- Parent Category: General Figure Skating
Not every skater has the interest, motivation, talent, or money to be a high performing competitive skater, but that doesn't mean that they can't keep skating and enjoy themselves. There are basically three tracks: recreational, competitive and testing.
Recreational means they're going to keep taking lessons but not compete and not take national tests. Very few skaters do this. This isn't really an official category. Most kids will loose interest without something to shoot for like a competition or a test.
Competitive means that your daughter will be putting her training to the test and going to competitions to see how her skills stack up against kids of similar age and skill level. In Canada, there are kind of two levels of competitiveness. If your daughter is a high achiever and is looking to compete at the provincial and national or international level that is one thing, however, if your aspirations are to compete for fun but you're not aiming at the Olympics, she can go in STARSkate competitions. Most kids will start in the STARSkate program until they have some success and are assessed for a higher level of competition.
Testing means that your daughter performs specific skating tasks in front of of judges who determine if she is completing the tasks correctly. Testing gives her objectives to set and standards to work toward without having to go into the competitive sphere.