QUESTION: My child wants to start skating and has never skated before. Where do we start?
ANSWER: It depends on the age of your child. We start as early as 3 in the Pre-CanSkate Program, but can be 2 if you choose the Parent & Tot program. If your child is 7 years or older, he or she may our Intermediate CanSkate program so they don’t feel uncomfortable in classes with younger, smaller children. This will be at the coach’s discretion.
QUESTION: How is my child evaluated?
ANSWER: Skaters are constantly being evaluated by the coaches each lesson. If a coach feels your child has the skating abilities and skills to move to a different level, you will be contacted. Therefore, your child may not be kept in the same program for the entire session (or season). Skaters receive badges as they progress and report cards at the end of the Fall session (at the last class in December) and again at the end of the Winter session (at the last class in March).
QUESTION: What if I have concerns about the coaching of my child?
ANSWER: Please talk to one of our coaches directly. While we have Program Assistants on the ice helping out, the coaches should be consulted for any concerns. Our coaches want to make skating a very positive experience for your child(ren) so if you have concerns, please don’t hesitate to approach them. For coach contact information, please see the Coaches section of this website.
QUESTION: My son wants to play hockey. He’s never skated before, but I want to put him in Pre/Jr CanPowerSkate?
ANSWER: Pre/Jr CanPowerSkate is a coach-recommended program. If your child has never skated before you can start him or her directly in the Pre/Jr CanPowerSkate Program, however we reccomend they begin in the CanSkate program and moved up to Pre/Jr CanPowerSkate when the coach(es) feel they are ready.
QUESTION: When do lessons start?
ANSWER: All our Lesson begin in October with the exception of our StaSkate progrmas which start in September. We also run CnaPowerSkate clinics in September, Spring StarSkate sessons and Summer sessions for all groups. Please see the PROGRAMS section of the website for more detailed information.
QUESTION: What equipment does my child need?
ANSWER: All CanSkate skaters need skates (either figure skates or hockey skates depending on where you want your child to progress to), a proper fitting CSA approved hockey helmet (with the mask), ski pants, a warm jacket and mittens that won’t stick to the ice. We recommend warm clothing as the rink can be quite cold; however, the helmet, skates and mittens are MANDATORY. All CanPowerSkate skaters need full hockey gear and bring their own stick.
QUESTION: Can parents go on the ice?
ANSWER: The answer is no. The parent is not allowed on the ice unless they are registered with Skate Canada and have the permission of the Coach. We have several Program Assistants to help with each session. If a parent wishes to go on the ice with their child, we do offer the Parent & Tot program.
QUESTION: What kind of fundraising does the Club do?
ANSWER: There is no fundraising obligation for parents of skaters in PreCanSkate, Intermediate CanSkate and any of the CanPowerSkate programs. One Fundraising/Volunteer Commitment is required for the CanSkate, Stargroup and Junior StarSkate levels. You are required to give apostdated cheque for March. 31 of the following year and if you have not worked your one commtment then we deposit the cheque and if you do we either return the cheque to you or rip it up. Two Fundraising/Volunteer Commitments are required for the Senior StarSkate level. You are required to give a postdated cheque for March. 31 of the following year and if you have not worked your two commitments then we deposit the cheque and if you do we either return the cheque to you or rip it up. We do offer that for every Bingo worked above your one or two commitments, we will put $48 into a bursary account that you can use towrds coach fees, test days or your next registrationTo keep the cost as low as possible fundraising is a necessary reality. Our wonderful Bingo lady is Kathy Walker 403-504-5794 to book your Bingo.
QUESTION: Is there any other obligations that I should be aware of?
ANSWER: If you are registered in the Junior or Senior StarSkate Programs and are over the age of 10 we do require you to be a Program Assistant (PA) if needed. This is a commitment that you make for the year to help a PreCanSkate, CanSkate or Intermediate CanSkate class. We do require a postdated cheque to March 31 of the following year for $250 and if you are not needed or you fullfilled your commitment then the cheque will be returned to you or ripped. If you chose not to PA then we will deposit the cheque.
QUESTION: What forms of payment do you accept?
ANSWER: CASH,CHEQUE OR CREDIT CARD
QUESTION: What if I missed the registration dates?
ANSWER: Please email our Administrator, Dana Duchscherer at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if there are any openings. If there are spots remaining, you can arrange to complete an in-person registration or over the phone for yorur convenience. If there are no openings available, we will add you to our waiting list. Once the season is well underway we can look at prorating the cost for classes missed.
QUESTION: What if a class is cancelled?
ANSWER: All our programs are based on 20(once a week) or 40(twice a week) sessions except our StarSkate classes. This is stated on the registration form and it is that amount of sessions only that we charge for. We try and divide the 20 or 40 sessions into 10/20 before christmas and 10/20 after christmas. There is often more weeks throughout the season than the we need, so very often when a class is cancelled it will not be rescheduled as it does not affect the total sessions we gaurantee and you paid for. However, on the odd occasion that it does affect the total sessions gauranteed, we WILLreschedule that specific class somewhere througout the season.
QUESTION: How do I read the calendar?
ANSWER: About mid month of every month the office emails out the calendar and posts it on facebook. When you recieve this calendar it is VERY important that you keep it so that when changes occur you are aware of them and do not head to the rink unnecessarily! There is a box at the top of the calendar that tells you the break down of what the abbreviations mean. Only pay attention to your childs class. If a change is going to occur, it WILL be highlighted in yellow. The change could either be a time change, location change or both. It also will show you when different activities are occuring at the club and when there may be no ice at all!