Skate Canada STAR Assessments Program

The Skate Canada STAR consists of STAR assessments, STAR competition categories and supplementary events.

For detailed information from Skate Canada regarding STAR Assessments, click here.

Star 1-5 assessments are coach assessed and include Skills, Freeskate, Artistic and Dance

Star 6 – GOLD assessments for Skills may be coach assessed or Evaluator assessed.

Star 6 – GOLD assessments for Freeskate, Dance and Artistic are Evaluator assessed.

 

FREESKATE – FreeSkate consists of the execution of jumps, spins, footwork, field movements and stroking, either in isolation or performed in sequence to music.

SKILLS – The objective of the Skills program is mastery of the basic fundamentals of skating; edge quality, control, power, and speed.

DANCE – The Dance assessment program teaching timing, musicality, rhythm, interpretation, structure as well as basic skating skills such as edges, flow, control and unison.

 

Each child will progress at his/her own pace, and will have immediate access to assessment when ready for advancement. Coaches will notify you of the upcoming session on which your skater will be assessed. Skaters will be assessed on their regular scheduled session time. The only exception to this may be some STAR 5 assessments that require clear ice.  Your skater’s coach will provide you with the appropriate dates and times if the assessment requires “clear ice”.

Each skater will get time to warm up prior to their assessment. Skaters will need to obtain an overall rating of Silver or better to be successful on the assessment. Once the coach has completed their evaluation, the result will be given to the skater and be recorded by the club for submission to Skate Canada.

  • The STAR 1-5 program offers opportunities for skaters to develop basic skating skills in three different areas: Freeskate, Dance, Skills.
  • The STAR 1-5 program has five levels of assessment for skaters which align with the STAR 1-5 events at competitions.
  • As a skater masters each level, they will be assessed by their coach during a regular session.
  • Each skater will progress at his/her own pace, and will have immediate access to assessment when ready for advancement.
  • Coaches will notify the skater of the upcoming session on which your skater will be assessed. The only exception to this may be some STAR 5 assessments that require clear ice.
  • All assessments have a Skate Canada fee which must be paid prior to the assessment.  If a skater is not successful in passing their assessment, the test fee will need to be paid again in order to retry the test.

STAR 1-5 ASSESSMENT FEE

The fee is $15 per test.
Please pay for the fee and print the invoice to present to the coach as proof of payment before the assessment.

Fee Payment

Assessments at the STAR 6-Gold level are offered in an “external evaluation” environment (i.e., assessed by an evaluator), apart from Skills that may be assessed by either an evaluator or the skater’s qualified coach assessor.

  • The STAR 6-GOLD program offers opportunities for skaters to develop basic skating skills in three different areas: Freeskate, Dance, Skills.
  • As a skater masters each level, they will be assessed by their coach or Evaluator during scheduled Test Days.
  • Each skater will progress at his/her own pace, and will have immediate access to assessment when ready for advancement.
  • Coaches will notify the skater of the upcoming session on which your skater will be assessed.
  • All assessments have a Skate Canada fee which must be paid prior to the assessment.  If a skater is not successful in passing their assessment, the test fee will need to be paid again in order to retry the test.
  • Assessments will be scheduled at an Assessment Day.
  • Assessment fees are to be paid online and the receipt presented to the Assessment Coordinator at the arena prior to proceeding to test.  Assessment fees are $15 per assessment taken.  If more that one assessment is to be taken, the correct number of Assessment Fees must be purchased.
  • Assessment days are scheduled based on the guidelines published by Skate Canada, however, each evaluator works at his/her own pace. Please arrive at the arena 45-60 minutes ahead of the skater’s scheduled test time. Test days can run 30 minutes ahead of schedule. Skaters must be prepared to skate 45 minutes earlier than the scheduled time.
  • Coaches submit skater’s names and assessments to be tried to the Assessment Coordinator. Please verify assessments with the  coach.
  • The assessments schedule will be posted soon after the final submission date.
  • Skaters may only test if their account is in good standing and they do not have outstanding fees.  Please log into your account to verify that your account is in good standing PRIOR to the assessment day.  If there are any pending payments, please pay them promptly.
  • If an assessment is missed due to illness, a doctor’s certificate must be submitted (within 1 week) to the Assessment Coordinator. Should a skater fail to try an assessment, the assessment fee is still payable and the assessment will be submitted as a Retry.
  • A skater who’s Home Club is not MRSC must obtain permission from their Home Club to test on Club test days in accordance with Skate Canada rules.
  • It is the skater’s responsibility to keep all his/her/their assessment sheets. Please ask your coach for them.

Music

  • Skaters are expected to notify the music volunteer on assessment day, which is exactly their program music.
  • If a skater is using a dance selection other than the Skate Canada or ISU dance music, it must be provided to the Assessment Coordinator prior to assessment day.
  • All skaters and coaches are responsible for ensuring the Assessment Coordinator and the music volunteer on assessment day are aware, in advance, which selections are to be played for each dance.