Sherwood Park Skating Club
The CanPower program is an action-packed, high energy instructional power skating program geared to hockey and ringette skaters that focuses on balance, power, agility, speed and endurance. Skills, techniques and conditioning drills are taught in a progressive format that emphasizes how the skills apply to game situations. CanPowerSkate provides an alternative to figure skating and is an excellent complement for those athletes playing on hockey or ringette teams. Its unique skill award program provides incentives and motivation for skaters to continue to achieve.
CanPowerSkate is geared to skaters aged approximately 6 or older who already have basic forward and backward skating skills (they must be able to skate the length of the rink using alternate strides) and are able to stop on command without use of the boards. For safety reasons participants should wear full hockey/ringette equipment that is CSA approved. The coach to skater ratio is 1:10.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I paid the Skate Canada fee in September. Do I have to pay it again?
There is an annual $45.00 Skate Canada Membership fee, which is valid for one year from Sept 1 to Aug 31. If you pay it in September you do not have to pay it again until next September.
Is the Skate Canada fee per person or per family?
The fee is per person, not per family.
My child is interested in hockey or ringette. Is CanSkate and PreCanskate geared only to figure skaters?
No. These programs provide a solid background for all ice sports, such as hockey, ringette, figure skating and speed skating.
Does my child have to have previous skating experience before signing up for CanSkate?
We recommend that any skater that has no previous experience to sign up in PreCanskate to start. The coaches will asses the skaters in the first session and decide if they belong in PreCanskate or CanSkate.
How old does my child need to be to start skating?
Skaters must be 3 in order to register for PreCanskate or CanSkate and they must be 4 to register for PrePowerskate or CanPowerskate.
My children have very different levels of skating experience. Can they all register for the same session?
All 6 levels of CanSkate are taught on the same session, so family members with different skating abilities can sign up for the same session and will be placed in different groups.
My child would like to register for CanPowerskate. How do I know if they are ready?
In order to register for CanPowerskate your skater needs to be able to skate forwards, backwards and stop without help. If they are not able to do that yet they can register for PrePowerskate or Canskate.
Helmet Policy - all Skate Canada member clubs and skating schools who offer CanSkate programs must ensure all participants up to, and including, Stage 5 must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet while on the ice. Bike helmets are not acceptable.