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The Benefits of Inline Skating on a Team

Teams Offer Social, Fitness and Performance Advantages

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Team roller skating sports have a combination of social, emotional and training benefits for skating members, whether the sport itself is a team or individually scored discipline. If you have been using individualized inline training methods to achieve your skating goals, you may want to consider some of the advantages of skating with a roller sports team.

Some skaters are attracted to personal challenges more than team efforts. But, restricting yourself to solo training for inline skating sports, fitness, competitive and training activities, can bypass some great team training advantages. Participating in a skating team offers many of the same training benefits, but in addition to social opportunities that a team provides, the right team environment can push skaters to higher levels of fitness and performance. Strong inline teams encourage positive attitudes and other values that add to each skater's sense of accomplishment and success in roller sports and in life.

If you enjoy skating alone, but you want to develop as a person and an athlete, joining a specific skating team in your rink or sports center may take your training a lot further than you have been able to get alone. Skating team membership in any inline skating discipline can provide a combination of social, emotional and physical benefits.

Group Training Takes Us Farther

Team skating activities can help to bring out the best in each skater through peer pressure and group training efficiencies. So, joining a skating team group is certainly a good way to improve your own personal performance. But, the benefits of shared training will go far beyond fitness when a team works in the pursuit of common goals.

Develop Practice, Patience and Persistence

Team skaters learn that attitude is everything and that being part of a sport teams requires practice, patience and persistence - important skills for all aspects of life.

Character Development of Skating Team Members

Individuals who skate in team sports learn to be less self-centered and open to learning than those who concentrate on individual sports. Many are also more involved in the community outside of the roller sport venue, too.

Team Members Develop a Sense of Belonging

Skaters who participate in team activities have a strong sense of belonging. They have a close bond to their team and learn to share values with others.

Take the Focus Away From Individual Achievement

Team skating sports help keep each skater's ego under control, and these skaters learn to accept the fact that everything does not depend on one athlete's skills. Team members develop the ability to share success and other things that benefit the whole team.

Team Members Are Open to Learning

Team skaters learn to take direction from others - including fellow team members. They quickly realize the value of mentors and learn how to mentor and accept mentoring from teammates or coaches.

Teams Provide Leadership Opportunities

Team sports provide athletes with opportunities to serve as leaders. Each skating team member may eventually move to a position where they can assess the skills of teammates and help build the team around everyone's available skating assets. Everyone can work to encourage fair play, hard work in training and team spirit in competition or at events.

Skating Teams Are Cost-Effective

In addition to the social, emotional and physical training benefits, team training is cost effective, because it allows many skaters to share the expense of premium coaching, cross training equipment, training spaces or locations that may be needed and even travel expenses for event participation.

Teams provide a responsible social community for the member skaters who participate. Team skating sports, like inline hockey and inline racing, are done with many skaters and take advantage of the cooperation, camaraderie, give-and-take, and other social benefits that community goals and achievements can offer. But, even individual skating sports like figure and freestyle slalom can be done as a team to create an environment where each athlete learns responsibility to fellow team members.

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