Figure Skating in Canada follows a Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model to help guide and shape programming in clubs and schools to direct the growth of all athletes through any age and stage of the development pathway. Programs designed and delivered by Skate Ontario clubs and schools follow modern principles of athlete development outlined in the LTAD. By providing step-by-step technical support and a customized performance and competition calendar, Skate Ontario ensures an optimal development pathway for athletes.
The Learn to Train stage of the LTAD introduces figure skating specific skills and has a wide variety of on
and off ice programming based on an athlete’s desired pathway and commitment to figure skating. The Skate
Canada STAR 1-5 program is the basis for technical skill building at this early stage of development and
focuses on consistent training on and off the ice.
Athletes in the Learn to Compete stage of the LTAD are introduced to more complex figure skating skills
while foundational elements are synthesized. Consistent training both on and off the ice continues during this
stage, and athletes are exposed to further performance and competitive experiences. At this stage, program
choreography is tailor-made for each athlete to optimize performance.
The Train to Compete stage of the LTAD sees athletes progressing to high-level national and international
level competitions. Athletes at this stage have an exclusive commitment to figure skating and also require
program choreography that is tailor-made for each individual in order to optimize performance.