Test Days -Procedures
Skaters on these sessions are assessed regularly by coaches during sessions. Report Cards are handed out at the end of the Fall session in December and at the end of the Winter session in March. Skaters are awarded badges and ribbons to celebrate their progress.
As per Skate Canada rules, the Star 1-5 programs are to be fully implemented in all clubs for the 2017-2018 year. Skaters at this level work in small groups on skills, freeskate and dance by 1-3 coaches. As they progress, coaches will inform parents when they feel the skater is ready to test according to the Star1-5 guidelines. Skaters will be told which day they will be tested on session.
The cost of each test is $12 and must be remitted to the coach. At the end of the session, the skater will receive a report of how they performed on the test and the result. At the end of each month, coaches will submit the results and monies to our Test Chair who will then submit the results to Skate Canada through their website. Parents are able to access their skaters’ results by signing up with their skaters’ Skate Canada number.
To achieve success at these levels, skaters will work on session with their private coaches and practice dances, skills and freeskate/solo’s and interpretives using music agreed upon between the coach and the skater. Skaters are encouraged to take notes of their routines and practice off- ice as well. When a coach feels their skater is ready to test, they will submit the skater’s name and which test they are trying to the Test Chair a month before a High Test Day. If they feel their skater is not ready, they can pull the test 2-3 weeks before.
Test Days for this year will be held in Norwood on December 2 and March 24.
There may be an additional one scheduled if needed. Skaters will need to arrive to the arena an hour before their test and check in with their music. They will also pay their fees at this time which can vary according to the test they are attempting. This money is not refunded if they are not successful. Additional fees may apply for coaching or partnering as well. Please speak to your coach regarding this. They should be dressed in formal skating attire and have their hair up. Skaters are given a warm up before attempting their number in front of a Skate Ontario assigned judge.
Skaters should not leave the ice if they falter but may be allowed to restart. Once the music starts they begin their routine. When the music ends the test is complete and the skater leaves the ice. They must then wait until the test day partners give the results from the judge to their coach indicating if they passed or must retry. Dependent on the test, a skater must attain a certain number of elements to pass. If they are asked to retry they will return the next test day to try the test again. If they are successful, their coach will direct them to start working on the next skill or element.