Program Assistants & Your Club
Program Assistants will want to stay involved and contribute
to a fun, results-oriented CanSkate program because it is
an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Reminder For All Clubs
1. Program Assistants (PAs) must be registered
as associate members with your club.
- Skate Canada Rule Book [Rule 1202]
states that "Any member who pays full, partial or
no membership fees to your club must be registered as
an associate or restricted member of Skate Canada each
- PAs who are former skaters, no longer skating at the
club and paying an ice cost (which usually includes the
Skate Canada membership fee), must remember to be registered
as an associate member.
- Most clubs' policy would be to pay these PAs' membership
fees since they are volunteering for your CanSkate sessions.
- If PAs are not registered members, your club's insurance
could be affected if these PAs are on the ice.
2. Training Program Assistants
- Training is an important part of running a successful
- In order to meet Skate Canada's minimum standards,
Clubs must conduct Program Assistant training. Program
Assistant training is not optional.
- Annually, meaning that all PAs
are to be trained and re-trained annually.
- Ongoing, in that it continues throughout
the skating season. This could include an orientation
session, mid-season training session, handouts and
assignments and year-end wrap up.
- The training must be conducted by a Skate Canada Professional
Coach. By doing the training in the clubs, coaches are
able to customize the sessions to benefit their club's
needs. All the training information is in the Coaches'
3. Retaining Program Assistants
- Use of circuits and stations to guard against boredom.
- Rotate group in CanSkate to allow Program Assistants
access to all skaters.
- Avoid overuse - rotate so Program Assistants do not
have to be there every day.
- Add responsibilities to older, more experienced Program
- Be sure to thank and show appreciation to Program Assistants.
- Perks, e.g.
- ice show numbers
- pizza parties
- club clothing
- skating related gifts
- recognition at year end banquet
- Program Assistant of the Year Awards
4. Communicate the Benefits of Being a Program
- PAs can give back to the club and beginning skaters
- Teaches the importance of being a volunteer
- Learn to be a role model
- Provides coaching experience
- Provides community or volunteer hours for school
- Provides volunteer experience for their resume
5. Are you recognizing your PAs?
- You and your club may recognize the hard work, commitment,
and efforts that your PAs have contributed to the successful
delivery of your CanSkate program.
- The club may provide a gift of appreciation to your
Program Assistants. This gift is at the discretion of
the Club executive and can only be used for expenses incurred
within the club, such as ice time, club dues, club clothing,
competition entry fees. The gift cannot be exchanged for
cash value at any time. The total value of such a gift
shall not be greater than $50 per 10 hours volunteered
($5 per hour)
- The Program Assistants Recognition
System Policy can be found in the Skate Canada Rule
Book - Organization Overview 2.4.
|For more information contact
Carol Moir, WO Skating Programs Coordinator
519-686-0431, ext. 23