Terms used:

Event

The name given to a group of skaters entered in a category.  There may be one event per category or several events per category depending on the number of total entries.  Each event is independent of the other events within the category. 

Skate Canada Challenge

A championship that qualifies athletes toward and including, but not limited to, the Canadian Figure Skating Championships.

category

The name for each level of competition within a discipline.  Examples of categories are STAR 1, STAR 2, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Pre-Novice, etc.

qualifying competitions

A qualifying event is any competition or any event that qualifies skaters to the sectional championships and higher. These include, without limitation, National Summer Series, Sectional Championships, Skate Canada Challenge, Synchronized Regional Championships, Canadian Figure Skating Championships and the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships.

qualifying events

A qualifying event is any competition or any event that qualifies skaters to the sectional championships and higher. These include, without limitation, National Summer Series, Sectional Championships, Skate Canada Challenge, Synchronized Regional Championships, Canadian Figure Skating Championships and the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships.

Effective:   

July 1, 2017

The new coach accreditation policy being implemented next season will allow Skate Canada Professional Coaches to experience the competitive field prior to achieving a full National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) certification. Based on the relevant NCCP coach training and certification pathway, coaches with the proper credentials may be provided with the opportunity to coach their athletes at Skate Canada qualifying events.

 

Summary of changes:

  • To motivate coaches to reach higher NCCP status earlier in their career, the NCCP level required for accreditation at a particular event will now be tied to the skating category as outlined in the accreditation matrix below.
  • Build the competition experience as part of a coach’s development while achieving a full NCCP certification.
  • The new coach clause from the former Accreditation for Events Policy is no longer applicable as we encourage coaches to achieve higher NCCP statuses earlier in their career to better align with our competitive athlete development pathways.

 

Purpose:   

Skate Canada and its Section Partners are committed to creating a safe competitive environment for athletes to reach optimal performance at the following qualifying events:

  • Event 1:  Sectionals and Regional Synchronized Skating
  • Event 2:  Skate Canada Challenge
  • Event 3:  National Skating Championships
  • Event 4:  Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships

This policy governs the necessary requirements to obtain coach accreditation privileges at qualifying competitions hosted by Skate Canada and its Section Partners.

 

Accreditation Matrix:

As per the NCCP pathways, coaches may obtain accreditation privileges provided the qualifications in the accreditation matrix below are valid at time of competition entry and on-site during the event. The Skate Canada qualifying events are categorized below as events 1-4.

The accreditation guidelines for all other Skate Canada sanctioned competitions (as applicable) are determined by the Sections.

 Additional Considerations:

  • Coaches who are in the process of achieving an NCCP certification may be considered for accreditation provided the necessary in-training or trained status as stipulated in the relevant NCCP coach pathway is achieved.  
  • Non-resident coaches who do not coach in a Skate Canada club or skating school may be considered for accreditation provided that a valid screening is provided at time of competition entry and on-site at events.

 

Other Events:

Coaches who attend other competitive events not covered in the accreditation matrix, must satisfy the following requirements at time of competition entry and on-site during the following events:

(*) Chartered Professional Coach - ChPC designation with the Coaching Association of Canada.

Please contact your Section Office for information on upcoming NCCP courses in your area.