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Skate Park Etiquette for Scooter Kids

Skate Park Etiquette for Scooter Kids

Show the respect for others that you want them to show to you. Share the park.

One of the biggest challenges young freestyle scooter riders face is criticism at the skate park. Many people think young kids on scooters are out of control, oblivious to other people around them, and they get in the way of more experienced riders at the skate park. While this may be a fair criticism in some instances, most of the time, young scooter kids are in the same boat as kids on skateboards, BMX bikes, or inline skates. Unfortunately, scooter kids seem to take an unfair share of criticism at the skate park from the older kids. This is likely due to the fact that scootering has an easier entry point. That is, it's easier for a young kid to get on a scooter and ride around the skate park than it is for that same kid on a skateboard.

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Scooter Lingo - Volume 2

Scooter Lingo - Volume 2

Jeremy Cathcart definitely knows what "sick", "beast", and "boost" mean. He's also pretty familiar with "flow". :o)

We had a lot of fun with our tongue-in-cheek, yet informative, Scooter Lingo - Volume 1 article which resulted in quite a few web hits and some positive feedback. This article, volume 2, covers a few more terms that you'll hear from scooter kids around the skate park. Don't forget the 3 most important terms from volume 1: legit, dialed, and steezy. :o)


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Scooter Lingo - Volume 1

Scooter Lingo - Volume 1

"That scooter is so dialed and those bri flips are legit! You're riding steezy today. I can't wait to see that banger in your next edit, homie!"

This is the first article in what I expect will be a series of articles to help teach parents and kids who are new to the scooter world about some of the lingo you'll hear from other riders. I apologize in advance if some of my definitions and usage isn't perfect. This dorky ScooterDad will do his best to fit in with the kids and talk the talk. :o)

The first thing to know about scooter lingo is that it comes from the skate park and the streets, so many of the words crossover from skateboarding, BMX, and snowboarding. If you have a background in any alternative sports, you may already know some of the terms. When in doubt, don't be afraid to ask what someone means. It's better to ask than assume you know and be wrong.

Listen to how the words are used so you can learn the dialogue like you're visiting a new part of the world where you have to learn a new dialect. Have fun!

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Swap Meet - Frequent Part Swapping in Scooter Culture

Swap Meet - Frequent Part Swapping in Scooter Culture

When you're the scooter mechanic for a fleet of kids, you end up with a graveyard of parts like I have.

If your kid is serious about freestyle scooter competitions, you'll find very quickly that trying every possible part and combination of parts is ingrained in the culture. As a parent, it can be very frustrating and expensive. Try to find a way to balance economic concerns and part swapping with your kid's need to feel like he belongs to the culture.

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