If it is your child's dream to become a pro skater, they may like to ride their scooter everywhere. Skateparks, cement sidewalks, and your driveway are all perfectly acceptable places to ride an inline scooter. There are places and times where riding around may not be the best idea or even dangerous. If your child is serious about becoming a pro at inline scooter competitions, here are some ground rules to set up to make sure that they can practice but do not find themselves in any trouble.
No riding to or from school
One of the most common ways for a child to get in trouble with a scooter is to ride it to school. It may be too tempting to keep it out of their backpack and ride around outside of the school during breaks. This can lead to an issue if the school has banned skates products or if they happen to cause damage on the school property.
It is also a possible risk that an expensive, competitive scooter could get stolen if left in a backpack or a locker. Make it a rule that the scooter stays at home during school hours.
Regulate all heights
Though it is tempting for your child to attempt to jump higher and higher stunts, it is not the safest thing to do without professional practice. Enroll your child in professional skating lessons, where they will learn the right tactics to attempt jumps and twists.
Make it a rule that they must not try stunts higher than what they have been taught at practice during the current time. Make a rule against jumping off any type of structure where it is not allowed, such as cars, stairwells, or other people's property.
Make them do scooter maintenance
One of the best ways to make a child to appreciate their equipment is to make them take care of the scooter. Your child should look over their scooter to determine if any screws and bolts are loose. If so, they should learn how to tighten them and the appropriate tools for doing so.
If the scooter has become scuffed due to falls or being thrown around, your child can paint their own scooter to enhance the color. Any handle bar grips that need to be changed should come out of your child's allowance. Learning to take care of their professional equipment will give your child an appreciation of how hard professional skating is and how hard the scooter works.