An ex-skater’s take on skating for children today

I was asked to post about skating for kids on one of my favorite parenting groups and I did an elaborate post on it. So decided to share the same here and would be editing more in a while πŸ™‚
I have been a national skater .. Roller hockey player(more precisely)
I was introduced to skating when I was 4/5, was given a break and reintroduced at 10 years .. Again πŸ™‚
So I know a lot of my friends were into skating since they were 3 ..

My dad was keen about sports .. So we were always playing/exploring/learning some sport or the other ..
We took skating as a sport – it was an integral part of our life ..
Activity is different from a sport ..

We were trained properly for skating .. If we had to do 1hr of skating .. It was always 1 hr or even more preparing for it, warm up, exercises, flexibility, crunches and so on ..

Sometimes skating was just skipped πŸ™‚
What I wanted to emphasise is .. Our bodies were prepared for skating .. (Since i have been hearing in the groups that legs being not strong enough and all — i really can’t comment on this because we had dedicated coaches and they took care that we were strong and developed us )
Also there are techniques as to how we should be skating ..

1. Β you would need jonex skates with the brake removed .. to start with and would move on to quads, inline ..

You get the jonex skates in any sports shops .. Plastic skates are a dud and a big NO-NO πŸ™‚

Attaching the pic of jonex .. These are size-adjustable as well

2. You would need bend your knees and skate ..

3. You need to learn to fall first i.e fall on your bums πŸ˜†

4. You would need to learn balancing on 1 leg at time first and then both the legs ..

5. You would need to learn to brake πŸ™‚

6. You are ready to go πŸ™‚

Skating is/was always fun .. We used to cover places on skates .. Hockey is any day fun to watch or play πŸ™‚

Thank you Amruta Ramsubramaniam for asking me to post πŸ™‚ nostalgic .. πŸ™‚ Much love ❀️

36 Comments

  1. Supriya

    February 22, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Feeling nostalgic.. Miss my skating life..and all those wonderful moments..proud moments.

    1. Gayathri

      February 22, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      πŸ™‚ I know .. This was how I felt when I was writing πŸ™‚

  2. Arun

    July 7, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I would love to give it a try !!!

    1. Gayathri

      July 7, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Well .. Since u are in Vizag .. This is the best place to learn .. In India πŸ™‚

  3. Neha

    November 13, 2017 at 10:47 am

    This is a really helpful post as my daughter is into skating and I was worried of her knowing the basics right.

    1. Gayathri

      November 13, 2017 at 11:19 am

      Glad it helped πŸ™‚

  4. Zainab

    November 13, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Oh I used to love skating! Miss those days! Fortunately, my kids skate and taht keeps me happy πŸ™‚

    1. Gayathri

      November 13, 2017 at 11:19 am

      Oh were u a skater too? Which state?

  5. Sharvari Paivaidya Mehan

    November 13, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Sounds so good. Credit to your parents for inculcating a love for sports. My neice and nephew are into rollwe skating performances and perform interstate. Their dedication and hard work resonates with what you have written

    1. Gayathri

      November 13, 2017 at 11:20 am

      Awesome! Good luck to ur niece and nephew.. They must be surely working hard πŸ™‚

  6. Amrita

    November 13, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Skating sounds so much fun.Could I learn now ?I don’t know .But would love to try.

    1. Gayathri

      November 13, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Of course yes πŸ™‚ it is not at all hard as it seems ..

  7. Geethica

    November 13, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Suddenly my old memories have come alive. I used to skate a lot during my early school years. And one day I forgot to skate and could not balance myself as I lost practise.

    1. Gayathri

      November 13, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      But actually it’s something like cycling! U can’t forget skating πŸ™‚ .. Just practice for a few days and u would be good to go

  8. mEaL tO tHe HeArT

    November 13, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Wow you are so talented dear. I’ve just basic skills at skating more power to you

    1. Gayathri

      November 13, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks much 😘

  9. Nikita Dudani

    November 13, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Nice. Skating is one of my fav hobby! Loved it

  10. creative life star

    November 13, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Very interesting post. I like to do skating on snowy land. I have done skating in my childhood. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Gayathri

      November 13, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      U mean ice skating? πŸ™‚

  11. dhanyasuresh

    November 13, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Always wanted to gv it a try but my fear of hurtingbmyself prevented me. Wil definitely teach my son if he wanted to learn.

    1. Gayathri

      November 13, 2017 at 11:42 pm

      πŸ™‚ oh falling down is common.. But when we know the technique.. To fall down too .. We simply avoid any kind of damage

  12. Amrit Kaur

    November 13, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    This post reminded me about my skating memories. I wish I could revive the memories on children’s day.

    1. Gayathri

      November 13, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      Would love to see ur post πŸ™‚

  13. priyadarshani panda

    November 13, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    i was never into skating but my cousins were crazy for it…and yes i remember seeing them skating bending down ..will love to make my son learn skating will keep the pointers in mind

    1. Gayathri

      November 13, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      Awesome:) glad it helps

  14. Kavita

    November 14, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Any sport makes our body strong and keep us healthy. I can see lot of kids rolling on the skates and I just adore them ….I tried it too when I was going but failed miserably and broke mom’s dressing table hehehehe …

  15. Ishieta

    November 14, 2017 at 4:10 am

    I never got to learn to skate and missed out on the fun. What a lovely memory you have of this.

  16. Deepa

    November 14, 2017 at 4:32 am

    These are great tips for kids who want to learn skating. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Joshita

    November 14, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Skating is so much fun. I used to skate when I was a kid. Your tips are useful for beginners…

  18. Aesha

    November 16, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    My niece is a skater and participating in her First National meet next month. I see her working rigorously every day . I understand when you say sport is not an activity.

  19. Tina Basu

    November 17, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    as a child i always wanted to skate specially wanted to learn ice skating but very limited resource in India

    1. Gayathri

      November 17, 2017 at 11:58 pm

      Agree .. Ice skating picked up pretty recenty

  20. aifublogvee

    November 17, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Woww thanks for sharing this post .I used to love watching people doing skating but was thinking that its too tough and i wont be able to do .Can i learn now ??

    1. Gayathri

      November 17, 2017 at 11:58 pm

      Of course yes πŸ™‚ please find a good trainer and .. You are good to go

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