Q & A about being a Program Assistant
What is a Program Assistant (PA)?
PA’s are a critical part of the CanSkate delivery team. Skater’s learn best when they are active, engaged, moving, challenged, motivated and having fun. Working with CanSkate coaches, PA’s help to make this happen!
What do PA’s do?
PA’s will be trained by their CanSkate coach(es) to help with many of the following activities:
- Assisting or leading warm-ups, group activities or cool-downs
- Assisting with the set-up of circuits and stations
- Leading circuits and rotations
- Demonstrating proper execution of skating skills
- Providing assistance to skaters who may have additional needs
- Taking attendance
- Timing speed skills
- Providing general assistance to the coaches on the ice
- Providing encouragement and general feedback to skaters
Who can be a PA?
Any StarSkater involved with our club who has completed at least one year of StarSkate can sign up to be a PA.
When are PA’s needed?
At least one (preferably two) PA’s are needed for each CanSkate session (2 per week). PA’s may indicate which days of the week they are able to help with and how many sessions per month they are available. A schedule is then made that works for everyone.
Why should I sign up to be a PA?
- To give back to the community & club. Don’t forget there were great PA’s that helped you have fun while learning to skate!
- It is fun & rewarding!
How do I sign up?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what days you can help and the maximum number of days per month that you could help (if you have a max – maybe you’re willing to help every day!) A schedule will be made up and sent out, and it will be the responsibility of each PA to find a replacement or trade with another PA if they are unable to make it to their scheduled sessions. A log book is used to keep track of everyone's sessions.
There are CanSkate Leadership Training seminars run by Skate Canada – Saskatchewan which are great to attend.