USSEA’s Learn to Skateboard Series is a six-part Youtube vlog dedicated to teaching beginner skateboarders the basics of learning to ride a skateboard safely.
Often, first-time skateboarders step onto a skateboard so eagerly they lose balance, resulting in a hard fall and an injury that could have been avoided. This can leave parents feeling uneasy and unsure their child will safely learn to skateboard.
For skatepark managers and developers, unsafe skateboarding practices raise a variety of liability issues and questions regarding skatepark safety.
Skateboarding for Beginners: Stepping on and off a Skateboard Safely is our first video and is the first step in teaching children and parents how to skateboard safely.
WHAT IS SKATEBOARD SAFETY, AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Skateboarding has long been stereotyped as an activity that cannot be taught safely. With the utmost respect to our peers, we disagree.
Helping your child learn to skateboard through the Learn to Skateboard video series and National Learn to Skateboard Day can assist in reducing this stigma for good. With proper technique and guidance, kids around the world can learn how to safely step on and off their skateboard, taking the first step in growing their skills.
HOW TO STEP ON AND OFF YOUR SKATEBOARD
- Wear your helmet and pads while learning to skateboard.
- Make sure the environment and surface are soft enough so the wheels of your skateboard don’t roll beneath you. This will also soften the impact if you fall.
- Make sure the area is free of obstacles and debris where you can hit your head or other body parts.
- Stand close enough to your skateboard to hold your child’s hands. As the parent, be aware of the skateboard so you don’t get hurt while assisting your child.
Use the simple “3-step on, 3-step off:
- Front foot points straight ahead (parallel with the board). The shoe should cover 3 of the 4 bolts, leaving the front corner bolt closest to the pinky toe exposed (see video).
- The back foot should be placed in the crease of the tail and perpendicular to the length of the board.
- Front foot pivots on the ball of the foot (the foot should land behind the front wheels ).
TIPS AND REMINDERS
Keep children safe by providing a hand to hold the first time they step on a skateboard.
BEGINNER SKATEBOARDING AND LEARN TO SKATEBOARD DAY
Beginner skateboarding techniques are an intricate part of Learn to Skateboard Day, a national event that takes place during the third weekend of May.
Skateboarding educators around the country are hosting Learn to Skateboard Day events in their communities on Saturday, May 16, 2020.
Organizing an LTS Day is simple and affordable. Click here to learn more about how to host!
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