Terms used:

Basic Position

Refers to the three basic spin positions – camel, sit and upright.

Basic Positions

Refers to the three basic spin positions – camel, sit and upright.

Board

The board of Directors of Skate Canada.

Brackets

A turn executed on one foot from an outside edge to an inside edge or an inside edge to an outside edge, with the exit curve continuing on the same lobe as the entry curve. The skater turns in the direction opposite to the curve.

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.

Chair

The chair of the Board.

Challenge

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

Change of Edge

The visible tracing of a skate on one foot that changes from one curve and edge to another curve and edge.

Chassés

A series of two edges (usually outside, inside) in which on the second edge the free foot is placed on the ice beside the skating foot, but not ahead of or behind it, and the free foot is lifted with the blade parallel to the ice.

Choctaws

A turn from one foot to the other in which the curve of the exit edge is in the opposite direction to that of the entry edge. The change of foot is from outside edge to inside edge or inside edge to outside edge. In ice dance, unless otherwise specified in the dance description, the free foot is placed on the ice close to the skating foot. The entry and exit edge are of equal depth.

Club

A not-for-profit organization that is operating for the general purpose of providing Skate Canada skating programs and is managed by a volunteer board of directors.

Combination Spin

A combination spin has different definitions depending on the discipline as follows:

  • Singles: A spin which includes a change of position. A combination spin must include a minimum of two different basic positions with two revolutions in each of these positions anywhere within the spin. To receive full value, a spin combination must include all three basic positions. The number of revolutions in positions that are non-basic is counted in the total number of revolutions. Changing to a non-basic position is not considered a change of position. When a change of foot is required, the change of foot may be executed in the form of a step over or a jump. The change of foot and the change of position may be made either at the same time or separately.
  • Pairs:
  • Ice Dance: A dance spin which has a change of foot performed simultaneously by both partners.
  • Synchronized Skating: The spin combination must include a minimum of two different basic positions (sit, camel, upright or any variation thereof) and only one change of foot. The change of foot and the change of position must occur at the same time by all skaters executing the spin.

Counters

A turn executed on one foot from an outside edge to an outside edge or an inside edge to an inside edge, with the exit curve on a different lobe from the entry curve. The skater turns in the direction opposite to the entry curve (i.e. in the direction of the exit curve).

Days

Total days including weekends and holidays.

Edge

May refer either to part of the skate blade, or the visible tracing of a skate blade on one foot that is on one curve. An edge may be either inside (towards the body) or outside (away from the body), and forward or backward, for a total for four different edges. A "deep edge" is a deep lean on the edge of the skate. Deep edges are rewarded, while skating on a "flat" (on both edges at the same time) is discouraged.

Edges

May refer either to part of the skate blade, or the visible tracing of a skate blade on one foot that is on one curve. An edge may be either inside (towards the body) or outside (away from the body), and forward or backward, for a total for four different edges. A "deep edge" is a deep lean on the edge of the skate. Deep edges are rewarded, while skating on a "flat" (on both edges at the same time) is discouraged.

Element

A component that is part of a synchronized skating short program and free skating program.  Elements are divided into groups of difficulty.

Evaluator

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.

Evaluators

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.

Events

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. 

Fall

Defined as a loss of control by a skater with the result that the majority of his/her own body weight is on the ice being supported by any other part of the body other than the blades. e.g. hand(s), knee(s), back, buttock(s) or any part of the arm.

Features

Technical content that increases the difficulty of an element which may become part of the difficulty group of an element.  Features such as pivoting, traveling, body movements, etc. are determined annually and published in a Skate Canada and ISU Communication.

Flying Spin

Novice and lower and STAR:

Spins that enter with a jump and land in a spinning position. The spin may have a change of foot or a change of position or both. Examples: flying sit spin (FSp), flying change sit spin (FCSSp), flying camel spin (FCSp), flying change camel spin (FCCSp), flying upright spin (FUSp), flying change upright spin (FCUSp), flying combination spin (FCoSp), flying change combination spin (FCCoSp).

ISU definitions for Junior and Senior:

Flying spin: A spin with a flying entrance with no change of foot or position.  The name of the flying spin corresponds to its landing position: flying sit spin (FSSP), flying camel spin (FCSp), flying upright spin (FUSp), flying layback spin (FLSp). This definition is very specific for junior and senior short programs.  

Spin with a flying entrance: This is the ISU definition for all flying spins that are not ‘flying spins’ as defined above.

 

Free Skating Program

A program of a specified length, skated to music of the skater’s choice. The skater is free to choose the number and the type of elements to be included, subject to the requirements outlined in the requirements for individual assessments/tests and competitions.

Good Standing

A person who has paid all dues outstanding to Skate Canada, a Club, or a Skating School (as applicable) and who the Board has not declared not to be in good standing and in the case of Members, a Member whose Membership has not been terminated pursuant to Article 3 hereof [of the bylaws].

Grade of Execution

International Skating Union

The International Skating Union (ISU) is the exclusive international sport federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee administering the sports of Figure Skating and Speed Skating throughout the world. The ISU is composed of a number of national associations called ISU Members that administer ISU sports at the national level and recognize that all international matters are under the sole jurisdiction and control of the ISU.

Introductory Steps

In Ice Dance, all pattern dances (does not apply to Pattern Dance Elements in short dance) may be started with optional introductory steps.

Judges

An individual sixteen years of age or older who has been trained and appointed to officiate at or below a specified level of competition in one or more of singles, pairs, ice dance or synchronized skating.

Jump Combination

Singles and Pairs: Two or more jumps in which the landing foot of the first jump is the take-off foot of the next jump and so on. There is no change of foot or turn between the jumps, although the toe may be used to assist the take-off. One full revolution on the ice between the jumps (free foot can touch the ice, but no weight transfer) keeps the element within the definition of a jump combination.

Synchronized Skating: Any number of jumps of at least one revolution that may be linked with turns, steps or with a slight touch down.

Jump Combinations

Singles and Pairs: Two or more jumps in which the landing foot of the first jump is the take-off foot of the next jump and so on. There is no change of foot or turn between the jumps, although the toe may be used to assist the take-off. One full revolution on the ice between the jumps (free foot can touch the ice, but no weight transfer) keeps the element within the definition of a jump combination.

Synchronized Skating: Any number of jumps of at least one revolution that may be linked with turns, steps or with a slight touch down.

Jump Elements

An individual jump, a jump combination or a jump sequence. In some jumps, the toe of the free foot is used during the take-off phase. The number of rotations is based on the direction of travel of the take-off and landing edges. In ice dance a jump cannot be more than one revolution, and may be executed by only one partner at a time. This jump may be performed either in hold or separated.  Both partners may jump at the same time.

Jump Sequence

Singles and Pairs: May consist of any number of jumps of any number of revolutions that may be linked by non-listed jumps and/or hops immediately following each other while maintaining the jump rhythm (knee); there can be no turns/steps, crossovers or stroking during the sequence. Any hop inside the sequence requires that the skater visibly leaves the ice.

In a jump sequence an axel type jump can follow another jump providing the requirements above are present.  The movement to the take-off edge is not considered to be a step.  If an axel type jump immediately follows any other jump without any hops, mazurkas, and/or unlisted jumps, this will be considered   a jump sequence.  A listed jump followed by non-listed jumps is not considered a jump sequence but will count as a solo jump.

Synchronized Skating: Consists of any number of jumps of any number of revolutions that may be linked with small hops and dance jumps, immediately following each other while maintaining the jump rhythm (knee); there can be no crossovers or stroking between jumps during the sequence.

Lobes

A curve that is representative of a part of a circle. For example, edges and dance steps are done on lobes. In ice dance, a lobe is any sequence of steps on one side of the continuous axis that is approximately semi-circular in shape.

Loop

A one-foot movement where the skater skates an oval pattern using the same edge. The entry and exit of the loop must cross. The loop must be clean cut without scrapes or points

Member

Each entity that meets the requirements of any of the three Member classes as defined in Article 3 hereof [of the bylaws].

 

Mohawk

A turn from one foot to the other in which the entry and exit curves are continuous and of equal depth. The change of foot is from an outside edge to an outside edge or from and inside edge to an inside edge.

Mohawks

A turn from one foot to the other in which the entry and exit curves are continuous and of equal depth. The change of foot is from an outside edge to an outside edge or from and inside edge to an inside edge.

Non-listed Jump

Jump that is not listed in the Scale of Values; does not count as a jump element.

Non-listed Jumps

Jump that is not listed in the Scale of Values; does not count as a jump element.

Open Mohawk

A mohawk in which the heel of the free foot is placed on the ice at the inner side of the skating foot, the angle between the two feet being optional. Following the weight transfer, the immediate position of the new free foot is behind the heel of the new skating foot (e.g. the man's steps 8 and 9 and the lady's steps 12 and 13 in the Fourteenstep).

Program Components

Progressives

A step or sequence of steps in which the free foot passes the skating foot before is it placed on the ice, thereby bringing the new free foot off the ice trailing the new skating foot.

Registrant

Includes (i) an individual who is registered by a Club or Skating School with Skate Canada and who is subject to all applicable rules, regulations and policies of Skate Canada but who is not a Member; and (ii) an individual who is engaged in any activity provided, sponsored, supported, sanctioned or recognized by Skate Canada and registered directly with Skate Canada but who is not a Member.

Rhythm

The regularly repeated pattern of accented and unaccented beats which gives the music its character.

Rocker

A turn executed on one foot from an outside edge to an outside edge or an inside edge to an inside edge, with the exit curve on a different lobe from the entry curve. The skater turns in the direction of the entry curve. 

Rockers

A turn executed on one foot from an outside edge to an outside edge or an inside edge to an inside edge, with the exit curve on a different lobe from the entry curve. The skater turns in the direction of the entry curve. 

Section

As defined in Section 8.1 hereof [of the bylaws].

Segment

The name given to a portion of an event.  Some categories have two segments (e.g., short program and free program) and some categories have only one segment (e.g., Juvenile singles).

Sequence

The set order of the prescribed steps that compose one pattern (sequence) of a Pattern Dance.

Sequences

The set order of the prescribed steps that compose one pattern (sequence) of a Pattern Dance.

Skating School

An organization other than a Club that is operating for the general purpose of providing Skate Canada skating programs.

Solo Dances

The term used when a skater skates the full pattern of a dance by themselves.

Spin

In singles and pairs, a spin must have at least three revolutions to be considered a spin. The minimum number of revolutions in a position is two without interruption.  If this requirement is not fulfilled, the position is not counted. The change of foot in any spin must be preceded and followed by a spin position with at least three (3) revolutions. If one foot is lacking three revolutions in a basic position, the spin will receive less value. If the skater(s) falls when entering a spin, a spin or a spinning movement is allowed immediately after this fall (for filling time purpose) with this spin/movement not being counted as an element.

Spin In One Position

In singles and pairs, any spin which has only one of the three basic positions and no non-basic positions.  In spins in one position and flying spins in one position, the concluding upright position at the end of the spin is not considered to be another position independent of the number of revolutions, as long as the skater is executing only the final wind-up without any enhancements.

Spins

In singles and pairs, a spin must have at least three revolutions to be considered a spin. The minimum number of revolutions in a position is two without interruption.  If this requirement is not fulfilled, the position is not counted. The change of foot in any spin must be preceded and followed by a spin position with at least three (3) revolutions. If one foot is lacking three revolutions in a basic position, the spin will receive less value. If the skater(s) falls when entering a spin, a spin or a spinning movement is allowed immediately after this fall (for filling time purpose) with this spin/movement not being counted as an element.

Spiral

A gliding position executed on one foot with free leg extended (including knee and foot) above hip level.

Spiral Sequence

A collection of at least two spirals executed on different feet, separated by no more than four steps (eight steps for STAR 2) not including the step taken into the skating foot of the second spiral.  (A step in this case applies to any time a change of foot takes place, e.g. Mohawk = 2 steps, 3-turn = 1 step, crosscut = 2 steps). Some categories have requirements for supported/unsupported and/or direction of spirals.

Spirals

A gliding position executed on one foot with free leg extended (including knee and foot) above hip level.

Step

The visible tracing on the ice that is executed on one foot. A step is counted each time there is a change of foot.

Steps

The visible tracing on the ice that is executed on one foot. A step is counted each time there is a change of foot.

Tempo

The speed of the music in beats or measures per minute.

Three-turn

A turn executed on one foot from an outside edge to an inside edge or an inside edge to an outside edge, with the exit curve continuing on the same lobe as the entry curve. The skater turns in the direction of the curve.

Toe Loop

Turn

A rotational movement in which the skater moves from forward to backward or backward to forward using one foot and on an edge and axis (e.g. Three-turn, Bracket). In a two-foot turn the rotational movement from forward to backward or backward to forward is from one foot to the other foot (e.g. Mohawk, Choctaw).

Turns

A rotational movement in which the skater moves from forward to backward or backward to forward using one foot and on an edge and axis (e.g. Three-turn, Bracket). In a two-foot turn the rotational movement from forward to backward or backward to forward is from one foot to the other foot (e.g. Mohawk, Choctaw).

United States Figure Skating

National governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States. U.S. Figure Skating is a member of the International Skating Union (ISU), the international federation for figure skating, and is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC).

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1. Overview

The Skate Canada STAR Program consists of all Skate Canada STAR assessments and tests, as well as STAR competition categories and supplementary Events. For detailed information regarding categories, qualifications and program requirements, refer to the 2017-2018 STAR Competition Program Requirements which are updated on an annual basis.

STAR 1-5 assessments are coach-assessed and include skills, free skate (also freeskate, free skating) and dance.

Senior Bronze to Gold tests are evaluated by Skate Canada trained Evaluators. The levels of tests and disciplines are as follows:

  • Interpretive:
    • Bronze, Silver and Gold Singles and Couples
  • Dance:
    • Senior Bronze, Junior Silver, Senior Silver, Gold and Diamond
  • Free Skating:
    • Senior Bronze, Junior Silver, Senior Silver and Gold

2. Free Skating Tests

2.1. STAR 1-5 Free Skate Assessments

STAR 1-5 Free skate assessments are coach-assessed on club sessions. STAR 1-5 Resource Toolkit.

STAR 1 - Elements

  • Waltz jump
  • Single salchow
  • Single Toe Loop
  • Forward upright spin
  • Backward upright spin

STAR 2 - Elements

  • Single salchow
  • Single Loop
  • Single flip
  • Waltz + single Toe Loop combination
  • Forward sit spin
  • Forward camel spin
  • Change foot upright spin

STAR 2 - Program

Detailed in the the 2017-2018 STAR Competition Program Requirements.

STAR 3 - Elements

  • Single flip
  • Single lutz
  • Waltz + single Loop combination
  • Single Loop + single Loop combination
  • Backward upright spin
  • Backward sit spin
  • Forward camel/sit Combination Spin

STAR 3 - Program

Detailed in the 2017-2018 STAR Competition Program Requirements.

STAR 4 - Elements

  • Single lutz
  • Single axel
  • Single flip + single Toe Loop combination
  • Single Loop + single Loop combination
  • Backward camel spin
  • Change foot sit spin
  • Combination Spin with forward entry and two changes of position (change of foot optional)
  • Flying camel spin or flying sit spin

STAR 4 - Program

Detailed in the 2017-2018 STAR Competition Program Requirements.

STAR 5 - Elements 

  • Single axel
  • Any double jump (2S, 2T, 2Lo, 2F or 2Lz)
  • Single lutz + single Toe Loop combination
  • Sit spin or camel spin (entry optional)
  • Spin In One Position with any variation
  • Combination Spin (optional change of foot)
  • Flying camel or flying sit spin

STAR 5 - Program

Detailed in the 2017-2018 STAR Competition Program Requirements.

2.2. Senior Bronze Free Skating Test

Part 1 - Elements

Stroking - three exercises (draw for direction then alternate):

  • Russian stroking: Rapid stroking, consisting of three step Lobes forward inside/outside/inside with Crossovers.
  • Forward crosscut/outside-inside Change of Edge exercise: The skater performs a forward crosscut followed by an outside to inside Change of Edge then repeats the forward crosscut and Change of Edge in the other direction starting on the other foot. It is recommended that the free leg move in front for the Change of Edge and remain in front after the change but the free leg position is optional provided that the correct Edges are skated. The recommended stroking pattern consists of four Lobes down the sides of the rink and four crosscuts on the ends. The exact numbers, however, will depend on the size of the rink and the strength of the skater.
  • Backward crosscut/outside-inside Change of Edge exercise: The skater performs a backward crosscut followed by an outside to inside Change of Edge then repeats the backward crosscut and Change of Edge in the other direction starting on the other foot. It is recommended that the free leg move back for the Change of Edge and remain in front after the change but the free leg position is optional provided that the correct Edges are skated. The recommended stroking pattern consists of four Lobes down the sides of the rink and four crosscuts on the ends. The exact numbers, however, will depend on the size of the rink and the strength of the skater.

Jumps - four jumps consisting of:

  • Axel
  • Double salchow
  • Double Toe Loop
  • Split jump (Non-listed Jump)

Jump Sequence: One Jump Sequence consisting of three or more jumps.  At least two jumps must be listed jumps of one rotation or more.

Jump Combination: One Jump Combination consisting of a single lutz plus a single or double Toe Loop or Loop jump.

Spins - three spins consisting of:

  • Flying camel (minimum three rotations)
  • Choice of layback or sideways leaning spin or camel/sit spin (minimum three rotations)
  • Combination Spin with change of foot: minimum two positions with two rotations in each position, minimum three rotations on each foot

Field movements: A sequence of two moves chosen by the candidate.

Step or Spiral Sequence: Choice of a step sequence using full length or width of ice with choice of pattern (straight line, circular, serpentine) or a Spiral Sequence (two forward Spirals, one on each foot with no more than four steps between Spirals; one Spiral must be unsupported)

Passing Requirement  

12/14 elements Satisfactory or better. All stroking exercises must be satisfactory or better.

Part 2 - Program

Duration:  One Free Skating Program of 2:00 or 2:30 minutes in length (+/- 10 seconds)

Elements - this program will contain:

  • Maximum six Jump Elements
    • Must include at least one axel-type jump (waltz or single axel) and one double jump
    • Maximum three combinations or sequences. Jump Combinations may contain no more than two jumps.
    • No jump included more than twice and if a jump is repeated it must be in combination or sequence
  • Maximum of three spins
    • One spin must be a Combination Spin with change of foot (minimum three revolutions per foot and minimum two revolutions per position)
    • One spin must be a Flying Spin (minimum three revolutions in basic position)
    • One spin of any nature (minimum four revolutions total)
  • Maximum one step sequence or Spiral Sequence

Passing Requirement

  • Technical requirements: A Satisfactory evaluation or better in 8/10 must be achieved (or 6/8 if program contains only five jumps and two spins).
    • Jumps: 5/6 (or 4/5 if program contains five jumps) must be Satisfactory or better and a minimum of one double jump must be Satisfactory or better
    • Spins: 2/3 must be Satisfactory or better (if program contains only two spins, Combination Spin must be Satisfactory or better) 
  • Program Components: A Satisfactory or better in 3/5 of the following criteria:
    • Skating Skills*
    • Transitions
    • Performance*
    • Composition
    • Interpretation

Further passing requirement: Skating Skills and Performance must be Satisfactory or better.

Total passing requirement: A total of 11/15 requirements Satisfactory or better (or 9/13 if program contains only five jumps and two spins).

2.3. Junior Silver Free Skating Test

Part 1 - Elements

Stroking - four exercises (draw for direction, then alternate):

  • Circle stroking forwards/backwards: The skater skates outside and inside Edges alternately, forming a large circle. The circle should increase in size as the skater accelerates. A minimum of two circuits of the rink must be completed. The skater must perform this exercise forwards and backwards.
  • Figure eight stroking forwards/backwards: Starting at centre ice, the skater skates a large circle in one direction, then on returning to the centre, changes to skate another circle in the opposite direction. Between the two circles, the skater must execute a sustained Edge before, during or after the transition. A minimum of two repetitions must be completed. The skater must perform this exercise forwards and backwards.

Jumps - three jumps consisting of:

  • Axel
  • One of:
    • Double Loop
    • Double flip
    • Double lutz
  • Split jump/Split jump (Non-listed Jumps)

Jump Sequence:  One Jump Sequence consisting of three or more jumps including one double jump.  At least two of the included jumps must be listed jumps.

Jump Combination:  One Jump Combination consisting of two jumps of at least one rotation, second jump must be a double.

Spins - three spins consisting of:

  • Layback or sideways leaning spin or crossfoot spin with a minimum of 4 rotations.
  • Change sit spin (minimum four rotations on each foot)
  • Combination Spin with all three basic positions, change of foot mandatory (minimum four revolutions per foot and minimum two revolutions in each position)

Field movement:  A sequence of two moves chosen by the candidate.

Step or Spiral Sequence:  One step sequence using full length or width of ice with choice of pattern (straight line, circular, serpentine) or one Spiral Sequence ( 2 Spirals, each on different feet, no more than 4 steps between, one Spiral must be unsupported).

Passing Requirement  

12/14 elements satisfactory or better. All stroking exercises must be satisfactory or better.

Part 2 - Program

Duration:  One Free Skating Program of 2:30 or 3:00 minutes in length (+/- 10 seconds).

Elements - this program must contain:

  • Maximum six Jump Elements
    • Must include at least one Axel-type jump (waltz or single Axel) and two different double jumps
  • Maximum three combinations or sequences. Jump Combinations may contain no more than two jumps.
    • No jump included more than twice and if a jump is repeated it must be in combination or sequence
  • Maximum of three spins
    • One spin must be a Combination Spin, change of foot mandatory (minimum four revolutions per foot and minimum two revolutions per position)
    • One spin must be a Flying Spin In One Position with no change of foot (minimum four revolutions in basic position)
    • One spin of any nature (minimum five revolutions total)
  • Maximum one step sequence or Spiral Sequence

Passing Requirement

  • Technical requirements:  A Satisfactory evaluation or better in 8/10 must be achieved.
  • Jumps:  5/6 must be Satisfactory or better and a minimum of two different double jumps must be Satisfactory or better
  • Spins: 2/3 must be Satisfactory or better
  • Program Components:  A Satisfactory or better in 4/5 of the following criteria:
    • Skating Skills
    • Transitions
    • Performance
    • Composition
    • Interpretation

Further passing requirement:  Skating Skills and Performance must be satisfactory or better.

Total passing requirement:  A total of 12/15 requirements Satisfactory or better. 

2.4. Senior Silver Free Skating Test   

Part 1 - Elements

Stroking - three exercises (draw for direction then alternate):

  • Forward Russian stroking with forward inside/backward inside Three-turn sequence exercise:  The skater performs forward Russian stroking down the sides of the rink and forward inside three/cross over to backward inside three turn and repeat approximately four times across the ends.
  • Forward Russian stroking with hip twist sequence exercise:  The skater performs forward Russian stroking down the sides of the rink and hip twist sequence across the ends. The hip twist sequence consists of closed forward outside Mohawk/cross over to backward inside three turn then repeat approximately four times across the ends.
  • Forward Russian stroking with backward outside three/inside Open Mohawk sequence exercise:  The skater performs forward Russian stroking down the sides of the rink and backward outside three/inside Open Mohawk then repeat approximately four times across the ends.

Jumps - four jumps consisting of:

  • Axel
  • Double Toe Loop
  • Two of:
    • Double Loop
    • Double flip
    • Double lutz

Jump Sequence:  One Jump Sequence consisting of 3 or more jumps including two double jumps.  At least two of the included jumps must be listed jumps.

Jump Combination:  One Jump Combination consisting of 2 double jumps.

Spins - three spins consisting of:

  • Change camel spin with a minimum of five rotations on each foot.
  • Flying camel/back sit with a minimum of five rotations
  • Combination Spin with all three basic positions, change of foot mandatory (minimum five revolutions per foot and minimum two revolutions in each position)

Field movement:  A sequence of least three moves chosen by the candidate.

Step or Spiral Sequence:  One step sequence using full length or width of ice with choice of pattern (straight line, circular, serpentine) or one Spiral Sequence ( 2 Spirals, each on different feet, no more than 4 steps between, one Spiral must be unsupported).

Passing Requirement  

12/14 elements Satisfactory or better. All stroking exercises must be satisfactory or better.

Part 2 - Program

Duration:  One Free Skating Program of 3:00 or 3:30 minutes in length (+/- 10 seconds).

Elements - this program must contain:

  • Maximum six Jump Elements
    • Must include at least one Axel-type jump (waltz or single Axel) and three different double jumps
  • Maximum three combinations or sequences. Jump Combinations may contain no more than two jumps.
    • No jump included more than twice and if a jump is repeated it must be in combination or sequence
  • Maximum of three spins
    • One spin must be a Combination Spin, change of foot mandatory (minimum five revolutions per foot and minimum two revolutions per position)
    • One spin must be a Flying Spin In One Position with no change of foot (minimum five revolutions in basic position)
    • One spin of any nature (minimum six revolutions total)
  • Maximum one step sequence or Spiral Sequence

Passing Requirement

  • Technical requirements:  A Satisfactory evaluation or better in 8/10 must be achieved.
  • Jumps:  5/6 must be Satisfactory or better and a minimum of three different double jumps must be Satisfactory or better
  • Spins:  2/3 must be Satisfactory or better
  • Program Components:  A Satisfactory or better in 4/5 of the following criteria:
    • Skating Skills
    • Transitions
    • Performance
    • Composition
    • Interpretation

Further passing requirement:  Skating Skills and Performance must be satisfactory or better.

Total passing requirement:  A total of 12/15 requirements Satisfactory or better.

2.5. Gold Free Skating Test  

Part 1 - Elements 

Stroking:  One exercise (draw one stroking exercise, then draw for direction):

  • Forward Russian stroking with forward inside/backward inside Three-turn sequence exercise:  The skater performs forward Russian stroking down the sides of the rink and forward inside three/cross over to backward inside three turn and repeat approximately four times across the ends.
  • Forward Russian stroking with hip twist sequence exercise:  The skater performs forward Russian stroking down the sides of the rink and hip twist sequence across the ends. The hip twist sequence consists of closed forward outside Mohawk/cross over to backward inside three turn then repeat approximately four times across the ends.
  • Forward Russian stroking with backward outside three/inside Open Mohawk sequence exercise:  The skater performs forward Russian stroking down the sides of the rink and backward outside three/inside Open Mohawk then repeat approximately four times across the ends.

Jumps:  Six jumps consisting of:

  • Axel
  • Double Toe Loop
  • Double salchow
  • Double Loop
  • Double flip
  • Double lutz or double axel

Jump Sequence:  One Jump Sequence with three or more jumps including two double jumps.  At least two of the included jumps must be listed jumps.

Jump Combination:  One Jump Combination consisting of 2 double jumps.

Spins - three spins consisting of:

  • Layback or sideways leaning spin or Upright Variation with a minimum of 5 rotations.
  • Combination Spin with 5 rotations on each foot: minimum 2 rotations in each position, 3 positions, 1 change of foot.
  • Flying Sit Spin with a minimum of 5 rotations and optional foot of landing.

Field movement:  A sequence of moves utilizing the full surface.

Step or Spiral Sequence:  One step sequence using full length or width of ice with choice of pattern (straight line, circular, serpentine) or one Spiral Sequence (two Spirals, each on different feet, no more than four steps between, one Spiral must be unsupported).

Passing Requirement

12/14 elements Satisfactory or better. All stroking exercises must be satisfactory or better.

Part 2 - Program

Duration:  One free program of 3:00 (Women), 3:30 (Men) minutes in length (+/- 10 seconds).

Elements:  This program must contain:

  • Maximum six (women)/seven (men) Jump Elements
    • Must include at least one axel-type jump (waltz or single axel) and four different double jumps
  • Maximum three combinations or sequences. Jump Combinations may contain no more than two jumps.
    • No jump included more than twice and if a jump is repeated it must be in combination or sequence
    • NOTE: One additional jump may be included if it is an attempted double axel or any triple jump.
  • Maximum of three spins
    • One spin must be a Combination Spin, change of foot mandatory (minimum six revolutions per foot and minimum two revolutions per position)
    • One spin must be a Flying Spin In One Position with no change of foot (minimum six revolutions in basic position)
    • One spin of any nature (minimum six revolutions total)
  • Maximum one step sequence or Spiral Sequence

Passing Requirement

  • Technical requirements:  A Satisfactory evaluation or better in 8/10 (women)/9/11 (men) must be achieved.
  • Jumps:  5/6 (women) /6/7 (men) must be Satisfactory or better and a minimum of four different double jumps must be Satisfactory or better
  • Spins:  2/3 must be Satisfactory or better
  • Program Components:  A Satisfactory or better in 4/5 of the following criteria:
    • Skating Skills
    • Transitions
    • Performance
    • Composition
    • Interpretation

Further passing requirement:  Skating Skills and Performance must be Satisfactory or better.

Total passing requirement:  A total of 12/15 (women)/13/16 (men) requirements Satisfactory or better.

2.6. Order of Free Skating Tests

Free skating tests must be taken in the following order:  Senior Bronze, Junior Silver, Senior Silver, Gold.

With the exception of the Gold Free Skating test, a candidate may try all of the Elements parts of free skating tests in order before trying any of the Program parts in order and vice versa.

The candidate may try either part of the Gold Free Skating test without having passed the previous free skating tests in either part (known as challenging the test).  In this case, a challenge fee applies in addition to the regular test fee.  See Test Fees.

2.7. Taking Free Skating Tests in Singles Competitions

Skaters may apply to take any Junior Silver, Senior Silver or Gold free skating test in competition where offered by the organizing committee.  The test must be taken in a Juvenile, Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior or Senior singles category in the Free Program Segment.  Skaters meeting the passing equivalencies in competition will be given credit for Part 1 and Part 2 of the indicated free skating test. The skater must pay the test fee equivalent to taking the test during a standard test day (Part 1 + Part 2). 

Minimum Passing Equivalencies 

Junior Silver:

  • Minimum TES: 12.00
  • Minimum jump content*: 2 different double jumps
  • Minimum total Segment score: 18.00

Senior Silver:

  • Minimum TES: 15.00
  • Minimum jump content*: 3 different double jumps
  • Minimum total Segment score: 25.00

Gold:

  • Minimum TES: 18.00
  • Minimum jump content*: 4 different double jumps
  • Minimum total Segment score: 32.00

* Note: Required minimum jump content will be considered successful when awarded a -1 GOE score or better, or the required jump is the first jump of a combination or sequence.

2.8. Conduct of a Free Skating Test

Stroking Exercises

Stroking exercises should be performed for a minimum of one circuit of the rink unless otherwise specified by the Evaluator.

A draw for direction of skating for the stroking exercises will be done by the Evaluator and one skater prior to the warm-up for the first skater. The direction of skating will then alternate with subsequent exercises. The draw for direction will apply to all skaters taking tests in that particular discipline on that test day.

Reskating a Portion of a Test

At the request of the Evaluator, a maximum of four elements in isolation in Free Skating tests may be reskated once if necessary to pass. In all cases the better attempt will be counted. The candidate may elect to reskate an unsuccessful element immediately or at the end of the portion of the test. 

Scale for Evaluating a Free Skating Test   

STAR 1-5 free skate assessments will be evaluated as Gold, Silver or Bronze.  STAR 6-Gold free skate tests will be evaluated as Excellent, Good, Satisfactory or Needs Improvement.

Criteria for Evaluating a Free Skating Test   

Free skating tests are evaluated against:

  • Program composition:
    • Required technical elements included
    • All required elements must be attempted to achieve a Satisfactory score in program composition. Each element does not have to be successfully executed.
  • Program Components

Evaluation of Stroking Exercises

The Evaluator will take into account the following:

  • The starting, carriage and maintenance of reasonable speed and movement
  • The shape and symmetry of the pattern and the quality of the Edges

3. Dance Tests

Ice Dance in the STAR program consists of pattern dance and creative dance.

Pattern dances are the skating of prescribed patterns to music, the type and Tempo for which is defined.  These dances may be performed solo or with a partner.  STAR 1-5 pattern dances also have the option of being performed shadow.

Creative dance is the skating by a couple (or skater) of a dance of their own creation.  The creative dance is skated to a free choice of music with a prescribed character and time signature. It is an optional part of the Senior Bronze, Junior Silver and Gold Dance tests.

3.1. STAR 1-3 Dance Assessments

Pattern Dances

  • STAR 1 – Dance Step Elements
  • STAR 2a - Dutch Waltz
  • STAR 2b - Canasta Tango
  • STAR 3a - Baby Blues
  • STAR 3b – Dance Step Elements

All dances may be performed solo, shadow or as a couple.

Passing Requirement for Each Dance

  • The candidate must pass the focus areas
  • In addition, two of the three criteria for full pattern assessment must be Silver or higher, one of which must be timing

3.2. STAR 4 – 5 Dance Assessments  

Pattern Dances

  • STAR 4a - Swing Dance
  • STAR 4b - Fiesta Tango
  • STAR 5a - Willow Waltz
  • STAR 5b – Dance Step Elements

All dances may be performed solo, shadow or as a couple.

Passing Requirement for Each Dance

  • The candidate must pass the focus areas
  • In addition, two of the three criteria for full pattern assessment must be Satisfactory or better, one of which must be timing

3.3. Senior Bronze Dance Test

Pattern Dances

  • Ten-Fox
  • Fourteenstep
  • European Waltz

All dances may be performed solo or with a partner. 

Creative Dance

  • Bronze Creative Dance

The Bronze Creative Dance may be performed solo, shadow or as a couple.

Passing Requirement for Each Pattern Dance

The candidate must achieve Satisfactory or better in timing and accuracy/flow plus Satisfactory or better in at least two of the following on each dance:

  • Style/form
  • Expression
  • Unison
  • Pattern/placement

For dances that are performed solo, the candidate must achieve Satisfactory or better in timing and accuracy/flow plus Satisfactory or better in at least one of the following on each dance:

  • Style/form
  • Expression
  • Pattern/placement

Passing Requirement for the Senior Bronze Dance Test

Skaters must pass all three pattern dances or two pattern dances plus the creative dance.

3.4. Junior Silver Dance Test

Pattern Dances

  • Keats Foxtrot
  • Harris Tango
  • American Waltz
  • Rocker Foxtrot

All dances may be performed solo or with a partner.

Passing Requirement for Each Pattern Dance 

The skater must achieve Satisfactory or better in timing and accuracy/flow plus Satisfactory or better in at least three of the following on each dance:

  • Style/form
  • Expression
  • Unison
  • Pattern/placement

For dances that are performed solo, the candidate must achieve Satisfactory or better in timing and accuracy/flow plus Satisfactory or better in at least two of the following on each dance:

  • Style/form
  • Expression
  • Pattern/placement 

Passing Requirement for the Junior Silver Dance Test

Skaters must pass all four pattern dances to pass the complete Junior Silver Dance test.

3.5. Senior Silver Dance Test 

Pattern Dances

  • Paso Doble
  • Starlight Waltz
  • Blues
  • Kilian
  • Cha Cha Congelado

All dances may be performed solo or with a partner.

Creative Dance

  • Silver Creative Dance

The Silver Creative Dance may be performed solo, shadow or as a couple.

Passing Requirement for Each Pattern Dance

The skater must achieve Satisfactory or better in all six criteria for partnered dances and all except unison for dances performed solo.

Passing Requirement for the Senior Silver Dance Test

Skaters must pass four of the five pattern dances or three pattern dances plus the creative dance to pass the complete Senior Silver Dance test.

3.6. Gold Dance Test

Pattern Dances

  • Viennese Waltz
  • Westminster Waltz
  • Quickstep
  • Argentine Tango
  • Silver Samba

All dances may be performed solo or with a partner.

Creative Dance

  • Gold Creative Dance

The Gold Creative Dance may be performed solo, shadow or as a couple.

Passing Requirement for Each Pattern Dance

The skater must achieve Satisfactory or better in all six criteria for partnered dances and all except unison for dances performed solo.

Gold Dance Test Passing Requirement

Skaters must pass four of the five pattern dances or three pattern dances plus the creative dance to pass the complete Gold Dance test.

3.7. Diamond Dance Test  

Pattern Dances 

  • Ravensburger Waltz
  • Tango Romantica
  • Yankee Polka
  • Rhumba
  • Austrian Waltz
  • Golden Waltz

All dances may be performed solo or with a partner.

Passing Requirement for Each Pattern Dance

The skater must achieve Satisfactory or better in all six criteria for partnered dances and all except unison for dances performed solo.

Passing Requirement for the Diamond Dance Test

Skaters must pass four of the six pattern dances to pass the complete Diamond Dance test.

3.8. Order of Dance Tests

Dance tests must be taken in the following order: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver, Senior Silver, Gold, Diamond.

The candidate may apply to take any of the Gold Dance tests without having passed the previous dance tests (known as challenging the test).  In this case, a challenge fee applies in addition to the regular test fee. See Test Fees.

3.9. Music for Pattern Dance Tests

For tests, the candidate has the choice of skating to Skate Canada Series 8, Skate Canada Contemporary Music or ISU music. 

3.10. Taking Dance Tests in Pattern Dance Competitions

Skaters may apply to take any Gold Pattern Dance in a Novice pattern dance competition where offered by the organizing committee.  The skater must pay the test fee equivalent to taking the test during a standard test day.

The minimum passing equivalencies for the Gold Pattern Dances are as follows:

  • Minimum TES: 12.00
  • Minimum total dance score: 20.00

3.11. Partners for Dance Tests

Under the direction of a registered Skate Canada Professional Coach in good standing, a Dance Partner is a registrant who assists skaters in their achievement of Skate Canada Pattern Dances.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to have a partner who complies with the rules and is present and ready to skate at the time designated for the test.

3.12. Introductory Steps

The Evaluator may request that the dances start at a specific location.

All pattern dances may be started with optional Introductory Steps.  For evaluated tests, skaters may use a maximum of seven Introductory Steps. The opening poses may reflect the character of the given dance.

For tests taken in competition all competition rules apply.

3.13. Conduct of Pattern/Creative Dance Tests

The dances can be tried in any order. A candidate must pass the minimum number of the dances in a dance test before progressing to the next level. However, a candidate may try the Gold Pattern Dances without passing the previous pattern dance tests (known as challenging the test).  In this case, the candidate must pay the challenge fee in addition to the regular test fee.

All pattern dance assessments may be skated solo or with a partner. Shadow skating is permitted for STAR 1-5 and Creative Dances.

The Evaluator may require the candidate to reskate any dance with another partner if the partner for a dance test appears to lack the ability to lead, or to follow, as appropriate.

After skating the dance with a partner, a candidate for a pattern dance assessment may be requested by the Evaluator to skate the dance alone. The Evaluator will not record an additional evaluation but use this as a check on the candidates’ knowledge of steps, accuracy in timing and/or sureness of skating.  Evaluators may not request that candidates skate solo in the following cases:

  • When a candidate is testing the Diamond Dance test
  • When a candidate is 25 years of age or older 

3.14. Scale for Evaluating Pattern/Creative Dance Tests

STAR 1-5 Dances are evaluated as Gold, Silver or Bronze.

Senor Bronze to Diamond Dances are evaluated as Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Needs Improvement. 

3.15. Criteria for Evaluating Pattern/Creative Dance Tests 

In tests, evaluations will be given under two categories, the first for dance Rhythm, the second for execution. It must be realized that certain aspects of dancing do not fall clearly into a single subdivision. The definitions are intended to summarize the requirements and must be followed as closely as possible.

Dance Rhythm

Timing

The proper relationship of the strokes and other body movements to the music. The skater will coordinate body motions, such as rotation, knee-bend, swing of the free leg, etc., with the music so that the stroke is completed smoothly and the transfer to the new skating foot or the turn is made without pause or rush.

Expression

That quality of dancing which interprets the character of the music that designates the type of dance such as waltz, tango, march, etc. Expression of the music must show by rapid or slow changes in the dance motions, the variation pattern of the music. Thus in the waltz, as the variation pattern of the music is extremely even, the speed of the body motions must show little change and the movements must be nearly continuous.

Unison (only for dances requiring a partner)

The mutual coordination of the movements and positions as a couple. Body movements, such as leg-swings and knee-bends, will be equalized; partners must remain close without effort and their shoulders must be parallel in the closed positions. The man must show his ability to lead his partner and the lady her ability to follow a lead.

Execution 

Accuracy/Flow

The steps, timing and movement of the dances must be skated according to the rules. Provided that there is conformity with the basic requirements, some latitude in movement is permitted to enable couples or skaters (for Solo Dances) to perform the dances with individual expression. Footwork must be neat and definite Edges must be skated. Obvious skating on two feet must be avoided. On Chassés and Progressives the feet should be lifted as small a distance from the ice as is consistent with taking a clean stroke.

Style/Form

In general, carriage should be upright but not stiff, with the head up. The hold should be firm and the fingers neither spread nor clenched. All actions should be easy and flowing with the direct object of assisting the movement. Speed should not be gained at the expense of good style. The knee of the skating leg should be flexible with a rhythmic rise and fall. The free leg should be turned outwards with the knee slightly relaxed and the toe pointed down.

Pattern Placement

The skating of the prescribed pattern and its intelligent location within the skating area.

4. Interpretive Skating Tests

Interpretive Skating is a form of skating in which emphasis is placed on the skaters’ ability to use their skills to interpret music rather than on their technical prowess.  The interpretive program will contain a variety of skating moves. These moves should be selected for their value in enhancing the choreographic interpretation of the music rather than for their technical difficulty.  Jumps are allowed, but no credit will be given for their technical difficulty.  In tests and competition, choice of music is unrestricted.

4.1. Introductory Interpretive Singles Test 

Program

The program must be a maximum of two minutes in length.

Passing Requirement

Two out of four of the following must be satisfactory or better:

  • Edge and turn quality
  • Speed/flow/power
  • Creative movement with sxureness
  • Carriage and line

plus two out of five of the following must be satisfactory or better:

  • Interpretation of music
  • Communication of theme
  • Use of whole body
  • Use of levels and space
  • Originality/creativity

4.2. Bronze Interpretive Singles Test 

Program

The program must be a maximum of three minutes in length.

Passing Requirement 

Two out of four of the following must be satisfactory or better:

  • Edge and turn quality
  • Speed/flow/power
  • Creative movement with sureness
  • Carriage and line

plus three out of five of the following must be satisfactory or better:

  • Interpretation of music
  • Communication of theme
  • Use of whole body
  • Use of levels and space
  • Originality/creativity

4.3. Silver interpretive Singles Test 

Program

The program must be a maximum of three minutes in length.

Passing Requirement

Three out of four of the following must be satisfactory or better:

  • Edge and turn quality
  • Speed/flow/power
  • Creative movement with sureness
  • Carriage and line

plus four out of five of the following must be satisfactory or better:

  • Interpretation of music
  • Communication of theme
  • Use of whole body
  • Use of levels and space
  • Originality/creativity

4.4. Gold Interpretive Singles Test

Program

The program must be a maximum of three minutes in length.

Passing Requirement

Four out of four of the following must be satisfactory or better:

  • Edge and turn quality
  • Speed/flow/power
  • Creative movement with sureness
  • Carriage and line

plus five out of five of the following must be satisfactory or better:

  • Interpretation of music
  • Communication of theme
  • Use of whole body
  • Use of levels and space
  • Originality/creativity

4.5. Introductory Interpretive Couples Test 

Program

The program must be a maximum of two minutes in length.

Passing Requirement

Two out of four of the following must be satisfactory or better:

  • Edge and turn quality
  • Speed/flow/power
  • Creative movement with sureness
  • Carriage and line

plus three out of six of the following must be satisfactory or better:

  • Interpretation of music
  • Communication of theme
  • Use of whole body
  • Use of levels and space
  • Originality/creativity
  • Interaction

The test will be evaluated as a couple and only one set of marks will be awarded which will apply to both candidates, if applicable.

4.6. Bronze Interpretive Couples Test

Program

The program must be a maximum of three minutes in length.

Passing Requirement

Two out of four of the following must be satisfactory or better:

  • Edge and turn quality
  • Speed/flow/power
  • Creative movement with sureness
  • Carriage and line

plus three out of six of the following must be satisfactory or better:

  • Interpretation of music
  • Communication of theme
  • Use of whole body
  • Use of levels and space
  • Originality/creativity
  • Interaction

The test will be evaluated as a couple and only one set of marks will be awarded which will apply to both candidates, if applicable.

4.7. Silver Interpretive Couples Test 

Program

The program must be a maximum of three minutes in length.

Passing Requirement 

Three out of four of the following must be satisfactory or better:

  • Edge and turn quality
  • Speed/flow/power
  • Creative movement with sureness
  • Carriage and line

plus four out of six of the following must be satisfactory or better:

  • Interpretation of music
  • Communication of theme
  • Use of whole body
  • Use of levels and space
  • Originality/creativity
  • Interaction

The test will be evaluated as a couple and only one set of marks will be awarded which will apply to both candidates, if applicable.

4.8. Gold Interpretive Couples Test

Program

The program must be a maximum of three minutes in length.

Passing Requirement 

Four out of four of the following must be satisfactory or better:

  • Edge and turn quality
  • Speed/flow/power
  • Creative movement with sureness
  • Carriage and line

plus six out of six of the following must be satisfactory or better:

  • Interpretation of music
  • Communication of theme
  • Use of whole body
  • Use of levels and space
  • Originality/creativity
  • Interaction

The test will be evaluated as a couple and only one set of marks will be awarded which will apply to both candidates, if applicable.

4.9. Evaluation/Marking - Interpretive Tests/Competition Interpretive Programs

Interpretive Skating will be assessed using the following criteria:

Skating skills:

  • Quality of basic Edges and turns (e.g., three turns, brackets, Choctaws, etc.) incorporated into the choreography of the program.
  • Gaining and maintenance of speed; easy and continual flow; power reflective of the ability of the skater and the chosen music/theme.
  • Incorporating new and creative movements performed with sureness and control.
  • Upper body carriage and body line reflective of the chosen music/theme yet still incorporating good style (e.g., a skater may choose African Tribal dance music; one would expect angular lines and departure from the “normal” skating posture, but this should not be confused with poor basic form. In other words, there is a difference between intentional choreography and poor basic form and line).

Performance:

  • Clear interpretation of the chosen music
  • The skater’s ability to portray the chosen theme through interpretation of music, skating skills and movement rather than through mime and posing
  • Skater’s ability to use the entire body (including torso) to help interpret the music and communicate the theme. Particular attention should be paid in differentiating between postural and gestural movements
  • Skater’s ability to use low, mid and high levels as well as space (either immediately surrounding the body as well as within the performance area, or ice surface).
  • Skaters should be encouraged to choose (and rewarded when chosen) an unknown theme or original interpretation of a known piece of music.
  • Interaction (relevant for couples only).  Encourages more creativity than what might be the case if the term “unison” is incorporated.

4.10. Order of Interpretive Skating Tests

 

Interpretive skating tests must be taken in the following order: Introductory, Bronze, Silver, Gold.

A candidate may take the same test more than once using a different theme and program on each occasion.

Candidates who have completed all parts of a gold skating test in any other discipline are eligible to take the Gold Interpretive Skating test without having passed the previous interpretive skating tests. In this case, additional test fees apply.  See Test Fees.

5. Skating Skills Tests

Skating skills exercises consist of Edges, turns and field movements.  For information regarding the Skating Skills tests and standards, refer to the STARSkate Guide.

5.1. Senior Bronze Skating Skills Test  

Exercises

Candidates will skate three exercises:

  • Exercise A:  Forward brackets
  • Exercise B:  Power circles II
  • Exercise C:  Expanding exercise

Passing Requirement

The candidate must obtain a Satisfactory or better on all three exercises in order to pass.

5.2. Junior Silver Skating Skills Test  

Exercises 

Candidates will skate three exercises:

  • Exercise A:  Multi turns and power threes
  • Exercise B:  Snakes and Ladders II (revised)
  • Exercise C:  Flying Choctaws           

Passing Requirement

The candidate must obtain a Satisfactory or better on all three exercises in order to pass.

5.3. Senior Silver Skating Skills Test  

Exercises

Candidates will skate three exercises:

  • Exercise A:  Rockers and Choctaws
  • Exercise B:  Multi-circle threes and brackets
  • Exercise C:  Expanding exercise

Passing Requirement

The candidate must obtain a Satisfactory or better on all three exercises in order to pass.

5.4. Gold Skating Skills Test 

Exercises

Candidates will skate three exercises:

  • Counters and three change threes
  • Multi-circle double threes and Mohawks
  • Expanding exercise

Passing Requirement

The candidate must obtain a Satisfactory or better on all three exercises in order to pass.

5.5. Conduct of Skating Skills Tests

One candidate will skate all exercises before the testing of another candidate begins.   

At the request of the Evaluator, one exercise may be reskated if necessary to pass. The better attempt will be counted.

5.6. Scale for Evaluating Skating Skills Tests

Skating skills Senior Bronze to Gold tests are evaluated as Excellent, Good, Satisfactory or Needs Improvement.

5.7. Criteria for Evaluating Skating Skills Tests

Skating Skills exercises are evaluated using the following five criteria: 

  • Edge quality:  Edge quality is characterized by a stable arc without sub-curves or wobbles. Accuracy of the Edge and depth (degree of lean) are important although there is a great variance in the required depth of Edge for particular Lobes and steps.
  • Ice coverage:  Since pattern sizes vary according to the nature of the exercise, the size of the rink and the size/strength of the skater, ice coverage in this context refers to power and flow. In general, power should be attained from the blade and not the toe. Flow, or the ability to maintain speed is the second aspect of ice coverage that is considered.
  • Ease of motion:  Balance, body control (stability), agility or quickness during execution of turns, changes of Edge and transitions, and general flexibility are assessed under this category.
  • Correctness of steps:  Step errors in each exercise are assessed according to the type of step. For example, errors in the main features of exercises (focus) are considered major and will generally be penalized. An error in the connecting steps (i.e. the number of crosscuts, etc.) is considered minor and may not affect the overall assessment of the exercise.
  • Posture:  Correct posture/carriage for most Skating Skill exercises involves a high and extended line of the free leg and arms (closer to shoulder level than waist). The position of the head is upright and the bend in the skating hip, knee and ankle should be enough to maintain balance at faster speeds. 

Note:  For each exercise, the focus highlights the specific criteria that are most prominent for that particular exercise.

6. General Qualifications for Tests in the STAR Program

6.1. Eligibility for Tests 

The test chair must not permit a skater to participate in a test session unless the skater is currently registered with Skate Canada and all eligibility requirements have been verified prior to test day. Proof of registration must be shown to the test chair and the Skate Canada number must be recorded on all test and summary sheets.

6.2. Test Fees

Fees for attempting tests are determined by the Board of Directors and are subject to change from time to time.

Each candidate for a part of a free skating test will pay a fee of $12.00.

Each candidate for an individual dance/part of a dance test will pay a fee of $12.00.

Each candidate for a Skating Skills test or Interpretive test will pay a fee of $12.00.

Skaters who apply to take a Gold Free Skating test or Gold Dance Dance test without having passed the previous tests must pay the applicable test fee plus a challenge fee of $60 per part (i.e. $60 for part A and $60 for part B of a free skating test and $60 for each pattern dance).

Skaters who apply to take a Gold Interpretive Skating test without having passed the previous tests must pay the applicable test fee plus all test fees for any of the preceding interpretive tests not previously passed.

Member clubs and skating schools are not permitted to charge a skater more than the official Skate Canada test fee as determined according to these rules for taking a test. An exception is that an additional administrative charge may be levied where necessary to recover the actual expenses of conducting the test day, provided no profit is made in the process and provided the skater is advised of the estimated cost prior to the Test Day. No additional administration fees may be added to assessments at the STAR 1- 5 level.

All fees are payable to Skate Canada whether the test is a pass or retry.

7. Test Prerequisites

A candidate for a test must have passed all of the preceding tests in the same category in all disciplines except as permitted by the special provisions outlined below:

  • Skate Canada candidates may apply to take the Skate Canada Gold Free Skating test, Gold Dance test or Gold Interpretive test without having passed the prerequisite tests in each category.  See Test Fees for additional charges that apply.
  • USFS members who have passed the USFS Gold Free Skating or Dance test may apply to take the Skate Canada Gold Free Skating test, Gold Dance test respectively without further qualification.

8. Retrying of an Unsuccessful Test 

A candidate who wishes to retry Part 1 or Part 2 of a test must retry Part 1 or Part 2 in its entirety.

9. Conduct/Evaluation of Assessments/Tests in the STAR Program

9.1. Conduct of Tests in General

A candidate with a physical or intellectual disability may request exemption from certain technical rules on the basis that such rule penalizes them in the marking of the test or assessment and that such rule is peripheral to the skating skill to be demonstrated. Application must be made in writing to the Skate Canada Skating Programs Coordinator on behalf of the candidate by the candidate's home club, and must be supported by suitable medical or other testimony that specifically relates to the nature of the disability to the rule(s) in question.

A test session is a period of time during which Senior Bronze to Gold tests are evaluated.  A test session can be a few hours on the same day in one rink or it can be divided over several days and ice surfaces.  Regardless of the format, skaters register only once for the same test at one test session.

In the case when a pattern dance or free skating test is attempted in competition all applicable competition rules apply. When there is a conflict between test and competition rules, competition rules will apply.

9.2. Administration of Assessments and Tests in the STAR Program 

Tests must be administered according to the STAR Assessment Coordinator Guide or STARSkate Test Chair Guide.

9.3. Reporting of Tests 

The club or skating school where assessment/testing occurred must submit the results of assessments/tests accompanied by the applicable fees to Skate Canada within three weeks of the date of the tests.

10. Evaluators

10.1. Test Evaluating Assignments

Evaluators must be selected from qualified active Skate Canada Evaluators. All tests will be evaluated by one Evaluator. All STAR 1-5 tests will be coach-assessed.

The appropriate section officials committee will be responsible for the selection of Evaluators for the following tests:

  • Senior Silver and Gold Skills Tests
  • Senior Silver and Gold Free Skating Tests
  • Senior Silver, Gold Dance and Diamond Dance Tests
  • Silver and Gold Interpretive Tests

Evaluators for all other Skate Canada tests will be obtained by the club test chair or the Section Officials Committee.

Requests for an Evaluator from another section must be made through the appropriate section officials chair.  

10.2. Evaluators for Specific Tests

Diamond Dance Evaluators, or Senior ice dance Judges who are also fully qualified Gold Dance Evaluators, may evaluate the Diamond Dance tests.