Welcome To the 2018-2019 pre-canskate & canskate sessions

Welcome to all our new and returning skaters, we’re looking forward to a great season!

CanSkate is Skate Canada’s flagship learn-to-skate program, designed for skaters of all ages and abilities. The program focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. Skaters will earn ribbons, badges and other incentives as they learn fundamental skating skills.

For your child’s or your first session, please arrive 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the lesson. This will enable you to get your child’s skate’s on, get your child’s name tag and orientate yourself with the arena. Please refrain from using the bleachers to change as it poses a safety hazard as people are not able to walk through the arena.

Your skater’s name tag will have their name, what session they’re skating and a coloured star. This star indicates what colour group they are. These groups are not permanent and may change throughout the year as your child progresses. At the Thornhill C.C., these name tags will be placed on the gray table near the “First Aid Room”. At the Rosemount Arena, these name tags will be placed on a gray table outside the arena in the hall. Please ensure your skater wears their name tag every class.

Skaters will be greeted by our Coaching Staff and Program Assistants as they enter the ice surface.  Every session begins with a warm up and finishes with a cool down. Skaters are encouraged to do the exercises called out over the public address system or by a Coach on the ice.

You will notice that coloured flags for CanSkate lessons are placed at various locations around the rink. This is where children will meet with their group when the warm-up has been completed. Coaches and Program Assistants will help the skaters get to their groups.



Parents are required to stay in the arena during the entire class time in case your child needs your attention. If your child needs to leave the ice for any reason the PA or Coach will bring your child to the arena gate for you to take them to the washroom, tighten their skates, etc. Therefore, it is important for a parent or chaperone to stay in the arena at all times. Coaches and PAs are not allowed to leave the ice surface.

Skater’s whose parents who fail to remain in the arena for the entirety of their skater’s sessions more than twice will be withdrawn from the program. Refunds, credits or makeup classes will not be given to skaters who have been withdrawn from the program.

Skaters are placed in groups according to skating ability and age. The ice is divided into group areas and there may be as many as ten different groups during one session. Please allow 1 or 2 classes for assessments. Please be patient, and we will check every child to make sure they are in the right group.

Lessons are given in a group format and are led by an NCCP-Certified Professional Coach and sometimes with the help of an experienced Program Assistant.

Skaters progress at their own rate and Coaches may use the Skate Canada technical circuit teaching guide to ensure constant movement on the ice.  Coaches will also use teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning.



Parents who feel their skaters need a little more one-on-one attention are able to book private lessons with our CanSkate coaches. The coaching will be an additional cost to you. Private lessons coaching fees are not included in your CanSkate fees. The times for private lessons are at our Rosemount Arena on Sundays from 10:00-10:30 am or Saturdays from 5:00-5:30 pm.

Skaters must be registered for a minimum of one regular CanSkate session for which the season they would like to have private lessons. Example: A skater is registered for a Fall Season CanSkate session may only have private lessons during the Fall Season. If they would like to continue private lessons during the Winter, they must register for a Winter Season CanSkate session.

As all our coaches are independent contractors, they make their own schedules and charge their own rates. Please contact them directly regarding their availability and fees.




Skaters should wear clothing that is comfortable, warm and allows them to move freely. Make sure to layer clothes so they can remove or add a piece of clothing to suit changing temperatures and exertion levels. Don’t forget the mittens!



All Skate Canada member clubs and skating schools who offer a CanSkate program must ensure ALL CANSKATE AND  PRE-CANSKATE participants, up to and including Badge 5, wear a CSA APPROVED HOCKEY HELMET WHILE ON THE ICE.  Your child’s helmet must have this label.  Bike and other sport helmets are not allowed. A refund, credit or makeup class will not be provided if the incorrect equipment is used.



Skates are the most important tool a skater has on the ice. We recommend lace up skates that fit snugly, but are not so tight that a skater cannot bend their knees and give proper support to your skater’s ankles. Please purchase skates that are appropriate to your skater’s foot size. Purchasing skates too large will feel like skating in clown shoes for your skater and purchasing skates too small will hurt your skater’s feet. Velcro enclosure skates are not recommended.

Practice tying your skater’s skates before your first class. This will ensure both you and your skater are comfortable with tying their skates to make for an easier time on the ice. When tying your skater’s skates, the skates should be snug around the foot and looser around the ankles to allow them to bend their knees. Your child should be able to wiggle their toes inside the boot. If they cannot, chances are the skates are too tight around the foot area. If you loosen the laces slightly and the skater is still not able to wiggle their toes inside the boot, chances are the skates are too small and a larger size must be purchased.

After tying your skater’s skates, have your child stand up off the ice. If their ankles are falling in or out, there is not adequate support and the risk of your child injuring their ankles increases. While standing, also have your skater bend their knees forward towards their toes while keeping their back straight. If they are not able to bend their knees at all or cannot bend their knees forward, the skates are too tight around the ankles and must be loosened slightly. If your skater is able to bend their knees, make sure they are not too loose by putting your index and middle finger down the back of their skate between the boot and their ankle while they are bending their knees. Your fingers should go inside your skater’s boot to about the second knuckle. If it less than the second knuckle, the skates are too tight around the ankle and must be loosened. If your fingers go all the way down to the sole of the skate, the skates are too big and a smaller pair must be purchased.

Skates should be sharpened after 30 hours of use.



  • Skaters are not allowed on the ice until a Coach is on the ice.
  • Skaters are only allowed on the ice for the session for which they have registered
  • It is mandatory for all skaters up to and including CanSkate Badge 5 to wear a well-fitted CSA approved hockey helmet.  Helmets must fit and straps must be adjusted and in place. Skaters who fail to bring the proper equipment will not be allowed on the ice. Credits, makeups or refunds will not be given for failure to bring proper equipment.
  • Thornhill Figure Skating Club is not responsible for the supervision of skaters once their session is over.
  • Parents are not allowed on the ice during the session.  If your child needs help a Coach or PA will offer assistance.  If your child needs to leave the ice for any reason the PA or Coach will bring your child to the arena gate. Therefore, it is important for a parent or chaperone to stay in the arena.  Coaches and PAs are not allowed to leave the ice surface.
  • It is important to remind the children not to have any food or gum in their mouths during the lessons.
  • Please refrain from using the bleachers for changing as it creates a safety hazard. There are changerooms you may use for this purpose.
  • For safety reasons, parents are requested not to open the arena gate.  A Coach or PA will open the gate.
  • We encourage parents or chaperones to watch their children from the bleachers.  Please refrain from watching at the rink boards, sitting in the player’s benches or talking to your child or the Coaches during the session.  This is very distracting for the children and disrupts the class.
  • Falling is a part of learning to skate.  Please inform your children to get up quickly after a fall to avoid further accidents or injury.
  • The CanSkate Coordinator reserves the right to remove a child from the ice if the child is disrupting the session. Skaters who are removed from the ice for disruption of the session twice will be withdrawn from the program for the remainder of the season. Refunds, credits or makeup classes will not be given if a child is withdrawn from the program.



Progress reports will be handed out as a skater progresses and at the end of every season.

These reports provide information to the skaters and parents about their skater’s skill progression and the types of skills each skater must be able to perform to advance to the next stage.



It is important from time to time to check the Club Bulletin Boards or the TFSC website www.tfsc.ca under “Club News” for information about what is happening in the Club. Please note that any cancellations will be listed on your invoice as well as a reminder email will be sent out so please ensure we have a valid email you check regularly.



TFSC is a nonprofit organization and is operated entirely by volunteers.  Assistance and cooperation from all parents is essential to the running of the Club.  Volunteers are always needed and very much appreciated. If you can volunteer any of your time to the Club please contact the us at thornhillfsc@gmail.com.  We have a number of tasks, big and small and we could use your help.

From time to time we may be asking parents of skaters to participate in the running of various Club activities throughout the year.




Parent questions or concerns are to be directed to a Professional Coach or the CanSkate Co-ordinator, not our PAs.

On behalf of the TFSC executive, we are pleased you are joining us for our CanSkate program and we hope you and your skater(s) have a successful and enjoyable year with TFSC.


Happy Skating!