Off-Ice Program Overview
Skate Canada outlines requirements that clubs must abide by through mandated Program Delivery Standards that affect both off and on-ice curriculum. As such, off-ice training is compulsory to athletes in most programs as part of the CRSC “athlete first, skater second” philosophy.
Junior Academy Off-Ice (JA/S1)
Junior Academy participants explore all facets of off-ice program curriculum. Priority is placed on increasing flexibility as well as the acquisition of jump & spin tech. Class length is shorter. Parents should support their athletes by encouraging them to practice what they have learned off the ice at home.
Dynamic Warm-Up (W/U)
Athletes who warm their bodies up off the ice are far more likely to have a more positive and productive on-ice training session. Skaters will increase their knowledge on both generic and individual sport specific warm-up concepts. This class will place emphasis on generating dynamic warm-up routines to enable athletes to warm-up on their own.
Core Stability (CORE)
The core is the centre of the body and one of the most important muscle groups for any athlete. Abdominal, back and oblique muscle training will be taught to skaters as they develop an increased awareness of how they can strengthen their core naturally throughout the day. Among other progress enhancing technical benefits, an “in shape” core will help athletes breathe easier when performing under pressure by increasing posture awareness and confidence.
Flexibility & Range of Motion (FLEX)
Athletes will learn proper stretching techniques that will be applied daily to their training sessions to prevent injury. Increasing on-ice range of motion and flexibility is of critical importance in figure skating and opportunities to make gains are significantly higher off the ice. Skaters will be required to supplement scheduled off-ice FLEX sessions with their own individual practice.
Agility, Plyometrics & Strength (PLYO)
Agility training develops quick movements, explosive leg power and overall performance capacity for many technical elements. Plyometrics and strength in figure skating often involves increasing jumping ability (height and distance). Training tools such as skaters own body weight, agility ladders, bosu balls, swiss balls, medicine balls, balance boards and resistance bands may be used.
Jump & Spin Tech (TECH)
Technical classes “fast track” athletes ability to pick up positions and timing which leads to correct muscle memory on the ice. Jump preps, take offs, rotation drills and landings are all emphasized. Spin positions are both acquired and enhanced as repetitions increase
Clothing & Equipment Requirements
It is important that the athletes be prepared for their off-ice session by ensuring they are wearing (or have) the following:
Questions or concerns can be submitted to the Director of Programs