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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.

 

FREESKATE

FREESKATE assessment is divided into 2 parts: Elements and Programs. Elements consist of jumps and spins only. Programs will directly correlate with the program criteria expected at the STAR 2-5 Events. In order to receive credit for a full STAR level rating both the Elements and the Program assessments must be obtained at the same level. 

  • For example: STAR 5 Freeskate Elements + STAR 5 Freeskate Program = STAR 5 Freeskate

Skaters do not have to pass a full level before moving to the next assessment.

  • For example: Skaters may choose to continue pursuing their Freeskate Element assessments without completing the Freeskate Program assessments for each level.

 

STAR 1 FREESKATE - ELEMENTS are 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. 

At this level, there is only an assessment for elements. Program assessment will start at STAR 2 to allow skaters time to acquire skills to put in the program.

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 skills at all the levels into the skaters regular training routines. This will help reinforce technique learned as well as challenge development.

STAR 2 FREESKATE - ELEMENTS

This level will see the introduction of some new skills, building on the concepts learned at STAR 1.

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 “pass” to achieve a successful overall assessment.

STAR 3 FREESKATE - ELEMENTS

This level will see the introduction of some new skills, building on the concepts learned at STAR 2.

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 “pass” to achieve a successful overall assessment.

 

STAR 4 FREESKATE - ELEMENTS

This level continues to build on previous levels as well as introduce some new concepts.

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 “pass” to achieve a successful overall assessment.

 

STAR 5 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 “pass” to achieve a successful overall assessment.

 

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