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An individual sixteen years of age or older who is responsible for assessing tests in the STARSkate program.  Evaluators are qualified to assess tests at or below a specified level (effective September 1, 2017 the lowest test level assessed by evaluators is Senior Bronze) in one or more of the STARSkate program disciplines.


The time elapsed between the moment a competitor stops performing the program until the moment the competitor resumes performing the program.

STARSkate Program Delivery Standards

STARSkate Program On-Ice Delivery

 Minimum one Skate Canada professional coach teaching on the ice (may be assisted by experienced/trained Program Assistants)

 Provide stroking, free skating, skating skills and dance instruction (synchronized skating is optional) on a regular basis  Skaters are encouraged to choose group lessons, private lessons or both formats to enhance their skill development

 90% continuous movement - limited waiting to take turns to practice skills

 Use entire ice surface throughout session to promote speed  Evidence of sufficient progress of skaters from one level to the next (skaters should not be held back)

 Use circuits and stations to teach and practice skills

 Use variety of age-appropriate activities and teaching methods  Use age-appropriate music and teaching aids

 Use Skate Canada STARSkate Program awards and incentives (e.g. STARSkate badges, badge chart, STARSkate stickers, tattoos, , My Skating Progress Journal, etc.) or other incentives such as stickers, stamps, etc.

 Award STARSkate badges the same day the skills are mastered

 Issue standard on-ice safety rules to skaters

a) Group Lesson Format

 Skaters receive lessons in small group format from a professional coach who may be assisted by qualified program assistants

 Group lesson format for Primary, Intermediate and Senior levels, based on a 60-minute session, consists of:

  •  – 30-minute lesson with professional coach (10 min. free skate, 10 min. of skating skills alternated with or in addition to stroking, 10 min. dance)
  • – 30-minute individual practice time

 Recommended frequency of program:

  • – Primary, Intermediate level = minimum 2 times/week
  • – Senior level = minimum 3-4 times/week

 Maximum 1:10 coach/program assistant to skater ratio (1:6 is better)

 Maximum of 20-30 skaters on the ice, depending on number of Skate Canada coaches available (i.e. maximum 10 skaters in a group, each receiving 30 minutes instruction)

b) Private Lesson Format

Skaters receive individual private lessons from a professional coach during sessions based on the following test levels*:


  • 15 min Stroking
  • 45 min Freeskate
  • 15 min Dance
  • 15 min Edge/Turn (Skills)
  • 1.5 hours Total Time
  • 2-3 times/week


  • 15 min Stroking
  • 45 min Freeskate
  • 30 min Dance
  • 30 min Edge/Turn (Skills)
  • 2 hours Total Time
  • 3-4 times/week


  • 15 min Stroking
  • 45 min Freeksate (X2)
  • 30 min Dance
  • 30 min Edge/Turn (Skills)
  •  2 ¾ hours Total Time
  • 3-4 times/week

Note: Competitive skaters may increase frequency 1-2 times more per week. Competitive skaters opting to specialize in dance may switch the time allotted for free skating with more dance session time.

Recommended number of skaters on the ice:

  • Primary 25 Private and/or group
  • Intermediate 25 Private and/or group
  • Senior 20 Private and/or group


Note: these amounts may be slightly increased on a large ice surface (e.g. 100 x 200 feet) 

* Test Level Definitions:

Primary Test Level = STAR 1-5 (Preliminary, Junior Bronze)

Intermediate Test Level = Senior Bronze, Junior Silver (STAR 6-8)

Senior Test Level = Senior Silver, Gold, Diamond (STAR 9-Gold (and Diamond Dance))

Competitive skaters should be considered differently in terms of lesson and practice time. Specific information for competitive program scheduling is currently in development.

STARSkate Program Off-Ice Delivery

 Register participants as STARSkate skaters with Skate Canada  Use STARSkate name in all recreational and test-level figure skating program titles

 Use STARSkate logo on all related written materials, web site, etc.  Be flexible - no age/rigid pre-requisites to register for this program

 Maintain records of skaters’ progress using STARSkate Program tools -- test summary sheets, individual skater’s record

 Keep small supplies inventory, including STARSkate program incentives (see Skate Canada catalogue), teaching aids

 Have STARSkate badges readily available; track distribution

 Use STARSkate Program resource materials – STARSkate Delivery Guide, Test Chair Handbook, Skating Skills Standards Manual/video set, NCCP Technical manuals, videos etc.