Inline Figure Skating(Last changed May 31, 1995) by Jennifer Kretschmer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Here's the first group of "tricks" that I have been able to take from ice figure skating and translating it to in-lines. I'll do one of each rating. The ratings again are:
Beginner = * Intermediate = ** Int/Advanced = *** Advanced = ****
- Swizzles *:
- This is a move that can be used to skate forward or later to
skate backwards. (backwards requires your weight to be towards the toe,
and going forward requires weight toward the heels.) It is
good for building up groin muscles, and the inside of your thighs. In
swizzles, your feet do not leave the gound. Start by gliding on two feet
about 7-8 inches apart. Then allow your feet to slide out while moving
until they are about 24-28 inches apart. Here comes the harder part
where your groin muscles come in. Without lifting your feet off the
ground, glide and pull your feet back in until they are again 7-8 inches
apart. Repeat the move over and over. You will soon gain momentum, and
the move will become easier to do with speed.
- Spiral **:
- This is a graceful move that you see figure skaters doing
often. This will be easier for more flexible people to do. It requires
good balance, so you should be able to skate on one foot with ease before
you try this. Gliding on one foot, point your toe of your free skate and
slowly lift your leg behind you. Arch your back, and bend at the waist
only. Don't throw your body weight forward or you will loose your balance.
You shoud try to balance all of your weight on your skating leg. A good
spiral form is when you can get your free leg up higher than your head.
- 3 Turn ***:
- This is a move that allows you to turn backwards by skating
on one foot. This will require you to go almost onto one wheel only for
a split second. You will fall trying to learn this, so be prepared.
Once you get it, your friends will be impressed. Use whatever foot you
feel most comfortable skating on one foot. Most people feel that this
move is easiest if your skating leg is your left one.
There are many types of 3 turns that deal with the "edge" (direction), but right now I will just describe it generically. Try holding onto something like a fence or bench when you first try this, and watch your chin if you fall. I had a friend who bumped her chin on a bench when she fell. Gliding on one foot, allow your free foot to hang behind you. Swing the free leg around slowly and shift your hips at the same time. Let your foot rock up towards your toe, and swing it backwards at the same time as your leg and hips go. You should now be skating backwards on one foot.
- Two-foot Spin ****:
- This is so fun to do, but be prepared to get dizzy. This requires you
to be on only two wheels. You can do it on your heels, on your toes, or the
easiest on one toe and one heel. Most people feel comfortable spinning
counter-clockwise. This is the common direction to spin in figure skating
unless you are left-handed and do everything in the opposite direction. I
will explain a right handed, toe-heel two foot spin like would be done on
You will be on the toe of your left foot and the heel of your right and will spin counter-clockwise. Start with your arms out to your side and feet slightly apart. "Wind up" by swinging your arms 90degrees in the clockwise direction. This will turn your body a little but don't let your feet move. All at the same time, swing your arms back the other way and pop up onto your toe heel position. Pull your arms into your body like your are trying to hug yourself. This will make you spin faster. Let your arms out to slow down and drop back to all your wheels.
- Waltz Jump ***:
- You should be able to do 180s before you try this one. I
will explain first how to do just the moves, with no grace attached.
However, this is a very graceful jump, and when done properly almost
gives the allusion of doing splits in the air. While skating forward,
glide on your left foot (if you are left-handed or feel more comfortable
skating on your right foot, do the exact opposite as I describe). Begin
rotating your body counter clock-wise. Allow your free leg to come
forward. When your body is 90 degress and your foot is still forward,
jump off of your left skate. While in the air rotate you body the last
90 degrees, change feet in the air and land on your RIGHT skate
To add some more grace, let your right leg swing forward to help you take off. Try this a few times holding onto a wall or bench or couch, with your skates on or off. Getting your body used to jumping off one leg and landing on the other is the hard part of this trick. Once you get this jump down, then more advanced figure skating jumps become easier to understand.
I've heard some poeple asking about axels on inline skates. Although I
mentioned before that I will only discuss those figured skating moves
that I can do on inlines properly, I will talk about axels anyway. My
main problem is landing on one foot, so I two foot the landing. I tend
to land with my weight a little forward (an old habit I also had on ice)
so that on inlines, I roll up to my toe, and fall. I know that I can
correct if only I would keep my body straight, but old habits die hard.
An AXEL is a ****+ maneuver on my scale. It requires excellent balance, and a lot of strength to pull off on inlines. This jump takes off forward off your left foot (outside edge), rotates one and a half times (540 degrees), and lands on your right foot (outside edge) going backwards. An important part of the take off is usuing your free right leg to "kick" forward helping you to take off. If you are new to trying this maneuver, try doing it on carpet or grass without your skates on. If you can't get the rotation without your skates on, you won't be able to do it with the extra weight of your skates. Another tip for the takeoff, is that most ice skaters like to skate into the jump going backward, and then stepping forward onto your left foot an immediately taking off. You can do it this way, or from skating forward depending on your comfort. I have noticed that most roller skaters do axels from a forward skating position. Try both, and use the one that allows you to get the most height and control.
- Loop Jump
Here's a new figure skating maneuver it's called a loop jump. I would
consider this and advance jump to try. you must already be able to do a
360 jump starting backwards and landing backwards.
LOOP JUMP: is a jump where you take off backwards on two feet, but land backwards on one foot. Skating backwards, scissor your feet so that your left foot is slightly in front of your right. Bend your knees deeply and glide in a counter clock-wise circle. Take off on an outside edge on your right foot still with your left foot trailing in front, and use your knee bend to "pop" yourself into the air.
Turn your body in the air in a counter clock-wise direction and pull your arms into your body (grabbing your left shoulder with your right hand sometimes helps in the rotation). Also, while taking off, lift your left leg up slightly higher than your right ankle.
When you have completed the 360 rotation, land on your right leg skating backwards on an outside edge, and allow your free leg to extend behind you. (Like the way you see ice figure skaters land) Remember to try this only when you can do a 360 in the counter clock-wise direction on two feet from backwards skating to a backwards landing.
You will fall many times learning how to do this so please wear protective gear including a helmet. The most common fall for this jump is in the landing. If you lean forward, you will roll up on your toe and do a face plant. Make sure that you bend ONLY AT YOUR KNEES AND NOT AT YOUR WAIST! Keep your back straight.
From: email@example.com (timothy mizerak) Newsgroups: rec.sport.skating.inline Subject: Re: Figure Skating on InLines! Date: 3 May 1995 22:21:45 -0400 >|> *** 3 TURN: This is a move that allows you to turn backwards by skating >|> on one foot. This will require you to go almost onto one wheel only for >|> a split second. You will fall trying to learn this, so be prepared. >|> Once you get it, your friends will be impressed. Use whatever foot you >|> feel most comfortable skating on one foot. Most people feel that this >|> move is easiest if your skating leg is your left one. There are many Most people are right-handed and prefer to rotate counter-clockwise, so that would make the left outside 3 turn the easiest. The direction of turn is very critical with 3 turns. You'll want to find your strongest direction and stick with it until you have that mastered, then start learning the other way. >|> types of 3 turns that deal with the "edge" (direction), but right now I will >|> just describe it generically. Try holding onto something like a fence or What really made the difference to my three turn was to *really* stress the edge. My first 3 turn was the right outside, and once I realized that was what I was trying to do, it started to come much easier. I had always been holding a straight line and finding it so difficult. So, think about drawing that 3 when you do this move and it will help. >|> friend who bumped her chin on a bench when she fell. Gliding on one >|> foot, allow your free foot to hang behind you. Swing the free leg around >|> slowly and shift your hips at the same time. Let your foot rock up >|> towards your toe, and swing it backwards at the same time as your leg and >|> hips go. You should now be skating backwards on one foot. This is basically it, but I can picture a lot of over-rotated turns. The key is to set your arms and shoulders first, then to let the rest of your body and foot complete the turn. I wouldn't stress the swing on the free leg either as it would also seem to over-rotate or pull the whole thing off balance. It's in the shoulders first, the hips second, then the foot. Shooshie's advice to practice these with two feet at first is very good. If you realize it or not, you have actually taught yourself two 3 turns that way, one outside and one inside! Timothy Mizerak, firstname.lastname@example.org On Tue, 2 May 1995, Shooshie wrote: > I'm still pretty lame on 3-turns, but I'm in no hurry, and I notice > improvement all the time. I do have a question for you. Do you "snap" your > body around, or just gracefully turn it and snap your foot at some point > in the turn? Also, when doing it in reverse (from backward to forward), do > you still do it on your toes, or do you use your heel? I have done both, > but I suspect that the heel version probably goes by another name. I've > been needing to ask someone this... maybe you would help. > Shooshie, I tend to do the slow, "graceful" move with my body turning and at the last second when my body is almost backwards I "snap" my foot. I use my arms too, but that's mostly from my figure skating traing when I had a coach yell at me to keep my head up and my arms out to the side. I even position my hands the way she used to make me. The backwards one, I always did with my weight towards the heel, even on ice. I'm not sure how you mean when you say you use your toes. If you can go from backwards to forwards going up on your toe, I believe that you have invented a new turn. I'll check my handbook to see if I can find it. If not then we should call it a "Shooshie Turn!" I like the sound of that.
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