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Old September 23rd, 2011, 07:52 PM   #21
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I guess I should put my 2 cents in since I am a floor guard. I have skated at one rink were there was no floor guard, but it was a Sunday afternoon with only a few people there, another rink was it was a Saturday afternoon where the manager came out on the floor a few times.

The rink where I work at has always had a floor guard. Last Sunday we had around 400 people there and there were 3 floor guards working. 2 were on the floor at all times. At birthday parties there will always be kids that have not skated before. When I am working a day with more than 2 party I am kept very busy. Sometimes I have felt like a baby sitter. I have learned to be firm but genital. I deal with teens differently than I do with little kids. I have been told never to argue with the people if there is a problem to go get the owner/operator. Whenever I can I try to encourage the kids that are not very good skaters and given them a few tips on skating. Bottom line is the floor guard must be a excellent skater. Not intimidated by people that want to talk back. Be very vigilant at all times. Most of the time I try be proactive. So I can correct a problem before it happens. The rules are there to protect the skaters so whenever I need correct someone I always say we just want to keep you safe. Most of the time they are not aware of the rule, even though they are announced before each session.
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Old September 25th, 2011, 04:08 AM   #22
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When i was in the UK the Colchester Roller World had zero skate guards and crazy kids weaving in and out and through and under others without much control. They went FAST through everyone, often knocking people over or bumping people into the wall/middle.

It was a crazy experience, but really fun as I tend not to fall when I'm in an impact with those smaller than myself!

If it were like that at my rink, I don't think we would go. Our skate guards are at the other end of the spectrum. They concern themselves with how many buttons are done up on your sweater and that your jacket is at least 51% zipped up.

What rink would that be? I see you are in Baldwin, ever go to Sportsmans Hall?

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Old September 25th, 2011, 07:54 AM   #23
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I'm amazed to read that so many rinks don't have floor guards. At my rink (Semoran Skateway) we have one floor guard on at all times during the day, two guards for nightly sessions and if we hit 300 or more people on the floor we add a third. I can't imagine a packed session with NO floor guards. That's just crazy!
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Old September 25th, 2011, 01:38 PM   #24
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I've seen how much chaos can happen when there is just one kid who decides to do his own thing on the floor. I would not want to skate someplace that did not have at least one floor guard out there.

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Old September 25th, 2011, 02:48 PM   #25
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Sometimes no guard or rules the session may look like this:. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBDFkQtxRxY or this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvdLCAC59jE even this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vq2r7hPUNo
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Old September 25th, 2011, 05:02 PM   #26
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I guess I should put my 2 cents in since I am a floor guard. I have skated at one rink were there was no floor guard, but it was a Sunday afternoon with only a few people there, another rink was it was a Saturday afternoon where the manager came out on the floor a few times.

The rink where I work at has always had a floor guard. Last Sunday we had around 400 people there and there were 3 floor guards working. 2 were on the floor at all times. At birthday parties there will always be kids that have not skated before. When I am working a day with more than 2 party I am kept very busy. Sometimes I have felt like a baby sitter. I have learned to be firm but genital. I deal with teens differently than I do with little kids. I have been told never to argue with the people if there is a problem to go get the owner/operator. Whenever I can I try to encourage the kids that are not very good skaters and given them a few tips on skating. Bottom line is the floor guard must be a excellent skater. Not intimidated by people that want to talk back. Be very vigilant at all times. Most of the time I try be proactive. So I can correct a problem before it happens. The rules are there to protect the skaters so whenever I need correct someone I always say we just want to keep you safe. Most of the time they are not aware of the rule, even though they are announced before each session.
I'm not sure that's the best way to deal with things.
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Old September 26th, 2011, 04:29 PM   #27
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I'm not sure that's the best way to deal with things.
Agreed. Soft genitals around children only.
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Old September 26th, 2011, 05:01 PM   #28
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I'm not sure that's the best way to deal with things.
Can you go more in depth to what you mean. Are you talking about how I talk to people?
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Old September 26th, 2011, 05:40 PM   #29
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Hey passthefire,

You used the wrong WORD !!

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I have learned to be firm but genital.
"Gentle" is what I hope you meant.

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Old October 25th, 2011, 09:50 PM   #30
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Still no skate guards here.
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