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Shooting Stars Information

Registration Fees:

Extension of Canskate Stages 4, 5 & 6
$314 (program fee) + $44 (Skate Canada fee) = $358 + group lesson fee (approx $50/mo depending on number of skaters)
A CSA approved hockey helmet is mandatory until Level 5 is completed.
The signed concussion acknowledgement form is due prior to the start of skating.

When does my child skate?

Skating starts on Tuesday October 13, 2020 and runs through until Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Tues. & Fri. 6:10 – 6:55 p.m. & Wed. 5 – 6 p.m.
On Wednesdays Shooting Stars receive a complementary 30 minute group lesson paid for by the club.
Private/Semi Private lessons are also available.
Check our website meafordskating.com for more information

Your skater will be invited to the Starskate Christmas party and the awards banquet at the end of the season. The Shooting Star of the Year award as well as other awards will be presented here.

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

Please refer to IMPORTANT DATES 2020-21

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 who wish to pursue Figure Skating, a program that eases the transition into our StarSkate Junior program. Skaters will work on skills at their own pace and receive badges and ribbons upon completion. A certified Canskate coach 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 skaters will receive a complementary 30 minute group lesson. 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 Vanessa Hensel – vhensel.pt@gmail.com, Karen Verbrugge – b.mcfadden3@gbtel.ca and Teagan Davies – davies.teagan@gmail.com. Your skater may reserve lessons with any of them depending on their availability. It is your responsibility to schedule lessons directly with the coach of your choice if you wish to have private lessons. During private lessons your skater may choose to learn a solo presentation to enter in our Lutz Skate fun competition at the end of February.

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 the club via etransfer to meafordskatingclubpayments@gmail.com. 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 80% 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 & sharpened 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?

Skaters will get their skates on in the dressing room indicated on the monitor for CanSkate. 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.

Communication

All communication will be sent to parents 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.

Fundraising & Your Volunteer Hours

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 authorization will be processed March 31, 2021 if your volunteer hours are not complete. If you choose the buyout option your payment will be received at the beginning of the season.

Fundraising is really important for the existence of the 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;

• Annual Apple Harvest Craft Show – we are in need of volunteers for security overnight as well ticket booth volunteers during the day. Friday, October 2 – Sunday, October 4. Did you know that the Meaford Skating Club staffs the ticket booth at the Craft Show each year? You might ask yourself why we do it. Each year when we staff the ticket booths and perform the overnight security the Craft Show donates $2400 to the skating club. That’s amazing! .
• Basket of Cheer Lotto – fall fundraiser. Each parent sells tickets/provides product. Volunteer hours will be awarded – 2 hours for each book of 20 tickets sold, 1 hour for alcohol donation.
• Lutz Skate fun competition – date TBA (late February)

. If you have a preference of times please make sure that you sign up early – links to sign up will be emailed.

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.

meafordskatingclub@gmail.com

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