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STAR Communication 2 (May 2016)

Communication 2 (May 2016)
STAR 1-5: Getting ready for change

There was great feedback after the first communication went out in February and this communication will address some of the questions raised. Please continue to send in your feedback and questions. We will be creating a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to answer your questions.

Important Dates:
Summer 2016 - Training for coaches and clubs
September 1, 2016 - Implementation as ready -  (as coaches complete the training they will be able to implement the STAR 1-5 program)
September 1, 2017 - Full Implementation -  (all coaches teaching and assessing STAR 1-5 must be trained)

Common questions we have received thus far:

Can we use evaluators for the STAR 1-5 assessments? No, STAR 1-5 must be assessed by the skaters coach. If a club is running Preliminary and Junior bronze tests, an external evaluator must be brought in.

Do we need extra test day ice for STAR 1-5 assessments? The STAR 1-4 assessments are done on a skaters regular session. STAR 5 assessments are done on "clear ice". “Clear ice" does not have to be at a test day. The skaters should be assessed as they are ready and should not wait for a traditional test day.  Options for assessment strategies will be outlined in the STAR Resource Guide.

Can a club run both the STAR 1-5 and Preliminary – Junior Bronze tests? Yes this is possible provided the STAR 1-5 tests are assessed by the coach as stated in the previous communication. Clubs will have to book test day ice and external evaluators for those skaters doing the Preliminary and Junior Bronze options.

These are exciting times for our Learn to Train stakeholders.

All information regarding STAR 1-5 programming will be available on Info Center/Pilot Programs/STAR 1-5.

Any questions or feedback should be directed to Heather McMahon, Skating Program Coordinator at hmcmahon@skatecanada.ca

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