You might be planning to gift your child a pair of Roller skates for his/her upcoming birthday. Are you also considering the essential training of kids skating for him/her to use the skates?
It might be possible that there is no single professional skating class available nearby your place. Or, you might be planning to give the training of skating to your young one by yourself! But,
Are you well versed about kids roller skating and to train your child about it?
Do you want to build the confidence of your child for the same with fun?
If you are looking for help, this post will give you a clear idea or overview of the steps to be followed to avoid any mistakes or loss from your side!
It will be the right approach if you want to be the tutor of skating for your child for a sports activity. Roller skating will benefit your kid’s Mental, Physical, and Social well-being for sure.
5 Steps to Teach Roller Skating to your Child
Following is the quick outlook on the right sequence to be followed to train your young one to become a good skater;
1) Selecting the right Pair of Skates
Your first job is to choose the right boots that can match your child’s feet size and needs. They should not be too tight or smaller in size to avoid deforming your kid’s feet. A child can learn better and faster only if he/she is provided with the right comfort of roller boots to control well whenever required.
2) Proper Safety Gear
There are many kinds of guards, pads, and helmets of different sizes available today for skaters. They work best together to protect the vital parts of the body due to a fall and avoid or minimize any other injuries to happen.
3) Basic Skating Skills
A skater needs to maintain the right posture to gain proper stability to stand and move on wheels below the foot. One can get it by leaning a bit forward and bending the knees. Hold your kid’s hands or ask him or her to take the support of any stable thing to move forward and backward by picking up one foot at a time on skates.
Once the child has gained enough confidence to perform it without any support, it is time to advance the practice. A kid can start moving diagonally or in an irregular direction while standing on skates.
4) Start with slow and Safety
For a start, allow your child to skate indoors on carpets or grass so that a fall would not result in much harm. It might take some time for your kid to learn and brush good balancing skills, but regular practice will surely achieve it. There might be any professional skating classes in your nearby area where your child can learn the pro tips.
If your child gets bored with skating after some days/weeks or might not be interested in learning it from the beginning, you need to teach him/her via play. The main aim is to teach him/her how interesting and fun it would be to roll on skates.
The learning process will sure demand patience for both of you and your child. If, due to any reason, your child will fall during skating, then never yell at him/her! Instead, try to point out the mistakes to your kid and improve them to make sure it will never repeat in the future.
How can Kids Gain Roller Skating Skills?
Now let us dive ourselves into more detailed procedures of kids skating on what to be done stepwise. In this way, a kid can gain the needed skills to perform well on roller skates;
1) Brushing up the Basics
A right posture for skating is the one that includes placing the heels near to each other with toes apart. The knees should be bent a bit and tilt the whole body(not just the shoulders) in the forward direction.
It is best if you make a habit of your child to first perform some warmup exercises before locking feet on wheels. Start with easy workouts and move ahead to practice the complex ones.
Keep reminding your kid to keep the feet parallel to one another while skating to maintain proper balance. You can try these practice sessions that improve your child’s skating skills with some benefits of exercises;
- a) Draw some colored circles and ask your child to move around them on skates. During the process, try to guide your kid about keeping the toes apart and heels together. While thrusting, the feet should evenly spread apart during the first circle and then bring them together.
Show a demo to the child, if possible, about avoiding bringing the feet together too tight to continue with the next circle. Once your child is doing it without flaws, you can increase the level of difficulty by asking him/her to perform the same with crossed legs.
- b) Ask your child to keep the feet parallel to one another and push off with the help of heels with feet moving together side by side. It might take a bit of practice and more time to learn such necessary movement activities. However, it will be beneficial in practical scenarios while skating.
Once your kid has well achieved the forward movement, it is time to proceed in the backward direction. If you have any more ideas to teach your child using this kind of play cum practice activities, then you can surely try it on your child. Make sure to analyze the regular performance of your kid as well.
After teaching for the above movements, it is also necessary for your child to learn about the right skills to halt. The correct judgment and skill to stop at any time are essential while performing any kids roller skating activity.
2) How to Come to a Stop?
There are different ways to do it that you need to teach your kid one by one. Start with coming to a stop with the help of an obstacle, and it can be a human, tree, wall, or anything that will not be going to hurt your child in return.
If your kid is practicing in an open area with grass or lawn nearby, then ask him or her to take a jump from a plane surface to it. It is good to move ahead for a few steps on it to get enough resistance on wheels.
The above stopping methods are suitable only for early learning, but it does not apply to practical scenarios or can hurt the skater. So the best way is to teach your child and call him or her to apply the brakes provided at the back of the roller skates at the right time.
A skater can do it by extending a leg and raising the toes, and using the heel to press on the brake while bending another knee in a bit of sitting position. So if you ask your kid to more round the circle for practice, the body needs to be tilted a bit in the forward direction. The legs must be brought near to each other at the same time to stop the roller skates.
3) The right way to Fall Down
Falls are expected during skating, and it can happen even with pro skaters. So we should not feel fear of it. Instead, use some tricks to fall so that it won’t harm us much. So the same thing is to be taught to the young learners to avoid wounds from happening.
Generally, a fall happens in the forward direction, but it should be slippery possible with a proper sequence. So it includes landing first on knee pads, then elbow pads, and finally on wrist pads. At lower speeds, know pads can help much. If knee pads won’t help, then the second safer option is to fall on a side to land on an elbow pad.
A kid must learn to quickly bend the knees and lean towards the forward direction if the body falls towards the back. In this way, the body will gain its lost balance back; otherwise, land on the know pads towards the front. Anyhow the main aim is to avoid backward falls that can be dangerous, especially with extended arms.
4) Learning the Advance Tricks
First, let your child get much confidence to move on skates without any support in the indoor area or under the home. After this practice, it is best to move outside to learn and master the skills to move on asphalt or concrete surfaces. After your child has gained enough experience while being on skates and ready to perform some tricks to impress others, then try ‘Moonwalk’.
To perform it, the one skate of your kid should point downwards on the toe brake, and the other skate remains flat on the surface. Glide backward using the flat skate while pushing off with the stopper on another. Repeat the same with alternating feet and analyze the motion!
If you want your child to perform backward skating, then it can be done in two ways;
– Distribute most of the bodyweight on a leg, preferably the right one, at the same time pushing off on the left leg. So the action will form an ‘S’ like shape.
– Push out the legs on the side and collect them back together so that this action should resemble figure eight.
What are the Skating Rules that ensure Safety?
It is not enough to load your child with the proper protective equipment. After all, it is not only about the skater’s safety, but one needs to learn more on what to be taken into consideration for other’s safety.
– Try always to monitor the speed with which a child is moving on skates.
– Avoid your child to skate on puddles and sand that can not only affect the skater but can also damage the wheels used in it sooner.
– Many kids do not take interest or feel confused to tighten the lace of their shoes. So it is best if you always check or ask your child to properly lace the boots so that they will get well-fixed on the kid’s feet.
– Be with your child, especially if young children appear on the way that can confuse the skater.
– Do not allow your young skater to join roadways, overcrowded, or wet surfaces (asphalt) for skating without any experience.
Skating can help us to experience fun with the freedom of movement. It has to be done thoughtfully and with proper precautions to ensure the same feeling is there even after a skating session.
The learning does not stop here since there are many more skills to be learned and master for your kids. However, they are not required in Skating! It includes jumping and landing safe, gymnast tricks, playing sports like hockey, and high-speed racing.
Do’s and Don’ts:
There are some kids skating tips for you as a parent to always keep in mind while training your child to handle the roller skates well;
- i) Always compliment your kid for every new thing that he/she is learning. Your positive affirmation will always encourage and support him/her to understand everything fast with a smile.
- ii) It is best if you take care of your balance and give support to your young skater. So try to allow only an index finger or a hand to be grabbed by your child for the same purpose so that you would not get drag down with the child.
- iii) Your child is also going to the skating classes and practicing with you. In this case, try not to contradict what your kid has learned from the instructor. It is common, especially when your kid is getting trained by a strict coach.
- iv) Try not to tie up your kid’s laces and let him or her learn to do it by self.
- v) If you are moving with your child with both of you are on skates, then do not try to lift your child. Also, do not hold the hands, primarily using both, or give support (if you are not confidently avoiding any fall).
- vi) You can give preschoolers skates to your kid for the learning process. You can also go with the options that come with adjustable wheels.
- vii) Try to be sure that your kid is not equally distributing the weight on both the legs on flat ground since it can lock the knees.
By knowing the basics and following proper guidelines, one can teach young ones about kids skating. Once you feel that your child has the best age to start roller skating, you should first prepare yourself and teach him/her about the basics.
After some time, once your kid is confident enough to perform roller skating all alone. In this condition, you need to allow some space for him/her so to learn and grow independently. In this manner, your child can better head towards learning and practicing advanced moves on kids roller skates.
It can also aid skater in enhancing self-confidence and become more social. Kids can follow a healthy lifestyle and gain health advantages like improving the vestibular system by skating daily. Your kid’s other skills will be developed with interest and fun while regularly practicing for skating.