Star 1 to 5 offers a solid development pathway for skaters who are entering a figure skating program for the first time. Skaters are encouraged to acquire a skill set that will allow them to reach the highest level of proficiency that their unique talent and commitment will allow. There is a free skating bias at this stage as skills learned in free skating will transfer easily to the other disciplines. Skaters are encouraged to move through the assessments at their own rate. This program is designed to encourage skaters and coaches to strive for the highest quality of skill execution as a strong foundation at this level will enable skaters to progress more quickly in the higher levels of figure skating. The entry level of Star 1 is designed to meet the exit level of stage 6 in Canskate. It is imperative that all skaters beginning Star 1 have the skills of stages 5 and 6 in Canskate.