Gold!!!! A MAJOR accomplishment on the life of any skater is to receive their gold pin. It indicates the highest level of achievement possible. Congratulations to Alyssa Evans on receiving her gold pin for Interpretive Singles and for Skills. Awesome work!! Presented by SJSC head coach, Kim MacVey.
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November 2014. Recently published in the AB/NUN/NWT newsletter
CanSkate Centers on Physical Literacy
What is this new buzz word ‘Physical Literacy’ and how does it relate to the new CanSkate program? Physical Literacy is about being competent and confident in a variety of activities and environments for the healthy development of the whole person.
The concept of Physical Literacy states that at the FUNdamental stage of the LTAD the focus is on developing the ABCs – Agility, Balance, Coordination and speed. The new CanSkate curriculum is organized into three fundamental areas including Agility, Balance & Control with a Fast Track to encourage speed and length of stride using the full perimeter of the ice.
Physical Literacy tool-kits are designed to enhance a child’s movement repertoire by increasing a number of skills they are competent in, as well as increasing their overall proficiency level in a fun setting, using repetition based learning as the basis of available circuit designs. The new CanSkate program includes well-structured circuits which incorporate skill progressions and repetition, offering opportunities for teaching, practice and the development of muscle memory.
The theory of Physical Literacy tells us that rhythm activities help develop fluid movement patterns, and help children perform many fundamental movement and fundamental sport skills with greater ease and efficiency. The new CanSkate program uses music and movements during full-ice warm-ups, group activities and cool-downs to challenge development by encouraging speed, balance and control in a way that is fun and interactive.
Physical Literacy says that it is important children master movement skills before learning sport skills, and fundamental sport skills before sport specific techniques. Learning fundamental sport skills before mastering the related fundamental movement skills actually reduces performance ability later. In the new CanSkate program fundamental ice sport skills are taught in stages 1-3, in stages 4-6 all skaters are exposed to a variety of sport specific skills for hockey/ringette, figure skating and speed skating.
CanSkate is listed as a quality program on www.physicalliteracy.ca for having embedded Canadian Sport for Life values and principles and is recommended for the development of physical literacy in children. Follow this link to watch a short video on Physical Literacy and its importance: http://www.physicalliteracy.ca/videos/physical-literacy-3-minutes
Whether skating for recreation or competitive sport performance physical literacy and CanSkate evoke an interest in life-long participation!