Pre Junior (Intro to Figure Skating Info)

What is Pre-Junior?

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 (such as Junior Academy or Pre-Star) but it all means intro to figure skating.

 Skaters who are invited into the Pre-Junior program will continue to work toward completion of their Can Skate badges as well as start to learn figure skating skills in a group format.

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 alone. The club will offer group performance opportunities such as Christmas concert and End of Year concert.

If the club has extra coach time available, private one on one lessons may be offered to a Pre-Junior (on an additional skating day for additional fees) to help them complete their Can Skate badges quicker.

Once a skater has completed all of her / his Can Skate badges the coaches will invite them to start skating one day per week on Junior ice with private lessons/private group lessons.  Skaters on the Junior session are expected to practice on their own for up to 10 to 20 minutes some of the time (between coach instruction time). If the skater is able to work on their own, the coach will will move the skater up into the Junior program. 

LESSONS:

In Pre-Junior you pay for all the coach time with your registration.  Sometimes there is an option to have Private lessons/private group lessons one day per week to start the transition to Junior.

‘Private Lessons’ refers to booking extra lesson time on top of club provided classes. Private lessons are needed at the Junior, Intermediate and Senior levels. 

Types of lessons:

o  O Private Lesson – one skater with a coach

o  S Semi-Private Lesson – two skaters with a coach

o     Small Group Lesson – three or more skaters with a coach

 Club provided classes (part of your registration you paid to the club) in the JUNIOR level are stroking, field moves, synchro, off-ice training.

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.

 Note- you MUST purchase private lesson time once you skate on Junior level ice or highter. You will pay this to the coaches directly.

As skater’s progress to the Intermediate and Senior levels, they will receive more private or semi-private lesson time.

MUST HAVE:

Below – rubber skate guards are a MUST for walking with your skates on when not on the ice. 

 MUST HAVE:

Below -soft blade covers are a MUST.  After skating dry your blades with a rag/towel and then place these soft blade covers on to protect the blades from chips.  Also they help absorb a bit of extra moisture.  When at home you should take your skates out of your bag, remove the soft blade covers and air out the skate, the heel of the skate (so it doesnt get water damage) and the blade (so it doesn’t rust).

 Below are andle pads to wear in your skates. Known as ‘bunga pads”, these help prevent ankle bruising / pinching.

Some people do not pull them down as shown in the photo.  If you want to try to prevent blisters on your heel, pulling them down may work.

You may get blisters on other areas of the foot, you can purchase blister band-aids at the pharmacy and we recommend having some on hand when getting new skates or at the start of a new season.

 Below: Knee pads are optional.

Make sure you do not purchase stiff knee pads making it difficult for the skater to bend.

Below: leg warmers are optional but good to help keep the skaters feet warm during sessions.  They can be worn over skating leggings.

 MUST HAVE:

Below – mini gloves are needed for performances / competitions.  Purchase a pair of beige mini gloves and the coaches will allow the skater to keep them on during the performance. It is best to have one pair of beige mini gloves set aside for special performances.

Any other colour is good for practice.  

You will need much thicker, warmer gloves/mitts for winter skating sessions.

MUST HAVE:

Below – female figure skaters will need one pair of good beige tights for performances / competitions.  Keep these to the side for special occasions. You will wear these under your skating dress.

You can purchase ‘over the boot’ tights or the ones that have feet and go inside the skate.

Below: beige bodysuit is optional. You may wish to purchase one for your skater to wear under her dress when preforming /competing.

MUST HAVE: 

Below – male skaters should have proper skating pants with velcro straps at the bottom so they don’t fly around and becoming a tripping hazard.

Below is a ‘Skate Spinner’ – optional. Skaters can use this at home and sometimes we use them during club off-ice training.  This will help you practice your spins at home.


Purchasing SKATES:

You may have ‘recreational’ skates from the sports department.

You now need figure skates from a figure skating specific store.

TSC Coaches suggest you speak to a figure skating specialist.

Rory – coach in PG and owner of North Edge Ice Sports is a very knowledgable person to get skates from. You can order over the internet or he comes to Terrace often during the skating season to do professional fittings. He always has great second hand skates available which saves parents money and is an easier transition as they are already broken in a little (not so stiff). 

All Seasons Source for Sports is the only local store that brings in figure skates. You must speak to a coach before purchasing to make sure you are getting the correct level (strength) of skate and the correct blade. 

Used skates can be found on facebook under NORTH WEST SKATING SWAP. Always speak to a coach before purchasing.

SHARPENING Blades:

You BLADES are very important for figure skating jumps and spins. Please make sure to have a figure skating specialist sharpen your skates.  TSC Coaches are very pleased with North Edge Ice Sports skate sharpening. They come to our area approximately every six weeks. The Club will let you know when sharpening appointments can be made.

Above is an example of a good pair of figure skates with strong ankle support and a good blade with the correct size toe pick.

Below is an example of a department store type of skate that is only for lower level Can Skate.

Please visit the SKATE / EQUIPMENT / DRESSES tab on the TSC website for addition informaiton.

See facebook page NORTH WEST SKATING SWAP for local second hand items.


MUST HAVE:

Below is a CSA approved ice / hockey helmet. Pre-Junior and low level Junior skaters must wear a helmet. Colour optional. 

Below is a TSC Warm Up jacket. This is optional and can be purchased through the Club. These can be worn at practice and are used at a performance or competition while warming up (while doing off-ice warm up and when on ice for a quick ice warm up, before you show off your dress!)

Below is an example of black practice leggings and a black practice skirt.

Below is an example of fitted
(no baggy) black practice legings and a warm pull over top.

Below is an example of a warm, fitted vest (not bulky).

Below is an example of male practice wear.


Below is an example of ‘over the boot’ tights for females used for concerts and competitions.

Below is an example of ‘in the boot’ tights for females used at concerts and competitions.

Below is an example of fitted male skating pants with velcro strap that goes under the skate to keep the pant secure.