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Roller skates was born in the rookeries of the American towns and came to Europe becoming mass – drive in the 1960’s. Roller skates were copied from the ice – skates . Roller skating can be broadly classified into three disciplines, Speed Skating, Artistic and Roller Hockey. All this disciplines are equally popular in different parts of the country. Speed is most popular and is practiced all over the country. Vishakapatanam is Center for coaching camps & clinics. Artistic is practiced in certain pockets of the country. Ahmedabad is the center for coaching. Roller Hockey is more popular in northern India, Center is Chandigarh. All this activities are practiced by status of the age two and half onwards.

Roller skating can be a great form of exercise. It is very popular all over the world. This sport helps exercise to the body and mind. Roller skating can be learned by everyone and even 2 years children too. All it needs is physical fitness and a bit of courage from the learner. However, Achieving excellence in this sport is not an easy job. It requires years of practice and dedication. One has to work hard to master the technique of skating. For kids skating is the fun sport which leads to their physical and mental growth.
Skating is a great form of exercise to the body and mind, which leads to the children physical and mental growth. Back pain Rheumatism and other minor nerve problems can be cured by the regular practice of skating, as it helps in maintaining good blood circulation. It is an aerobic exercise, promotes fat burning and maintains the body in good shape. Roller skating to a Sr. Coach is not a sport or an art; It is a way of life; It is the ultimate yoga towards enlightenment. And isn’t this what we have been always taught? From the Geeta (Holy Book), right though the innumerable sages and scriptures; How if you can totally submerge yourself in whatever you are doing, it is as good as the “tapasya”(Meditation) for enlightenment that sages do in solitary confinement.

ROLLER SKATING, THE “forgotten sport “of Dehradun has now regained its popularity. The number of skaters in the city has increased exponentially in the recent past. The Asian school, St. Joseph’s Academy, The Aryan School, Olympus Sports and activities zone and summer valley are the major centers currently having wooden as well as kota stones rink for this sports where, during every tourney great enthusiasm could be observed among participant. Prior to 1970’s it was a very popular game among Uttarakhandies and residence of areas around Mussoorie, Nanital and Dehradun. In Mussoorie I the wooden ring theater was once the biggest rink in asia, but between 70’s and 80’s game remains neglected. “The Rink, Kulri, had hosted many national and all india level events but then, suddenly, everything stopped. Efforts for the game’s revival were started in the late eighties, when locals gathered for the cause and, despite the limitations of funds and infrastructure, didn’t let the sport die.”

The decade long struggle by the skating lovers in the 90’s became fruitful with the beginning of the new century with Arvind Gupta Founding YATI SKTES… Even coaching was started for the young kids. Later, other followed the trend as well and now the city has many skating clubs earlier it was quite difficult to persuade people for the sport as they thought skating was injury prone. But now people started joining themselves as an sport, fitness and there is no need of persuasion. Till now yati skates “Roller Skating Association” has hosted some 15 district level tournament, 10 summer/ winter camps competition 4 state level championships, 3 roller skating marothans for social causes first inter school Dehradun Council roller skating championship, first open state Olympic roller skating championship after the creation of new state. Where yati gupta, aAkshit Johiri, Puskhar Kapse, Asvin Raj, santanu sen Sharma, sanchayan ghose, Gurbani, pratic, Harsha Arora and many more kids have shone in the skating rinks. This also led to the creation of roller skating association and, since then, kids has started coming to the rinks in large numbers… Nearly 60 school of the capital have joined the game where regular skating activities take place. Some schools, like summer vally, Col. Brown, Pine Hall, The Scholars home, The Olympus High School, Kasiga school, Shalini hills, st. Joseph’s academy and the asian, have more than thousand skaters on roll. Skating has became a craze among the kids now a days and the people who want their kids to join skating as winter and summer camp activity as well.

Arvind Gupta.

We have introduced Roller Skating in maximum schools in the town, in which some of the schools adopted skating as a subject and regular hobby.

Types of Roller Skates

Roller skates come in a variety of styles, Materials, colors, and sizes to accommodate all types of roller skaters. Roller skates are the most important piece of equipment for any roller skater, therefore some time and effort should be taken before purchasing a pair of skates. Below you will find some useful information specifically related to: Sandal or Adjustable/ recreational roller skates, Road wheel or outdoor roller skates, children’s roller skates, roller hockey skates, roller skate shoes, quad speed skates, artistic roller skates, and Inline skates.

We also provide some excellent tips for purchasing and maintaining each component of your roller skates.

Sandal or Adjustable/ Recreational Roller Skates

Recreational roller skates are the most common and most popular type of roller skate used by skaters today. These roller skates are also the best choice for people learning how to roller skate. These roller skates are designed for the all surfaces you’ll find in an average roller skating rink, and are normally the least expensive, and are by far the best selling and most popular type of roller skate.

Road Wheel Outdoor Roller Skates

The difference between indoor and outdoor roller skates essentially boils down to the type of wheels used. Outdoor roller skates use softer wheels than those used for indoor roller skating. Indoor and outdoor roller skates can be used interchangeably by simply changing the type of roller skate wheel. The outdoor roller skate has either the high-cut roller skate boot or low-cut roller skate shoe. There is also a less traditional outdoor roller skate that uses inline skate wheels. These multi-terrain roller skates are great for roller skating outdoors over uneven and rough surfaces that would be all but impossible to skate on wearing the traditional outdoor roller or quad skate. Note: If you are interested in purchasing a pair of multi-terrain roller skates, please visit Quadline Roller Skates.

Roller Hockey Skates

Roller hockey skaters normally use inline skates versus quad roller skates. Roller hockey skates are designed to be sturdier than recreational inline skates, but the hockey boot is not as stiff. Roller hockey skates do not normally come with brakes, which make them a poor choice for new inline skaters. If your primary purpose for skating is for fitness or purely recreational, we recommend you purchase a quality pair of recreational roller or inline skates versus roller hockey skates.

Children's Roller Skates

When it comes to children’s roller skates, parents have several options to choose from. Some of the kid’s roller skate choices are; Velcro straps versus laces, plastic roller skates, strap on roller skates, and recreational roller skates that come in a wide variety of designs, and with high or low-cut skate boots. Some of the popular children’s roller skates are very stylish, often multi-colored and with sleek designs. We can’t talk about children’s roller skates without mentioning safety. Please consider your child’s skill level, the place they roller skate (whether indoors or outdoors) and any other factor that may increase the probability of an injury. With that thought in mind, we recommend you purchase roller skate protective gear for children (as appropriate), and continually discuss with them the risks of roller skating, and how to best mitigate those risks.

Quad Speed Skates

Quad speed skates allow roller skaters to move at higher speeds with less physical effort. Quad speed skates are designed with a very low cut shoe, and wider and taller than normal skate wheels. Some quad speed skates also have a Velcro strap to increase the ankle support, and cover the laces preventing the strings from getting caught in the wheels. The quad speed skate may come with jam plugs versus the traditional toe-stop, or the capability of replacing the toe-stop with the smaller jam plug. Although quad speed skates are specifically designed for speed

Skating, they are often the choice for recreational skaters because of their comfort and feel. Quad speed skates have also become the skate of choice for many jam roller skaters and other artistic types of roller skaters.

Artistic Roller Skates

Artistic roller skates help skaters perform various jumps, dance movements and other freestyle skating moves. Artistic roller skates are lighter than recreational roller skates, and are normally made with a high-cut leather boot. The high-cut leather boot provides additional support for artistic roller skater’s ankles. Artistic roller skates have a stronger sole plate that allows the skate to withstand the impact of jumps, and other artistic skating moves. Artistic roller skates have smaller wheels than ordinary recreational roller skates. Because of the various jumps, spins and other artistic skating moves, artistic roller skates normally come with adjustable toe-stops or in some cases no toe-stops at all.

Inline Skates

If you long for the day when roller skating was the norm, and inline skates were a thing of the future, you are probably a good candidate for purchasing a pair of Inline roller skates. As you can imagine, vintage roller skates are getting more difficult to find, but they still exist, you just may have to look a little harder. Visit our Inline page for a selection of quality Inline skates.

Purchasing Roller Skates

There are several things to consider when purchasing roller skates. You should determine: how often you will roller skate; your purpose for roller skating; is the purpose recreational roller skating? Speed roller skating? Artistic roller skating? Indoor or outdoor roller skating? Inline skating? Ice skating? If you intend on racing you would want to look at quad speed skates. If your interest is in artistic roller skating you’d be better off with artistic or quad speed roller skates.

You should also consider the ABEC ratings of the roller skate bearings when purchasing skates; ABEC stands for Annular Bearing of Engineering Council. ABEC is a committee that essentially sets the standards for wheel bearings. The ABEC scale goes from one to nine with nine being the highest quality. We recommend every skater use at least an ABEC-7 (which is an excellent rating) to get the most enjoyment out of the roller skating experience.

The type of roller skate you purchase will vary greatly based on your roller skating needs and preferences. As a rule, the average roller skater is perfectly content with purchasing a pair of indoor recreational roller skates. One last thing to consider - if you do not plan on roller skating very often, and will always skate at roller skating rinks, you’d probably be better off renting versus buying roller skates.

Purchasing Children's Roller Skates: Some time and attention should be given when purchasing children’s roller skates. Parents often, for logical reasons, purchase roller skates for their children that are too big to allow for growth. Unfortunately this often makes it difficult for the child to skate comfortably. Roller skates that are too large may also lead the child to become disinterested in roller skating, and increase the likelihood of the child becoming injured. Another issue to consider is the cost of the roller skates. How much you are willing to spend will depend on a number of issues such as; how often the child will skate, will they skate mostly indoors or outdoors, how much you can afford, etc.

Roller Skate Maintenance

In order to get the most out of your roller skates, and significantly increase the life of the skates, you must provide proper roller skate maintenance. With proper care and maintenance, your roller skates can last through many years of roller skating.

Roller skate Shoe: One of the most important maintenance tips for the roller skate boot is to keep it dry. The roller skate boot can become wet through perspiration or skating outside in wet conditions. Regardless of how the boot becomes moist, it is important to wipe down the roller skate boot, on the inside and outside, after you finished skating. It is also important to let the boot dry naturally. Never put the roller skate boot near a heating source to speed up the drying process. Rather, loosen the laces, open the skate boot up and let it simply air dry.

Roller skate truck: For the average roller skater, roller skate trucks should be tightly fitted to the boot. Therefore, skaters should routinely check their roller skate trucks to make sure they are tight and secure. Some roller skaters intentionally loosen their roller skate trucks to increase maneuverability. These skaters should also routinely check their roller skate trucks to make sure they haven’t loosened more than intended, and that both skates are equally loose. If you roller skate outdoors or on rough terrain you will need to check the tightness of your roller skate truck more often.

Roller skate toe-stops: Many roller skates come with adjustable toe-stops. These adjustable toe-stops should be set in the position that works best for the roller skater. You may have to experiment with a few adjustments until you determine the right toe-stop position for you. For non-adjustable toe-stops, you still need to check them periodically to make sure they are tightly secured to the boot.

Roller skate wheels: You will need to check your roller skate wheels from time to time to make sure they are spinning properly and have not become excessively worn. If the wheels are not spinning freely you should check for damage, or buildup from dirt or other debris. If the roller skate wheels are damaged they should be replaced. If they are simply dirty, take the time to remove and clean the wheels as necessary.

Roller skate bearings: Roller skate bearings are an integral component of every roller skate wheel. Most roller skate bearings are enclosed and considered maintenance free. Even these maintenance free bearings should be kept dry and clean; this is particularly important for outdoor roller skaters. Bearings that are not enclosed will need to be lubricated from time to time. To lubricate the bearing simply remove it from the wheel, wipe it off with a cloth, and sprinkle it with a couple of drops of bearing lubricant.

Proper roller skate maintenance is important, not only for increasing the life of your roller skates, but for enhancing your overall roller skating experience. Take good care of your roller skates and enjoy roller skating to its fullest!

We offer our visitors a great selection of quality roller skates for purchase at excellent prices.   

Starting of Roller Skating

The first known roller skate was invented in London, England by a Belgium born man named Joseph Merlin. Merlin’s roller skate was not a quad skate, but rather an inline skate with small metal wheels. Consequently, Joseph Merlin was also an accomplished violinist and violin maker. In 1760, as the story goes, Joseph Merlin was invited to perform for an audience at a masquerade party at the prestigious Carlisle House Mansion in Sofo Square, London. Merlin’s intent was to impress the crowd by playing his violin while skating on his newly invented roller skates. The festivities were progressing quiet well until Joseph Merlin accidentally skated into an expensive mirror, breaking the mirror and his violin, and injuring himself. Needless to say Joseph Merlin’s performance did not successfully generate an enormous amount of interest in roller skating! In 1819, nearly 60 years later, a Frenchman named Monsieur Petitbled invented, and officially patented his new roller skate design. Monsieur Petitbled’s roller skates were also in-line skates with three wheels made of wood, metal or deluxe ivory. Petitbled tried to sell the public the idea that a person could do anything on his roller skates that could be done on a pair of ice skates. Unfortunately for Monsieur Petitbled he was unable to convince a skeptical public, and his roller skates did not fair well on the market.

The next roller skate patent came in 1823 by an Englishman named John Tyers. John Tyers’ patented roller skate was known as the Volito. Tyers’ Volito roller skates consisted of five wheels in a line with the center wheel larger than the two wheels on either side. His roller skate design obviously required the skater to tilt the foot forwards or backwards to grip the surface for pushing off. Tyler’s Volito was also unique in that his design introduced the first roller skate brake. His roller skate’s brakes consisted of a metal toe stop in the front, and a metal stop in the heel; this allowed the skater to stop by leaning sharply in either direction. Unfortunately for John Tyers, and the sport of roller skating, his roller skates did not create a world-wide appreciation for roller skating. However, some of the expert ice skaters of the day proved that a skater could perform many of the same moves on his roller skates that could’ve only been performed previously on a pair of ice skates.

In1883, he moved away from the known “in-line” roller skates of his day. He built his skate with two wheels in the front and two in the back, much like the quad roller skates you’d find today. Plimpton’s wheels were mounted on carriages that rotated when the skater’s foot leaned to one side or the other. This feature allowed for smoother turns, and significantly enhanced the skater’s capability to skate backwards. Lastly, Plimpton’s roller skates provided the skater a superior glide when compared to the other roller skates of his time. James Plimpton did far more to promote roller skating than designing an outstanding roller skate. Plimpton built a large roller skating rink in New York City, and Newport, Rhode Island. He also made it easier for anyone to roller skate by leasing his roller skates to his customers. Additionally, Plimpton developed an effective system for teaching group roller skating lessons, and provided incentives by creating proficiency medals. In 1863 he founded the nation’s first roller skating association, the New York Roller Skating Association. He also hired Jackson Haines, a famous ballet dancer and excellent skater, to put on shows to help promote his roller skates and the sport as a whole. James Plimpton successfully changed the way people thought about roller skating, and is considered by some the founding father of modern day roller skating.

Over the years there were various improvements made to Plimpton’s roller skate; from the use of ball bearings, to the first all metal skate. However, it wasn’t until roller skates were mass produced near the end of the 1800s that the average working class person could afford them. During this period the price of a pair of roller skates dropped to half the price of Plimpton’s hand-crafted roller skate. The mass production of roller skates was most certainly instrumental in ushering in a whole new market and generation of skaters. Quite naturally this generation of skaters began looking for new things to do on their roller skates. Artistic roller skating experienced a surge in popularity as a spin-off (no pun intended) of figure skating sometime in the 1880-1890s. Roller hockey began to be played on roller skates using the rules for field hockey; roller hockey was called polo at this time. Speed skating also quickly increased in popularity, and drew large crowds in New York and other large cities in the US and Europe.

Roller skating in all forms continued to become more popular and expand as a recreational pastime in the early 1900s. However, roller skating suffered a decline during and following WWI. After the war more people began driving cars, going to movie theaters and turning to other forms of entertainment. Roller skating experienced a surge during the Great Depression because it was relatively inexpensive, and more accessible to the average person. In 1937 the Roller Skating Rink Operators Association was formed; today we know it as the Roller Skating Association. Roller skating steadily grew in popularity over the next three decades then exploded in the 1970s. In the 1970s roller skating was no longer considered by many as a mere recreational pastime, but rather a very cool thing to do! It was during this time that roller skating and disco music teamed up to create a craze that captivated much of America. Thousands of roller skaters became involved in artistic, figure, dance, speed, roller derby, and freestyle roller skating. Various types of formal roller skating competitions were held, outdoor roller skating became very popular, and the public simply couldn’t get enough! The 1970s was definitely the decade for roller skating.

During the 1980s the roller skating craze waned significantly, but experienced a boost in the mid 1990s when inline skates hit the market full force. Inline skates allowed a far smoother ride outdoors, and became an instant hit with many ice skaters. Ice hockey players, in large numbers, also began playing inline hockey during the off-season. Inline skates also became extremely popular with many people that enjoyed skating for fitness. The ability to inline skate outdoors, over long distances, became a dream come true for fitness skaters all over the world. Lastly, aggressive and jump skating increased in popularity in the 1990s, and created yet another type of skater with its own unique culture. Roller skating has come a long way since its introduction to world in the 1700s, and continues to grow and expand with new types of roller skates and roller skating activities. Today it is not uncommon to find people from all walks of life, enjoying various indoor, outdoor, inline, and quad roller skating activities. Roller skating has truly became a pastime, hobby, or sport that people of all ages can enjoy.

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