(Last Updated on : 15/12/2010)
Being among the most famous and popular sports in Europe, America and all over the world, the Skate Boarding is such a strange game that does not have that much rules and regulations like most of the other sports. The reason behind this is probably that it is a freestyle sport, mainly based upon the innovative performances of the skaters. However, this is not without any rules as well. There are some rules that govern the Skate Boarding. The rules are as follows:
According to the basic rules of the game of Skate Boarding, usually more than two skaters take part in a competition. After the selection process of a competition is done, the selected skaters participate in the final stage of the tournament. To start the finals of a tournament, the first skater attempts his own trick. If he lands properly after completing his performance and the judges consider it as an acceptable landing, then all the other skaters will have to do exactly that same trick. If any skater fails to do the trick properly and his landing is reckoned as unacceptable, then the judges will give him a letter from the word "SKATE". As "S" is the first letter, the skater will be given this letter for the first failure. He will get "K" if he fails for the second time and "A" for the third time. The judges will be giving the letters to the skater one after another for each of the faults of the skater. The will continue to give the letters until the word "S-K-A-T-E" is totally spelled out. The skater who gets the whole word "SKATE" is considered as eliminated from the tournament.
When all the players complete their attempts on the first players trick, the first player attempts a different trick. If he again lands properly and complete the trick successfully, then the judges repeat the entire process. However, in the case of the first player missing his trick and failing to land, the second player gets the chance to attempt a trick. If the second player lands his trick properly then all the other skaters have to attempt and complete that same trick. In this case also, if any of the skaters fails to land properly and the judges consider this as unacceptable, then he gets a letter from the word "SKATE".
From the discussion of the basic rules so far, there may arise some questions in the reader`s mind about these rules. If anybody asks about whether a skater has the chance to do the same trick twice, then the answer will be in negative. No skater is allowed to do this. However, all a skater can do is to learn and practice a trick as soon as he can. He has the chance to do a trick in a different posture. If it`s still hard to understand then here is an example: When a skater does a `Kick Flip` trick the other skater can do a `Nollie` or `Fakie` or `Ollie` when he gets his turn. He can also change to `Kick Flip`.
Among the general spectators of the game of Skate Boarding, some people think that when a skater is performing, all he has to do is perform or attempt a trick better than the trick performed by some other skaters before him. However, that`s not the truth. There is another question that arises in the mind of people about the Skate Boarding. The question is about how long a skater should hold a trick. It can be said in reply of this question that, there are different views about this rule. Some people think that a skater should ride away clean for about 3-4 seconds while skating. However, some other people don`t like this rule. Anyway, whatever the disparities about the rules of the game are, overall "Skate Boarding" is really a very funny and interesting way to compete and play with friends and also to show off someone`s personal skills in Skate Boarding. The game can also be used in order to increase one`s fitness level.