Coaching / Instructor for the following sessions are included in your regular season registration fee:
Enrichment Field Moves
Enrichment Field Moves
The following times do not include coaching time. You must book lessons with a certified private lesson coach and pay the coach directly. If you have questions, please speak to the Director of Skating or any Board member.
Music for a solo
Choreography for your solo
Competition coach time
Test Day coach time
All TSC Junior to Senior members who register for a program must speak to the coaches about private lessons in advance of the skating season.
Only Pre-Juniors who register for the Private Lesson extra day, must speak to the coaches about private lessons. This MAIN coach is responsible to help you plan your season including lesson planning, music, competitions, tests etc.
See ‘Coaches’ tab (at the right of this web page) for contact info so you can book the team of coaches for private lessons.
You will be responsible to pay the coaches directly for the private / small group lessons you book.
Figure Skating Lesson Description:
Pre-Junior Group Lesson – this is a group lesson for Pre-Junior skaters. The coaching fee is included with the ice fee that you paid when you registered with the TSC. If you wish to skate on the additional Pre-Junior /Junior sessions (not the group lesson days) you must have a private lesson coach and must expect to pay for private lessons (paid to the coach directly).
Stroking or Field Moves – this is a group lesson normally ‘stroking’ which is basic skating, steps and cardio or ‘field moves’ which is spirals, shoot the ducks, ina bauers, spread eagles etc for Figure Skaters (Pre-Junior, Junior, Intermediate & Senior). The coaching fee is included with the ice fee you paid when you registered.
Freeskate– Figure Skaters practice jumps, spins and learn solos to music. Different types of solos include Freeskate, Artistic, Showcase and sometime Pairs.
These events are the ones most skaters will compete in at competitions.
Skaters will get private lessons or small group lessons. These lessons are all billed directly to the skater’s parents. These lessons are not included in your ice fee that you paid the TSC. Please speak to a Coach for more information.
· Freeskate – solo to music with required jumps, spins and spirals. Skating dress / attire that reflects the music must be worn.
· Artistic – based on musicality, creative expression, choreography, basic skating ability and portrayal of the theme or character. Skating dress /attire must be basic & black with minimal sparkle.
Dance– Figure Skaters learn compulsorily ice dances (taken from ballroom dancing) which help with musicality, timing, power, flow, posture and basic skating. Skaters can compete in ice dance at some of the competitions.
Skaters will get private lessons or small group lessons. These lessons are all billed directly to the skater’s parents. These lessons are not included in your ice fee that you paid the TSC. Please speak to a Coach for more information. Skaters wear black dress /attire for tests & competitions.
Skills– Figure Skaters learn skating turns, edges, steps, stops on a pattern. This program took over for the compulsory figure 8 patters. Skaters need to learn the movements to incorporate into their solos. Skaters will get private lessons or small group lessons. These lessons are all billed directly to the skater’s parents. These lessons are not included in your ice fee that you paid the TSC. Please speak to a Coach for more information.
Synchronized Skating– Figure skating in a team form making shapes on the ice, intersecting with each other, all creating a beautiful visual for spectators. Skaters will skate together as a group in this event. This helps with speed, endurance, basic skating, musicality, fancy footwork, performance, and increases club spirit. The club will try to have 2 teams so the skaters can be split by level. TSC Synchronized skating teams may attend competitions and may perform in club concerts or ice shows. The coaching fee is included with the ice fee you paid when you registered.
Spins –Figure Skaters will be split by level between the coaches. Skaters will work on various spins in a group setting (this is part of freeskate), decided by the coaches. These lessons are all billed directly to the skater’s parents. These lessons are not included in your ice fee that you paid the TSC.
Off –Ice Training – This is an off-ice group fitness (yoga, Pilates, fitness etc.), off-ice jump and spins class for Figure Skaters at specific levels. This is to help make sure the skater is in good physical shape (core strength is needed in skating) and we also focus on jumps and spins off the ice which is a very important part of learning new elements. Skaters who are more serious must do additional off-ice training at home. The instructor fee is included with the ice fee that you paid when you registered.
PJ is the Terrace Skating Club’s bridging program from Can Skate to Star Skate / Competitive Skate (also knows as Figure Skating). Other skating club’s may have a different name for this program, but it all means ‘Introduction to Figure Skating’.
Your skater may want to dive right into competition the first season, or she / he may want to wait a year before performing in front of an audience.
Once a skater has completed all of her / his Can Skate badges (usually skaters finish completion during the Pre-Junior program), they will move into the Junior program.
‘Private Lessons’ refers to booking extra lesson time on top of club provided lessons. Private lessons are needed at the Junior, Intermediate and Senior levels. Types of lessons:
Private Lesson – one skater with a coach
Semi-Private Lesson – two skaters with a coach
Small Group Lesson – three or more skaters with a coach
Skaters in the Pre-Junior and Junior program purchasing ‘private lessons’ will receive mostly semi-private or small group lessons as this is the format that Skate Canada suggests so skaters are getting more supervised instruction time.
As skater’s progress to the Intermediate and Senior levels, they will receive more private or semi-private lesson time.
If you are a Pre-Junior and want to skate on the extra session that requires you to book with a private lesson coach, you must register for the extra skating day (speak to TSC volunteer Director of Registration) then speak to the Director of Skating Coach who will give you a private lesson information package. Note that skaters may not receive one on one private lessons, but small group lessons instead (it will depend on the numbers).
If you are a Junior/ Intermediate / Seniorskater and are seeking private lessons:
1) Booking private lessons with coaching team
a. You will be asked to complete a ‘lesson request form’ for the Team of Coaches. The Director of skating will be your MAIN coach (working with the other club coaches to make sure forms are completed, that skater is registered for events, that the skater’s music is ready, registering skaters for tests etc.).
b. In our Club, we use the TEAM COACHING model where all skaters are taught by all Skate Canada certified figure skating coaches.
2) Now you have a Coach/Team of Coaches
a. Once you hire a coach/team of coaches, you may not take on another MAIN coach (from another club) without notifying the TSC Coaching team that you are no longer a ‘student’ of theirs.
b. If you plan to attend a Summer skating camp with a different coach in a different club, you must discuss it with your MAIN coach (Director of Skating) in advance. Your MAIN coach may have plans for your skating year and will want to communicate with the summer coach of your plans what you would like them to focus on.
c. You must agree on how many lessons you want / budget per month from your coaches.
d. You, the parent, will be charged directly for these private lessons (coaches send invoices monthly or every two weeks). You will only buy insurance, ice time and some group taught classes etc. from the TSC from now on.
e. You are expected to pay your coaches on time. If you do not pay your coaches, your lessons may be stopped by all coaches. You may be charged interest if you do not pay your private coach on time. As long as you owe your coaches money for a prolonged period of time, no other coach (from any club) can take you on as a new student.
Your coaches will bill you throughout the season. Most coach’s bill monthly, but this may fluctuate. Each coach will have an outline of all fees, including lesson rates, music editing, test rates and competition rates. These rates are based on years of coaching experience, certification level, experience, additional education, skating background. If you have a concern about your bill, please contact the coach directly.
Keep in mind that goals and lesson budgets may vary month-to-month and year-to-year: It is important to keep an open communication about everything. If you have a question, please ask.
Skating solo music for freeskate or artistic (or showcase)
Your Coaching team is responsible for choosing music and cutting the music to specific times. (Note that the Director of Skating meets with the other TSC coaches and divides up this task among the coaches). If your skater has a music pick, it is fine to let a coach know, but be aware that the coaches may not agree to this music. Also, all solos must follow Skate Canada rules. It is the coaching team’s responsibility to ensure each skater is fully prepared for the season. If you notice something is not done, and should be, please discuss this with a coach. The dates of events (competitions, jamborees, test days, etc) will come out with your TSC calendar – see the calendar on the TSC website. Parents are encouraged to look at the BC/YK websites to take some responsibility in the planning of their skaters’ season. Always ask your coaches questions if you feel your skater is missing something or not fully prepared for an upcoming competition or Test day.
Skaters will usually keep a piece of music for 2 years. Sometimes music will be kept for only one year, sometimes longer than 2 years. This is at the discretion of the coaches for various reasons. Keeping music saves the parents money in music fees and extra lessons to learn a new program, gives the skater time to get really good at performing, and gives the skater more time to focus on new jumps and spins.
Choosing Skating Dresses/Outfit:
As run through simulations, competition simulations, jamborees, competitions or test days come closer, it is important to make sure you have your skating dresses organized. It is important to ask you coaches for input on costume design prior to purchasing a dress as they might have something specific in mind. Hair, makeup, clean tights, dress and clean skater all make up the full package of a skater. All are very important.