Keeping Parents Informed
From emotional support to driving them to the rink for lessons and competitions to financial support, parents play a key role in their skater’s development. Therefore, it is important to keep them informed, engaged and connected to the happenings within the skating and club community.
Hosting information sessions are an easy way to familiarize parents with your club programming, what to expect, proper equipment maintenance and upcoming events. They provide an opportunity for parents to interact with your coaches/board members, experience a demonstration on how to properly lace skates and fit their helmet and have their questions or concerns addressed in person.
In-person information sessions should be held at the start of each session (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) in order to acclimate new parents and provide a refresher for those who are returning.
Communications can continue throughout the season in a variety of ways:
- Club bulletin board
- Email communications
- Club events
- Volunteer at the CanSkate table
Trenton Skating Club hosts a formal meeting the 3rd week into each of their CanSkate sessions to allow time for skaters to register and take their first steps onto the ice. They review their CanSkate session format, including warm up, circuits and cool down, how to read a report card and how the recognition system works. They leave time for questions at the end, in which they find, parents are happy to engage.
The Trenton Skating Club has achieved Advanced Standard in the CanSkate Excellence Program.
To find a CanSkate Club in your area, use our “Find a Club” tool.