Club Rules & Policies and Procedures
Table of Contents:
- CANSKATERS MOVING TO JUNIORS
- FULLER LAKE SKATING CLUB RULES
- VOLUNTEER PARTICIPATION
- GLOSSARY - KNOW YOUR SKATING
- POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR THE SKATING CLUB
- TESTING PROCEDURES
1. CANSKATERS MOVING TO JUNIORS
In the past, many Juniors (and their parents) have entered the Junior Program and had a difficult time adapting to the scenario of ice costs, private coaching fees, test days, competitions, etc. It can be very overwhelming.
Freeskate solo preparation for test or competition will require private lessons. All test and competition fees are, of course, the responsibility of the parent.
The Professional Coach will bill you directly on a monthly basis and it is your responsibility to ensure these bills are paid in time.
Skaters in the Skate Canada program purchase blocks of ice time from the club by category. Skills, dance and freeskate are ice only; stroking sessions include instruction. It is important therefore that skaters are able to concentrate and work on their own.
Please inform with the Coaches Director when you will be missing lessons as that another skater may fill time you have booked. If you do not notify your coach, you may be charged for the missed lessons.
2. FULLER LAKE SKATING CLUB RULES
- Skaters are to be at the rink early for their ice time, to warm up. Unless they have off-ice class before their ice time.
- Skaters are to be on time for all sessions.
- Please respect the session on the ice before your session.
- No gum, candy or food at ice level. Only water bottles at ice level.
- Hair is to be neatly pulled back away from the face.
- Girls are to wear proper skating attire, or fitted leggings. No shorts or hoodie sweatshirts. Minimal jewelry and makeup.
- Boys are to wear sweat pants or skating pants. Shirts are to be tucked in. No hoodie sweatshirts or hats.
- Skaters must wear proper runners for off-ice class.
- On dance and skill sessions, skaters skating to the music and or being partnered have the right-of-way.
- Freeskate session includes 5 mins of warm-up music, then each skater will perform their solo when called, unless in a lesson.
- Skaters are to work on specific session (eg. skills on a skills session).
- No standing around and wasting time, as it impedes the progress of the other skaters.
- Skaters having their solo played have priority and all other skaters and coaches in the area are asked to be courteous. Next priority is given to skaters in lessons.
- If a skater shall fall on the ice, it is important that the skater gets up immediately, if not injured.
- Once on the ice, a skater must receive permission from a coach to leave the ice for any reason and in order to return to the ice and finish a session.
- Unsportsmanlike behavior and or abusive language on or off the ice will not be tolerated and may result in a suspension of skating privileges.
- No skater is to interrupt another skater’s lesson unless it is an emergency. Be thoughtful this lesson is being paid for.
- All skaters must purchase the majority of their skating time in order to call Fuller Lake Skating Club their home club.
- At the coaching coordinators discretion, skaters can skate on another session.
- Seniors not in lesson must spend 5 mins patching holes at the end of their freeskate sessions.
- No " fooling around" on the ice, i.e. pushing, racing, etc. If a skater continually misbehaves, coaches have the right to ask the skater to leave the ice for the remainder of the session.
- Canskaters/preschoolers must wear fitted pants, warm clothes, gloves and no scarves.
- Power skaters must wear hockey attire: knee pads, elbow pads, gloves and stick.
- All beginners must wear a CSA helmet.
- Skaters need to be on time.
- Please respect the session on the ice, before your session.
- No gum, candy or food on the ice.
- Parents need to stay at the arena, while their child skates.
SELECTING BOOTS AND BLADES
In figure skating, skates are the most important piece of equipment. Purchasing appropriate skates to suit the level of skater and your budget is of utmost importance.
Beginners can start with hockey skates or figure skates: either are appropriate at the CAN SKATE level Stages 1-7. Recreational skates sold in department stores and sporting goods stores should provide adequate support for the beginner.
As the skater moves into the Skate Canada Test system it is appropriate to purchase better quality boots and blades. They’ll provide better support as your child becomes more proficient technically. At this level of figure skating, boots and blades can be bought together or separately.
Mounting the blades is very critical and should be carried out only by someone experienced in this task. Many coaches and skating stores are able to do this. Boots and blades in this category cost from $125 to $250 new or $50 to $100 used.
As the skater progresses, the level of skating dictates the quality of boots and blades. Usually, the coach will be able to recommend a good type of boot and blade. There are different types of blades for the various disciplines. Each type of blade is designed to meet the specific need of the discipline. The cost for boots is approximately $300 and up, with blades starting at $175. Used sets are usually available at greatly reduced prices.
4. Volunteer Participation
The expectation is that all families will contribute to the club for various tasks that might otherwise fall on only a few members or cost the club money to perform. We hope that each family can sign-up for at least one or two activities during the skating year.
There is nothing stronger than a heart of a volunteer.
As you are aware, the increase in the cost of renting ice is substantial. Fundraising is essential every year to help offset the increase and ensure our Bingo license is renewed.
Without the resources from fundraising the club could not survive. The B.C. Gaming Commission requires that all societies hold other fundraising events in order to renew their Bingo License.
Every member benefits, so every member should help!!!
5. Glossary - Know your skating
STROKING SESSIONS – Stroking is emphasized at all levels of skating. Stroking emphasized correct posture, endurance, strength and speed using the entire ice surface. Stroking sessions are included in your fees.
GROUP SESSIONS – The team coaches arrange group sessions for each skater by age and ability. Group instruction will rotate between the coaches. Junior Group sessions are not included in your fees.
FREESKATE SESSIONS – Freeskate is the most common discipline in skating. Skaters will be taught their own personal “solo” (which has been choreographed by the skater’s coach) to music. Each solo consists of different jumps and spins with connection footwork and stroking. Solo’s evolve as a skater increases their ability. There is a time limit on solos depending on the level of the skater. Skaters usually receive a private lesson during this time (10-15 min.) and the remainder of the session the skater will work on their solo and other elements such as spins, jumps & spirals on their own. Private coaching fees will apply for the lesson time. Skaters may also receive a "shared" lesson with 1 or 2 other skaters if they are working on the same thing. The coaching fee will be "shared" amongst the skater in the lesson.
DANCE SESSIONS – A Junior Group dance lesson is provided during the Dance sessions and private coaching fees apply for the lesson time. When a skater is ready to take a test, their coach will inform the parent of the next test day.
SKILLS SESSIONS – Skaters learn a combination of fundamental skating movements, executed on a pattern and skated solo to prescribed music. The basic components of all disciplines of figure skating are incorporated into the program. The movements are derived from former compulsory figures, fee skating and ice dancing. The objective of the Skating Skills program is mastery of the basic fundamentals of skating – edge quality, control, power and speed. Skaters will be evaluated on Test Day. Private coaching fees will apply for the lesson time.
OFF-ICE TRAINING – Off ice training is an integral part of a skater’s training. This session is included in your fees.
COACHING – The number of additional lessons (if any) a skater wishes to have is a decision made by the parent, skater and Coaches Director.
6. POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR THE FULLER LAKE SKATING CLUB.
(UPDATED IN JUNE 2007)
The By-Laws and Constitution of the Fuller Lake Skating Club exist as a separate document from the Policies and Procedures Guidelines. Where discrepancies exist, the By-Laws document will take precedent over the Policies and Procedures Guide.
1.0 Duties of the Board of Directors
1.2 Board Rules
As outlined in the Bylaws, there are 12 elected positions on the Board of Directors. In addition there is a Past-President and a Coaches Representative. The Policy and Procedures Guide determines roles of the Directors.
No member of the Board shall be empowered to make expenditures in excess of $50.00 without previous approval of the Board of Directors. Exceptions shall be expenditures that have a deadline. i.e. competition entries
If a member requires to meet with the board, they should first submit a written request to the executive regarding the situation. The board will meet to discuss the situation and decide whether the members’ concern needs to be heard at the next monthly meeting. At that time an invitation will be extended to the member to attend the meeting.
8.1 Fees and Refunds
Fuller Lake Skating Club does not offer refunds after October 31st of each season.
The exception is canskaters who have paid for the full year and do not wish to
continue after the Christmas break. All refunds and fees are pro-rated and minus
Skate Canada registration fees.
8.2 Outstanding Fees
To be considered in good standing, all members of the club must pay, within the time
Limits shown in by-law 5, such club fees as are stipulated by the Club Executive.
By-law 5 reads: Members in arrears will not be permitted to take part in any club
activity. If any arrears are not paid within 30 days of the date set for payment
such members shall be considered as having terminated.
8. Testing Procedures
The current procedure is outlined below. It may be amended as necessary when and if
the Regional guidelines are amended.
1) Coaches will decide on which tests and which testday their students will participate. It is the coaches responsibility to notify parents of this information.
2) Three weeks to one month prior to the scheduled testday, the students will be given a testday envelope containing an invoice for fees payable as well as an authorization form. Regional policy dictates that this information must be to the test co-ordinator 21 days before the testday.
3) Fees must be paid 14 days before the testday as per Regional policy.
4) Withdrawal after the 14 day deadline will result in forfeiture of fees as per Regional policy.
5) No skater will be allowed to test without first paying the fees. NO EXCEPTIONS.
A schedule is generally available one week prior to the scheduled testday. It is the
test chairs responsibility to contact the test coordinator with any difficulties.