Competitive & StarSkate Program
Vancouver Skating Club (VSC) offers a range of competitive programs tailored to skaters’ age and figure skating abilities. All programs have a minimum number of days required per week – see below for details.
Note: For Non VSC Members an additional 10% will be added to your invoices, there is no minimum number of days required.
For a detailed description of STAR Competitive Structure, please read attached document.
The BRONZE program is the VSC’s next step after JumpStart. Skaters may join by recommendation from the CanSkate and/or the JumpStart programs or by audition. This program is an introduction to early competitive figure skating focused on teaching strong skating basics, jumping, spinning, ice dancing and performance skills. The Bronze program includes group programming and mandatory off ice training. All Bronze skaters are required to skate a minimum of 2 days per week. It is highly recommended for Bronze to skate 3 days per week.
The SILVER Program is next step after BRONZE. Skaters may join by recommendation from the CanSkate and/or the JumpStart programs or by audition. This program is an introduction to early competitive figure skating focused on teaching strong skating basics, jumping, spinning, ice dancing and performance skills. An introduction to competition is included with the VSC hosting an in house event. The Silver program includes mandatory off ice training. Skaters in this program may test and begin competing. Skaters are designated to a supervising coach during this time. All Silver skaters are required to skate a minimum of 2 days per week. It is highly recommended for Silver to skate 3 days per week.
The Gold program is designed to fit the needs of skaters who are in the Learn to Train segment of the LTAD. Skaters in this program are competing and developing skills in freeskate, dance and skills. Focus is on strong skating basics and performance. Strategically planned off ice is provided to meet with the needs of these developing skaters. Gold skaters may be competing at a Provincial level. Gold skaters are required to skate a minimum of 2 days per week. It is highly recommended for Gold to skate 4 days per week. Age restrictions are a guideline.
This program is designed for Competitive provincial level athletes and skaters who are competing Juvenile, Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior and Senior. On ice sessions include freeskate, spins, STEPS and COP. This program offers an opportunity for full time students to skate and compete. The off ice classes, STEPS and COP are based on a year plan with periodization for Provincial to National and International level athletes. Competitive skaters are required to skate a minimum of 5 days per week.
Off Ice Program
Off ice conditioning is an essential part of any skater’s development which helps produce a well rounded athlete that is able to meet the demands of the sport from both a physical and artistic perspective. Essentially off ice training is cross training in grace and presence (dance of all genres), core strength (pilates and yoga) strength and agility (speed, aerobic and anaerobic capacity), theatre and interpretation (drama) and flexibility. It is important that skaters participate in this VSC program, which is included in all packages.
Please read the Off ice participant expectations.
S.T.E.P.S. – Part of all competitive programs
Designed for skaters from StarSkate to International level, the program includes our S.T.E.P.S. development, as well as comprehensive off ice program training (stretch, dance, strength, agility, aerobic components), pre-season camps, a sport-school program, day ice as well as after-school ice.
S – Skating, stroking, skills, speed
T – Technique, turns, toe runs, timing
E – Edges, expression, elegance, explosion
P – Posture, power, performance
S – Style, stretching
A simulation is an event or experience that creates the appearance and feel of being real. In skating it is important for athletes to be exposed to and experience the sensations of competition without risks. This allows skaters to perform their programs in front of evaluators and get feedback on what was good and what needs work. In this way, athletes have an opportunity to fine tune their skating in preparation for competitive events as well as figure out the kinds of things that help them deal with nervousness and the pressure of performance. Simulations are a very important part of developing skaters and will be held regularly throughout the year.