Updates from Skate Canada & BC/YK Section 

Skate Canada BC/YK Section COVID-19 Updated Guidelines-June 18, 2021

 

Hello BC/YK Section Clubs & Coaches,

 

We are pleased to inform you that the Step 2 Return to Sport Guidelines from viaSport have been released. The updated BC/YK Section Return to Skating and Canskate Guidelines have been posted on www.skatinginbc.com. Please take a close look at all the detail in the documents posted on the BC/YK Section COVID-19 page.

 

Below are some highlights in the updated Return to Skating Guidelines:

  •  Numbers during Step 2 will be limited to the following: no more than 24 people, including coaches, for all programs other than Canskate, allowed on or near the ice at any one time.

  • For the Canskate Program, no more than 30 people, including coaches, allowed on or near the ice at any one time.

  • Pairs and Ice Dance skaters may begin to skate together.

  • Synchronized Skating Teams may begin to practice with contact.

  • Adult skaters 22 years of age and older may resume skating with no more than 24 people, including coaches, for all programs other than Canskate, allowed on or near the ice at any one time.

  • No spectators may be present for any skating activity.

  • When not on the ice all participants(skaters, coaches and volunteers) must remain 2 metres apart at all times.

  • Masks must be worn by all skaters, coaches and volunteers when not on the ice, including inside dressing rooms.

  • Masks must be worn by coaches who teach the Canskate Program.

  • Participants are free to travel around the Province of BC. Out of Province Travel (in or out) is not permitted at this time.

 

Indoor Off Ice Classes

  • Indoor off ice classes can happen at this time. Clubs/Skating Schools that wish to offer in person off ice classes must do the following:

  • All clubs and skating schools must follow the Indoor Exercise Requirements for any off ice activities.

  • All participants must wear a mask while participating in indoor off ice classes.

  • Each off ice room/space must have at least 7 square metres of unencumbered useable floor space per participant/staff who will be in the space for off ice.

  • Off ice has a maximum occupancy of 25 people per workout room/space.

 

Clubs and Skating Schools must now update their guidelines and communicate the updated guidelines to participants. Clubs and Skating Schools are still required to collect participant waivers, conduct daily health screenings and keep track of participant attendance with contact information.

 

It is anticipated that the Province of BC will move to Step 3 in the Provincial Restart Plan on or around July 1, 2021. Once viaSport has updated the Step 3 Return to Sport Guidelines, we will follow the same process and update our guidelines as we did with Step 2.

 

We thank everyone for their patience during these times as we start to get back to normal.

 

If you have any questions please contact bcyksection@skatinginbc.com

 

Skate Canada BC/YK Section COVID-19 Update - June 16, 2021

 

Hello BC/YK Section Clubs & Coaches,

 

On Monday June 14, the Province of BC announced that we will be moving to Step 2 of the Provincial Reopening Plan.

 

This is exciting news for everyone and we are looking forward to getting back to normal. However, until viaSport has updated their guidelines on Step 2 for sport, it is asked that all sports remain status quo.

 

The Skate Canada BC/YK Section Guidelines will be updated once the viaSport Guidelines have been updated. All clubs and skating schools will be required to update their guidelines once the Skate Canada BC/YK Section Guidelines have been updated.

 

We are hopeful these guidelines will be released by the end of the week.

 

As a reminder the following guidelines are still in place until the new/updated BC/YK Section guidelines have been circulated.

 

  • Adult Skating: participants 22 years of age and older can only participate in Figure Skating activities in groups of 2 people. Sessions can only have a maximum of 1 participant and 1 coach on the ice at all times until further notice. This includes any Adult Canskate, Adult Freeskate, Adult CanPower, Adult Ice Dance and Adult Synchro.

  • Spectators: No spectators in attendance. This includes the Canskate program.

  • Contact: Synchro Teams may not practice with contact. Synchro Teams may continue to practice but with no contact until the new guidelines have been circulated.

  • Participants & Coaches must physically distance(3 metres/9 feet) from each other the entire time while participating in activities.

  • No Dance partnering/Pair Skating except for Novice, Junior and Senior Competitive Ice Dance/Pair Teams.

  • No Monitoring/Simulation sessions with an official in attendance in person. Simulations may occur at clubs with no official present.

  • Capacity: limits remain at 30 participants on or near the ice for the Canskate program and 18 participants on or near the ice for all other programs except Canskate.

  • Masks: must be worn by coaches to teach Canskate and all other participants when not on the ice.

  • Travel: Participants are free to travel around the Province of BC. Out of Province Travel (in or out) is not permitted at this time.

 

Indoor Off Ice Classes

  • Indoor off ice classes can happen at this time. Clubs/Skating Schools that wish to offer in person off ice classes must do the following:

  • All clubs and skating schools must follow the Indoor Exercise Requirements for any off ice activities.

  • All participants must wear a mask while participating in indoor off ice classes.

  • Each off ice room/space must have at least 7 square metres of unencumbered useable floor space per participant/staff who will be in the space for off ice.

  • Off ice has a maximum occupancy of 25 people per workout room/space.

 

We thank everyone for their patience during these times as we start to get back to normal.

 

If you have any questions please contact bcyksection@skatinginbc.com

JDFSC MEMBERS,

AS A RESULT OF THE SKATE CANADA BC/YK SECTION TOWN HALL THAT WAS HELD ONLINE THURSDAY JAN. 21, 2021 PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS THAT WERE CLARIFIED DURING THIS SESSION.

  • CURRENT PROVINCIAL HEALTH ORDER IS IN PLACE UNTIL FEB. 5, 2021.  AFTER THIS DATE THE SECTION WILL POST UPDATES BASED ON VIASPORT GUIDELINES.

 

  • PARTICIPANTS (SKATERS) ARE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE SKATING IN THEIR OWN HOME CLUB ONLY.  DO NOT ATTEND SESSIONS AT ANY OTHER SKATE CANADA CLUB!

 

  • PARTICIPANTS AGE 22 AND OLDER CAN ONLY HAVE 1 SKATER AND 1 COACH ON A SKATE CANADA CLUB SESSION.  THESE SKATERS ARE NOT PROHIBITED FROM ATTENDING PUBLIC SKATING SESSIONS AS THESE ARE CONSIDERED DIFFERENT THAN A SPORT.

 

  • NO SPECTATORS ALLOWED IN THE FACILITIES AND IF CAUGHT THERE WILL BE FINES!

 

  • BUY ON SESSIONS CAN HAPPEN IF THEY PRE-REGISTER AND ARE PUT ON THE SESSION RECORD LIST IN ADVANCE.  SKATERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO JUST SHOW UP FOR A BUY ON/DROP IN!

 

  • ANY MEMBER WITH COVID TEST POSITIVE MUST BE CLEARED BY A DOCTOR OR PROVINCIAL HEALTH AND THE CLUB REQUIRES THIS COPY.

 

  • BEST TO HAVE THE SAME AMBASSADORS (HEALTH CHECK VOLUNTEERS) FOR THE SAME GROUP AS THIS IS SAFER.

 

  • SIMULATIONS ARE ALLOWED BUT NO OFFICIALS OR SPECTATORS ARE ALLOWED.

 

  • DAILY HEALTH CHECK QUESTIONS/SYMPTOMS REMAINS THE SAME AS BEFORE AS SET BY VIASPORT FOR SKATE CANADA CLUBS.

 

  • PHO NOW STATES 3 METRES APART AND CONTINUED USE OF MASKS IN FACILITY. (SKATERS MAY REMOVE THEM WHEN ON THE ICE TRAINING) THERE ARE CHECKS BEING DONE AT ESTABLISHMENTS AND FACILITIES TO ENSURE ALL ARE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES. 

 

  • WE ARE FORTUNATE TO STILL BE ABLE TO BE ON THE ICE AS ARENAS IN MANY PROVINCES ARE CLOSED!  LET’S DO OUR PART TO STAY SAFE SO THAT OUR SKATERS CAN BE ON THE ICE.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND CO-OPERATION DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES!

2021 BC/ YK Section Competition Update

Updated as of January 12, 2021 at 4:30 PM

 

In the most recent document from viaSport:

*Travel to home club: Individuals are permitted to travel to their home club for the purpose of sport, while following all restrictions in the current public health order.

* Home club is defined as the sport organization, club or facility at which a person is registered for ongoing sport programming.

* Individuals should not carpool with other participants who are not in their household.

Hello Everyone,

 

On January 7, the Provincial Health Officer announced the extension of the current Provincial Health Order until February 5th, 2021.

 

The current Provincial Health Order states:

 

"Travel to, from and between communities for athletic activities like games, competitions, training and practice is prohibited."

 

As the travel restriction for sport is in place until February 5th, 2021 we are announcing the following changes to the Competitions planned for January and February, 2021.

 

 

  • 2021 WinterSkate & BC Coast Regional Event (in person event) - January 28-31, 2021 in Burnaby, BCThis event will be rescheduled as it cannot proceed in person at this time.

 

  • 2021 BC/YK Section Skate Canada Cup Qualifier Competition - (in person event) - January 27-28, 2021 in Burnaby, BCThis event is cancelled.

 

  • 2021 BC/YK Section West Coast Challenge Adult & Synchronized Skating Competition - (in person event) - February 13, 2021 - This event is cancelled.

 

  • 2021 Kootenay Regional Event (virtual event) - February 19-21, 2021-This event will proceed as scheduled.

 

  • 2021 Vancouver Island Regional Event (in person event) - February 26-28, 2021 in Victoria, BC This event will be rescheduled as it cannot proceed in person at this time.

 

  • 2021 CNC Regional Event (virtual event) - March 12-14, 2021 This event will proceed as scheduled.

 

The Okanagan, BC Coast, and Vancouver Island Regional Events will be rescheduled with the new dates determined and announced after February 5, 2021, once we know the status of the current Provincial Health Order.

 

The Kootenay & CNC Region Virtual Events will proceed as scheduled. More information, including registration and virtual video submission information, regarding these events will be sent out soon.

 

Refunds will be issued for any skater who has registered for the Okanagan and BC Coast Region Events. This refunds will be processed right away and could take up to 4 weeks to be completed.

 

Also, Skate Canada announced the cancellation of the 2021 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships and the 2021 Skate Canada Cup Event. Due to the cancellation of the 2021 Skate Canada Cup the January BC/YK Section Skate Canada Cup Qualifier Competition will not take place.

 

We thank everyone for their patience as we navigate these unusual times.

 

Any questions regarding the Competitions can be directed to bcyksection@skatinginbc.com

 

BC/YK Section COVID Canskate Program Reminders

Updated as of January 1st, 2021 at 4:30 PM

 

Hello Everyone,

 

We are getting many inquires regarding the Canskate Program. With the recent restrictions that have been announced and clubs preparing for Winter sessions, we wanted to remind everyone of the guidelines specific to the Canskate program in the BC/YK Section.

 

No spectators in attendance. This includes the Canskate program.

As per the new Provincial order announced by the BC Government, No spectators are allowed at any sport activities under the order. Spectators are only permitted if they are providing first aid or medical care. Helping with equipment or clothing is not considered medical care.

 

The recommendation for clubs running Canskate, is that parents would drop off the skaters with skates and helmets on at the entrance to the facility. Coaches and/or volunteers would take the skaters to and from the ice. Parents should be nearby with a cell phone in case of an emergency. Alternatively, clubs/skating schools may also decide to suspend Canskate programming until spectators are allowed back into facilities.

 

We understand that not allowing spectators provides many challenges in running a Canskate program. We asked for clarification on the no spectators in attendance and the response we received was unfortunately during this time no spectators(parents) are allowed at any sport activities. This is for participants of any age. If a skater is not able to participate without a parent in attendance then unfortunately, they may not be able to participate at this time.

 

Pre-CanSkate and/or Stage 1 may not be offered at this time.

Reminder that no Pre-Canskate or Stage 1 classes may be offered at this time. Skaters must be working on Stage 2 and able to skate and get up on their own without assistance. This also includes Parent and Tot sessions, these sessions should not be running at this time.

 

Nametags

Name Tags are to sanitized before placing on Name Tag table before each session OR ask skaters to keep Name Tags (possibly return at end of current season).

 

Name Tags are to be clipped to a skater's clothing. Name Tags cannot be a sticker stuck onto a helmet as per the Skate Canada Helmet Policy.

 

All coaches and program assistants must wear a non-medical mask and gloves at all times. 

All coaches and program assistants must wear a non-medical masks and gloves at all times while teaching the Canskate Program, on and off the ice.

 

As masks are now mandatory, by the BC Government, inside public spaces. However it is not mandatory for skaters to wear a mask during the on ice portion of the Canskate session. Wearing a mask during the on ice portion of the Canskate session is optional and only if the skater is able to take off their mask on their own and do not require help from coaches or volunteers.

 

Please note that these restrictions may change at anytime.

 

We appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation during these times and only hope that we are able to get back to normal operations soon.

 

If you have any questions please contact bcyksection@skatinginbc.com

 

BC/YK Section COVID Update December 28, 2020

Hello Everyone,

 

Today, viaSport announced updates that have been made to the restrictions announced in the written Provincial Health Order on Gatherings and Events. These updates apply to all sport activities in B.C. 

 

Unfortunately, the following Figure Skating activities at clubs/skating schools/arenas in the Province of BC are suspended, until further notice:

 

  • Updated-“Adult team sport” revised to “group sport”: Group sport is defined as sporting activities involving more than one person and includes training and practice for an individual or a team sport, but does not include sport for children or youth. Group sport (i.e. sport for those 22 years of age or older) is only permitted in groups of up to two people. All participants must maintain a distance of three metres from one another while participating in the sport activity. This means that any participants 22 years of age and older can only participate in Figure Skating activities in groups of 2 people. Sessions can only have a maximum of 1 participant and 1 coach on the ice at all times until further notice. This includes any Adult Canskate, Adult Freeskate, Adult CanPower, Adult Ice Dance and Adult Synchro.

  • Updated-Travel to home club: Individuals are permitted to travel to their home club for the purpose of sport. Home club is defined as the sport organization, club, or facility at which a person is registered for ongoing sport programming. Individuals should not carpool with other participants. This means skaters are permitted to travel to and from their home club for training and may not participate in activities in other clubs at this time.

  • No spectators in attendance. This includes the Canskate program.

  • Dance partnering/Pair Skating except for Novice, Junior and Senior Competitive Ice Dance/Pair Teams.

  • Monitoring/Simulation sessions with an official in attendance. Simulations may occur at clubs with no official present.

  • All in person, indoor off ice classes at clubs/skating schools/arenas in the Province of BC are suspended until further notice. Outdoor off ice classes may happen as long as all participants are practicing physical distancing. Virtual/online off ice classes may still happen at this time. Virtual/Online training will be covered by Skate Canada insurance until August 31, 2021 as per the following terms and conditions.

 

Please note that this may change at anytime.

 

Currently the Provincial Health Order is in effect until January 8, 2021. As soon as we know the status of the current order we will send out a communication to all clubs and coaches.

 

Masks are to be worn in all public places except for while on the ice. They are to be worn in all other spaces in the facility. Masks are to be removed when stepping on the ice and immediately put back on when stepping off the ice. "Guards off, Mask off. Mask On, Guards on."

 

The recommendation for clubs running Canskate, is that parents would drop off the skaters with skates and helmets on at the entrance to the facility. Coaches and/or volunteers would take the skaters to and from the ice. Parents should be nearby with a cell phone in case of an emergency. Alternatively, clubs/skating schools may also decide to suspend Canskate programming until spectators are allowed back into facilities.

 

We understand that not allowing spectators provides many challenges in running a Canskate program. We asked for clarification on the no spectators in attendance and the response we received was that during this time no spectators(parents) are allowed at any sport activities. This is for participants of any age. If a skater is not able to participate without a parent in attendance then unfortunately, they may not be able to participate at this time. Clubs and facilities allowing spectators run the potential of being fined by bylaw officers.

 

If you have any questions please contact bcyksection@skatinginbc.com

 

 

2021 BC/YK Section Regional Event Announcement

Updated as of December 12, 2020

 

Hello Everyone,

 

Over the past few months, the BC/YK Section has been working with the 5 Regions to plan event opportunities for STARSkaters in the BC/YK Section.

 

We are proud to announce, in partnership with the 5 Regions, the following Regional Events planned for January & February, 2021 in the BC/YK Section.

 

 

  • 2021 WinterSkate & BC Coast Regional Event (in person event) - January 28-31, 2021 in Burnaby BC

 

  • 2021 Kootenay Regional Event (virtual event)-February 19-21, 2021

 

  • 2021 Vancouver Island Regional Event (in person event) - February 26-28, 2021 in Victoria, BC

 

  • 2021 CNC Regional Event (virtual event) - March 12-14, 2021

 

Skaters are only eligible to enter the event in their home region. Please watch the BC/YK Section website for registration information.

 

All events will have virtual officiating.

 

More information will be communicated regarding the virtual video submission process.

 

Any questions regarding the Regional Events can be directed to bcyksection@skatinginbc.com

 

BC/YK Section COVID Update December 2, 2020

Updated on Dec. 3, 2020 at 3:20 PM

 

Hello Everyone,

 

Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC's Provincial Health Officer announced new COVID-19 Provincial Health Orders for the Province of BC.

 

Unfortunately, the following Figure Skating activities at clubs/skating schools/arenas in the Province of BC are suspended, until further notice:

 

  • No spectators in attendance. This includes the Canskate program.

  • Adult Team Skating(participants 19 years & older), including Synchro Skating. No Adult Synchro Skating sessions, including skill development, may take place at this time. No Synchro Team may allow anyone 19 years & older to participate at this time. However, individual adult skating (freeskate) sessions may continue at this point. Note: All other Synchro Teams(under 19 years of age) may continue to practice(skill development) but with no contact until further notice. Participants must practice physical distancing(6 feet/2 metres) while on the ice.

  • Dance partnering/Pair Skating except for Novice, Junior and Senior Competitive Ice Dance/Pair Teams.

  • Monitoring/Simulation sessions with an official in attendance. Simulations may occur at clubs with no official present.

  • All in person, indoor off ice classes at clubs/skating schools/arenas in the Province of BC are suspended until further notice. Outdoor off ice classes may happen as long as all participants are practicing physical distancing. Virtual/online off ice classes may still happen at this time. Virtual/Online training will be covered by Skate Canada insurance until August 31, 2021 as per the following terms and conditions.

 

Please note that this may change at anytime.

 

Masks are to be worn in all public places except for while on the ice. They are to be worn in all other spaces in the facility. Masks are to be removed when stepping on the ice and immediately put back on when stepping off the ice."Guards off, Mask off. Mask On, Guards on."

 

The recommendation for clubs running Canskate, is that parents would drop off the skaters with skates and helmets on at the entrance to the facility. Coaches and/or volunteers would take the skaters to and from the ice. Parents should be nearby with a cell phone in case of an emergency. Alternatively, clubs/skating schools may also decide to suspend Canskate programming until spectators are allowed back into facilities.

 

We understand that not allowing spectators provides many challenges in running a Canskate program. We asked for clarification on the no spectators in attendance and the response we received was that during this time no spectators(parents) are allowed at any sport activities. This is for participants of any age. If a skater is not able to participate without a parent in attendance then unfortunately, they may not be able to participate at this time. Clubs and facilities allowing spectators run the potential of being fined by bylaw officers.

 

The BC/YK Sectional Event scheduled for December 10-13, 2020 at Scotiabarn in Burnaby, is scheduled to proceed.

 

If you have any questions please contact bcyksection@skatinginbc.com

 

 

BC/YK Section COVID Update November 24, 2020

Updated as of November 25, 2020 at 11:45 AM

 

Hello Everyone,

 

Today, Tuesday November 24, the BC Government announced the following new COVID-19 restrictions for sport in the Province of BC.

 

The new restrictions state the following:

 

​Venues that organize or operate other types of indoor group physical activities must suspend them temporarily while new guidance is being developed. These include:

  • Gymnastics

  • Dance studios

  • Martial arts

  • Yoga

  • Pilates

  • Strength and conditioning

  • Cheerleading

 

Due to these new restrictions, all in person off ice classes at clubs/skating schools/arenas in the Province of BC are suspended until further notice.

 

Virtual/online off ice classes may still happen at this time. Virtual/Online training will be covered by Skate Canada insurance until August 31, 2021  as per the following terms and conditions.

 

Please note that this may change at anytime.

 

Once we have received information and guidance as to when in person off ice classes may resume, we will send out a communication to everyone with the information.

 

If you have any questions please contact bcyksection@skatinginbc.com

 

 

BC/YK Section Covid-19 Update

Updated as of November 13, 2020 at 1:30 PM

 

Hello Everyone,

 

We have received further clarification regarding the Provincial Health Orders that Dr. Bonnie Henry announced on Saturday November 7, 2020.

 

The Provincial Health Orders state the following:

 

No person or municipality may provide or host and no person may participate in an indoor sport unless the sport involves no physical contact between the participants.

 

No person may travel to or from the affected area or between the regions of the Fraser Health Authority and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority for any sport related activity, including practice, training, games or tournaments.

 

 

As most Figure Skating activities can take place with participants physically distancing, all Figure Skating activities except for the below may continue as normal.



The following Figure Skating activities at clubs/skating schools/arenas in the Fraser Health & Vancouver Coastal Health Authorities are suspended at this time:

 

  • Synchro Teams practicing with contact. Synchro Teams may continue to practice but with no contact until further notice.

  • Dance partnering/Pair Skating except for Novice, Junior and Senior Competitive Ice Dance/Pair Teams.

  • Monitoring/Simulation sessions with an official in attendance. Simulations may occur at clubs with no official present.

 

Please note that this may change at anytime.

 

It is imperative that clubs and coaches ensure all other Figure Skating activities are taking place with all participants physically distancing. If the club and/or facility is concerned that the program cannot occur properly with participants physically distancing, it is up to the club and/or facility to decide if these programs should continue at this time.This continues to be critical for our clubs to continue to operate.

 

As of the now, the 2021 BC/YK Sectional Championships, December 10-13, 2020 at Scotia Barn in Burnaby, BC will go ahead as scheduled. If this changes we will send out a communication with further details.

 

If you have any questions please contact bcyksection@skatinginbc.com

 

 

BC/YK Section Updated Return to Play for Figure Skating Guidelines

Updated as of September 16, 2020 at 11:00 AM

 

Hello Everyone,

 

We are pleased to inform you that the updated BC/YK Section Return to Play for Figure Skating Guidelines have been posted on the BC/YK Section COVID-19 page. The updated guidelines include information from viaSport's Phase 3 Return to Sport.

 

Changes in the BC/YK Section Return to Play for Figure Skating Guidelines include the following:

  • Pairs and Ice Dance skaters may begin to skate together as long as you are always skating with the same partner.

  • Synchronized Skating Teams may begin to practice with contact as long as they form a cohort. Information on Cohorts can be found on page 23 of the viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines.

  • STAR 1-5 Coach Assessments may resume. Coaches are to maintain physical distancing while assessing skaters.

  • In person assessment (test) days for STAR 6-Gold and simulations with officials should not be happening at this time. More information on when and how these activities can resume will be sent out shortly.

 

We encourage everyone to read through the entire updated document so you are aware of all changes.

 

Also, as fall skating is beginning in many rinks across the Section we would like to remind all clubs and skating schools that the BC/YK Section Return to Skating Waiver needs to be completed by all participants that the club/skating school registers with Skate Canada. This includes all skaters(including Canskate and Canpower), coaches, board members, officials and volunteers. If the participant has already completed the BC/YK Section Return to Skating Waiver between June and September 2020, there is no need to complete another waiver now. It is the responsibility of the club/skating school to ensure the waivers are completed, collected and stored appropriately. Failing to do so may increase possible liability. Completed waivers should be kept for one year.

 

If you have any questions regarding the updated BC/YK Section Return to Play for Figure Skating Guidelines or the BC/YK Section Return to Skating Waiver please email bcyksection@skatinginbc.com

 

BC/YK Section 2020/2021 Season Competition & Assessment Update

Updated as of August 2020

Hello Everyone,  

 

As we look ahead to the 2020-2021 season, we wanted to provide you with an update on the BC/YK Section competitions for this season. 

 

There are several factors to consider when determining the possibility of a competition. These include:

  • Current government restrictions (i.e. gathering size, physical distancing etc.)

  • Our ability to follow all protocol requirements set out by public health, the municipality and the facility

  • The comfort of volunteers running a competition at this time

  • Skater preparation given possible adjusted training timelines this season

 

With all these factors to consider, we have the following announcements to make regarding Skate Canada BC/YK Section tentative competition schedule for this season:

  • All Regional competitions that were to be held in November and December 2020 are cancelled.

    •  This includes the following events:

      • Vancouver Island Interclub Competition-November 20-22, 2020

      • Jingle Blades-November 20-22, 2020

      • Okanagan Interclub-November 27-29, 2020

      • West Kootenay Invitational-December 4-6, 2020

      • Kla How Ya-December 4-6, 2020

  • Our hope is that each Region will have one competition in either January or February if allowed by the Provincial and Local Health Authorities. More information will come in the fall regarding these events.

  • It is our plan to run Autumn Leaves and the BC/YK Sectional Championships. These competitions will be for the competitive(Pre-Juvenile-Senior) categories only and will be held either in person or virtually. This is dependent on anticipated approval by Provincial and Local Health Authorities. It is our plan for STARSkate Competitions to commence in January. More information to come on these events. 

  • We are still working on a plan for Synchro Competitions and this communication will be distributed when more information on how Synchro Competitions can run is available.

 

We are awaiting the launch of Phase 3 for Sports from viaSport. We are anticipating Phase 3 will have information that will allow for assessments to resume in September. Once Phase 3 has been release we will update our Return to Figure Skating Guideline to include how and when these assessments and competitions may resume.

 

We appreciate everyone's patience during these times as we work to getting skating resumed in the BC/YK Section. If you have any questions please send them to bcyksection@skatinginbc.com

BC/YK Section COVID-19 Canskate Guidelines

Updated as of July 29, 2020 at 5:30 PM

Hello Everyone, 

 

We are pleased to inform you that the BC/YK Section COVID-19 Canskate Guidelines have been released. The BC/YK Section COVID-19 Canskate Guidelines outline how skating clubs and skating schools may begin to offer Canskate programming on or after Tuesday September 8. 

 

Skate Canada BC/YK Section Skating Clubs/Schools can begin the planning process now, including discussions with facilities, and participant registration to offer programming in September. All programming must meet the guidelines outlined in this document and by the facility. Please review all the details in the document and work with your facility for a unified approach to bring Canskate back to your rink.

 

Junior Academy type programming may also resume on, or after Tuesday, September 8. Junior Academy type programming should follow the guidelines set out in the Skate Canada BC/YK Section Return to Play for Figure Skating Guidelines.

 

Below are a few important highlights from the Skate Canada BC/YK Section COVID-19 Canskate Guidelines:

  • All participants must complete the BC/YK Section Skating Waiver prior to participation.

  •  Numbers of participants (skaters, coaches, program assistants, volunteers, etc) must not exceed 30 on or near the ice for Canskate programming. Total number of people in the arena (skaters, coaches, program assistants, volunteers and spectators etc) must not exceed 50 people. Facilities may also have their own limit on the number of participants so please check with the facility during the planning phase. 

  • Ensure there is enough time for sanitizing and cleaning in between sessions. This most likely means back to back Canskate sessions cannot be offered.

  • Pre-CanSkate and/or Stage 1 may not be offered at this time.

  • All coaches and program assistants must wear a non-medical mask and gloves at all times. Gloves and masks should be changed in between sessions. 

  • Clubs must provide masks and gloves to coaches and program assistants.

Also, we are pleased to host another Town Hall meeting that will be live streamed on the www.skatinginbc.com website.The Town Hall meeting will be held Thursday August 6 at 7:00pm. We will review the BC/YK Section COVID-19 Canskate Guidelines, and answer your questions. Details regarding the Town Hall meeting will be sent out closer to the date. Please send any questions you would like answered on the Town Hall to bcyksection@skatinginbc.com  by Wednesday August 5.


We are excited about this next step in the return to skating process and look forward to working with clubs and skating schools to ensure a safe & fun return to the ice.

BC/YK Section Return to Skating Update Q&A

Updated as of July 13, 2020 at 10:30 PM

 

Hello Everyone, 

 

We have received answers for two popular COVID-19 questions that many clubs and coaches have been asking.

 

Q: If an athlete has a parent who is front line worker and exposed to people with COVID-19 while at work does that mean the athlete cannot participate in activities?

A: Front line health care workers follow strict protocols and are required to wear PPE. Unless the parent develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 then the child is still permitted to participate in activities outside the home.

 

Q: If a parent is a pilot or flight attendant that works international flights, should their children have to quarantine every time the parent returns home?

A: No. The parent and child should monitor themselves for symptoms, but if no one is showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 the child may continue to participate.

 

BC/YK Section Canskate Programming Update

 

We have received many inquires regarding when Canskate and Junior Academy type programs may resume.

 

We are in the process finalizing a plan for Section clubs to use for Canskate and Junior Academy type programs to hopefully resume in September.

 

We are hoping to have a communication out to clubs within the next two weeks once we have received feedback from government and health officials.

 

If you have any questions please email bcyksection@skatinginbc.com

2020 Belairdirect BC/YK SummerSkate Super Series Competition Cancellation

Updated July 1, 2020 at 9:50 AM

 

Given the existing and fluid state of COVID-19, Skate Canada BC/YK Section has made the decision to officially cancel the 2020 Belairdirect BC/YK SummerSkate Super Series Competition- scheduled for August 13-16, 2020 in Burnaby, BC. 

 

This decision has been made in conversation with coaches and taking into account the timelines of skaters returning to the ice. We understand this break has been long and difficult for skaters and we are committed to ensuring the safe return to skating.  

 

As of now, the planning for the 2020 Belairdirect BC/YK Section Autumn Leaves Super Series and the 2021 Belairdirect Skate Canada BC/YK Sectionals Super Series will continue as scheduled. Should these plans change we will send a communication with additional details.

 

We will continue to work to provide our skaters and coaches with performance opportunities as we adjust to these unusual times.

BC/YK Section Return to Play for Figure Skating Guidelines

Updated June 2, 2020 at 11:20 AM

 

Hello Everyone, 

 

We are pleased to inform you that the Return to Sport Guidelines from viaSport have been released allowing Figure Skating to resume in BC. The BC/YK Section Return to Play for Figure Skating Guidelines have also been approved by the BC/YK Section Board of Directors, which provides the detail by which clubs can return to the rinks should their local facility be open. Please take a close look at all the detail in the documents posted on the BC/YK Section COVID-19 page and work with your facility for a unified approach to return to the rink.

 

Appendix B, the Skate Canada Waiver, is a very important document and is currently going through a preparation procedure and should be available soon. All skaters, parents, coaches, and volunteers must give written consent by signing and submitting the official Skate Canada waiver prior to any participation.

 

Also, we are pleased to host a Town Hall meeting that will be live streamed on the www.skatinginbc.com website.The Town Hall meeting will be held this Wednesday June 3 at 7:00pm. We will review the plan, and answer your questions. Details regarding the Town Hall meeting will be sent out tomorrow. Please send any questions you would like answered on the Town Hall to bcyksection@skatinginbc.com 


As we begin to return to the ice please understand that there will be  challenges to overcome but if we remain diligent and committed we will do it together.

COVID-19 Figure Skating Return to Play Planning

Updated May 15, 2020 at 9:30 AM

 

Dear Clubs and Coaches,

 

As we await approval from the BC Provincial Government to resume Figure Skating, we would like to provide you with some key points from our proposed "Return To Play" Figure Skating Plan so that your club and/or facility can start thinking and planning on how figure skating may return to your rink.

 

Reminder that the Sport Figure Skating is not authorized to operate at this time. That means clubs and Skate Canada programs are not allowed to operate until the BC Ministry of Health has given us and the sport sector authorization to do so. We are anxiously waiting for authorization from the BC Ministry of Health. Until we receive such authorization please consider the following items for your plans with your facilities.

  • The activity must always comply with the physical distancing, cleaning and sanitizing measures, and recommendations issued by federal, provincial and municipal government authorities, including the arrival, time spent on site and departure of skaters.
     

  • Limit programming to only STARSkate (recreational competitive stream), Competitive and Adult Level Skaters. Canskate and Junior Academy Type Programming should not be taking place at this time.
     

  • Limit your activities to practice and private lessons or lessons with small groups. If lessons with small groups occur, social distancing measures must be followed.
     

  • No more than 10 people(including skaters & coaches) may be on ice or in rink at anytime.
     

  • Skaters, coaches and program staff may not participate if they:

    • Exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms, such as a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by health experts.

    • Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

    • Are considered vulnerable or at risk (elderly individuals, immunosuppressed persons, individuals suffering from serious health problems, notably high blood pressure, pulmonary diseases, diabetes, obesity and asthma).
       

  • Skaters, coaches and program staff will have a daily verbal screening for symptoms upon arrival at the building and before participation. This could be executed by an adult supervisor, who will also make sure that social distancing guidelines and traffic flow are being followed.
     

  • Dressing rooms should not be used. Skaters and coaches should put skates on in an open area marked for social distancing. 
     

  • Parents should not be in the building and should drop off and pick up skaters at designated times.
     

  • Have only 1 person operating the music equipment, video, harness or any other teaching aids. Make sure to clean and sanitize any equipment immediately after use.
     

  • Used facial tissue and/or kleenex must go directly into the garbage can after use. No used tissues allowed on the rink boards.
     

  • Keep a record of all skaters and coaches on each session, so that you can contact them if needed, for example, if an infected person used your facility.

 

As these highlights are from the draft "Return To Play" Figure Skating Plan, they are subject to change until we have received approval. 

 

A final "Return To Play" Figure Skating Plan Document will be distributed once we have received approval from BC Ministry of Health.

 

If you have any question regarding the "Return To Play" Figure Skating Plan please contact bcyksection@skatinginbc.com

Important Announcement/ Clarification - Facility and Figure Skating Operation

Updated May 14, 2020 at 2:00 PM

 

Dear Clubs, Coaches and Skaters,

 

It has been brought to our attention that a letter of opening from Skate Canada BC/YK began to circulate yesterday. This letter was part of the submission to ViaSport and the BC Health Ministry; it was not supposed to be distributed and we are investigating how this occurred. We would like to clarify the following:

  • The Sport Figure Skating is not authorized to operate at this time. That means clubs and Skate Canada programs are not allowed to operate until the Ministry of Health has given us and the sport sector authorization to do so. Our application is now under consideration.
     

  • Private ice facilities may, and in some cases have applied to local health authorities to open. Some facilities have been granted status to operate but under very specific guidelines. Skaters and coaches may use these private ice openings, but it must be understood they do so at their own risk and are not part of an organized Skate Canada Club or program activity.

Once Skate Canada BC/YK is approved to open operations we will notify every club and coach by an official communication by email blast, social media and website information. 

 

We apologize for the confusion and hope this information helps you to understand the situation and process we are currently engaged in.

 

Ted Barton

Executive Director

Skate Canada BC/YK

Skate Canada BC/YK - Figure Skating Return to Play Update

As of May 5, 2020 at 12:20 PM

 

Dear Coaches and Clubs,

 

Below is an update regarding Skate Canada BC/YK Section and the Return to Play for Figure Skating.

 

The Government of BC has requested that ViaSport (the Provincial Sport Organization for all sports in BC) develop a framework that supports a Return to Play Plan for all organized sports in BC.

 

Skate Canada BC/YK Section has been in communication with both ViaSport and Sport BC to start the draft of Figure Skating's Return to Play Plan. We have been in contact with Skate Canada National to ensure our plan incorporates any Skate Canada national guidelines. In addition, we have been in contact with a group of experienced coaches to get their feedback and suggestions for our Return to Play plan.

 

Once our Return to Play Plan is complete we will then submit to Viasport for their review, feedback and approval. After the document has been approved the document will then be submitted to the BC Government for final approval and implementation.

 

In the future you can expect to see timelines, guidelines and recommendations for skaters, coaches, parents, clubs and administrators.

 

Any Return to Figure Skating will depend on the following:

  • Permission granted by the local health authorities.

  • Willingness of facilities both municipal and private to open and follow the Return to Play Plan.

Please continue to watch for updates on our website and social media channels. If you have any questions please contact bcyksection@skatinginbc.com

 

A message from Skate Canada RE: COVID-19 Off Ice Programming Clarification

March 25, 2020

 

Dear Coaches and Clubs,

 

We have received many questions regarding off ice classes taking place while Skate Canada has suspended all programming.

 

Under no circumstance are any in person off ice classes permitted to take place. Any in person off ice classes will not be covered by insurance and also goes against the Skate Canada suspension of programming.

 

Online or live streamed off ice programming can take place as they follow social distancing and other guidelines emphasized by the provincial and federal governments and local public health authorities.

 

Please visit the BCYK Section COVID-19 information webpage and the Skate Canada COVID-19 information webpage for more information.

 

If you have any questions please contact the BC/YK Section Office at bcyksection@skatinginbc.com