What is the CanSkate 1-3 Program?
This is a 45 minute program for skaters that have either passed Pre CanSkate, or have some skating ability (can get up on their own, skate forward without assistance and some backwards walking).
Skaters will learn to skate forwards, backwards, stop, turn, jump and spin. Our program is taught using the 3 fundamentals of Balance, Control and Agility and is designed to build skating skills for all ice sports. Skaters are divided into colour groups based on ability and will rotate through 3 different areas on the ice for maximum learning opportunities.
The Fundamental Areas are:
- BALANCE: Concentrating on most forward skills, pushing technique and edges.
- CONTROL: Concentrating on most backwards skills, stopping and speed elements.
- AGILITY: Concentrating on most turning and jumping skills.
How are Ribbons and Badges Earned?
Skaters are assessed during regular sessions and report cards are available at the end of each Fall and Winter session.
The program is divided into 6 stages for continual growth and skill development based on the LTAD (Long- term athlete development). To pass a stage, skaters must achieve all fundamental area ribbons (balance, control and agility) from the corresponding stage which will earn them a stage badge. It is possible to earn ribbons across stages without completing a stage badge.
Who Teaches CanSkate?
Our CanSkate programs are taught by qualified NCCP Skate Canada coaches with the help of our program assistants.
What Should a Skater Wear?
Since we skate at the Memorial Centre, the arena is fairly warm and comfortable. Skaters should wear comfortable but warm pants, a sweater or coat that they can unzip or remove and non- sticky(fuzzy) mitts or gloves. A hockey helmet is mandatory. As well as well-fitting skates, either figure skates or hockey skates are acceptable.
Next Steps… After completing the CanSkate 1-3 program, skaters are encouraged to continue their skill development in our CanSkate Advanced 4-6 Program. This is a continuation of our 1-3 program, working to complete all 6 stages.