2019-20 Skating Season Start Dates
StarSkate, PreCanSkate and CanSkate will start on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, for Tuesday skaters and Thursday, October 3, 2019 for Thursday skaters.
Annual General Meeting and Parent information Session
The General Meeting and parent information session will be held October 10, 2019 @ 5:45 p.m at the arena. The coach will be available to answer questions about our skating programs We elect Executive members and provide information regarding activities and planning for the Onoway Skating Club for the past and upcoming year. Details regarding fundraising, Carnival, and other important information are also discussed at this meeting so please ensure that at least one member from each family attend!
We will be having a OSC parent meeting once a month. Dates and times to be determined at the Annual General Meeting.
Onoway and District Agricultural Society Membership
The Onoway Arena is owned and operated by the Onoway and District Agricultural Society, ODAS. All members of the Onoway Skating Club are also members of ODAS and are invited to attend ODAS meetings held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 at the Town Office.
The Onoway Skating Club, being a parent run organization, depends on member’s volunteer efforts to keep the club up and running. Many positions are available including helping with our annual carnival and Christmas party as well as help with various activities throughout the year. A $100 post dated (April 1,2020) volunteer cheque is required before your child(ren) can go on the ice. A list of Volunteer opportunities is available to view when you register so please email us or sign up the first day of skating!
Registration fees make up approximately 40% of the cost of running OSC’s programs. The rest of our costs are made up through corporate sponsorship, fundraising, of which the casino is the largest, and grants that the OSC executive researches and applies for annually. We also have a small group of hard working parents that volunteer many hours to organize and run the OSC programs. Please help us by being supportive and consciences in volunteering and fulfilling your fundraising commitment as this is what allows our club to be accessible and available for the children of Onoway and surrounding areas. Your cooperation is appreciated.
All members must commit to fundraising efforts as it is crucial to keeping our programs affordable. A post dated cheque (April 1, 2020) of $200 per family is done the first day of skating before your skater can access the ice surface. This fee will be able to be worked off by making $200 PROFIT through the following fundraisers:
1) English Bay Cookie Dough Fundraiser (Oct-Nov)
2) Raffle (as set up by the Fundraising Committee)
3) Fundraiser for second half of skating season (As determined by Fundraising Committee! Ideas welcomed!)
THERE ARE TWO MANDATORY CONCESSION SHIFTS ( FOUR HOURS EACH) THAT ARE REQUIRED PER FAMILY AS PER ODAS POLICY. This has changed from the previous two shifts per skater policy from last season. If you need assistance working these shifts, they can be worked for you for $60/shift. Please see the Executive for more information.
Please see link for available shifts starting Mid-September on our website ONOWAYSKATINGCLUB.CA under the fundraising tab. If you have any questions, please email our club.
November 21 and November 22 at the casino in St.Albert. This will go toward your volunteer credit for the year. We need key positions for this Casino filled no later than Sept.20th as per AGLC requirements.
Safety and Helmet Policy
Skaters should not be downstairs in the hallways or changing rooms unattended during skating class time as this area is not secure or monitored. Skaters are expected to dress for cold conditions. A CSA approved ice helmet (hockey) is mandatory for PreCanSkate and CanSkate (Face mask is optional).
All Skate Canada member clubs and skating schools who offer a CanSkate program must ensure all CanSkate and Adult CanSkate participants up to and including Stage 5 must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet while on the ice.
This policy also applies to all other Skate Canada programs, therefore anyone who lacks good control/balance when skating forward, backward and has difficulty stopping, as well as maneuvering around obstacles on the ice must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.
Our skating season begins when the Onoway arena ice is ready, usually early October to Mid March. Single term begins after the Christmas break and goes to mid-March. Specific dates will be communicated to all OSC families when the ice is available.
Bad Weather Policy
The Coach will make a decision if skating lessons will be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions (extreme temperatures, icy roads, etc.) by 1PM on day of skating lessons. An email will be sent out to membership and posted to facebook and our website by that time so please check for updates.
We will be having our annual Carnival/Skating Showcase in March. The skaters and coaches of the club work very hard throughout the year and this show gives them the opportunity to showcase the skills they have acquired. We will discuss the Carnival/Showcase initially at the AGM and separate meeting(s) will be scheduled as required to determine format and scope of this years show and what will be required in terms of effort and resources.
Request for refunds for skaters MUST be submitted in writing to the president within 14 days of first skating lesson for full term skaters and 14 days of the first lesson for Jan-Mar Term Skaters. The Skate Canada Fee, ODAS fee and Administration Fee are NON-REFUNDABLE. A $25 withdrawal fee will be charged. All other amounts owing will be refunded.
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Pre CanSkate is a learn-to-skate program for children with no experience on skates. Minimum age is 3 years of age. Your child must be able to follow instructions and stand off ice with skates on. The 30 minute session consists of a Circle Time Warm Up, a 10 min lesson with a Certified Coach, a 10 min Fun Activity group with a Program Assistant, and then Circle Time Cool Down. Please be patient with your child’s progress. At this stage, we are looking for them to find comfort on the ice, balance, fall down & get up, and basic movement along the ice. This is enforced through constant movement, action songs, games, activities, and creative expression.
Please wear snow suits or very thick layers. Mittens are suggested, as gloves do not keep your hands warm very long. A CSA approved helmet is mandatory. Parents must stay in the rink facility during this session or have someone in care of your child. Please notify an executive member or the Coach if someone else will be responsible for your child.
CanSkate is Canada’s only national learn-to-skate program. It was developed by experts to teach the fundamentals of skating in a progressive and sequential manner. When you sign up for CanSkate you will be in a program that focuses on fun, participation, and basic skill development. You will earn badges and other incentives as you learn fundamental skating skills. Lessons are given in a group format and led by an NCCP Certified professional coach. Professional coaches are assisted by trained Program Assistants. Skaters progress at their own rate in a and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, music, and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning.
During this 45 minute session, your child will have a Warm Up Time, 10 min with a Certified Coach, 20 minutes with Program Assistants, and a cool down. Please try to avoid a snow suit, as this limits movement. Dressing in layers allows for more flexibility and movement. A CSA approved helmet is mandatory.
Children registered in the CanSkate Program can choose between one and two day sessions per week, although twice a week is recommended for faster progression.
STARSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate, and interpretive skating. Unique in Canada, this program teaches figure skating skills in a group and private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner and includes specifically designed awards and incentives. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system.
As well, Onoway Skating Club offers additional freeskate sessions (additional fees apply). Freeskate sessions are an opportunity for skaters to practice what they’ve learned in group that day, work on solos’, and receive private or semi-private lessons. Cost for private/semi-private lessons and cutting of music, solo layout are extra and billed to you by the Coach.
Proper skates (leather, with no rivets in the blades) and proper skating attire are mandatory. No baggy pants, jeans, big coats, scarves, or hoodies. These all either restrict movement or are a safety issue. Guards must be worn at all times off the ice. If you have concerns about whether your child has the proper equipment, please speak with the Coach.
Minimum ice time recommended for STAR skaters by Skate Canada
Primary: Star 1-5: 2x/week for 1.5 hours each
Intermediate: Sr. Bronze-Jr. Silver: 3-4x/week for 2 hours each
Senior: Sr. Silver, Gold Diamond: 4-5x/week
Skating any less should come with the expectation that progression may be slower.
All programs will take place at the Onoway Arena. We do not offer any products for purchase on this site.