STAR 1 to 5 offers a solid development pathway for skaters who are entering a figure skating program for the first time. This program covers the Learn to Train stage of development in Skate Canada's Long- Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD). It is defined by technical development rather than chronological age.
The entry level of STAR 1 is designed to meet the exit level of Stage 6 in CanSkate. Therefore, it is imperative that all skaters beginning STAR 1 have the skills of Stages 5 and 6 in CanSkate.
STAR 1 Skills and STAR 1 Freeskate are designed to be achieved within three to nine months of exiting CanSkate. The remainder of the STAR 1-5 program is designed to assist the skater’s development in a progressive manner. Skaters may move through the STAR program at their own pace per discipline.
STAR 6 to Gold is a continuation of STAR 1-5 and the next set of skills for skaters to achieve after STAR 5. This program covers the Learn to Compete stage of development in Skate Canada's Long-Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD).
This stage of development will be accessed by skaters pursuing the ideal pathway for high performance development, as well as skaters who will be continuing their pursuits in the Active for Life category.
Skaters who wish to challenge their figure skating skills and who show potential as competitive skaters can participate in the CompetitiveSkate program.
CompetitiveSkate is a program for skaters in singles, pairs and ice dance wishing to compete in qualifying events within Skate Canada.
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