Updates from Skate Canada & BC/YK Section 

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