Frequently Asked Questions
Why should we join the Newmarket Skating Club?
The Newmarket Skating Club is a very well established Club. We are celebrating our 60th year in 2013. We have a professional, experienced coaching staff some of whom have been teaching with us for over 40 years. We have a healthy membership of usually over 1000 members which ranks us as one of the largest skating clubs in Canada. We are located at the Magna Center, in Newmarket, and are managed by an excited and dedicated group of volunteers and possibly the best operations co-ordinator in all of Skate Canada.
Can you tell me more about the running of the Newmarket Skating Club?
Our club is managed by a committee of volunteers which comprise the Newmarket Skating Club Executive. Typically our Executive have skaters, skating in the Club and/or are skaters themselves. We meet monthly to discuss and plan all events and address all challenges. The Executive, depending on the position, sits on the Executive for one or two years and, under our Constitution, can sit for no more than 4 years total. We feel that this will keep our club fresh and allow other parents and participants in the community to have input into the direction of our Club. Our day to day operations are run by our paid contractor extraordinaire, Kathy Dombroski, who we all consider the face of the club.
If I have a question about how the club is run, or about skating in general, whom do I address it to?
If you have any questions, please email or call the club directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905 895 2582. We think that it is important that you get the correct information, so please ask away, we understand that if you are not familiar with Figure Skating it can be ominous. Also, feel free to ask any of our Executive Members or Coaches.
Test Chair Questions and Answers:
Why do we have to pay an "administrative fee" and a test fee?
The administrative fee is $10.00 and is paid for each skater who takes a test regardless of the number of tests that he or she tries. It is used to compensate the judges for their mileage, to provide them with lunch and snacks, and present them with a modest gift card. Skate Canada judges are volunteers – they are not paid to come and judge tests. Skate Canada also charges NSC $10.00 per test. Tests must be submitted 2 weeks prior to the test date and that is why we ask you to make sure you can attend. Once the numbers are submitted, Skate Canada requires payment for the test even if it is not skated for reasons other than a medical issue (and a doctor's note must be submitted) or insufficient qualifications. (For example, this might occur if a skater tries the last dance of one level, and is scheduled to try the first dance in the next level, but does not pass the first. The skater would not be qualified to try the second test). The administrative fee also covers the cost of paper for the actual test sheets and the summary sheets, gold seals, postage to send results to Skate Canada and COS etc.
Where do the judges come from?
Skate Canada has a list of "low/intermediate test" and "high test" judges. While the test chair can contact "low" test judges directly to arrange for low days once the numbers are confirmed, Skate Canada gives us names of "high test" judges who will be available for our dates. Often it takes some time to find someone who is available. Remember, because we are such a large club and require a lot of testing time, we hold our test days during the day. The judges are volunteers and many of them are not available during the day. It often takes many tries to find someone who is available and who is qualified to evaluate the tests that will be tried. Although I try to get a variety of judges, so skaters get a variety of feedback, there are only so many who are available to come.
What happens to the test results?
Individual test results are recorded by the operations co-ordinator in the club's data base for the purposes of level placement and by the test chair in the official test result spreadsheet. All results are confirmed by the judge on the test day and then sent to Skate Canada who records them in their data base and issues test cards once a level is reached (i.e. all three preliminary dances). Test cards are given to the skater's coach once they are received by NSC. Skaters can access their individual record by going to the Skate Canada website and clicking on "members only." You will need your Skate Canada number. It is very important to keep your copy of your test result. Although rare, errors can occur and your copy constitutes proof of your test result.
What is a Low Test Day? What is a High Test Day?
Low Test Day:
Skating Skills Tests:
Free Skating Tests:
Preliminary – Elements (Part 1)
Junior Bronze – Elements (Part 1)
Senior Bronze – Elements (Part 1)
Preliminary – Program (Part 2)
Junior Bronze – Program (Part 2)
Senior Bronze – Program (Part 2)
Preliminary Dances – Dutch Waltz, Canasta, Baby Blues
Junior Bronze Dances – Swing, Fiesta, Willow Waltz
Senior Bronze Dances – Ten-Fox, Fourteen step, European Waltz
High Test Day:
Skating Skills Tests:
Free Skating Tests:
Junior Silver – Elements (Part 1)
Senior Silver – Elements (Part 1)
Gold – Elements (Part 1)
Junior Silver – Program (Part 2)
Senior Silver – Program (Part 2)
Gold – Program (Part 2)
Junior Silver Dances – Keat's Foxtrot, Harris Tango, American Waltz, Rocker Foxtrot
Senior Silver Dances – Paso Doble, Starlight Waltz, Blues, Kilian, Cha Cha (need 4 of 5)
Gold Dances – Viennese Waltz, Westminster Waltz, Quickstep, Argentine Tango, Silver Samba (need 4 of 5)
Test sheets can be seen on the Skate Canada website at "Members Only".
Program Assistant Questions:
What are the requirements to be a Program Assistant?
To become a PA for the CanSkate and KidSkate sessions you must:
- Be 10 years of age
- Be currently registered with Skate Canada
- Have passed your Dutch Waltz dance test or Preliminary Free Skate test
To become a PA for the Junior sessions you must meet the above criteria as well as:
- Have passed either a Silver or Gold test
- Be invited to participate by our Program Assistant Supervisor
What are the benefits of being a Program Assistant?
- Volunteering has a meaningful, positive impact on your community
- It counts towards volunteer hours; which are mandatory requirements of all Ontario High School-aged students
- If you are not in High School, you will receive "Club Dollars" that can be used towards future registration fees and Club Clothing
- You get to work in a fun and supportive atmosphere, providing a positive experience for kids
- You will get experience and references for future job applications
- You help our Club to offer the best skating experience for both our beginner recreational skaters and future competitive athletes
- There are special awards and fun events throughout the year just for PAs!
Who do I talk to if I want to become a Program Assistant?
Please contact the Program Assistant Supervisor! email@example.com