“Hopefully, kids realize you can do anything you want. Skateboarding can be that gateway”Ryan Sheckler
Just like teaching kids anything, the process of learning begins with an open mind and an open heart. Introducing a new sport, especially a high-impact sport, requires a lot of patience and practice.
I’ll begin by saying, I’m not an expert on skateboarding by ANY means. I honestly don’t even know how to ride one! But, I grew up doing many sports and feel strongly that it’s an important part of any child’s development. There are so many life skills that can be applied from sports, and skateboarding is no different.
I found a great website (linked above) with tips and resources on teaching kids the art and sport of skateboarding, and I think Ruben summarizes it best below.
“There are probably exceptions, but just like many, my kid is just an average human being and I don’t want to rush anything…Kids pick up skateboarding pretty quick. Here’s how you teach your kid how to skateboard.”
- Start by practicing on a patch of grass or carpet. This will prevent the skateboard form moving.
- Let them jump on and off a couple of times. When standing on the board their feet should be near the bolts.
- Make them lean forward and backward by using their toes and heels. Make sure they bend their knees a little.
- Once comfortable ride them around while holding their hands and find out which foot they prefer in front. Ask which direction they feel most comfortable with.
- Stand next to your kid and let them place their preferred foot near the bolts of the trucks.
- Tell them to slowly move forward by just walking, do this for a couple of minutes. You can either hold their hand or let them do it themselves. Always stay close.
- Once they can ‘walk’ a little tell them to take one step and put the other foot on the board. Rinse and repeat and they will pick it up.