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Program Assistant (PA) Program


Our Program Assistants (PAs) are very important to the success of our CanSkate Program. Upon successful completion of a training program, the PAs work alongside our professional coaches to help deliver quality programs as mandated by Skate Canada.

 

We are fortunate to have a dedicated, enthusiastic group of PAs who volunteer their time and act as exceptional role models for our younger skaters.

Information About the PA Program

 

Under the coaches’ direction, Program Assistant duties include:

  • Greeting parents and skaters
  • Helping the skaters onto the ice
  • Participating warmup and cool down activities
  • Handing out rewards
  • Setting up and taking down equipment
  • Assisting skaters as directed by a professional coach

 

Program Assistants (PAs) must be 12 years old and a member of the Springbank FSC. All PAs must attend a mandatory training session. PAs then volunteer during CanSkate sessions. CanSkate sessions during the skating season are as follows:

  • Mondays: 5:30 - 6:15 pm
  • Thursdays: 5:30 - 6:15 pm
  • Saturdays: 9:15 - 10:00 am

Springbank FSC also accepts Junior Program Assistants. Junior PAs must be 11 years old, attend a mandatory training session and be paired with Program Assistants for a 1 year training period.

Program Assistants are expected to be attentive, responsive and respectful at all times.


Program Assistant (PA) Evaluations

 

Informal evaluations will be provided to PAs, providing feedback to help them improve their skills. Evaluation will be based on the following criteria:

 

Communication skills
  • Provides both group and individual feedback
  • Group management skills
  • Keeps group on task
  • Maintains control
  • Leads activities with enthusiasm and a sense of fun
  • Exhibits patience
  • Demonstrates effectively

Duties/Tasks

  • Sets up equipment
  • Sets up circuits
  • Ensures safety
  • Creates fun activities
  • Puts equipment away
  • Participates in theme days

Personal attributes:

  • Is punctual
  • Is willing to take on additional tasks
  • Is an effective role model
  • Follows instruction
  • Takes initiative to solve problems