Skating Badges

(Discover Health and Fitness) by Kerry Cordy



This badge can be earned once for each individual type of skating including:  Ice Skating, Quad Roller Skating, Inline Roller Skating, and Skate Boarding


Penguin: Do 3 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____ 1.*  Learn the following safety rules of skating.

  • Be aware of other skaters and objects that may be in your path.
  • Always follow the rules of any rink or skate park where you are skating.
  • When skating outside, always wear a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards.  Safety gear is optional inside a skating rink as risk of injury is reduced.   Outside, the ground can be rough, and small objects such as rocks can make you trip and fall.  Inside a rink, the floors are smooth and well maintained.
  • Always wear safety gear when using a skateboard regardless of where you are skating.
  • Before skating, always examine your skates/skateboard and apparel for safety.  Make sure nothing is loose or cracked, that your laces are not too long, etc.
  • Learn to fall correctly to avoid major injuries.
  • On skates, if you feel like you are going to fall, squat down low, let your wheels/blades roll out from under you, and land on one side of your bottom.  Try not to land flat on your bottom or you might bruise your tailbone.
  • Do not use your hands to catch you, your wrists are fragile and may not support you.
  • On a skateboard, always try to “run off” first if you feel like you are going to fall.  This means simply stepping off the board at a slight run equal to your current speed.  If you do fall, do not catch yourself with your hands, instead try to tuck your elbows and roll onto your shoulders and back, or onto the side of your bottom.  You can practice by running, falling and rolling on a patch of grass until it comes naturally.  If you are skating on a ramp and wearing knee pads, simply fall to your knees and let yourself slide down the ramp.

_____ 2.*  Learn to skate using your chosen method. Be able to skate forward holding a parent or other adult's hand.

Otter:  Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____ 1.* Do Penguin requirements *1 and *2.

_____ 2.*  Learn to skate using your chosen method.  Be able to skate forward without touching a wall or any other form of support.  Be able to stop safely.


Dolphin:  Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.*  Know how to properly store and care for your skates or skateboard.  What type of maintenance is necessary to keep your skates/skateboard in safe working condition?


Butterfly:  Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.*  Learn the most common injuries in skating and how to treat them.


Eagle:  Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.*  Learn about the different sports offered for your type of skating.  Examples might include figure skating, vertical skating, ice or roller hockey, speed skating, etc.  A list of 30 different types of skating can be found here:


Owl:  Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____ 1. *  Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. *  Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional Requirements:

_____ 3.  Learn to lace your own skates and tie a proper bow.  (An adult can still help you tighten them properly so that they fit well).  Know how your skates should fit to avoid blisters.

_____ 4. Play a game on skates/skateboard such as Red Light/Green Light or Limbo.

_____ 5.  Learn the history of your style of skating.  Look at pictures of the evolution of skates or skateboards.

_____ 6. Visit a skating museum or exhibit.

_____ 7.  Learn to do at least one trick on your skates or skateboard.

_____ 8.  Understand the differences between skating styles including traditional quad roller skating, modern inline skating, ice skating and skateboarding.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

_____ 9.  Watch a skating show, competition, or exhibition.

_____ 10.  Participate in a service project that involves skating in some way.  Examples might be participating in a skate-a-thon, charity exhibition, or holding a bake sale to help raise money to build or maintain a community skate park.

_____ 11.  Learn about different skating associations related to your type of skating.  Examples might include the Roller Skating Rink Operators Association (RSROA), the Roller Skating Association (RSA), United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA), World Freestyle Skateboard Association (WFSA), etc.

_____ 12.  What careers are there that involve skating?  Think about what companies make skate products; who puts on the skate shows and competitions; the professional skaters themselves, etc.  What type of education would you need for one of these careers?  What could you expect to get paid?  Where might you have to live?

Great Roller Skating site for traditional quad skating.