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Sht Stars

Welcome to Meaford’s Shooting Stars program. Below you will find all of the necessary information needed to join Shooting Stars. You can also use this link to download the information package and / or registration form –  Shooting Stars Registration Package / Registration Form 2017

Shooting Stars Information

Registration Fees:

Extension of Canskate Stages 4, 5 & 6

Shooting Star: $314 (program fee) + $36 (Skate Canada fee) = $350 plus group lesson fee

Private/Semi Private lessons are available for those that would like to pursue figure skating.

When does my child skate?

Skating is scheduled to start on Tuesday October 10, 2017 and ends on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.  This year ice will continue throughout Christmas holidays (cancelled Tues Dec 26) and March Break at regular times.

Tues. & Fri. 6:10 – 6:55 p.m. & Wed. 5 – 6 p.m.

Private/Semi Private lessons are available for those that would like to pursue figure skating.

There may be a change of schedule during holidays, or different practice times to prepare for Talent Show etc. If this is the case you will receive notification of these times.

Who is the Shooting Stars Coach?

The Program Directors and Professional Coaches of our Shooting Stars program are Mary Hardie & Karen Verbrugge.

Who will be working with my child each week?

Shooting Stars is an extension of our CanSkate program and is an opportunity for skaters who are working on CanSkate Level 4 & up that wish to pursue Figure Skating, a program that eases the transition into our StarSkate programs. The coaches will be providing the Group Lesson aspect of this program on Tuesdays and Fridays. Wednesday is when the skater uses the ice time to practice what they work on in their group lessons, and if you choose you can schedule a private lesson with the professional coach of your choice. We have three (3) professional coaches in our club-Mary Hardie, Vanessa Hensel, and Karen Verbrugge. All three of them are available for lessons. It is your responsibility to schedule lessons directly with the coach of your choice.

Lesson Fee

In the Shooting Stars Program your registration fee pays for ice time only. There will be group lesson fees that will be given to you and that must be paid directly to Mary Hardie. The Group Lesson fee provides two (2), 50 minute Group Lessons each week. During Group Lesson skaters will continue to work on the fundamental skating skills that will prepare them to enter the StarSkate programs, and will continue to earn their badges. The difference between CanSkate and Shooting Stars is the concentrated time that is spent with a Professional Coach. Approximately 2/3 of your ice time is spent with a professional coach providing excellent exposure to the experience and talent that a professional coach has to offer, while the Group lesson format helps reduce the cost of moving into a program like this.

Any private lesson fees must be paid directly to the coach you have made arrangements with.

What you need:

* Warm clothes that allow easy movement of arms and legs

* Warm mitts – not cotton

* Properly fitted skates

* Properly fitted helmet-All skaters in any of our programs who are working on CanSkate levels Beginner to Stage 5 must wear a CSA approved helmet to be permitted on the ice, no exceptions.

What to pack in your skating bag:

* Extra mittens

* Clean, dry towel for drying blades after each session

* Skate guards

* Helmet (if required)

What do I do when I arrive at the arena?

You can get your skates on in the lobby at the benches provided. Once the skaters are ready for the session they are to line up at the ice entrance. No skaters are permitted to enter the ice surface until the CanSkate director comes to the door and asks them to go on. Parents and/or someone designated by a child’s parent must remain at the arena with their children during the skating session.

Please note that no one is permitted on the ice surface with or without skates unless they are registered with Skate Canada and fees must be paid in full.


All communication will be sent to parent via email. This includes all newsletters, volunteer schedules, special event notices, and general club communication. In an effort to do our part for the environment, we are going green. Therefore paper copies will not be given out. If you do not have access to email, a copy of all communication will be posted on the skating club’s bulletin board at the far end of the lobby for you to review. If we do not have your email address yet please provide it to Kristin Davies ASAP to ensure you are receiving the information.

Fundraising & Your Volunteer Hours *New less hours required*

1st child enrolled in skating = 12 hours of volunteer time (or buyout of $150)

2nd child enrolled in skating = 5 hours of volunteer time (or buyout of $100)

Belonging to the Board and any work of the Board does not constitute volunteer hours.

If you choose the Volunteer Option your bond cheque must be dated March 31, 2018. If you choose the buyout option your cheque must be dated October 10, 2017.

Fundraising is really important for the existence of the M.A.A.A. (Meaford Skating Club).  In order to keep registration costs down, we have to all pull together and do our part to fundraise each year to offset projected deficits.

Here are a few of our major fundraisers that you can help with;


  • Meaford Fall Fair BBQ – Saturday September 2th – 8am – 4. Volunteers are needed to work at the BBQ.
  • Annual Apple Harvest Craft Show – we are in need of volunteers for security over night as well as door volunteers during the day. Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1. Did you know that the M.A.A.A Skating Club staffs the ticket booth at the Craft Show each year? You might ask yourself why we do it. Well it is simple it actually works as a fundraiser for us.  Each year when we staff the ticket booths the Craft Show donates $1000.00 to the M.A.A.A.  That’s amazing!  Plus, when you work a shift, you get a free ticket into the craft show, and it counts towards your bond cheque volunteer hours.
  • Knights of Meaford JrA Hockey games – the Meaford Skating Club holds the license for their home games and we will be asking for your help throughout the year.
  • Basket of Cheer Lotto – fall fundraiser. Each parent sells tickets/provides product. Volunteer hours will be awarded
  • Macmillans campaign – mid November. Volunteer hours will be awarded.

Parents will be assigned shifts for all fundraisers.  If you have a preference of times please make sure that you sign up early.

What is Ice Dreams?

Ice Dreams is our local area skating competition. Every year a different town in our region hosts the Ice Dreams competition. This year Ice Dreams will be in Saugeen Shores at The Plex. It is being held on the weekend of January 20-21, 2018. We will be holding an information session and registration night for Ice Dreams in November. Each skater can participate and compete in Ice Dreams from the smallest CanSkater to our Senior skaters. There is a registration fee required and specific events that skaters may participate in. You will need to discuss participating with your child’s coach. It is the parent’s responsibility to register their child for Ice Dreams. If you do not attend the Ice Dreams registration night, and fill out all required forms and make payment then your child will not be registered in the competition. Information on registration will be sent out in the newsletter. For more information please speak with your coach or Kristin Davies.

Who do I talk to about concerns with the Program?

If you have any concerns with your Child’s progress or any other element of the Program please feel free to talk with any member of the Executive or your child’s coach.

Our club has an email address for all inquiries; please feel free to contact us at any time.

Looking forward to seeing you at the rink!Meaford Skating Club