2017-18 Skating Season Start Dates
Starskate and Jr.Starskate will start September 26th, 2017 on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons only. Morning skates for Starskate will start October 2nd, 2017.
PreCanSkate and CanSkate will start on October 3rd, 2017 for Tuesday Skaters and Thursday October 5th, 2017 for Thursday Skaters.
Annual General Meeting and Parent information Session
The General Meeting and parent information session will be held October 12th, 2017 at 6:00 PM 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!
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. If members do not meet their volunteer commitment by the end of the skating season, their cheque will be cashed. Please see an executive member to sign up for a position.
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 and volunteer 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.
The Onoway Skating Club, being a non-profit organization, depends solely on fundraising efforts from its members to keep the club up and running. To ensure the fundraising efforts of all members, a post-dated cheque in the amount of $125 per family must be given to the club upon registration. In order for your cheque to be returned you must make $125 profit for the club.
This year our fundraising activity will be English Bay Cookie Dough and Stony Plain Bottle Collection. We are working on another fundraiser that will be available when the season starts. When you have fulfilled the fundraising requirements your cheque will be returned. If members do not reach this minimum fundraising commitment by the end of the skating season, their cheque will be cashed.
There is a casino for ODAS this upcoming season December 11th and 12th, 2017. Anyone who works this casino on behalf of the skating club will fulfill their fundraising commitment for OSC.
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 is mandatory for Pre Beginner and CanSkate.
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 by 1PM on day of skating lessons. An email and text message will be sent out to membership.
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 30 days of first skating lesson for full term skaters and 14 days of the first lesson for Jan-Mar Term Skaters. The Skate Canada and Ag Society fees are NON-REFUNDABLE ($40) as well a $20 administration fee for cancellation will be charged and the refund will be pro-rated based on the number of lessons having occurred.
Pre- CanSkate Program
Pre CanSkate is a learn-to-skate program for toddlers or 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.