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2014 Sectionals a Great Success!
The Section extends its appreciation to everyone who contributed to making the 2014 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships Presented by Calgary Professional Skate Service a resounding success. From the memorable perfomances of skaters to the comittment of coaches, officials, volunteers and sponsors, the 2014 Sectionals was a great event. A special thank you is extended to the Ice Palace FSC for hosting this competition.
To easily search performances from Sectionals, the videos are being tagged with skaters' names. 
There will be a special edition of In the Loop coming out on Decemeber 18, 2013 featuring the 2014 Sectionals and 2014 Challenge. 
Still want to order Sectionals photos? Click here.
Pilot STAR Program 

The Calgary Region Open/Alberta Winter Games Zones 1-6 Runoffs November 22-24, 2013 will be the first competition in Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut to host the new STAR competition.


Anita Kohnen, the Technical Representative for the Calgary Region Open/Alberta WInter Games Zones 1-6 Runoffs stated, "we are looking forward to seeing how the STAR program runs and the feedback that we may receive from coaches and parents. It should be an exciting weekend for everyone." For more information on the STAR program, please click here

Priorities for Amateur Sport in Alberta

A series of regional conversations are taking place throughout rural Alberta to make sure Albertans have an opportunity to provide their insights from a rural/regional perspective and address priorities for sport and setting the stage for our future.


Fort McMurray: November 25 (6:30pm - 9:30pm)

Falher: November 27 (6:30pm - 9:30pm)

Lac La Biche: November 28 (6:30pm - 9:30pm)

Fort Macleod: December 9 (6:30pm - 9:30pm)

Airdrie: December 9 (6:30pm - 9:30pm)

Lacombe: December 10 (6:30pm - 9:30pm)

Medicine Hat: December 10 (6:30pm - 9:30pm)

Leduc: December 11 (6:30pm - 9:30pm)


To register and for more details on the locations of these conversations, please go to


Please note that due to limited venue capacity there is only space for one representative per organization. Priority will be given to individuals with a local/regional perspective rather than provincial focus.


For more information about the Alberta Sport Plan processes, please visit,


Renewing the Alberta Sport Plan: Why sport is important
Renewing the Alberta Sport Plan: Why sport is important
Renewing the Alberta Sport Plan: Why sport matters
Renewing the Alberta Sport Plan: Why sport matters


RBC Sports Day in Canada  


RBC Sports Day in Canada, presented by

ParticipACTION, CBC and True Sport, will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2013 in communities from coast to coast to coast. This national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance, is an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the power of sport, build community and national spirit and facilitate healthy, active living.


Find an event near you and celebrate sport in your community on RBC Sports Day in Canada. Events are taking place from November 23 to 30 - with the RBC Sports Day in Canada broadcast on November 30. Be sure to tune in! For more information please click here.

CanSkate Connection  

CanSkate Tip: Sort your teaching aids into separate bins by fundamental movement - Balance, Control and Agility. Additional bins can contain supplies for fun zones and/or Pre-CanSkate circuits. Planning is key to the success of your CanSkate program. This is a great way to help your program run smoothly and it eliminates fighting over teaching aids!


Tammy Greidanus

CanSkate Resource Team Member 

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Adult Skating Jackets  


We are pleased to present Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Adult Skating Jackets - now available for purchase for our AdultSkate members!


We will be placing an order to Triple Flip for jackets that have been specially designed for our adult skating community.  These jackets are available for purchase, and will be delivered in early January.

  • The ladies "Podium Jacket" is available for $105.00 (includes tax).
  • The men's "Guy's Jacket" is available for $115.00 (includes tax).

All jackets will be plain black in color and will have the Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut logo on the upper-middle back, as well as "AdultSkate" on the right sleeve.



This is a limited time offer and the deadline to order is NOON on MONDAY DECEMBER 2, 2013.  Payment must accompany your order form.  We require a minimum of 12 jackets to proceed, so please spread the word and forward this information to any adult skater whom you think might be interested!



Jacket Order Form


Teamwear Size Chart


2014 Skate Canada Challenge Team Building Days

The 2014 Skate Canada Challenge is quickly approaching and our skaters have been training hard to get ready for the competition. The Team Building Days on November 20, 2013 (Calgary), and November 21, 2013 (Leduc) brought the athletes from the Section together to inspire them as they continue to train for the 2014 Skate Canada Challenge. 


The Team Building Days motivated to reach for the top. Don Zeman, Chair of the Athlete Development Committee commented, "We are so excited to see such a strong team moving forward to Challenge and to see the progress that the athletes have made already since Sectionals."


The 2014 Challenge Team will be profiled in a special issue of In the Loop coming soon.

Get In Sync  

Tips and Tricks for Synchronized Skating Team Managers!


As competition season approaches, here is a list of a few items that managers might need in order to be prepared for a busy New Year. For the complete list please click here.


 Reminders Prior to Christmas

  • Team Monitoring - Due by December 10th
  • Rooming lists - Discuss with the coach how they would like rooms allocated. It is a good idea to have room lists set prior to Christmas as January is very busy and hotels usually require this information in advance of the team's arrival.
  • Competition Information - It is a good idea to send out as much information as you have on your first competition to your skaters prior to Christmas break. Include things like a skater's packing list, itinerary (as much as you have at that point), hotel and arena information, etc. This way if the skater needs to pick up any items they have time over Christmas break to do so.

As Allyson Eccles said at the Section's Synchro Development Camp in September, 'Managers are the glue that holds everything together'. The more information you can provide to your skaters/parents, the better informed everyone is which usually makes for more seamlesscompetition experience.


Michele Rowein

Edmonton Synchro Rep


Kim Boorman

Calgary Synchro Rep

The Clubhouse


Contemporary Music for Pattern Dances - A New Age for Ice Dance


What is it and how does it work?


This initiative is a great new opportunity for skaters to become more engaged and enthused with ice dancing, and for clubs and coaches to revitalize their dance programs. Skate Canada has approved a playlist of contemporary music that can be used for each of the pattern dances. The pieces selected have been pre-screened to fit within the acceptable range of beats per minute, the proper tempo and feel for each dance (as much as is possible), and for their appropriateness on figure skating sessions, with choices reflecting all age categories. Use of the music is optional. Skate Canada Series 8 or ISU music is still permitted. The music listed on the contemporary playlist can be used for club dance training sessions and/or test days. Skate Canada plans to review the list each year and add new pieces that can be used. The official information sheet, which provides the background and detail for coaches, clubs and evaluators on how to implement the program, as well as the 2013-2014 Contemporary Music for Pattern Dances Playlist, and video examples of dances being skated to the new music can all be found on Members Only under Technical & Programs > STARSkate > Contemporary Music for Pattern Dances. 



2013/2014 Contemporary Dance Music Playlist


Contemporary Music for Pattern Dances: The New Age of Ice Dance



Online Badge/Ribbon Tracking


A reminder to all clubs and coaches that a process for CanSkate, STARSkate and CanPowerSkate online badge/ribbon tracking is available on Members Only through the following paths:

For clubs to access:

-          Under Clubs and Schools > Clubs > Skating Programs Awards/Badge

 Tracking Entry

-          Select Award/Badge Type and click OK

-          Enter Skater Registration Number and click OK

-          Verify that you have the correct Skater and click OK

-          Use drop down menu under Award, enter date and Coach and click


-          You may continue adding award/badges for the same skater by

 selecting Another Badge or you may click on Next Skater. 


For coaches to access:

-          Under Coaches> Skating Programs Awards/Badge Tracking Entry

-          Enter completion date (click on calendar) and click ok

-          Select Award/Badge Type and click OK

-          Enter Skater Registration Number and click OK

-          Verify that you have the correct Skater and click OK

-          Use drop down menu under Award, select award and click ADD

-          You may continue adding award/badges for the same skater by

 selecting Another Badge or you may click on Next Skater.  


Canada's Most Influential Sport, Wellness and Health Organizations offer Unprecedented Help to get Kids 'ACTIVE AT SCHOOL'

For more information please click here.  


Coaches Corner 

2014 CanSkate Coach University


What better way to prepare for the full launch of the new CanSkate program in September 2014 than by participating in the 2014 CanSkate Coach University (CSCU) program? This is an application-based program running in conjunction with the 2014 National Coaches Conference (NCC) taking place in May 2014 in beautiful Quebec City.


The CSCU is a professional development opportunity for CanSkate coaches looking to increase their knowledge and expertise. This program focuses on the new CanSkate program using situational examples and scenarios and culminates in a live CanSkate session run by the coaches selected to attend the program.


Those chosen to attend will receive a full scholarship from Skate Canada, including cost of the program, travel, accommodations and per diems. Take advantage of this wonderful professional development opportunity and earn 10 Continuous Education Program credits. Apply today!


Program information and application forms are located on Members Only under Coaches > 2014 CanSkate Coach University Program. Inquiries regarding the CanSkate Coach University program may be sent to coaching&




The Coaching Committee of Skate Canada Saskatchewan is hosting a Competitive Apprenticeship Seminar at the Skate Canada Challenge December 6-8, 2013 in Regina, SK. For more information please click here.

Pre-Event Technical Packages - Updated


Please note the 2013-2014 Pre-Event Technical Packages for singles, pair and ice dance have been updated to reflect changes to the ISU interruption deductions rule. They can be found in Members Only under Technical & Programs > CompetitiveSkate > 2013-2014.


2014 NCCP Level 4 Tasks


Skate Canada will be offering two NCCP Level 4 tasks in 2014. Task # 16 - Long-Term Athlete Development will be offered on Sunday, January 12, in conjunction with the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Ottawa and Task # 10 - Biomechanical Analysis of Advanced Skills will be offered on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 in conjunction with the National Coaches' Conference (NCC) in Québec City.


Task #16, Long-Term Athlete Development: Coaches will learn to plan and design figure skating programs (training methods and training intensities) and activities that are appropriate to the athlete's age, gender, stage of development (stages of growth and maturation) and performance potential and optimal to the athlete's long-term development.


Task #10, Biomechanical Analysis of Advanced Skills: Coaches will learn to develop specific strategies or approaches that will contribute to enhancing an athlete's technical performance through the applied knowledge of biomechanical principles.


Task information and application forms are located on Members Only under Coaches > NCCP > NCCP Level 4 Tasks 2013-2014. Inquiries regarding the 2014 Level 4 tasks may be sent to coaching&


Duso's Skater of the Month 
Congratulations to Ceduna Magee of the Ice Palace FSC!

Ceduna is a dedicated and passionate skater who always challenges herself and
others to do their best. Her joy for skating is shown through her smile on the ice


Congratulations Ceduna on being selected as the October's Duso's Skater of the Month!


Submit your nominations for upcomingDuso's Skater of the Month awards by the 15th of every month! Nomination forms can be found here


Duso's Helping Hand of the Month  
Congratulations to Christel
 Senkoe of the Ice Palace FSC!  


Christel is a dedicatedvolunteer for the Ice Palace FSC. Her commitment and support for the club are shown through her dedication to the club board. As Volunteer Coordinator for the 2014 Sectional Championships, Christel contributed countless hours to ensuring a successful event.


Congratulations Christel on being selected as the October's 2013 Duso's Helping Hand of the Month! 

Submit your nomination for upcoming Duso's Helping Hand of the Month awards by the 15th of every month! Nomination forms can be found here. 


Our Condolences

  Jesse Smith

Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut would like to extend their sympathy to the loved ones of Jesse Smith, who passed away on November 7, 2013 at the age of 26.


Jesse represented Alberta as a national competitor at the Juvenile, through Senior level. He demonstrated the marks of a true artist and athlete through his creativity and passion to skate. Jesse will be missed by all those in the skating community who knew him.
Donations can be made at Chinook Credit Union to the Jesse Smith Trust Account or sent to the Fort Macleod Skating Club at P.O. Box 64, Fort Macleod, T0L 0Z0. For more information contact Denise Joel at 403-553-5336 or 
   Mary Leggett
Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut would like to extend their sympathies to the loved ones and friends of Mary Leggett, who passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2013. 


Mary was an evaluator/judge since 1978 and was also involved in the sport as a club volunteer. Most recently she was the Club President for the Springbank Skating Club. Please click here to send your condolences.
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2014 Skate Canada Challenge
December 4-8, 2013
Regina, SK


WEBINAR: The New CanSkate
November 28, 2013

WEBINAR: What type of leadership will keep adolescents active today?
December 6, 2013
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