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STAR 1-5 Content & Training

 

The following has been compiled to give coaches some resources and rationale for skill placement and training strategies in each discipline. Please note that all skills regardless of discipline can be trained on any session. It is not mandatory to segregate disciplines into different sessions. For easy training accessibility, it is recommended to allow skaters to train all areas of the STAR 1-5 program on the same session.

 SKILLS

NOTE: The *practice pattern for the X & O Stroking Exercises is to be skated on full ice. The circle portions are to remain in the same place as the assessment pattern.  Exercises designed for the X portion would be performed along the outside perimeter of the rink. Skaters must practice this pattern in both directions to ensure the forwards and backward circles are trained in both CW (clockwise) and CCW (counter clockwise) directions.

STAR 1 Skills is designed to be acquired within 3-9 months of achieving skills in Stage 6 of CanSkate. The success of this goal will largely depend on the quality of skills taught in Stage 5 & 6 as well as the program delivery and frequency in the club’s STAR 1-2 program. STAR 1 skills introduce skaters to basic philosophical foundations of quality skating.

All edges and turns in the Skills Program will be taught in “figure form” to allow skaters to develop an understanding of:

  • Balance point on the blade
  • Controlled body movement
  • A still and strong core
  • Proper turning technique

NOTE: There is no mandatory criteria required for assessment at this level as it is “developmental”. As the entry level, skaters will be encouraged to achieve proper technique. The allowance of “no mandatory criteria” has been identified as skaters will repeat all of these skills in subsequent levels, therefore continuing their development. Coaches are encouraged to include these skills in every day routines, for example: Edge & Turn classes, Warm Up routines, etc. Reaching the GOLD standard of performance whenever possible, is the goal of the STAR 1-5 program.

 

STAR 2 Skills introduce skaters to concepts that have not been fully developed at previous levels. Figure form will play a big part in some of these skills.

 NOTE: For every skill, one criteria has been identified as “mandatory”. Coaches need to be familiar with this mandatory criterion as it is necessary to be achieved to reach an overall passing rating for each skill. Be mindful that not all skills need to achieve this rating to pass the entire assessment.

STAR 3 Skills builds on skills learned thus far and encourages a greater level of development/performance.

NOTE: For every skill one criteria has been identified as “mandatory”. Coaches need to be familiar with this mandatory criterion as it is necessary to be achieved to reach an overall passing rating for each skill. Be mindful that not all skills need to achieve this rating to pass the entire assessment.

 

STAR 4 Skills introduce skaters to concepts that have not been fully developed at previous levels. Figure form will play a big part in some of these skills. 

NOTE: For every skill there are two criteria has been identified as “mandatory”. Coaches need to be familiar with these mandatory criteria as it is necessary to be achieved to reach an overall passing rating for each skill. Be mindful that not all skills need to achieve this rating to pass the entire assessment. The rationale for identifying two criteria is to ensure the quality development expected at this level is achieved.

 

STAR 5 Skills builds on skills learned thus far and encourages a greater level of development/performance.

 NOTE: For every skill there are two criteria has been identified as “mandatory”. Coaches need to be familiar with these mandatory criteria as it is necessary to be achieved to reach an overall passing rating for each skill. Be mindful that not all skills need to achieve this rating to pass the entire assessment. The rationale for identifying two criteria is to ensure the quality development expected at this level is achieved.

 

 

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