What is Junior Star Academy?
The Junior Star Academy Program is intended as an introduction to competitive figure skating. The program is the next stage of development for skaters 8 years of age and younger, with the desire to pursue competitive skating. Team coaching, jump technique, spins, off-ice, theatre on ice, artistic figures, games and prizes are all part of the Program. It combines a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere to learn the basic skills of figure skating at a young age. Junior Star Academy is designed to be a bridge between the CanSkate and StarSkate programs for younger skaters.
Acceptance into the Program:
Skaters wishing to join the Junior Star Academy Program must demonstrate a competent skill level for their age. Entrance into the program is “by invitation only.” Skaters are talent-identified and selected from our CanSkate program. Potential Junior Star participants are invited to a trial session to be assessed by a Club Coach. Successful candidates will be awarded an official invitation to the program and information regarding program registration.
The program is entirely instructed by our NCCP-certified professional coaches and includes on-ice and off-ice (dryland) lessons. Skaters must skate a minimum of two days per week to participate in the Junior Star Academy program. Each lesson day will consist of a 45 minute on-ice session and a 30 minute off-ice (dryland) session. Junior Star Academy is offered 3 days per week on Wednesday Evening, Friday evening and Sunday mornings.
Skaters are required to wear proper figure skating skate boots and attire. Upon completion of the program, skaters will be ready to enter the Skate Canada StarSkate Program.
All skaters participating in the Junior Star Academy Program must have proper figure skating boots and attire. The appropriate equipment is an important part of timely and proper skill acquisition and development. Female skaters are expected to wear figure skating skirts/dresses with tights or fitted leggings. Hair must also be securely fastened. Males may wear fitted pants (no jeans or sweatpants). No baggy clothing or bulky jackets and no hoods are permitted. A warm pair of gloves is recommended.
Any questions regarding proper fitting skates, maintenance and attire may be answered by our coaching team. There are currently 2 figure skating stores in the Lower Mainland that can assist you with required equipment.
The Skater’s Edge: www.skatersedgeshop.com
Cyclone Taylor Figure Skating: www.cyclonetaylorfigskate.com