INFORMATION FOR JUNIOR (PREVIOUSLY SENIOR 1) SKATERS/PARENTS
This note is to provide you with some information regarding the Gananoque Skating
Club’s Junior program. Junior ice time is constructed differently
from CanSkate. It consists of more than just group lessons and it requires the skaters to work independently.
It is a program that offers all the benefits of recreational skating and group lessons while introducing test stream skating.
Once a child passes the specific requirements set out in Junior, they move up to Intermediate and onto Senior for more advanced skills and expertise. In these levels, skaters are
working independently with private coaches developing their Skills, Dance, and FreeSkate to either obtain Silver and/or Gold
levels through competition and test days.
Approximately 10 minute group lessons are designated to each type of skating (i.e.
freestyle, dance, skating skills) during scheduled ice time. Then, the skaters are given independent time to practice
the skills they were just taught.
Private Lessons (Strongly Recommended)
Independent/private (one-on-one/two-on-one/three-on-one) lessons are available during the designated independent
practice time. The Gananoque Skating Club strongly recommends a minimum of 1 Private lessons per week at the Junior
level. You can contact the coach of your choice (names and phone numbers provided below) to arrange private lessons.
The private lessons provided by the coaches (during independent practice time) are NOT covered in your registration fees –
they are extra and payable directly to the coach. The coaches’ fees and availability vary – please contact
them directly for any and all arrangements. Also, as a cost saving measure, skaters have partnered up to receive independent
lessons (i.e. two skaters receiving private lessons from one coach at the same time).
Only Skaters are Permitted on the Ice
Please note that parents
are not permitted on the ice. All coaches are first aid certified and will deal with occurrences that happen on the
Music is required during
the ice time. There is a designated CD for Junior labelled “Canadian Figure Skate Association” (now Skate
Canada) and CD player is located in the skating office (upstairs). We ask that each parent volunteer their time (while
their children are on the ice) to play the music. Instructions on how to run the music are posted above the stereo (upon
request, a demonstration will be provided). Please do not touch any dials on the soundboard except those labelled “volume”.
A “Music Volunteer Sign-up” sheet is posted in the upstairs music room to permit you to sign up when you are available
to play music.
On testing and competition days, female skaters are encouraged to wear an appropriate skating dress/skirt and tights
(no pants, jeans, etc). Males are encouraged not to wear jeans or baggy pants.
The Junior representative becomes the person
for the skaters (and/or parents) to contact with any issues regarding the Junior program. It involves bringing the concerns
to the attention of the Board of Directors and attending the Board of Director monthly meetings (which are scheduled for the
third Monday of every month).
& SENIOR (PREVIOUSLY SENIOR 2 &3) ICE RULES
eating, No drinking & No chewing gum on the ice.
All exit doors to the ice must
be closed at all times.
- No standing along the boards. All skaters
are expected to take part in all skills sessions.
- No standing still on the ice,
No sitting on the boards, and No sitting on the ice.
- No standing still on the ice, except when
waiting for solos to begin.
- THE SKATER WHOSE MUSIC IS BEING PLAYED MUST BE GIVEN THE RIGHT OF
WAY WITH NO EXCEPTIONS. Any skater who does not yield to the soloist will be asked to leave the ice.
- When you (the skater) is called for music, you must raise your hand so the parent in the music room can spot you
- SOLOS WILL BE PLAYED IN ACCORDANCE WITH A POSTED LIST IN THE MUSIC ROOM. In no
case will a skater’s solo be played a second time (including at the professional coach’s request) until all solos
have been played. There is no guarantee that each skater’s solo will be played at each session.
- Coaches giving a freestyle lesson have precedence and may request a student’s solo only once. if a skater
knows that she is having a private lesson and will need her solo played, it is that skater’s responsibility to notify
the music room so it can be held until her lesson time.
- Don't refuse your music. If
a skater turns down the opportunity to have his/her music played for any reason other than an upcoming private lesson than
that skater’s music will be noted as having been played.
- DANCE/SKILLS during free skate
is not permitted unless a professional coach is giving a dance lesson to a student. However, dance music will not be
played for that lesson.
- SPINS are to be practiced at center ice only.
are to be practiced in corner ice only.
- If you fall, get up quickly (unless, of course, you
- STROKING SESSIONS ARE COMPULSORY FOR EVERY SKATER.
Stroking is an important part of freeskate and will be the only warm up given.
- Solos must be
played immediately after the stroking session ends.
- Skaters must follow the partner
of the dance being played or stand clear (off to the side of the ice) of all skaters. The only exception to this
rule is when a skater is having a lesson with his/her profession coach.
- Freeskating is not permitted
during dance sessions.
Please observe these rules at all times to ensure
that all skaters have a safe and enjoyable skating season.