Skateboarding can be a great way to get outdoor exercise and show off your latest tricks. Skate parks offer a safe alternative to skating around your neighborhood. Before you visit your local skate park, there are a few rules you should know about to make the experience safe and enjoyable.
Skate Park Rules
Anything that a skater might trip over, or get caught in a skateboard wheel and become injured, is not permitted in the park. Glass containers can shatter if dropped and cut a skater should he land on it. There will be a designated area outside of the park where you can have a drink or a snack.
At some point while skateboarding everyone falls. As your tricks become more advanced, the chance of injury goes up. All skate parks either require or highly recommend protective gear. Make sure to have a good helmet designed for skateboarding, along with wrist, elbow and knee pads.
Bigger tricks can mean bigger injuries. Slowly work your way up to the more complicated maneuvers. Practice each new trick several times to ensure you are confident in your abilities before moving on to the next one. Professionals, like McLaughlin & Lauricella, P.C., know that injuries are a real possibility when skating. Learn how to fall to reduce injuries. If you lose your balance, bend down low so that you do not have so far to land. Roll your body instead of trying to stop your fall with your hands or arms.
No Graffiti or Vandalism
Skate parks cater to all ages and want to ensure a friendly, safe environment. If you are caught writing graffiti inside the park or vandalizing the park you could be banned or even fined. This affects everyone, as many parks have a policy stating that if the park is vandalized, they will close for several days to do repairs.
Practice Skateboarding Etiquette
You are there to have fun and highlight your skills, but be respectful of other skaters. Avoid collisions by taking turns if the park is crowded. Do not blindly jump in without making sure the area is clear. Keep your bad behavior at home. Do not engage in name-calling or fighting.
Skate parks are meant to be a fun, safe place to enjoy skateboarding with your friends. Follow the rules to ensure everyone has a great time.
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter @RachelleWilber and Facebook.