The Junior Development Program
Junior Development Program (Thursdays and Sundays)
Interested in starting in figure skating?
The Junior Development Program is a unique bridging program that allows skaters to learn about figure skating and become comfortable with using the entire ice surface before entering into private/semi-private lessons with a coach. It is suited for skaters who have successfully completed CanSkate Stage 3, 4, 5 or 6. The Junior Development Program offers group lesson instruction that includes all ice and coaching fees. This program involves two on ice sessions a week and additional off ice sessions. The off ice class focuses on an introduction to jump technique, spin position and flexibility. The on ice sessions focus on the fundamental skills of figure skating with the goal of building strength and confidence on the ice. Skaters are taught in a small group by a nationally certified professional coaches in a fun and positive environment.
What Will I Learn on ice in Junior Development?
In Junior Development we will work largely on the fundamental skills of figure skating. We will work on gaining greater balance and strength through various activities and will improve our forwards and backwards crossovers, stroking and glides. Skaters will learn the primary figure skating jumps (such as waltz jumps, salcows, and toe loops) and spins that they will continue to use throughout their skating career, as well as field movements like spirals and drags. Upon completion of the Junior Development Program (which may take several sessions), skaters may be invited to attend the STARSkate program.
Junior Development Off Ice Program:
This class will cover an introduction to jump technique, spin positions, and flexibility. Off ice training helps skaters progress in their on-ice skill development. It is held just before the ice sessions on Sundays from 4:00-4:30 PM and on Thursdays from 5:00-5:45 PM. Please come dressed in athletic clothing and running shoes.
- Arrive on time
- Hair must be tied back away from face
- Skating attire must be worn – no jeans, bobby pins, winter jackets etc.
- Skaters must get up promptly after a fall, unless seriously injured.
- Skaters who are in a lesson or performing their program to music have the right of way
- No standing in the middle of the ice
- Promote good sportsmanship by encouraging fellow skaters and respecting their work time on the ice.
- During individual practice time, spins should be done towards the middle of the ice and jumps to the perimeter.