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Pre-CanSkate Program

(for Pre-school aged children, born in 2014 or 2015)

The MSC’s Pre-CanSkate program is geared towards the younger skater with little-to-no
skating experience. This program is a wonderful beginning, usually intended for skaters
who are pre-school years of age. Skaters will learn how to skate, get up by themselves, stop, glide
and much more. All learning progressions are presented in a fun-filled format.
Coaches engage skaters in creative games, imaginative play and action songs to maximize
fun and learning. Completion of this program ensures that your skater is ready for the
CanSkate program.

Program Structure

The Pre-CanSkate program begins with a Pre-CanSkate level to prepare skaters for the Canskate
Program which consists of the development of three fundamental movements: Balance, Agility and
Control, organized in six levels of learning known as Stages 1-6.
The skills are progressively arranged from simple to complex with each level having a primary
focus. Once the skills in each fundamental movement are mastered, a ribbon is awarded. Once the
skills in each level are mastered, a badge is awarded.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact your child’s coach or the program coordinator,
Melissa Sargent via the coaches e-mail
The program has a warm up period at the beginning of the session and a cool down at the end..

Clothing for Pre-CanSkate Program

Proper clothing is required for all of MSC’s programs

  • For Pre-CanSkate and CanSkate, we encourage skaters to wear a pair of warm pants and a sweater or jacket (preferably without a hood)
  • Gloves or mitts should also be worn for warmth and safety (this is usually the first body part to feel the cold). Mitts keep hands warmer for skaters.
  • Long scarves / hoods and large hats should be avoided, as they can be dangerous.
  • CSA Approved Hockey Helmets are mandatory until Stage 5 is passed, this includes parents in the Parent & Tot program who are not able to pass Stage 5. Full face masks are recommended for all learn to skate skaters.

Note: bicycle or ski helmets do not cover the full skull and the skater will not be permitted on the ice if wearing this type of helmet.