STARSkate Etiquette

Coaches and parents/guardians should model positive and responsible behaviour at all times while participating in any session, event or competition. Ice etiquette rules are in effect at all times. If a skater is asked to leave the ice surface, there will be no refund or credit for unused sessions or classes.

Safety of our skaters and coaches is of the utmost importance. Everyone is responsible to identify and report any safety concerns or risky behaviour to a senior coach or board member immediately.

Verbal (including foul language) or physical abuse toward any skater, parent/guardian, coach, volunteer, board member or facility staff will not be tolerated.

Right-of-Way Must be Yielded to:

  1. A skater whose music is being played.
  2. A skater who is working with a coach/partner.
  3. Skaters who are practising. Experienced and older skaters should set a good example as to when and how to yield to other skaters.
  4. The corners/ends of the ice surface are to be used as jump zones.
  5. All spins are to be done between the two blue lines.


  • Everyone must leave the ice during floods and shall not return until the Zamboni has left the ice surface. Rink doors must be closed during floods.
  • All skaters must get up quickly after falling. Sitting or lying down on the ice surface is dangerous to the fallen skater as well as other skaters.
  • Standing around on the ice is not allowed. A skater who needs to speak with someone or is not actively practising should step off the ice.
  • Food, gum, candy and drinks (other than water in non-breakable containers) are not permitted on the ice.
  • Appropriate skating attire must be worn during sessions.
  • Hair must be pulled back from the face at all times.
  • Electronic devices including the use of earbuds/headphones are strictly prohibited on the ice surface, except for coaches using iPads for teaching purposes.
  • Pushing, tripping, horseplay or intentional interference with other skaters is prohibited.
  • Valuables should not be left in the dressing rooms. The club bears no responsibility for the loss or theft of valuables.


  • Parents are asked to refrain from coaching or offering instruction to their child(ren) during the sessions. Skaters and coaches find this distracting. If you have concerns, speak to your child’s coach privately after the session.
  • Parents/guardians are not to stand at the edge of the ice or sit in the team boxes.
  • No person is allowed on the ice without skates unless there is an emergency.
  • Skaters under 16 must have a parent/guardian or adult designate on the premises while they are skating. The Newmarket Skating Club is not responsible for skaters left unattended.
  • Please notify the front desk at Magna to report any hockey teams who refuse to leave the arena while our skaters are in session. Please be calm and courteous when speaking to everyone involved.


  • Skaters who bring their own CDs or devices to be played by the music volunteer do so at their own risk and the NSC accepts no responsibility for loss or damage.
  • Music will be played in the order in which the coaches, skaters or dance partners have signed the music sign-in sheet, alternating coaches as required. Coaches and Dance Partners have priority.
  • Skater’s music requests are secondary and will be played in the order requested as time permits.
  • A program may be repeated only after all other programs have been played in their designated order.