Welcome to Pre-Junior
Skaters enrolled in the Pre-Junior Program have the opportunity to achieve personal growth and development by participating in a high quality program that teaches the fundamentals of figure skating in a progressive and sequential manner. This program is a hybrid of Skate Canada's CanSkate and STARSkate programs, which are unique in Canada. Participants in the Skate Canada STARSkate program can be recognized for achieving specific figure skating skills through a nationally standardized testing system. They can also participate in invitational, local and provincial competitions. The highly trained coaching staff at MFSC is looking forward to an exciting new season with the upcoming our skaters.
Moving from CanSkate to Pre-Junior
At Mississauga FSC our Pre-Junior Development program has been designed to help figure skaters move smoothly from CanSkate to STARSkate. CanSkate is taught by professional coaches in a group lesson format with optional private coaching, while Pre-Junior is taught using a combination of group and private lessons. During their free time skaters are expected work on developing the skills learned during their lessons.
Please review 2017-2018 PreJunior Membership Policies here.
This level is for skaters that have completed CanSkate Stage 4 and are working on completing their CanSkate Stage 5 or 6. Registering in Pre-Junior skating sessions gives skaters an opportunity to experience training in a STARSkate type environment and helps them be better prepared when they pass CanSkate Stage 6 and become Junior STARSkaters. It is recommended that parents hire a private coach to ensure continuous progression and enjoyment for the skater but is not mandatory at this time. Registering in this level is optional; CanSkaters that have passed their CanSkate Stage 4 can continue progressing in CanSkate sessions where they can continue working on their CanSkate Stage 5 and 6.
Pre-Junior level STARSkaters will participate in 45 minutes of group instruction conducted by a club coach. They will participate in three 15-minute lessons in small groups that focus on skill development, work on stroking and build strength and speed along with creative movement to music.
Young figure skaters should develop the habit of warming up and stretching their muscles before they step on the ice. This will ensure that they are prepared to warm up and stretch on their own by the time they progress to higher levels. We expect all our Pre-Junior skaters to attend the professionally led 30 minute off-ice warm-up session before each Pre-Junior session. A variety of physical activities will be introduced. Skaters must come prepared to run laps and perform stretching exercises at the beginning of the session. They will be given 15 minutes to put on their skates before continuing to the on-ice session.
Report cards are given out periodically throughout the season, including at the completion of the Spring season. These summarize the progress the skater has made during the session. Badges will be given for successful completion of each achievement level, and will be accompanied by an evaluation of the developmental skills accomplished. Should your skater be transitioning from the Pre-Junior to the Junior level prior to report card distribution you will be contacted by the Pre-Junior Director with an update.
During the session it is important for a parent or chaperone to stay in the arena. Sometimes skates need to be retied, or other assistance is required. Please make sure that we can find you at the rink during your child’s session.
The Club occasionally sends out emails to remind parents of upcoming events, class cancellations due to snow or other events and other news. Please ensure that we have your current email address and that you have allowed for all email communications from the club when setting up your account in order to receive our important messages.