Today I have received an inline skating birth announcement. Jean-Pierre Faugère, an ice and inline figure coach and President of the Organizing Committee of the Paris International Open has sent out information about the "Birth of a New Era of Inline Figure Skating and Dance" around the world.
I thought the information was interesting until I got to the part that suggested that only an ice coach should teach inline. I have over 50 kids aged two to seventeen in my combined quad and inline private and group lessons. There are also several adults who combine disciplines. About one-third skate inline only (like my former skater, Brittney Boeneman - right) and many of my current quad skaters (like Chloe LaMay - left) do both for fun. One of the facilities I teach at has a rink court surface that is inline friendly, because it was designed for inline roller hockey. The other rink I work at does not have hockey, but the maple floor is great for all inline disciplines, too. There are no ice coaches knocking down the doors to teach my kids at either location. They are at the ice rinks building ice skaters.
Perhaps things vary from country-to-country, but in the United States, with all the varied terrain and weather conditions, the most consistently accessible places to teach inline are the roller rinks and inline hockey facilities. Our roller rinks count on public activities, so training time is limited, but available. The inline facilities have hockey morning, noon and night. Our gyms are filled with basketball, our courts have tennis and volleyball, our parking lots are often restricted.
Inline skating is growing. Let's build it up a bit and find some training location options before turning skaters and coaches away.Chloe LaMay (upper left) Photo Courtesy of Lionel LaMay, Riverside Arena in Livonia
Brittney Boeneman - 2005 USARS Elementary Inline National Bronze Medalist
Photo Courtesy of Dale Boeneman