It may be exciting to take your kid to a skate park for the first time, but you should still make sure they observe these crucial rules.
If you’re unfamiliar with the rules scootering is subjected to, it’s time to start studying them. This is especially important when it comes to skate parks – after all, there will almost certainly be other people there. They deserve you being respectful to them and not getting in their way.
You might be heading to the skate park with your scooter yourself, or even taking your freestyle-mad child to such a place for the first time. Whatever the situation, knowing the below straightforward (and unofficial) skate park scooter rules is essential.
This is probably the most heinous, but also most common offence that a young stunt scooter rider can commit. Well, we say ‘offence’ – it’s not illegal, but it’ll hugely annoy other skate park users.
‘Snaking’ basically means ‘not waiting for your turn’. So don’t cut into line, and try not to perform a given stunt so prematurely that you risk smashing into the person in front of you.
Be careful where you sit
Sure, those concrete cuboids might look like the ideal place for you and your kid to sit down and have a sandwich together. And yes, you can sit on the ledges if you like – many people do. But most of these places that look like unassuming seating areas are also meant for riding on.
It’s fun to watch the skate park action from a pleasant and well-located bench. But before you sit down, you should at least check someone isn’t about to zoom through.
One especially big ‘no-no’ is to just sit on the ledge all day, rather than allowing those scootering or skating in the skate park to perform stunts on it. If you sit down and feel a lot of wax beneath you, that’s an especially good sign to not stay there for long.
Resist the urge for one-upmanship
One of the worst things you can do, if you see someone else struggling to pull off a trick, is go right ahead and perform the stunt seemingly effortlessly in front of them. Even worse is if you constantly do the same trick as the rider closest to you, but add an extra flourish to it each time.
Such tactlessness will get you called all kinds of names that we probably shouldn’t repeat here. So instead of slapping someone in the face so publicly, if you really do know how to accomplish the stunt they’re having problems replicating, why not offer to help them to achieve it?
Don’t just ride flat everywhere
Although it’s probably a more common thing among skateboarders than scooter riders, the latter can still be guilty of this. You or your kid just riding flat continuously around the skate park – but especially when you’re likely to get in the way of those wishing to try freestyle tricks – can be more than a little irritating to those other skate park users.
They’ll all be thinking or vocalising the same thing: “Why doesn’t he or she just go to an empty car park if they’re only interested in riding flat?”
Apologise if you do mess up
It can be so easy for those visiting a skate park for the first time – especially a kid – to break one or more of these rules. It could be something as simple as your child forgetting momentarily to keep an eye out for the riders around them. They’re trying to pull off an obscure trick, and end up being knocked off their scooter because they unwittingly got in the way of someone else.
If this happens, the guilty party shouldn’t be afraid to apologise as soon as they realise this. By also making sure the other rider is physically OK, they can make amends quickly and hopefully avoid any ugly confrontations. It’s all about basic etiquette and respect – however old or experienced the people involved are.
Yes, things can easily go wrong in a skate park... a lot of things. Scooter rules in the UK aren’t restricted to the official ones that apply to their use on a pavement – there are also unofficial ones as far as the world of freestyle scootering is concerned.
So for everyone’s sake, and even more so for the sake of any child of yours just getting into stunt scooting for the first time... be sure to respect these rules!