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I3 Skateboarding

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Description

Aim: To encourage young people to learn a series of basic skateboarding skills. Taken from the BB Company Section Discoverer Pro Pack, Recreation, Sports and games I3

Resources

Activity 1
• Skateboard
• Helmet
• Knee and Elbow Pads

Activity 2 & 3
• Skateboard
• Helmet
• Elbow and Knee Pads

Instructions

Activity1 - Introduction to Skateboarding

Aim: To learn the basic skills of Skateboarding.

Instructions:
This activity will allow The young people an opportunity to learn the basics of skateboarding, especially for those That have never tried it before, If you have young people or leaders who are experienced then it would be good to get them to give some demonstrations and help teach the rest of the group.

Getting used to the feel of the skateboard:
1. The first time that you get on the skateboard it’s going to feel strange so you need to get comfortable with your board.
2. Set the board either in some grass, or some other appropriate place, and try standing on it, jumping on it.
3. fly balancing only on the front or back wheels. Standing on the board, move your feet into different positions.
4. Get used to the feel and size of your board, and get used to standing on it.

What stance to use on the skateboard:
1. There are two main ways of standing on your skateboard. The first way is the regular way.
2. The second way to stand is called the ‘goofy’ as shown in The pictures below:
3. This is one way to find out what foot you will use to push your self on your Skateboard.
• Get a ball and put it on the ground in front of you. Now kick it. Whichever foot you kicked it with will likely be your back foot.
• The balancing foot should be in the front, and the kicking foot in the back.
• Work out which way is the most comfortable for you to stand on.
• You need to find a safe place with a smooth surface with a slight slope which will make it easier to start off rolling.
• Use your back toot to push yourself off and your front toot to control which way you are going.

How to stop yourself
1. Now you are comfortable and moving well, you need to learn how to stop.
2. The easiest way to stop is by using the “Foot Break” method. Simply take off your back foot and drag it along the ground. It takes a bit of practice to do, so you should practise it before you need ft.
3. Another method is The “Heel Drag” and this takes some practice, but its a common way to stop when people have been skateboarding a while.
• Put the heel of your back foot so that it is sticking of the back off the skateboard and lean back so that the front of your board comes up into the air.
• Step down on your heel, but make sure that the front half of your foot is still on the board.
• Your heel should drag a short way, and you should stop.
• This will take practice — you may fall on your back a few times and launch the board out while It) you learn.

How to turn (carving):
1. Carving is all about leaning toeside or heelside, to get your board to turn in that direction.
• Push your board, and while rolling, put weight on your heels.
• You will slowly turn in that direction.
• The harder you push on your heels, the sharper your turn will be.
• While skateboarding, you will be using this technique a lot.
• Go out to a safe area and try pushing forward and carving around things.
• If you carve your upper body strength into the turn you will find it even easier.
• Now you have learnt the basics, why don't you try some tricks.

Tips / Advice:
If the young people do not get it right first time, encourage them to be patient as it takes practice.

Safety Issues / Risk Assessment:
• Ensure that the area where the activity will take place is suitable and safe.
• Ensure that those taking part have the correct safety equipment on i.e. helmet, knee and elbow pads.

Activity 2 - The Ollie

Instructions:
The Ollie is essential for learning most tricks, so you must learn this trick before you try to learn others.

• First, put you front foot on the middle of your board and your back foot on the tail of your board.
• Push down on the tail and just before the tail hits the ground slide your front foot up the board and your board will become airborne.

Tips / Advice:
If the young people do not get - it right first time, encourage them to be patient as It takes practice.

Safety Issues / Risk Assessment:
• Ensure that the area where the activity will take place is suitable and safe.
• Ensure that those taking part have the correct safety equipment on i.e. helmet, knee and elbow 3 pads.

Activity 3 - The Kickflip

Aim: To master a new skateboarding trick — The Kickfllp”.

Instructions:

• The Kickflip is an Ollie with the board spinning over once.
• To do a kickflip, position your feet the same as you would an Ollie.
• Move your front foot to a 45 degree angie away from you.
• The procedure starts the same, first push down on your tail, and instead of sliding your foot up the board, slide it up the board at an angle so your foot goes off the corner of the nose.
• Jump as high as you can.
• Stay in the air with the board spinning between your legs and catch the board in mid air, land and ride away.

Tips / Advice:
If the young people do not get it right first time, encourage them to be patient as it takes practice.

Safety Issues / Risk Assessment:
• Ensure that the area where the activity will take place is suitable and safe.
• Ensure that those taking part have the correct safety equipment on i.e. helmet, knee and elbow pads.

For full details and diagrams see the BB Company Section Discoverer Pro Pack, Recreation, Sports and games I3

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