Program Assistant (PA) hours is a mandatory program for all skaters registered in StarSkate sessions. The PA season to complete your hours is September - March.
Program Assistants (PAs) help our younger skaters learn to skate in our CanSkate and KinderCan programs. They help the professional coaches on the ice, and are very valuable as their energy, enthusiasm, and excellent skating skills help our new skaters enjoy our sport.
If you are registered for:
- 1 StarSkate session you must complete 6 hours of PA for the season
- 2 StarSkate sessions you must complete 12 hours of PA for the season
- 3 or more StarSkate sessions you must complete 18 hours of PA for the season
- If you register for additional sessions prior to December 31, then your required mandatory hours will be adjusted accordingly
Blue PA - Intermediate A (Star 4) - skaters under the age of 12 years and/or a first year PA
Yellow PA - Senior B to Elite (Star 6 and up) - skaters 12 years and older and with previous PA experience
Program Assistant Schedule
PA session assignments are scheduled through our online PA system. This allows us to plan and track PA attendance for our skaters. No personal details are associated with this system. The PA Administrator will send an email to all skaters on a monthly basis requesting that they submit their availability. You will be advised of the submission period to enter your availability and it will be the skater's responsibility to ensure it is entered during this period. Once that period passes, the calendar will be closed and no changes will be allowed.
The schedule will be entered approximately 2 weeks before the beginning of the month. The calendar will be emailed to all skaters, posted on the board at the arena, and available to be viewed in the PA system.
Each skater is responsible to complete the hours once scheduled. If you are unable to attend, you are required to find a replacement. It is the skater's responsibility to email the PA administrator at email@example.com to advise of switches.
Note: If you miss a scheduled session without a replacement, you will receive a warning letter and a $20 fee will apply. If you miss 2 scheduled sessions without a replacement, the Opt-out fee will apply.
When making switches, the following applies:
- Yellow PA can replace a Yellow or Blue PA
- Blue PA can only replace a Blue PA
Directions on how to enter your availability, as well as see the schedule are on the Admin/PA Schedule.