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Old September 14th, 2011, 01:42 AM   #41
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We're lucky to have the choice of two skating rinks within a 20 drive from home. Most of the time, it's occupied by heaps of kids/tweens and those filthy rollerbladers...

My only problem is I feel they should separate speeds skates into age groups ie 14 and under and keep them divided into a quads only and bladers only. Apart from that, you hardly notice the raisins and dropped food on the ground...
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Old September 14th, 2011, 04:28 PM   #42
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Thanks to both of you for the input. We have to institute a time out area. Space is short but we need to carve some out. We will work on it and I will let you folks know how things progress.

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Got's to go with MANY_SkatingDave on this one too, discipline and structure he's suggesting is usually better and more useful, than Banning folks from the Rink. Exceptions would be major behavior / drugs / weapons issues. His suggestions are what I've used over the years to good effect.

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Old September 14th, 2011, 05:09 PM   #43
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Hi Jim,

It just has to be a corner or small area someplace right next to the skating floor. Nothing fancy since eventually it gets used only for the next new crop of kids (males and females) and then it is unused till the next season or crop. Kids learn fast.

You got to remember they want to skate, and be with or show off to their friends in sometimes unruly ways. The closer you keep them to the floor the more they are willing to allow you and Sophie to make the rules so they can get out of prison.

It won't work for all, so you will still have to use a range of disciplines.

Yours in Skating, MA/NY Skating Dave

P.S. Remember this young kid, not speaking of English, that was on the floor with a loose jacket that could fall-off and cause a major crash. Well I tried to get him to realize I just wanted him to put his jacket down, yet instead he stayed off the floor not knowing what was wrong. After a bit I had to get him back out on the floor again - o - without his jacket.

Working with kids/scouts/youth and even some adults is the same as working with someone who only understands a foreign language.
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Old September 15th, 2011, 04:19 PM   #44
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Hi Again Jim,
you too Sophie,

Wanted to post this before I forgot about it. I already forgot about it 3 or more times.

This is an observation from one rink I skated at as an older adult for several years. Only two of us on the teen night sessions, with an occasional weak skating parent. My one skate-only friend was a whole lot better than me and could do all the chin to the floor tricks.

The Skate Rink Owner, I felt, had happened onto a great idea to burst all that teen energy early and control teen hyper energy. Within a short while of the beginning bell he had a speed skate for the guys and then one for the gals. It was rather a long speed skate. Sometimes he did this again later in the session.

The result was a lot more calmness. I told Kenny he was clever.

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P.S. Only but one idea to control the mayhem

Edit-01: The speed skates were also broken up by age. Don't remember if it was under 12 or 13. So it would be 2 guy skates followed by 2 girl skates.
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Old September 15th, 2011, 05:58 PM   #45
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