STAR 2024-2025 Season Reminders and Updates

STAR 1-5 Program Delivery

In alignment with the LTD Learn to Train stage of development an updated delivery standard of 25% class time must be provided to the skaters in the STAR 1-5 program. There are many ways to offer classes and examples are provided in the STAR 1-5 Resource Guide.

Instruction in all five disciplines of STARSkate must be provided to the STAR 1-5 skaters. The five disciplines do not have to be taught everyday but must be included in the skaters training program. The five disciplines are:

  • Skills
  • Ice Dance
  • Synchronized Skating
  • Freeskate
  • Artistic skating

We encourage everyone to become familiar with the Program Requirements and Delivery Standards document. This document includes all standards for the three core programs of Skate Canada: CanSkate, STAR 1-5 and PowerSkate.

Attire: Skaters may participate in STARSkate sessions in figure skates, hockey skates or in a sled.


  • STAR 4 Freeskate program will allow for one bonus for an Axel.
    • Only one single axel that is completed with full rotation will receive a bonus in STAR 4. This bonus will apply even if the element has any quality errors (e.g. fall) so long as the full rotation requirement has been met. A maximum of 1 bonus is applied per program.  
  • Open Solo Rhythm Dance:
    • to align with the ISU solo dance the dance spin has been removed from the Open Solo Rhythm Dance. The Edge Element will now be a requirement for the Open Solo Rhythm Dance.
  • Open Pair:
    • The twist lift requirement will now allow for the Juvenile twist or a single twist.
  • Synchronized Skating reminder:
    • Skaters entering a STAR 3 or STAR 4 synchronized skating event must have completed the STAR 1 Skills requirement prior to attending the event. The date this requirement must be met is up to each individual section.


  • Gold Freeskate Program:  
    • Following feedback from many stakeholders the passing requirement for the Gold Freeskate program has been updated. The new requirement is:
      • 6 of 7 jumps Silver or better including 4 different double jumps Silver or better
      • 2 of 3 spins Silver or better
      • One additional element at Silver or better
      • 9 of 11 Elements Silver or better

Note: Program Components requirements remain unchanged.

  • Challenge Assessments:
    • A skater must attempt all parts of a challenge assessment on the same assessment day. If any portion is unsuccessful, they will then re-try that portion on another assessment day. In the case where they are unsuccessful in a “lower” level they may still proceed with the higher level on the initial assessment day.
      • Example 1: Challenge the Gold Freeskate level, skater must attempt STAR 10 elements and Gold program on the initial assessment day. If the STAR 10 elements are unsuccessful, the skater is still eligible to attempt the Gold program that day.
  • Example 2: Challenge Gold Dance level, skater must attempt 2 STAR 10 and 2 Gold dances on the initial assessment day. The skater is unsuccessful on one or both STAR 10 dances, they are still eligible to attempt the 2 Gold dances that day.

Note: in both cases the skater must re-try the unsuccessful portions prior to being given credit for the Gold level.