    Testing is done on an ongoing basis and groups may be re-organized during the season
    Skaters must wear a CSA approved helmet

Pre-PowerSkate – Ages 4 and up
    Must be 4 years of age before December 31st
    This is a program deigned for a beginner who wants to develop skills for hockey
    Must be able to walk forwards and backwards on the ice and get up unassisted
    Participants will be on the ice for 50 minutes each skating day
    PowerSkate programs require skaters to wear full CSA approved hockey equipment, helmet
     and sticks


PowerSkate – Age 5 and up
    Must be 5 years of age before December 31st
    Advanced power skating program
    Must have completed Bronze – Level One or CanSkate Level 4
    This program helps develop strong hockey skills with a focus on power, coordination and
    endurance
    Skaters will be on the ice for 50 minutes each skating day
    PowerSkate programs require skaters to wear full CSA approved hockey equipment, helmet
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StarSkate One
    A two, three or four day figure skating program
    Skaters must have completed badge six from the CanSkate program
    This is not a badge program – participants will be evaluated by a judge
    Skaters are required to choose a private coach from our roster of Professional Coaches within 3 weeks
     of starting their program. However it is recommended that you choose your coach at the end of the last
     season or during the summer.
    Skaters are required to participate in a group dance lesson until the Dutch Waltz is passed. Once the
     skater has passed the Dutch Waltz, no further group lessons are available for dance.
    Stroking will be taught in group lessons
    The fundamentals of Figure Skating will be taught which allows the skater to master edges, crossovers,
     stronger backward skating, agility, speed and endurance
            More information can be found in the StarSkate One Parent Information section


StarSkate Two
    A two, three or four day program
    Skaters must have completed two of the four Preliminary levels. The four levels are: Preliminary dance,
     Preliminary Free Skate, Preliminary Skills and Introductory Interpertive
    Group stroking lessons, each skating day, are included in the membership fee
    Private or Semi-private lessons must be arranged with a Professional Coach of your choice
            More information can be found in the StarSkate Two Parent Information section


StarSkate Three
A two, three or four day program
    Skaters must have completed their preliminary freeskate, and Senior Bronze Dances or Senior Bronze
     Skills or StarSkate Two skaters who are now 14 years of age.
    Group stroking lessons each skating day are included in the membership fee
    Private or Semi-Private lessons must be arranged with a Professional Coach of your choice
            More information can be found in the StarSkate Three Parent Information section




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                 StarSkate One Parent Information

    StarSkate One – is either a two, three or four day program.
    This program consists of one group lesson, practice time and stroking; Skaters are required to
     participate in a group dance lesson until the Dutch Waltz has been passed. Once the skater
     has passed the Dutch Waltz no further group dance lessons are available.
    Skaters are required to choose a private coach from our roster of Professional Coaches within
     3 weeks of starting their program. However it is recommended that you choose your coach at
     the end of the last season or during the summer.
    StarSkate One is offered Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
    Feel free to approach or call any coach to discuss private lessons
    This program will focus on the following areas of Freeskate, Dance, Skills, Interpertive and
     Stroking.
    Unlike Canskate, the StarSkate program has a different payment structure. First you pay
     for the club ice time (the amount that the club is asking for). You then pay for the
     individual coach for lessons; these lessons are not included in the initial payment to the
     club. Each coach has a different rate. You must ask your coach what he or she is
     charging per time allotment and develop your child’s lesson plan from there.

Dances:
Skaters learn specific, predetermined dance steps. This is set to music that is pre-selected by Skate
Canada. The first two sets of dances your child will learn and can be tested on are:

1.   Preliminary dances
          a.   Dutch Waltz (group lesson format)
          b.   Canasta Tango
          c.   Baby Blues

2.   Junior Bronze dances
         a.   Swing
         b.   Fiesta
         c.   Willow Waltz

Skills:
Skaters learn skills (edges, turns and Mohawks). These skills are put in a set sequence and they
follow a pattern around the ice. This is set to music that is pre-selected by Skate Canada. The
coach decides whether the skater tests these patterns with or without music. The first skills to be
tested are:

1. Preliminary Skills
     a.   Waltzing Threes
     b.   Waltzing Mohawks
     c.   Preliminary Circles


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Freeskate:
Skaters perform specific elements (jumps, spins, field moves). These elements are performed in a
solo; a musical program designed for your child by your private coach. The fist Freeskate solo to be
tested is:

1. Preliminary Free Skate
     1.5 minutes to music


Interpretive:
Skater’s perform/act out a solo to music (vocals are allowed) designed for the skater by your private
coach. No specific elements are required. The skaters are evaluated on their interpretation of the
music and/or theme of the music. Good use of the ice is also very important. The first Interpretive
Test is:
1.    Intro. Interpretive


Stroking:
Skaters are to remain on the ice for stroking which is normally held at the beginning of the skating
session. Stroking is one of the most important components of the StarSkate program, as it helps the
skaters with endurance, strength and agility on the ice. A Professional coach in a group format
teaches stroking.

Moving to StarSkate Two: The skater must complete two of the four preliminary levels (Dance,
Skills, Freeskate or Interpertive) before moving onto StarSkate Two.



                  StarSkate Two Parent Information
Dances:
Skaters learn specific, predetermined dance steps. This is set to music that is pre-selected by Skate
Canada. The next sets of dances your child will learn and be tested on are:
1. Senior Bronze
      a.    Ten Fox
      b.    Fourteenstep
      c.    European Waltz

2.    Junior Silver
      a.   Keats Foxtrot
      b.   Harris Tango
      c.   American Waltz
      d.   Rocker Foxtrot

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Freeskate:
Skaters perform specific elements (jumps, spins, field moves). These elements are performed in a
solo, a musical program designed for your child by your private coach. The next FreeSkate tests are:

        1. Junior Bronze FreeSkate
              a.   2.0 – 2.5 minute solo to music


        2. Senior Bronze FreeSkate
              a.   2.5 – 3.0 minute solo to music
Skills:
Skaters learn skills (edges, turns and Mohawks). These skills are put in a set sequence and they fol-
low a pattern around the ice. This is set to music that is pre-selected by Skate Canada. The coach
decides whether the skater tests these patterns with or without music. The next skills to be tested
are:
   1.        Junior Bronze Skills
               a. Threes and Power Mohawks
               b. Power Circles
               c. Change of Threes

   2.        Senior Bronze
              a. Forward Brackets
               b. Power Circles 11
              c. Expanding Exercise

Interpretive:
Skater’s perform/act out a solo to music (vocals are allowed) designed for the skater by your private
coach. No specific elements are required. The skaters are evaluated on their interpretation of the
music and or theme of the music. Good use of the ice is also very important. The next Interpretive
tests are:
        1.    Bronze Interpretive
        2.    Silver Interpretive


Stroking:
Skaters are to remain on the ice for stroking which is normally held at the beginning of the skating
session. Stroking is one of the most important components of the StarSkate program, as it helps the
skaters with endurance, strength and agility on the ice. A Professional coach in a group format
teaches stroking


Moving to StarSkate Three: The skater must complete their Preliminary Freeskate and either their
Senior Bronze Dance or their Senior Bronze Skills or if a skater is 14 years old by December 31st.


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               StarSkate Three Parent Information

Dances:
Skaters learn specific, predetermined dance steps. This is set to music that is pre-selected by Skate
Canada The final sets of dances your child will learn and be tested on are:


1.   Senior Silver                               2.        Gold
     a.  Paso Doble                                        a. Viennese Waltz
     b.  Starlight Waltz                                   b. Westminster Waltz
     c.  Blues                                             c. Quickstep
     d.  Kilian                                            d. Argentine Tango
     e.  ChaCha Congealdo                                  e. Silver Samba


3.   Diamond
     a.  Ravensburger Waltz
     b.  Tango Romantica
     c.  Yankee Polka
     d.  Rhumba
     e.  Austrain Waltz



Skills:
Skaters learn skills (edges, turns and Mohawks). These skills are put in a set sequence and they
follow a pattern around the ice. This is set to music that is pre-selected by Skate Canada. The
coach decides whether the skater tests these patterns with or without music. The last sets of skills
to be tested are:


1.   Junior Silver                                    2.    Senior Silver
     a. Multi Turns and Power Threes                        a. Expanding Exercise
     b. Snakes and Ladders                                  b. Rockers and Choctaws
     c. Flying Choctaws                                     c. Multi-Circle Threes and Brackets



3.   Gold
     a.   Counters and Three change threes
     b.   Multi-circle double threes and Mohawks
     c.   Expanding exercise




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Freeskate:
Skaters perform specific elements (jumps, spins, field moves). These elements are performed in a
solo, a musical program designed for your child by your private coach. The final set of Freeskate
solo’s to be tested is:

1. Junior Silver
    a. 3.0 – 3.5 minute program

2. Senior Silver
    a. 3.5 – 4.0 minute program

3. Gold
    a.  3.5 – 4.0 minute program


Interpretive:
Skater’s perform/act out a solo to music (vocals are allowed) designed for the skater by your private
coach. No specific elements are required. The skaters are evaluated on their interpretation of the
music and or theme of the music. Good use of the ice is also very important. The final Interpretive
Test is:
     1.   Gold Interpretive


Stroking:
Skaters are to remain on the ice for stroking which is normally held at the beginning of the skating
session. Stroking is one of the most important components of the StarSkate program, as it helps the
skaters with endurance, strength and agility on the ice. A Professional coach in a group format
teaches stroking.




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                                How To Choose A Coach

Coaches are invaluable in the development of an athlete’s skills. They are teachers and mentors for
the thousands of young athletes they interact within their day-to-day work. They work not only with
athletes but also the athlete’s parents in setting realistic goals and the training required to reach their
potential goals. All Skate Canada coaches are required to be trained and/or certified under the
National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).

Becoming a Skate Canada Professional Coach requires planning and commitment to the profession.
A certified coach is an experienced, skilled and dedicated professional. Coaches have a huge
impact on the lives of their skaters and coaches always need to be aware of this fact and conduct
themselves in a professional manner. Coaches need to constantly educate and update themselves
in order to be effective for their students.

Currently, all coaches who work at Skate Canada member clubs, must meet the minimum criteria as
outlined in Rule 2402 of the Skate Canada Rule Book and other provisions set from time to time by
the Skate Canada Board of Directors. Our Coaches are registered professional coaching members
of Skate Canada.


                 Effective Tips for Coaches, Skaters and Parents

What we do in skating – at the Club level, Section level or National level is all about relationships. It
is vital that all relationships be effective, satisfying, and grounded in integrity.

A key concept to any good relationship is effective communication. Coaches, athletes and parents
should value the importance of this key contributor to building positive relationships.

There are at least two distinct times when coaches and athletes/parents should discuss their needs,
goals and expectations:
             Initial meeting (when the athlete/parent is looking for a coach)
             Yearly meeting (the beginning of each skating season)

These following lists can be used as guidelines to help structure the discussions. These resources
were developed by the Georgetown Skating Club and are recommended for skaters involved in
the STARSkate or the Competitive Skate programs.

Initial Meeting Checklist
When a skater or parent agrees to enlist the services of a professional coach there are several items
that should be discussed between the coach and the skater/parent to ensure that the goals and
expectations are clearly defined. By having this discussion the skater/parent can determine if this is
the right coach for their needs and the coach can determine whether or not they can serve the
needs of the skater.




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Discussion Topics:
1.  Coaching philosophy and Coaches’ Code of Ethics
2.  Coaches Commitment for external competitions, testing and additional training opportunities
3.  Roles/responsibilities of the coach/skater/parent
4.  Fee rates for lessons, music, choreography, competitions, and other services; payment
    schedules
5.  Finance/budgeting: how much has been budgeted for skating expenses
6.  Base coach/support coaches: if, when and how often support coaches will be used, fees,
    payment process for support coaches
7.  Amount of time spent skating/commitment: training expectations, extra ice
8.  Off-ice training commitment: expectations for off-ice training and conditioning
9.  Lesson scheduling, policy for missed lessons
10. Behavior and conduct of the skater
11. Equipment and skating attire



Yearly Meeting Checklist
At the beginning of each skating season, the coach and the skater/parent should have a meeting to
assess the previous year and discuss a plan for the coming season. This discussion is critical to
help ensure that the skater derives optimal benefit from his or her participation in the sport over the
coming year.

 Discussion topics:
1.    Assessment of the previous year
2.    Evaluate and reset short and long term goals
3.    New programs: music, choreography, costumes
4.    Off-Ice training plan
5.    Test and competition schedule
6.    Off season school plan: when, where, and how long
7.    ―Down time‖: plan for active rest
8.    Extra activities: seminars, Program Assistant volunteer, ice show
9.    School performance and commitments
10.   Equipment: determine if and when to buy new equipment
11.   Medical exam (annual), fitness testing
12.   Set dates for brief progress report meetings throughout year


Changing Coaches
If a skater wishes to change coaches, etiquette dictates that the skater’s parents ask the new
coach if they would be willing to teach the skater, then the parents inform the former coach of the
change and pay them in full before taking any lessons from the new coach. Skate Canada requires
that the former coach gracefully relinquish any skater that wishes to change coaches.




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                                          Coach Information

                                               25+ Yrs Coaching Experience
                                               NCCP Level 2 Certified
                                               Level 3 Theory and Practical
                                               Gold Dance/Jr Competitive Dance
                                               Variation Tango/Jr. Free Dance Test
                                               Successfully coached STARSkaters from Preliminary to Gold Level
Cindy McGilloway                                in all Disciplines
(905) 691-7824                                 Have coached skaters from Pre-Juvenile to Jr. Competitive levels
cindy.mcgilloway@georgetownskatingclub.ca
                                               Available Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat



                                               23 Yrs Coaching Experience
                                               Gold Dance/Sr. Silver Freeskate/6th Figure/ Novice Competitive
                                                Dance
                                               NCCP Level 1 Certified
                                               NCCP Level 2 Theory and Technical
                                               Level 2 ISPC – Sports Science/ Stroking & Skating Skills/Singles/
Chris Stokes                                    Ice Dance/Pairs & Synchronized Skating
(905) 598-1265                                 6 Yrs Show experience (Ice Capades, Richard Porter Productions,
chris.stokes@georgetownskatingclub.ca           Holiday on Ice)
                                               Was coaching in Cape Town, South Africa from 1996 to 2008. Had
                                                skaters compete provincially, nationally and internationally in
                                                freeskate, ice dance and synchronized skating. Had a Dance Pair
                                                compete in 3 Junior Grand Prix and 2 Junior Worlds. Has had a
                                                Senior synchronized skating team compete at 4 World
                                                Championships and Junior & Novice level teams compete at
                                                various ISU competitions.
                                               Was Chairman of the South African Professional Skating Union
                                                since 1998, where I helped develop a learn-to-skate program, new
                                                skating skills structure and start a coaches certification/education
                                                program.
                                               Available Mon/Wed/Fri



                                               9 Yrs Coaching Experience

                                               NCCP Levell 1 Certified
                                               Completed ISPC (NCCP) Level 2 Sport Science, Stroking/Skills &
                                                Singles Courses

                                               Currently working towards Level 2 Practical
                                               Canpower Certified
Andrea Hiscock                                 Successfully worked with skaters from Preliminary to Gold Tests
(416) 606-9745                                 Jr. Silver Freeskate/Jr. Silver Dance

andrea.hiscock@georgetownskatingclub.ca
                                               Available Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat



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                                                      7 Yrs Coaching Experience
                                                      NCCP Level 1 Certified
                                                      Level 2 ISPC –Sport science/Singles/Freeskate/Dance/Pairs
                                                       Stroking and Skating Skills and Synchronized Skating
                                                      Quad Gold Status (Freeskate/Dance/Artistic/Skills)
                                                      In process of obtaining NCCP Level 2 Provincial
                                                      Competitive Status
Ashley Monckton                                       Successfully coached Prelim to Gold Level Skaters
(905) 702-0852                                        Have coached Pre-Juv to Pre Novice Competitive
ash.monckton@georgetownskatingclub.ca                 Certified Canadian Fitness Professional and personal trainer
                                                      Available Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat




                                                      6 Yrs Coaching Experience
                                                      NCCP Level 1 Certified
                                                      Level 2 –Sport Science/Singles/Dance/Pairs/Synchronized
                                                       Skating/Stroking and Skills
                                                      Level 2- Theory and Home Study
                                                      Level 3-Theory, General Subjects and Singles
                                                      Canpower Certified
Lauren Taylor-Vaisey                                  Triple Gold (Skills/Artistic/Dance)
(416) 434-7503                                        Variation Dance/Jr. Silver Freeskate
Lauren.Taylor.Vaisey@georgetownskatingclub.ca
                                                      Attended Humber College Sports Development Program
                                                      High Five Certified
                                                      Ballet & Jazz training
                                                      Available Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat



                                                   7 Yrs Canskate Coaching Experience
                                                   1 yr Starskate Coaching Experience
                                                   NCCP Level 1 Certified
                                                   Canpower Certified
Nicole Hehn
(905) 875-3563
                                                   Jr. Silver Dance/Jr Br. Freeskate/Skating Skills Class 5
nicole.hehn@georgetownskatingclub.ca                Available Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat


                                                   3 Yrs+ Coaching Experience

                                                   NCCP Level 1 Certified
                                                   Gold CEP Status
                                                   Quad Gold Status (Freeskate/Dance/Skill/Artistic)

                                                   2007 Homesense National StarSkate Silver Medalist

JD Gilmour                                         Trillium All-Ontario Sr. Silver Dance Champion
(647) 278-8374                                     2009-2010 Gold Ice Phoenyx Senior Synchronized Skating Team
Jd.gilmour@georgetownskatingclub.ca
                                                   2008-2009 Gold Ice Senior Synchronized Skating Team
                                                   Gymnastic/Power Cheer Coach

                                                   Ballroom Dance experience

                                                   Singles, Dance, Pairs and Synchro experience
                                                   Available Mon/Fri/Sat
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                                  Things You Should Know
                  For the Pre-Canskate and Canskate Programs

Proper equipment is essential to becoming skilled in most sports and skating is no exception!
Skaters cannot learn skills unless their skates fit well and support their ankles. If your child cannot
walk across the floor holding his/her ankles up it is highly unlikely that he/she will be any better on
the ice.

It is important to remember that learning to skate should be a fun and successful experience. It
should not be lessened by poor quality equipment or physical discomfort. A well thought out
purchase of good skates will encourage enthusiasm and excitement in anyone learning to skate.

If at anytime you have questions or concerns regarding your equipment, please consult with any of
the Club coaches.

Skates
Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire and Sports stores sell skating equipment in a variety of price and quality
ranges. Before buying skates, check carefully for:
    Proper fit                           Firm Ankle support
    Laces and hooks, not buckles         Good quality leather (no plastic)

Avoid buying larger size skates for skaters to ―grow into‖. If you buy children's skates too loose, they
will interfere with the skating and may actually be dangerous because of lack of support.

How to ensure correct size of skates
1.  Wear only one pair of socks or tights (the same pair that will be worn when skating)
2.  Partially unlace boot through instep slide with weight equally distributed. Slide foot forward so
    toe can touch the front but not cramped stand with weight equally distributed over both feet.
    Bend knees, the space at the back of the heel should be no more than a pencil width. Don’t
    forget to check if the width of the skates fit the foot – they should be snug but comfortable.
3.  Walk around in the skates off the ice; they should feel comfortable.

How to tie skates
Once foot is placed comfortably in the boot…
1.  Be sure the tongue is centered and pulled all the way up.
2.  Start at the toe of the skate and tighten laces comfortably over the toe and front of the boot
3.  Before tightening the hooks, wiggle your toes to make sure the skates feel comfortable.
4.  Tie laces snugly around the ankle and tie a tight bow or double knot.
5.  Make sure extra lace is tucked away

Please Note:
When tying skates do not wrap laces around the ankle. If you feel you need to do this for more sup-
port, you probably need a new pair of skates! If you are doing this because the laces are too long –
just cut them.



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Helmets

    Helmets are mandatory for all skaters in the PreCanskate and CanSkate programs.
    Helmets should fit snug and both the helmet and strap should be adjustable.
    A CSA HOCKEY HELMET is mandatory. Bike Helmet are not acceptable.
    If a skater wears a hat or headband under the helmet, please ensure that it stays up on the
     head and doesn’t slip down over the eyes.

Care of Equipment

Always wear protective guards when not on the ice. Do NOT walk on concrete surfaces without
skate guards, sharpening and blades will wear much faster, and are damaged severely by the
surface.
After a lesson, dry blades and sole plate completely with a cloth. This will prevent the blades from
rusting. Always remove guards and allow skates to air dry completely after each skate.
When not in use, remove skates from the skate bag and leave them in the open so that they can air
dry thoroughly, allowing the leather to breath.

Sharpening your skates

All new skates and skates that have not been skated on for a month will need to be sharpened
before you skate on them. Re-sharpen skates after approximately 20-30 hours of skating. More
frequent sharpening may be required, if the skater walks on concrete, rubber or carpeted surfaces
without guards, if the blades are not wiped dry, or if there are severe nicks and rough surfaces on
the edges of the blade.

Do NOT remove the bottom pick on figure skates. The pick is part of the design of figure skates and
is essential to proper balance.

Skating Clothing

The rink is cold so remember to bring extra clothing and layer when possible.
       Pants/Jackets - To keep your child warm, snow pants or windbreaker pants over long pants
       are recommended. Sweaters and turtlenecks or a winter jacket on top should be sufficient.
       Try to avoid clothing that is too bulky, restrictive or not waterproof.
       Mitts/Gloves – Bring at least 1 pair of warm gloves each day and have a back up pair in case
       they get wet. Put a few pairs of gloves in the skating bag at the beginning of the season and
       you won't have to remember to bring them each time.

Making the first day a success

Our coaches recommend that you have your child put their skates on at home a couple of times and
walk around on the carpet with guards on. Make sure to also put the helmet on at home a couple of
times - Doing this will take some of the anxiety out of the first day as they will at least be familiar with
the feeling of the skating equipment.

Another recommendation is to tell your child that you will not be going on the ice with them but will
be watching from the stands or lobby. You will however see everything that they are achieving and
you hope that they HAVE FUN!
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                                      Useful Information
TESTS

When a STARSkater is ready to try a test, their coach will let them know. The skaters will be initially
testing at Low test days and will probably test the Dutch Waltz first. They will be judged by a Skate
Canada official Test Judge. There is a fee of $10.00 for the test which is paid to Skate Canada to
record the skaters progress and a $10.00 hospitality fee. In addition you will pay for your coach on
test day as well as a partner if required. The hospitality fee covers the cost of food, transportation
and other incidentals. The judges are volunteers and do not receive any compensation for the time
they spend at test days or competitions and it is important to show them our hospitality. Fee
envelopes will be distributed by the skater’s coach and must be handed in prior to taking the test.
The list of candidates will be posted on the club bulletin board and website. The test is a formal
process, with specific etiquette to be followed. Skaters on test day are required to arrive one hour
prior to their scheduled test times, in costume and ready to skate. Spectators are welcome, and are
expected to behave with decorum, respecting the judge’s need to focus on the skaters, and the
skaters’ need to focus on the test. After the test, the judge will provide each skater with a written
assessment and a pass/re-try grade. A skater who is unsuccessful at a test is permitted to re-try the
test at a future test day. Not showing up for a test after it has been scheduled is marked as a re-try.
(Test results are noted on the Georgetown Skating Club’s Skate Canada record, the skater’s Skate
Canada record and the coach’s Skate Canada records, the coach’s test records are monitored.)
Test days require cancellation of some regularly scheduled sessions, though an effort is made to
minimize this disruption. For test day, skaters usually wear their competition or dance dresses,
however a skating skirt and nice top are also acceptable. Their hair is expected to be pulled back
away from their face or up in a ponytail or bun so that their facial expressions can be seen. Makeup
is not required however some parents use this time to do a ―make up trial run‖ for competitions.
Skaters are not required to try their dance tests in dance dresses however it is recommended for
skaters who are working on their Senior Bronze or higher dances.

Skate Canada STARSkate Tests
Low Tests:
   Preliminary - Dances (Dutch Waltz, Canasta Tango, Baby Blues), Skills. Freeskate– two parts
    (Elements and Program)
   Junior Bronze -Dances (Swing, Fiesta Tango. Willow Waltz), Skills, Freeskate– two parts
    (Elements and Program)
   Senior Bronze - Dances (Ten Fox, Fourteen Step, European Waltz), Skills, Freeskate– two
    parts (Elements and Program)

High Tests:
    Junior Silver - Dances (Keat's Foxtrot, Harris Tango, American Waltz, Rocker Foxtrot), Skills,
     Freeskate– two parts (Elements and Program)
    Senior Silver - Dances (Paso Doble, Blues, Starlight Waltz, Kilian, Cha-Cha), Skills, Freeskate
     – two parts (Elements and Program)
    Gold - Dances (Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, Westminster Waltz, Argentine Tango, Silver
     Samba), Skills, Freeskate– two parts (Elements and Program)
    Diamond Dances - Ravensburger Waltz, Austrian Waltz, Tango Romantica, Golden Waltz,
     Yankee Polka, Rhumba
    Interpretive - Introductory, Bronze, Silver and Gold

* Each Dance level passing at least three to six dances.
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COMPETITIONS

Skaters in the STARSkate program have the opportunity to participate in competitions with other
skaters of similar skill level. Competitions are eagerly anticipated by many skaters as an opportunity
to show off their skating skills for audiences that usually include their families and friends. This is
another venue for practicing the life skills that skating encourages them to develop. Local invitational
competitions are held throughout the season by various skating clubs. Our club Competition Chair
will post the dates and entry deadlines on the Georgetown Skating Club website and on the board at
the arena. These competitions are also listed on the Skate Canada Central Ontario Section website
and the Skate Canada Western Ontario Section website. There are a few competitions that also
include Canskaters. Your coach will have a special competition fee for attending competitions with
your child. Please discuss this with your coach in advance. We will once again be hosting our club
competition this year and the date is set for February 13, 2010. It is a fun competition with many
different categories. Finally, the first annual area competition is Skates Alive, this competition caters
to all levels of skaters and is a good place to get your first taste of a skating competition. This will be
held in Grand Valley December 11-13, 2009. Please see our website or arena bulletin board for
more details on Skates Alive.


What do I need for my first competition?
Here is our competition check list of 10 important details you need to know about competition
outfits, skates, hair, skate bags, organizing your music, competition etiquette, dressing rooms,
warming-up and awards.

1. Dress or competition outfit
        competition dress
        tights – 2 pairs
        club competition Jacket or Black Jacket with a collar
        gloves (warm up only)

2. Skates
        clean and polish your skates
        use white skate polish if necessary
        check laces (replace worn laces with new, must be clean)
        sharpen 1-2 weeks before competition (or closer to competition if skating often)

3. Hair
          a lot of girls wear their hair in a bun (use LOTS of gel and spray and a hairnet if your hair
           is long enough)
          If your hair is too short for a bun, it must be pulled back out of your face
          boys should have neat hair as well, use hair products to keep in place

4. Skate bag
        bring your dress/outfit and sweater in a garment bag
        hair spray, glitter, make up, mirror
        guards
        water bottle
        healthy, non-sticky or staining snack

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5. Music
          keep a 2 competition copies in your garment bag
          when you receive new music, save it on your computer so you can make copies as
           needed
          hand in 2 CD’s at registration desk when you arrive
          each competition has different requirement for music, so please read the announcement
           where you will find the rules and regulations for each competition.

6. Competition
          arrive 1 hour before your event with your hair and makeup done
          register, ask where start list is posted and are they running on time?
          look for the bulletin board and check the start order
          look for your coach as soon as you arrive


7. Dressing rooms
        parents are not allowed in the dressing rooms
        go to the washroom before putting on your competition outfit
        when you get to the dressing room area check in with the Ice Captain (this is the person
         who is responsible for telling the skaters when to go on the ice so they need to know that
         you are there)


8. Warm-up
       your coach will do a warm-up with you (stretching/jumping, etc) so bring athletic shoes
       put your skates on one group before you skate (if you need to help to tie skates there will
        be an area where parents can do this)


9. After you skate:
         take off your skates, but leave your competition outfit on
         check for results (careful not to read the start list), results are posted over the start list
         results can take anywhere from 20 – 60 minutes to be posted
         1st to 6th usually receive an award (but sometimes it is 1st –3rd only)
         if you place top 3, put on your skates for presentations (if there is going to be a
          presentation)
         ask at the registration desk where and when to go for presentations (usually immediately
          following the posting of the results)


10.   ************* PICK UP YOUR MUSIC *************


                              Remember Have Fun!!!!


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Extra Ice Time (Ticket-Ice)
There is always ticket ice somewhere! Ticket ice is extra ice time given by the rink or town. It is not
through the club and is offered at many places. There is ticket ice available in Georgetown on
Thursday mornings from 8:00 – 9:30 AM, and also on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30 – 3:50 PM.
There will also be ticket ice available in Brampton 6:00 – 9:00 AM and 2:00 – 4:00 PM daily and
Acton Wednesday mornings from 8:00 – 920 AM and Friday mornings from 8:00 – 920AM. The fee
is $5.00 per person. This is figure skating ticket ice/patch ice (Brampton) you may use the ice with or
without a coach.

Off-Ice Training
Skaters may be encouraged by their coaches to do off-ice training, which may include Pilates, ballet,
yoga, weight training, ballroom dancing (particularly for ice dancers), jump training or other activities.
The amount and type of off-ice training depends on the skater’s needs and the coach’s
recommendations. Some coaches provide specific classes for their skaters.

Year-End Banquet
(April) This festive sit-down dinner celebrates the accomplishments of skaters and volunteers.
Trophies and awards are presented to skaters who have passed specific test levels and for the
placement of skaters at competitions outside of our club (this is based on a point system). For
specific details on how the trophies are awarded please speak to the Test Chair. Volunteers are also
recognized for their hard work for the Club. It’s a great family party featuring videos of our skating
talent and lots of lively footwork on the dance floor.

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
Each skater is required to wear their hair up in a ponytail or bun, and secured with hair clips.
Students are required to wear proper skating attire. This includes a skating dress, skirt or stretch
pants. LuLu Lemon pants are not encouraged, since the pants are not tight near the skates and may
cause students to trip. There are great pants at the Skating Boutique that we encourage students to
wear, they fit over the skate and do not cause any trips and falls. Baggy sweaters are also not
encouraged, nor are tight shorts. Attire should be of a sporty nature. Boys are expected to wear
suitable pants and a sweater or jacket. Gloves or mittens must be worn at all times, except during a
solo run through.
The most important piece of skating equipment is your ice skates. The skates consist of a boot,
which is usually leather, and a blade. Your boots must fit properly, which means that they should be
snug yet relatively comfortable, and provide good support for your ankles. A good pair of used
skates will always be better than a pair of poor quality new ones. Your coach is the best source of
information on which skates are best for your child or a store that specializes in skates like the
Figure Skating Boutique.
The blades are made of steel and must be kept dry and well protected or they will rust. You should
wear skate guards at all times off the ice. After you finish skating thoroughly dry your blades and
boots with an absorbent cloth, and store with blade covers. The skates should not be stored with the
guards on.
Skates should be sharpened after approximately 20-30 hours of skating. Skates should not be
sharpened just before a test or competition; a skater should have enough time to skate on them two
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Sharpening Your Skates
All new skates and skates that have not been skated on for a month will need to be sharpened
before you skate on them. Re-sharpen skates after approximately 20-30 hours of skating. More
frequent sharpening may be required, if the skater walks on concrete, rubber or carpeted surfaces
without guards, if the blades are not wiped dry, or if there are severe nicks and rough surfaces on
the edges of the blade. Figure Skates should only be sharpened by someone who specializes in
figure skates.

         Sports Unlimited, 170 Guelph St, Georgetown, Phone: (905) 877-5546 ask for Brendan
         Paul Fisher Sharpening, River Oaks Arena, Oakville (905) 257-2155 or
          Ice & Nice, 2445 Glenwood School Dr, Burlington (905) 335-0380
         Figure Skating Boutique, 6174 Yonge St, Toronto (416) 225-1377
         Allan Carsons (905) 821-7826 (call for an appointment)



Where to look for Skating Apparel
         The Figure Skating Boutique, 6174 Yonge St, Toronto (416) 225-1377
         Kimby's Apparel Ltd, 7 Wesleyan St, Georgetown (905) 702-9222
         Ice & Nice, 2445 Glenwood School Dr, Burlington (905) 335-0380
         Brampton Skating Club has a consignment Store at Cassie Campbell Community Center
          http://www.skatecanadabrampton.ca



Who Do I Talk To
1.   If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s skating, lessons time, skates, anything
     to do with what you have hired your coach to do – Talk to your coach.

2.   If you have questions or concerns regarding club operations or general information please
     contact one of the board members listed on the first page or use
     info@georgetownskatingclub.ca.



Skating for Life
Canadians love figure skating! Every winter, millions of Canadians take to the ice, indoors and
outdoors in search of fun and fitness. The Georgetown Skating Club sanctioned by Skate Canada
provides skating programs which are designed to allow individuals to participate in skating for life.
Our programs provide participants with basic skating skills, advanced figure skating techniques, test
and competitive opportunities, awards and incentives and the chance to learn new skills in a fun and
positive environment.




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                                  Glossary of Terms

Jumps
Waltz Jump: Generally the first rotational jump that skaters learn. The skater takes off from a
forward outside edge, completes 1/2 revolution in the air, and lands on the back outside edge of the
opposite foot.

Salchow Jump: A jump in which the skater takes off from the back inside edge of the skating foot,
rotates one rotation in the air and lands on the back outside edge of the opposite foot. Named after
its originator, Ulrich Salchow. Variations: double Salchow, triple Salchow, quadruple Salchow, one
foot Salchow. ☺Neat fact: The 1965 World Champion and 1964 World and Olympic bronze
medalist Petra Burka became the first woman to complete a triple jump in competition - the triple
Salchow performed at the 1962 Canadian Championships in Toronto, Ontario.

Toe Loop Jump: A toe jump in which the skater takes off from the back outside edge of the skating
foot with assistance of the toe of the free foot and turns one rotation in the air, landing on the back
outside edge of the take-off foot. Variations: double toe loop, triple toe loop, and quadruple toe loop.
☺Neat fact: Canadian Kurt Browning was the first skater to complete a quadruple toe loop in
competition at the 1988 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Loop Jump: A jump in which the skater takes off from the back outside edge of the skating foot,
turns one rotation in the air and lands on the back outside edge of the take-off foot. Variations:
double loop, triple loop, 1/2 loop (a one rotation jump in which the skater lands on the back inside
edge of the opposite foot from take-off)

Flip Jump: A toe jump in which the skater takes off from the back inside edge of the skating foot
with assistance from the toe of the free foot, turns one rotation in the air and lands on the back
outside edge of the original free foot. Variations: double flip, triple flip.

Lutz Jump: A toe jump in which the skater takes off from the back outside edge of the skating foot
with assistance of the free foot toe, rotates in the reverse direction one rotation in the air and lands
on the back outside edge of the opposite foot. Variations: double Lutz, triple Lutz. ☺Neat fact:
1962 - Donald Jackson completes first-ever triple Lutz in competition.

Axel Paulsen: The skater takes off from the forward outside edge of the skate, completes
11/2 revolutions in the air and lands on the back outside edge of the opposite foot. Named after its
originator. Variations: double Axel, triple Axel, inside Axel, one-foot Axel. ☺Neat fact: Canada's
Vern Taylor became the first skater to land a triple Axel in competition at the 1978 World
Championships in Ottawa.




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Spins
There are three main categories of spins:
  1.   The upright spin
  2.   The camel spin
  3.   The sit spin

There are many variations within each of these categories.

Upright Spin: A spin where a skater's body stays more or less vertical to the ice. This category
includes one-foot spins, backspins, cross foot spins, and the layback spin. The layback spin is a spin
primarily performed by female skaters (though more men are performing this difficult spin today)
where the back is arched and the free leg is drawn up slightly. Variations include the Bielman
position (the skater catches the blade of the free foot in their hands and pulls the free-leg up over
their head) and sideways leaning spin in which the skater arches to one side while maintaining an
upright position.

Sit Spin: As the name indicates a sit spin is classified as any spin in which the skater's body is
located close to the ice and the skating knee is bent to allow the skater to appear to be 'sitting'. 

Variations include flying sit; flying change sit, sit change sit spin and more.

Camel Spin: A spin position in which the skater's body is horizontal to the ice except for the leg on
which they are spinning. Variations on this spin include a flying camel (change foot in air prior to
start of spin) and death-drop (a dramatic flying entry). To increase the difficulty of a camel spin
skaters will often perform a forward camel spin on an outside edge, or a back camel on an inside
edge. Arm and leg position variations also increase the difficulty of spins and can be very effective
from an aesthetic standpoint.

Turns in figure skating ---- 3-turn, bracket, counter, rocker?




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