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2017 STAR University

2017 STAR University (STAR U)

Skate Canada is preparing for another STAR U program to be held May 31 – June 1, 2017 in Ottawa prior to the 2017 Ice Summit. The STAR U program debuted last year in St. John’s, NL with great success, so much so that we are going to offer it again.  The program will be delivered in English.


Program Format

Coaches will apply and be selected to attend the interactive professional development program that will focus on the Learn to Train stage of figure skating, specifically the new STAR 1-5 program. Skate Canada’s STAR program has undergone developmental changes and has been restructured to highlight and align with Skate Canada’s LTAD philosophies. With these changes, there is a lot of new and exciting information to share with coaches including: STAR program delivery options, teaching strategies, skill vs level standards, and the greatly anticipated coach assessed format. The STAR U program will incorporate all disciplines of the instruction stream of figure skating; free skate, dance, and skills. The STAR U program will encourage active coach participation with the use of situational examples allowing coaches to explore specific needs for their skaters. In addition, discussions will lead to strategic thought and planning as to how coaches will be able to best implement this new and improved figure skating program into their respective Skate Canada clubs.

Chosen participants will receive a full scholarship from Skate Canada to attend the STAR U program, including cost of the program, travel, accommodation (two night- double occupancy room shared with other participants) and a catered breakfast and lunch on June 1, 2017.

Additional candidates may be invited to attend and participate in the STAR U program at their own expense or at the expense of their club or section.


Selection Requirements 

All Skate Canada coaches who currently coach Learn to Train skaters are invited to submit an application form.  

To be considered, candidates should satisfy the following skills and qualifications:

  • Minimum NCCP Regional Coach Trained (Primary STARSkate Trained)
  • Registered Skate Canada Professional Coach, in good standing for the 2016-2017 season
  • Currently coach Learn to Train skaters (club skaters or private students)
  • Must have completed
    • STAR 1-5 Program Training
    • STAR 1-5 Assessor Training
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact well with skaters, coaches, club representatives and parents
  • Enthusiastic and energetic


Application Process

The application form is to be completed by the coach applicant. The application is comprised of 1) Coach Information 2) Club Information 3) Coaching Strategies and 4) Video Component.

            Video Component:

You have one chance to make a first impression, be creative, be fun, be inventive.   Be sure your video includes:

  • Why you love to coach
  • Your coaching philosophy
  • How you are involved with STAR skaters in your club
  • Why you should be selected to attend STAR U

Video submissions should be no longer than 5 minutes.


Interested coaches should complete the following electronic application form (in full) by: March 12, 2017 by 23:59 EST. Please know that applications received after this time will not be accepted.


Application Link:


After all applications have been reviewed, Skate Canada will notify the candidates selected to attend this program no later than March 31, 2017. Due to an anticipated high volume of applications, only those selected will be contacted.


Inquiries regarding the 2017 STAR U program can be directed to Kaitlan Lavis, Coach Development Coordinator,

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