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Accreditation for Events Policy

Reference: By-law 2403

Effective date: October 3, 2009

Revised date: October 24, 2012 June 6, 2013 September 20, 2014

 

1.0 PROFESSIONAL COACHES

1.1 FUNDING AND ACCREDITATION: In order to receive funding and accreditation from the Association, Skate Canada professional coaches must meet the following minimum standards:

INTERNATIONAL, CANADIANS, CANADA GAMES: be NCCP Level 3 certified for ISU sanctioned International competitions, Canadian Figure National Skating Championships and/or Canada Games.

1.2 ACCREDITATION: In order to receive accreditation from the Association Skate Canada professional coaches must meet the following standards:

SECTIONALS, CHALLENGE COMPETITIONS, REGIONAL SYNCHRONIZED SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS: be NCCP Intermediate STARSkate Provincial Coach (Level 2) certified for Sectionals, Challenge Competitions, Regional Synchronized Skating Championships (qualifying events only). Coaches attending a sectional event with Pre-Juvenile level skaters must be Intermediate STARSkate Provincial Coach (level 2) certified. Coaches attending the Regional Championships with a team in a non-qualifying category must be NCCP Primary STARSkate Coach certified.

SECTIONAL/PROVINCIAL STARSKATE and ADULT CHAMPIONSHIPS: be NCCP Primary STARSkate Coach certified for Sectional/Provincial STARSkate and Adult Championships.

SYNCHRONIZED SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS: be NCCP Level 3 certified for all categories within the Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships. Junior and Senior competitions. For Novice, Intermediate and Open categories, coaches must be NCCP Provincial Coach (level 2) certified. A coach who is NCCP Provincial Coach (level 2) certified in Synchronized Skating and who has completed the Level 3 Theory, (or equivalent Competition-Development modules) Level 3 General Subjects and Level 3 Synchronized Skating technical courses, may be granted a one time exemption to receive accreditation for the Synchronized Skating Championships occurring in the same season.

1.3 COMPLETION OF CERTIFICATION: Certification must be completed twenty-one days prior to the start of the event.

1.4 NON-QUALIFYING EVENTS: Competitions below Sub Sectional and Sectional Championship level as defined in Rule 4700 are not affected by this policy and are determined by the Section.

1.5 NEW COACHES: New professional coaches who do not meet the above criteria for accreditation or funding will have two years in which to become NCCP Primary STARSkate certified, three years in which to become NCCP Intermediate STARSkate, Provincial Coach (level 2) certified and four years to become NCCP Level 3 Certified from the date of first registering as a Skate Canada Professional Coach. New coaches (excluding Fast Track candidates) who do not become NCCP Intermediate STARSkate, Provincial Coach (Level 2) certified within three years are not permitted to attend any events requiring NCCP Level 3 certification until they become NCCP Level 3 certified.

1.6 CONDITIONS FOR RECEIVING ACCREDITATION: In order to receive accreditation from the Association at any Sectional championships or higher, Skate Canada professional coaches must be members of the Association and hold a valid First Aid Certificate.

1.7 FOREIGN COACH ACCREDITATION: Foreign coaches (including other foreign individuals who work with figure skaters), who have not started coaching in a Skate Canada or sanctioned skating school, may apply to the Association for a Special Accreditation and Photo ID.

 

2.0 TEAM MANAGERS

2.1 ACCREDITATION FOR TEAM MANAGERS: In order to receive accreditation as a Team Manager from the Association at Challenge Competitions, Canadian FigureNational Skating Championships, Synchronized Skating Championships, Regional Synchronized Skating Championships, Sectional/Provincial STARSkate Championships, Adult Championships and all international competitions, the individual must be a registered Skate Canada member and/or Skate Canada employees.

2.2 If a Team Manager or a chaperone is a coach, then he/she must meet all the requirements of a professional coach for the relevant event including NCCP certification level, valid First Aid certificate, and coaching membership with the Association.

2.3 The number of Team Managers permitted per Section per event (Challenge Competitions, Canadian FigureNational Skating Championships, Sectional/Provincial STARSkate Championships, Adult Championships and all international competitions) will be as follows:
2 Team Managers per Section for up to 10 skaters; 1additional Team Manager is permitted for every additional 5 skaters.

2.4 For the Synchronized Skating Championships, Adult Championships (synchronized skating) and Regional Synchronized Skating Championships a total of five individuals may be accredited per team (coaches, team managers, performance enhancement integrated support personnel and chaperones) with a maximum of two coaches. The names of the individuals requiring accreditation must be included in the competition online registration process. Chaperones must be current registered members of Skate Canada.

2.5 Additional Section Team Managers may be granted on the following basis:

      1. additional Team Managers are to be considered on an event by event basis;
      2. in order to be considered for additional Team Managers, application shall be made by the relevant Section: (i) within 2 days of the completion of the relevant Section championships in the case of requesting additional accreditation for Challenge and (ii) within 2 days of the completion of the relevant Challenge championship in the case of requesting additional accreditation for the Canadian FigureNational Skating Championships. Late applications will not be considered;
      3. applications will be submitted to the Skate Canada Sport Development Director Coaching and Skating Programs;
      4. the application will contain specifics as to why the additional Team Managers are necessary;
      5. applications will be considered by the Skating Programs CommitteeTechnical Committee and will make a determination as to whether additional Team Manager accreditations will be issued. The Skating ProgramsTechnical Committee will take into account all relevant considerations including, without limitation, size of venue, number of accreditations granted already issued etc.;
      6. the decision of the Skating ProgramsTechnical Committee will be final and will be communicated to the relevant Section as soon as possible in the circumstances.

 

3.0 PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT TEAM INTEGRATED SUPPORT TEAM (IST) PERSONNEL

Definition: Integrated Support Teams (ISTs) are the sport sciences, sports medicine and other team management professionals that support coaches and athletes/teams. ISTs may include a physiologist, sport psychologist, biomechanist, nutritionist, physical therapists/athletic therapist, and a physician

3.1 Skate Canada may approve performance enhancementintegrated support personnel (sport science professionals)as defined in 3.0 to be accredited with athletes at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships and Synchronized Skating Championships; who have the following professional designations:

  1. Medical Doctor: 
  2. Physiotherapist: must have designated status 
  3. Sport Psychologist: must be a psychologist: (i) licensed by and in good standing with their provincial governing body; and/or (ii) a member in good standing of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association.

3.2 All applications for accreditation from performance enhancementintegrated support personnel are subject to review and approval by Skate Canada and they must provide proof that they meet the minimum criteria outlined below before being considered for accreditation. All applications must be signed by both the athlete and head coach.

3.3 Each competition entry may only have two accredited individuals for the event. For example, the two individuals may be: two professional coaches or one professional coach and one sport science specialistintegrated support personnel or one team manager. In the case of the Synchronized Skating Championships, a total of 5 individuals can be accredited per team (coaches, team managers and chaperons), with a maximum of 2 coaches.

3.4 No rink side access or access in the chute will be granted for sport scienceintegrated support professionals who are accredited with competition entries. For each event, Skate Canada will determine which areas of the arena the approved integrated support professionalsport science specialists will be allowed.

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