When I am talking about any kind of sports, there are always disciplines involved. Disciplines are crucial for delineating or defining the competitive elements of a particular sport. For example, in martial arts there are many disciplines you can try. This is definitely true when it comes to running or track and field. There are many disciplines there. So, when it comes to skating, there are also many different disciplines as far as inline skating is concerned. These specializations are very important because they affect the setting, the intensity and the range of activities involved in that particular sub-segment of inline skating.
Why Inline Skating?
Inline skating is a lot of fun. Furthermore, you are able to achieve a tremendous rate of speed if you know what you are doing. You can make lots of turns. There is a tremendous variety of directions you can take. You can cut corners; you can make tight turns. It is a very versatile, flexible and physically engaging all-around sport. The past part to all of these, it is a very cheap sport, because as long as there is a paved, flat surface available in your area, you can engage in this sport.
With that said, if you want to take your inline skating to a whole other level, and I am talking about competition, pay attention to the different disciplines involved because normally, if you are going to be competing professionally, you have to zero in on a discipline or specialize in a couple or more disciplines. The more focused you are in training as far as disciplines go, the more successful you would be when it comes time to compete actually.
Vert skating refers to vertical skating. There is some sort of half-pipe or vertical element involved. What you are really doing is to ride your skates at a much higher height than your competitors. You can use a vertical ramp or a half-pipe. This involves a tremendous amount of speed, and this discipline is scored based on how creative you are. When you reach a high altitude, and you are vertically up in the air, you can do tricks. You can flip. You can spin.
The points are given based on the difficulty of the move, how smoothly you executed as well as how original your move is. It really is a work of art. It involves a tremendous amount of speed as well as creativity. This discipline is one of the more formal disciplines of inline skating because it is actually part of the X Games as early as 1995.
Aggressive Inline Skating
Aggressive inline skating involves aggressive inline skates. This is a very specialized form of inline skates. It might seem like on the surface that there is not much difference between these types of skates and regular inline skates, but these skates are designed for you to make really sharp turns and aggressive moves and grinding. Grinding is when you tilt to the side of the boot. This is a very extreme form of inline skating because the focus is primarily on stunts. How many stunts can you perform? How fast can you go while performing the stunts?
This discipline is scored primarily on difficulty. How difficult is this stunt to pull off? How rare is the stunt? Also, does it look good? There are so many factors there, and the great thing about aggressive skating is that it really gives you a platform for your creativity. You get a lot of leeway as far as your imagination is concerned, you can push the boundaries based on what you can do on a flat surface.
Freestyle skating is a set of skating disciplines that is performed on a flat surface. These competitions are governed and are overseen by the Internal Freestyle Skaters Association or IFSA. The IFSA has really strict rules regarding what constitutes freestyle skating and the kind of moves you could make. In fact, their definitions are so tight that they are reduced to three things you can do.
There is the free jump, the speed slalom and the freestyle slalom. These are the competition level disciplines for freestyle skating. There are two optional disciplines like the jam and the high jump, but those are just optional. If you want to compete professionally in freestyle skating, you need to focus on free jump, speed slalom and freestyle slalom because these are compulsory. These are mandatory. You have to actually do these. These are not optional.
One discipline that is quite obvious when it comes to inline skating is, of course, street hockey but on rollerblades and on a concrete surface. To perform well with roller hockey, you need larger wheels for your rollerblades. Generally, speaking, these wheels are in the 70-78 mm size range. In addition, the boot is different for hockey rollerblades. It is squared off. You do not brake using a brake mounted on the boot. Instead, you brake through your movement. It requires a lot more discipline, but it involves a tremendous amount of speed and power. It is a really great way to enjoy hockey when there is not enough ice around. This is an incredible off-season replacement sport for ice hockey aficionados.
Speed skating is pretty straight forward. It is really all about skating at a very high level of speed. You basically just have to a lot of discipline to get up to that level of speed and maintain your control, which is not always easy.
Off-road skating is a very fun discipline, but it can also be very hazardous because the moment you skate outside of flat surfaces, you are pretty much taking your safety on your own hands. Of course, off-road skating necessarily involves the right safety gear, but it is anybody’s guess whether the safety gear can redo the job considering the wide variety of terrain and conditions that you are going to be facing when you are doing off-road skating. The great thing about off-road skating is its versatility as well as its unpredictability, and the fact that you do not know what you are facing up until a point where you are already scaling a track is what makes it exciting and also potentially risky.