STAR Revisions: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Is there an Equivalency Chart?
Yes, this will be available when the system is in place. The general breakdown is:
STAR 2 & 3 = Preliminary (Generally skaters who have passed a Preliminary Test will have at STAR 3 equivalency)
STAR 4 & 5 = Jr. Bronze (Generally skaters who have passed a Jr. Bronze Test, will have STAR 5 equivalency)
Due to the new format and philosophy of the STAR 1-5, coaches may have skaters learn and be assessed at levels they have been grandfathered for developmental reasons. NOTE: Any levels that are assessed below the grandfathering can be assessed at no charge. (Please do not send the "no charge/grandfathered" assessments to Skate Canada)
- When does implementation begin? STAR 1-5 programming may begin in September, 2016 provided the coach has completed the online training. The online training will be available in the summer of 2016.
- When is the final date for full implementation? All clubs/schools and coaches must be ready to implement STAR 1-5 programming and assessments on September 1, 2017. At this point the Preliminary and Jr. Bronze tests will no longer be available.
- Will skaters have to start with STAR 1 assessments when they are capable of jumping in at the STAR 5 level, on all disciplines?
Skaters new to STAR will have to begin with STAR 1. If a skater has previously passed a Preliminary or higher test they will granted an equivalency into the appropriate STAR level. A detailed equivalency chart will be available soon.
- Where can resources for the revised program and assessments be found on line?
STAR program and assessment resource material will be housed on Skate Canada website/Members/eLearning. All materials are in the final stages of development currently and will be posted as soon as they are ready. Training will be available to all coaches in the summer. (online & free of charge)
- When assessing, what will the standards be?
The standards are set nationwide. There is a written standard and description for each skill. Every skill for each discipline has been captured on video at standard, below standard and above standard to help guide coaches through the expectations.
- How will skaters & coaches get a chance to learn from a judge/official’s expertise?
Judges and officials will still be assessing skaters at events/competitions and are available to do monitoring at the club level. Judges and officials are a valuable member of our skater development team. More information regarding the rationale for coach assessment will be included in the STAR 1-5 Resource Tool Kit.
- How do the coaches get paid for their time doing the evaluations?
The coach is assessing during their lessons on a skaters’ regular session. The assessment essentially becomes part of their job description. Coaches will use existing lesson time to assess their skaters. This means there are no additional fees for assessment.
- When a skater passes the STAR 1 freeskate assessment, are they then required to compete at the STAR 2 level? It has always been at the coach discretion as to what STAR level the skaters enter an event, will this change?
There are no minimum test requirements for the STAR 1-5 event structure. The coach and skater choose the level that best suits them in their development at that time.
- Will the requirements for events change to align with the assessments?
STAR 1-5 freeskate events and assessments have been designed to align with each other. The STAR 2-5 program assessments will be exactly the same as the event criteria.
- Will the coaches be responsible for the paper work for setting up the assessments?
Each club will decide the process that works the best for them. The test chair will ultimately be responsible for setting up this process and for ensuring the results are submitted to Skate Canada.
- Is there a target date for the completion of the remaining test system?
STAR 6 -Gold content development is underway. An overview of the next levels has been developed and is enter the next phase of critical analysis.
- The STAR 5 assessment is currently showing to be more like the Senior Bronze. If the skater passes the STAR 5, do they then have to be judged (by judges) for the Senior Bronze Freeskate test?
Yes, the STAR 5 Freeskate assessment is the equivalent of the Jr. Bronze test. Skaters who successfully complete the STAR 5 assessment will then enter the Sr. Bronze level until STAR 6 is available.
- Does the Test Chair have to set up, attend each assessment day, book ice and secure evaluators? No, STAR 1-5 assessments will be done on regular sessions and the assessments are done by the skaters’ coach. The test chair should ensure that the appropriate assessment sheets are printed and available for coaches to use (this process will be determined by each club).
- Do we have to submit a summary sheet after every assessment? This could mean submitting summary sheets multiple times a week or month. We are suggesting that a summary sheet be left “open” for a month. At the end of each month the summary sheet and all fees collected will then be submitted to Skate Canada National Service Center. Please note: Skate Canada is currently working on Digital Test Entry. More information on this will be available in September, 2016.
- If a club runs both the STAR 1-5 and Preliminary – Junior Bronze tests will the test chair need to get evaluators and ice time? Yes, all Preliminary and Junior bronze tests would have to be done in the traditional manner, or a coach may have to go to a neighboring club/school to do these tests.