Skate ON Events – November to December: Unfortunately, due to recent announcements from the Provincial government regarding the increase of modified Stage 2 regions and the strong recommendation against travel in and out of these regions, we have made the difficult decision to change the format of the Skate ON events scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2020 in Huntsville and Baltimore. The new format will be video based. Skaters who have registered for those competitions will receive information about refunds and the new competition format from Skate Ontario by the end of October.
At this point in time, we are continuing to move ahead with the execution of the Skate ON – Stratford event, scheduled for December 11-13, 2020. We will continue to monitor the movement of regions to modified Stage 2 regions, we well as on-going travel recommendations. We will adjust the format if this scheduled event as needed.
Skate ON Events – January to March: As we look ahead to events in January to March and consider the implications of the increase of modified Stage 2 regions across the province, we continue to remain committed to offering meaningful performance opportunities. Our approach and framework accounts for the understanding that we will have to run events that look and feel different from one location to another in order to offer meaningful performance opportunities within COVID-19 restrictions.
As an organization, it is important to us to avoid limiting skaters’ access to meaningful competition experiences when they are not living in a modified Stage 2 region. It is equally important to us to offer what we can to skaters living in modified Stage 2 region.
After consultation with our stakeholders, we have decided to offer Skate ON format* events in regions that are not currently designated as a modified Stage 2 regions, but with regional travel restrictions. Athletes living in regions designated as modified Stage 2 regions will not be permitted to participate in events outside their region. This is aligned with the provincial government and public health recommendations to limit travel in and out of modified Stage 2 regions. We recognize the magnitude of this change, but we thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. More details will follow by mid-November.
The following locations will be run under the *Skate ON Events Format:
- Skate ON Lasalle – January 29-31, 2021
- Skate ON Milton – February 12-14, 2021
- Skate ON London – February 19-21, 2021
- Skate ON Thunder Bay – March 5-7, 2021
- Skate ON Adult Champs – March 26-28, 2021
*Skate ON Event Format: where skaters will perform on-site at the event venue. Officials will be located off-site and will score the event virtually. The event will be professionally filmed and recordings of each skater’s program will be uploaded and made available to assigned officials. Results will be produced by Data Specialists. Skaters will receive a ranking and a Skater Detail report card. Results will be posted online after the event is completed and communicated to the participants, within timelines to be determined. Skaters will not receive medals or scores on site. Medals will be shipped to medalists’ home club.
The health and safety of all our stakeholders is our number one priority. These events will be held in accordance with all necessary public health, facility and safety guidelines. Should there be changes with the Ontario COVID-19 situation, Skate Ontario may be required to reevaluate the holding of these events. Participants will be required to follow all Skate Ontario and facility COVID-19 protocols. As such, parts of these events will look and feel different from past Skate Ontario event seasons. All Skate ON events will require a minimum number of entries in order to be held and are subject to change.