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Covid19 Updated Information November 24, 2020

Please see below regarding the new restrictions as of Thursday November 26th due to COVID.

Today the Province announced further changes to Public Health Regulations related to COVID-19.  These changes are applicable to the zone of Western and Central Halifax Reginal Municipality (HRM), which is defined as HRM from Hubbard’s to (and including) Porters Lake and the communities up to Elmsdale and Mount Uniacke/Hants County including businesses.  As it relates to sport, the Province will be shutting down all sport activity in this area beginning on Thursday, November 26th for a period of two weeks, ending on Thursday December 10th.  At that time the Province will be re-evaluating the epidemiology and determining next steps.

During this time period people residing in the impacted zone will not be permitted to travel outside the zone to take part in any sport activities. This would include anyone residing in the zone who may participate on a team/group that is outside the zone.  For those living outside of the impacted zone, sport activities can continue while continuing to pay close attention to the public health guidelines.  However, you should not leave your zone for a sport activity, so for example if you live in Cape Breton you should not travel to the South Shore for a sport activity.  Complete information on the provincial zones can be found on the Nova Scotia government website.

A map of the impacted zone can be found here.

We will continue to provide any updates as soon as we receive them.  If you have any questions or would like any additional information please feel free to contact me.

COVID-19 Media Announcement Nov 24

SCNS COVID Response Plan October 4th 2020_ (002)


Competition Schedule 2021

After careful consideration with the safety of all members being our priority Skate Canada Nova Scotia would like to announce the following changes to the competition schedule for 2021.  These changes are subject to change keeping in line with the provincial COVID guidelines as we move forward.


In order to be able to offer competitions they will need to be very different this year. 


  • We will have  very limited spectators with specific guidelines on entry and exit of the facility. 
  • Skaters will be admitted into the arena 30 minutes prior to their warm up groups, will remain together and exit in the same group 10 minutes following the end of their group.
  • There will be no medal presentations and results will be online and medals mailed following the competition.


More details will be communicated in the New Year, please read the announcements and schedules very carefully for complete instructions.


  • STAR 1-3 scheduled for January 16th is cancelled
  • Robert McCall Memorial February 6th & 7th  hosted by St Margaret’s Bay SC open to Nova Scotia skaters only, Pre Juvenile to Senior, STAR 5 to Gold singles, pairs and dance. (This competition will be the qualifier for Junior Canadians in the categories of Pre Novice and Novice.)
  • SCNS Provincials will be held March 6th & 7th in Amherst for Pre Juvenile to Senior, STAR 5 to Gold singles, pairs and dance.
  • STAR 2-4 Sackville March 14th  hosted by the Sackville SC


To manage the numbers and social distancing Star 1 will not be offered this year.


  • Regional Synchro is cancelled and will be held in PEI 2022


  • Atlantic Canada Skating Championships are cancelled and will be held in Newfoundland 2022.


Next week a survey will be sent out to our coaches to poll interest in competitions for the 2021 months so that we can gauge what the interest is by our skaters and their families in competition.

Thank you everyone for your understanding during these everchanging times.  If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Section Office.



November Team Challenge

We are excited to present the  November Team Challenge (there will not be a December one due to the Holidays).

NOVEMBER 2020 Team Challenge Event

Skate Canada Nova Scotia was thrilled with the response for the October Team Challenge. There was 78 teams in total representing 9 different clubs.

The October Challenges were assessed on Sunday by our officials and ribbons will be sent out shortly to all skaters through their clubs/coaches.


There are 2 examples of well done submissions below.

When sending in your videos, there are 2 acceptable options.

As in Option #3 Dartmouth The STARBursts all skaters are on the same session and do the elements one after the other.

Option #3 Dartmouth The STARBursts

In Option#5 Halivali Team #1 skaters are on different sessions and they are combined into 1 video submission.

Option #5 Halivali Team


Six different events are:

OPTION 1                                      

Waltz Jump 

Upright spin 

Forward spiral  


OPTION 2                                    


 sit spin                                              

Backward Spiral                       




Camel Spin

Step sequence ½ice


OPTION 4                                                                           

Double Salchow                                                           

Combination spin (no CCoSp)                   

Spiral Sequence (F and B)                                          



Double Flip

Change Combination spin

360  Field Move



Double Toe Combination

Flying Spin

Choreo Sequence




Skate Canada Nova Scotia is launching 4 new opportunities for you to get your videos going and have some fun.

  1. October Team Challenge Event: this fun event (see attached) is designed for skaters of all levels.  Videos can be created on session, with or without team clothes/costumes. Please note that still pictures of the team are welcome with the team name and may be posted on social media (with no names attached), make sure before the picture is submitted that parents are aware of that. HAVE FUN with this and watch for the November Challenge.
  2. DOUBLE AXEL & TRIPLE Jump Wall of Fame, send your video of a double axel or triple jumps (clean) to be recognized on our website as the great accomplishment that it is!
  3. MONITORING, with no competitions happening this fall, but lots of new programs being skated throughout the province our officials would love to see what is happening on the ice.  Videos can be sent or officials can come to you for feedback helping your programs be the best they can be.
  4. ASSESSMENT with HONORS Honor Roll, if you have achieved an assessment with honors please send a copy/photo of your assessment sheet for our newly created HONOR Roll which will be housed on our website.


All of the videos or request for monitoring, for any of the above can be sent to along with the accompanying information, see attached.

Let’s have fun on the ice and show off your skating!!!!



SCNS Annual General Meeting Information

Please find below the reports and Zoom invitation for the AGM Tuesday September 15th 8:00.

AGM Agenda 2020

AGM 2019 Minutes

Annual Report Chair’s & ED 2019 2020

Confirmation of Actions Taken by SCNS

Profit & Loss as of March 31 2020

Skater Develpment Report 2020

Governance Committee 2019-2020


Data Specialist Report


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Qualifying for Challenge Process for Junior and Senior Skaters

Due to the fact that Skate Canada Nova Scotia will not be hosting a traditional Sectional qualifying event for Challenge, please find attached the process for 2021 Challenge qualifying.

Videos must be received no later that September 25th and will be reviewed by a group of officials at the Senior level by both technical and judge persons.



Assessment Day Procedures

Four Assessment Days have been held over the summer and changes have been made as we learned from each one of them during these different times.

Please find attached the REVISED Assessment Day Procedures, it is important that this be given to the person responsible for coordinating your assessment day.

There will be a Zoom Meeting on Tuesday September 22nd at 8:00 for all Assessment Coordinators, information to be sent closer to the date on the Zoom Meeting.

As with our COVID world right now these procedures could possibly change as our season progresses.

Remember that the facility where your assessment day is being held has the final say as to how many persons can be in the building and should be consulted in your planning.

Looking forward to a great, but different skating season.

Assessment Day Procedures 2020 – 2021 as of September 2020



CanSkate Coaching Course

The only scheduled CanSkate Coach Course being held this summer in the Maritimes will be at the Pownal Sport Centre in Prince Edward Island August 28th to 30th  8:30 to 5:00.

Registration is $400.00 by August 10th and $450.00 after that.  Those wanting to take the course must be 16 years of age and passed at least 1 Junior Bronze/STAR 5 test

Here is the link to where anyone will need to create an account to register for the course: 

Please direct any questions to Kristen MacDonald

Annual General Meeting Information

On March 2nd an e-mail was sent regarding nominations for the 2020- 2022 Skate Canada Nova Scotia Board Positions for what we thought would be our Annual General Meeting on May 2nd.

SCNS are now putting out a second call for nominations, due August 25th

Skate Canada Nova Scotia is preparing to hold the Annual General Meeting via Zoom on Tuesday September 15th at 8:00.

Nomination Notice Forms 2020

Confirmation of Actions Taken by SCNS

Annual Report Chair’s & ED 2019 2020

AGM 2019 Minutes

Governance Committee AGM Report 2019-2020

Please watch for more information, but mark you calendar for Tuesday September 15th as we go virtual for the AGM.

Face Mask Information

FAQ masks mandatory indoor public places July 24

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