Skateboarding: Instruction, Programming, and Park Design

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Human Kinetics, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 207 pages
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Skateboarding is one of the fastest-growing activities for youth in America and throughout the world. This fun and exhilarating activity is a great way of fighting childhood obesity while providing a practical method of transportation. The increased popularity of skateboarding has created an unprecedented demand for more skateparks, sound instruction, and access to safe opportunities for skating. Skateboarding: Instruction, Programming, and Park Designprovides safe and effective skateboarding instruction and programming as well as information on building and managing skateparks. You'll get all the tools you need to do everything from teaching fundamental skateboarding skills to designing and running a park to meet the needs of your community.

In Skateboarding: Instruction, Programming, and Park Design,author Ben Wixon, an experienced skateboarder, instructor, and skatepark consultant and advocate, provides you with

-a full curriculum with progressive lesson plans and practice strategies to help you teach skateboarding safely and correctly;

-guidance through the planning and design process, including an overview of the pros and cons of various skatepark styles and construction types;

-information on key management issues such as supervision, staffing, scheduling, and maintenance; and

-strategies for managing risk through appropriate skateboarding instruction, supervision, and park maintenance.

Proper instruction in skateboarding fundamentals is the first step in providing a safe experience for all participants. Skateboardingbegins with a ready-to-use curriculum that can be implemented in a variety of settings, including schools, public parks, and camps. The step-by-step lesson plans make it easy to teach everything from basic techniques to intermediate and advanced skills. The lesson plans are educationally sound, meet NASPE standards, and can be used either in or out of a skatepark. The curriculum also includes practice strategies to help participants acquire new skills and perfect their techniques, and it even includes guidelines on safety and skatepark etiquette so students will learn that avoiding risk is an important part of skateboarding fun. The book's glossary makes technical jargon and skateboarding slang easy to understand for administrators and new instructors and gives them insight into the idiosyncrasies of skateboarding culture.

Skateboardingalso features thorough coverage of skatepark management and administration. Wixon offers expert advice on planning and designing a skatepark. He presents factors and questions to consider, information on the various types of skateparks so you can choose the one that best fits your needs, and help with budgeting for construction and maintenance costs. You will also find tools and resources to help you manage both new and existing facilities. Skateboarding covers the most essential management areas. You'll find recommendations on scheduling and programming, staffing and supervision guidelines, and instructions on establishing a maintenance routine. The book also contains helpful forms, including participation waivers and safety and maintenance checklists, and a list of recommended vendors to make it easy to order the equipment you need. Throughout the book you'll find tips for managing risk and promoting safety in the skatepark.

Skateboardingis the perfect all-in-one resource for administrators, youth instructors, and physical educators. It offers all the information you'll need to design, supervise, and maintain a skatepark as well as create skateboarding programs for the youth in your community.


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About the author (2009)

Ben Wixon, MED,is a recreation leader and programming consultant for Portland Parks and Recreation and also teaches middle school in the Portland Public School District. He earned a master's of education with a focus on curriculum and instruction at Arizona State University in 2002.

Throughout his 20 years of skateboarding experience, Wixon has performed in public skateboarding demonstrations and competed in and judged numerous competitions. He has competed in several World Cup Skateboarding events as well as the 2000 and 2002 Van's Amateur World Championships.

Wixon has taught and managed both public and private skateboarding camps. He has also helped numerous organizations develop skateboarding curricula and programs, including Portland Parks and Recreation; the cities of Chandler, Tempe, and Phoenix, Arizona; YMCA of the USA; Portland Public Schools; Cartwright School District; Windell's Snowboard Camp; and Site Design Group Skateparks. He has more than a decade of experience in skatepark advocacy, programming, design, and construction.

In his leisure time, Wixon enjoys board sports (skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing), bicycling, traveling, camping, and collecting books and records. He currently resides with his wife in Portland, Oregon.

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