Dear Skaters and Parents:
The coaches of LFSC have been busy planning for the up-coming Fall/Winter of 2016/2017 season. We have been restructuring the format of groupings to insure more fluid movement of skaters in the Skate Canada Program as per the Long Term Athletic Development Program. The following is the order of programming that will enthusiastically and professionally provide to the Leduc County Area! We are extremely excited about the format.
The Learn to Skate Programs for Females 3 – 8, Males 3 – 9 years of age
1. PreCanSkate – Usually Pre School Ages 3 - 5- This 30 minute program focuses on learning through fun. High energy music, action songs and toys create an inviting learning environment for any preschooler learning to skate! Skaters need to be able to stand on their skates independently.
2. CanSkate/Can Power – Can be Pre School ages and older, for skaters never having had skating experience. It is badge system, like swimming, where they learn basic skills to enjoy skating as a life- long activity. It is beneficial to have these basic skills before moving onward to figure skating and or hockey. Skaters need to be able to move forward on the ice independently.
The Learn to Train Programs for Females 7 – 11 yrs, Males 8 – 12 years of age
1.Intro to STARSkate (formerly known as IFS) - For skaters having achieved a minimum of level 3 in the Can Skate Program and are anxious to try Figure Skating. Semi Private format in which they are still learning to skate but also learning to train for the more advanced skills required in Figure Skating. Generally the classes will be of 60 min duration, of which 30 min of instruction, 15 min self directed practice and 15 group stroking session. They will be learning all the aspects of figure skating (free skate, dance, skills as well as how to train off -ice). Recommended hours of skating per week 2 – 4 hours!
2.Junior Star Skate Program (formerly known as Intermediate) – This is a Private and Semi Private instruction with self directed practice. These private and semi private lessons are scheduled with our coaching team and coaches bill parents directly for these lessons. Skaters at this level will commence working on all aspects of figure skating (free skate, dance, skills as well as how to train off -ice). Skaters at this level will also commence with testing and competing in the Skate Canada Program and Events as laid out by the Section (STAR 1 in the Competitive Stream). Recommended hours of skating per week 3 – 5 hours!
3. CanPOWER Skate. This program is geared to skaters already playing hockey or ringette and/or have mastered the basics of forward and backward skating and stopping. The CanPower program focuses on increased Control (backward stopping, one foot stopping and quick starts), Balance (increased speed and strength in forward and backward skating as well as cross overs) and Agility (one foot glides, turns in both directions and explosive accelerations that are geared to helping a skater excel in hockey and/or ringette).
(The Learn to Compete Program for Females 9 – 13, Males 10 – 14 years of age)
1. Intermediate Star Skate - This is a program where skaters are well into the test and competitive stream of the Skate Canada program. Skaters should have passed ALL of the Preliminary Dances and well into working and landing all single jumps up to and including a Lutz Jump! Should be working on Waltz/Loop Combinations and exercises leading into an Axel jump! Skaters would be at a STAR 2 & 3 Level in the Competitive Stream! This program is also leading skaters to the “Learn to Compete” phase of the Long Term Athletic Development Program. Recommended hours of skating per week 4 – 6 hours!(which includes off ice sessions)
2. Senior Star Skate – This is a program where skaters are well into the test and competitive stream of the Skate Canada Program. Skaters should have passed the Jr. Bronze Freeskate test (both parts 1&2) as well as Jr. Bronze Dance and Skills Test Stream and STAR 4 & 5, Pre-Juvenile and Up in the Competitive Stream! To continue advancing and attaining more difficult skill levels of skating it is recommended that this level of skater train 6 – 10 hours per week, or more depending on the level of competitor, with off ice sessions!!
Intermediate and Senior Skaters train together at LFSC and are combined into one group.
It is our purpose to continue to grow the Skating Program at the Leduc Figure Skating Club and ensure a logical movement of skaters into each Skate Canada Program listed.
LFSC Coaching Team!