CompetitiveSkate is a program for skaters in singles, pair and ice dance wishing to compete in qualifying events within Skate Canada. Categories are based on technical level as well as age. Competitive skaters begin in the STARSkate program and move into Competitive based on coach direction.
Skaters enrolled in the Competitive stream learn a variety of life skills as they progress up the competitive ladder. These include goal setting, focus, ability to deal with success/failure, time management and principles of fair play and sportsmanship. In addition to the life skill benefits, skaters in this program receive:
The Skate Canada CompetitiveSkate Program offers nationally standardized competitions to competitive skaters. These events are the stepping stones to things such as the National Team and the World and Olympic teams. Skaters competing in the qualifying event structure can do so at the Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior and Senior levels in singles, pair and ice dance.
There are a number of options once a skater decides that Competitive may not be the program for them. Skaters may choose to return to STARSkate (which can include synchronized skating). Skaters age 16 or older and with at least a STAR 5 test level may be interested in becoming coaches, evaluators, judges, technical specialist, technical controller or data specialists. Skaters age 18 or older may even continue skating as an adult under the AdultSkate program.