Learn to Skate Program Requirements
Canskate is Skate Canada’s flagship learn-to-skate program designed for beginners of all ages. The program focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. We are excited to begin our winter programs and hopefully your child will enjoy this year by having fun while he/she learns to skate!
PreCanskate sessions will be held once a week on Wednesdays OR Fridays from 5:40-6:10pm on Rink B.
Canskate sessions will be held twice a week on Wednesdays AND Fridays from 5:30-6:20 pm on Rink B.
On your child’s first day, they will receive their name tag sticker which will be placed on their helmet. Name tags will be set up in the Rink B lobby when you first arrive. All skaters must have a name tag before going on the ice. Skaters will be placed in a group according to their skating ability. Assessment is on-going, therefore skaters may be moved to different groups throughout the season.
On July 1, 2019, new rules came into effect through Rowan’s Law, to improve concussion safety in amateur sports. It is mandatory that all athletes under 26 and parents of athletes under 18 years of age confirm that they have reviewed the Government of Ontario Concussion Awareness Resources and Skate Ontario’s Concussion Code of Conduct for Athletes and Parents/Guardians prior to the first day of skating. Skaters will not be allowed on the ice if this has not been reviewed.
A parent/guardian must remain near the ice surface during each session in case of emergencies such as bathroom breaks/equipment issues etc. All parents and spectators must watch their skaters from the designated viewing areas, behind the glass or on the bleachers, and not from the hockey players’ bench.
All skaters must enter and exit the ice by using the doors at the end of the rink and should only enter the rink once coaches/program assistants allow them on the ice.
Safety and Equipment
i. CSA approved helmets with a facemask are MANDATORY.
ii. Your child will not be allowed on the ice without this.
iii. Please dress your skater in comfortable clothing that is warm but not restrictive to the skater’s movements (bending down, getting up etc.) Mittens are a must but please no scarves or dangling materials.
iv. Skates should have good ankle support for safety against breaks/sprains/strains as well as to maintain proper ankle support for optimal skill development.
v. Please maintain the quality of skate blades. Blades that are dull or rusty are often slippery on the ice, so keeping skate blades dry and sharpened will be beneficial to your skater’s learning abilities.
vi. No street shoes or boots are allowed on the ice surface. Parents are not allowed on the ice surface.
Please use the dressing rooms that have been assigned for Canskate/PreCanskate. This changes every day and should be posted on the large white boards in the main lobby and rink B lobby.
NOTE: As mentioned on the Registration’s Rules and Regulations, skaters who wish to withdraw from the program up to and including the 3rd week may do so, and receive a refund, less administration and Skate Canada costs. After the 3rd week, no refunds will be issued unless accompanied by a Doctor’s Certificate.
Mandatory Concussion Awareness
On July 1, 2019, new rules came into effect through Rowan’s Law, to improve concussion safety in amateur sports. It is mandatory that all athletes under 26 and parents of athletes under 18 years of age confirm that they have reviewed the Government of Ontario Concussion Awareness Resources below and Skate Ontario’s Concussion Code of Conduct for Athletes and Parents/Guardians prior to the first day of skating. Skaters will not be allowed on the ice if this has not been reviewed.
1. Government of Ontario Concussion Awareness Resources
Ages 10 and under
Ages 11 to 14
Ages 15 and up
2. Skate Ontario’s Concussion Code of Conduct for Athletes and Parents/Guardians
Please review the information with your skater and sign the attached Acknowledgement Form once complete. This form must be signed before your skater is allowed on the ice. Please bring your completed form to the first night of skating in order for your child to receive their name tag.
PreCanSkate program runs once a week on Wednesdays OR Fridays, 5:40 to 6:10pm.
Canskate program runs twice a week on Wednesdays AND Fridays, 5:30 to 6:20pm.
Advanced CanSkate program runs twice a week on Wednesdays AND Fridays, 6:30 to 7:20pm.
Intermediate program runs on Wednesdays 6:30 to 7:20pm AND Fridays 5:00 to 5:30pm and 6:30 to 7:20pm