New Canaan Winter Club
2017-18 Group Skating
Registration and Opening Information
WELCOME to the 2017-18 Season at the New Canaan Winter Club!
We are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new people.
Registration will be held September 25th – October 31st.
(A late fee of $75 will be assessed for registrations after October 31st).
NEW DAY THIS YEAR - Group Skating Opening Party on Monday, November 6th from 4:30–6:00 pm. Swing by, meet the pros, reconnect with old friends, ask questions, etc.
All registration will be done ON LINE at www.ncwinterclub.com. The Group Skating Topics section of the NCWC website (tab on top right side of home page) has all the information you need.
Please look at the Important Dates Calendar for upcoming events!
**Printer-friendly versions of some of the documents also available under the DOCUMENTS section of the website.
YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REGISTER IF THERE IS A BALANCE ON YOUR NCWC ACCOUNT!
ADDING A CLASS:
For returning members, log on to website, review Recommended Classes (under Group Skating Topics tab) and register for the class that you would like to add. For those families who are new to the Winter Club and/or unsure as to which class to enroll your child, please contact Christi Jones, our Head Pro, at email@example.com to discuss past skating experience, so we can place your child into a class. After a class choice has been made, please log onto website and register for that class. In the event that the system will not let you add a class, please contact Group Skating Registrar at
**Remember: Registration begins September 25th and ends October 31st. After October 31st, you may still add a class, but a late fee of $75 will apply.
DROPPING A CLASS:
The last day to drop out of a class to avoid full billing is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27th!
NEW THIS YEAR---If you do decide to drop a class, you must go to the NCWC website and click on the Program Withdrawal button and fill out the form. If you fail to do this by November 27th, you will be charged in full for the class!
This year we will be offering two new classes: Girls Power and Moves in the Field/Ice Dance.
---Girls Power (last year's Pre-Teen) will be Open to girls with 2008 birth year or older who wish to develop their skating as it relates to hockey: edges, acceleration, turning, change of direction, balance. This class provides girls the opportunity to have fun learning new skills in a more social environment. This class also participates in our year end show. Limited to 20 skaters.
---Moves in the Field/Ice Dance is open to Masters level skaters as a supplement to enhance edges and power. Skaters will be introduced to the United States Figure Skating (USFS) test track whereby skaters will learn a series of patterns on the ice. In Ice Dance, these patterns are skating to music. Any skater in our program who successfully passes a USFS test earns points toward Year End awards.
Skaters enrolled in all Group Skating classes will be evaluated by the Head Pro during the first full week of the season. The evaluation includes a review of skills leading up to the badge level of each individual class. Badges are the classifying system that we use to teach skating skills in a chronological order. Each badge has a curriculum of 6-10 skills that skaters are required to master before advancing to the next level. There is a possibility that skaters will be transferred based on Pro evaluations.
If a skater needs to move up or down to a different class, a transfer slip needs to be filled out by the Class Pro and submitted to the Group Skating Head Pro, Christi Jones. Once the class transfer has been approved by Class Pro, skater’s parent and Head Pro, the information will be emailed to our Registrar and Co-Chairs, so the class rosters and billing can be updated.
We we will be sending an email in January with the bill for the classes in which you or your children are enrolled and any appropriate Learn to Skate USA fees. You can pay the bill on the NCWC website using a credit card or send a check to the address provided. Fees for other events like the Competition and USFSA Testing will be billed at a later date.
The Winter Club is a member-run club that depends on member involvement! We need volunteers to help make Group Skating a success! There are opportunities for everyone – Class parents, help with bulletin board, theme weeks, Competition, etc. PLEASE contact Whitney and Elizabeth for more information and to sign up.
An annual figure skating competition between NCWC and the Greenwich Skate Club, which rotates between the two clubs. Skaters compete at their badge level. All are welcome and encouraged to participate. This year, it will be held at GSC on Saturday, February 3rd.
At the end of the season, Skaters in the Master/Advanced Figure Skating classes are offered the opportunity to test under the United States Figure Skating track in the disciplines of Ice Dance, Moves in the Field and Freestyle. We have scheduled the Test Session for Monday, February 26th.
END OF YEAR SHOWS:
Once again, we have decided to combine the two shows (Solo/Pairs and Group) into one!!! For the Solo/Pairs portion of the show, skaters can skate alone, with a partner or with multiple partners to music and routines of their own choices (with the help of Club Pros, if so desired). The Group part of the show is to help demonstrate what was learned during the year in a particular class. The routines and costumes will be choreographed and coordinated by skater’s Class Pros. This year it will be held on Sunday, March 4th.
GROUP SKATING AWARDS DINNER:
A banquet held to celebrate a great year of Group Skating at NCWC where awards are given out and a slideshow presented. Held immediately after the Group Skating Show in the NCCS cafeteria.
If the weather appears questionable (including extreme temperatures and/or wind chill), please call the clubhouse recording number at 203-966-4280.
We are looking forward to an amazing year! Please feel free to contact us with questions.
Whitney Elizabeth Christi
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