The Book for Skateboarding Education

Skateboarding, Programming, and Park DesignSkateboarding needs more people like Ben Wixon. A lifelong skateboarder, teacher, writer whose enthusiasm and dedication to skating is unparalleled. This commitment shows in his new book, Skateboarding: Instruction, Programming, and Park Design.

Published in January 2009 by Human Kinetics , Skateboarding takes readers from rudimentary parts of a skateboarding through to forms and fundamental trick progressions. There’s an exploration of skateboarding terrain and policy as well for those skatepark geeks out there. At its core, however, this book helps demystify skateboarding for educators and Parks officials.

When skatepark activists are asked what they should do with the park after it’s open, this is the book to hand them. Inside, readers are presented with a full spectrum of all-things-skateboarding:

1: Skateboarding and Skateparks

  • Why Skateboarding?
  • Benefits of Skateboarding
  • The Growing Need for Skateboard Programming
  • Outline of Skateboarding Curriculum

2: Safe Skateboarding

  • Skatepark Management and Operations
  • Safety Equipment
  • Instructional Safety
  • Skateboarding Safety Statistics
  • Safety Guidelines

3: Teaching Skateboarding

  • Instructional Job Descriptions
  • Beginning Instruction
  • Skateboarding Requirements
  • Teaching Skatepark Etiquette and Safety

4: Skateboarding Fundamentals

  • General Questions Before the Beginning Lesson
  • Activity 1: Skateboard Orientation
  • Activity 2: Stretching
  • Activity 3: Bailing Out and Falling
  • Activity 4: Navigating the Skateboard
  • Activity 5: Tick Tacks and Manuals
  • Lesson Closure

5: Beginning Skatepark Lesson Plans

  • Beginning the Skatepark Lesson
  • Activity 1: Warm-Up and Orientation
  • Activity 2: Walking the Park and Teaching Etiquette
  • Activity 3: Teaching Skatepark Skills
  • Lesson Closure

6: Intermediate and Advanced Skateboarding Skills

  • Skateboarding’s Creative Element
  • Intermediate and Advanced Skateboarding Skills
  • Lesson Closure

7: Planning and Designing Skateparks

  • Considerations for Planning a Skatepark in Your Community
  • History of Skatepark Design
  • Overview of Concrete Skateparks
  • Overview of Wooden Skateparks
  • Overview of Modular Skateparks
  • Factors to Consider
  • Planning for the Future
  • Design Styles

8: Scheduling Skateparks

  • Hours
  • Program Scheduling
  • Planning for Other Activities
  • BMX Bikes and Skateparks

9: Supervising Skateparks

  • Supervision Guidelines
  • Types of Supervision
  • Staffing
  • Maintenance Routines and Procedures
  • Skatepark Amenities
  • Fencing
  • Dealing With Typical Questions, Issues, and Problems

10: Skateparks in the Community

  • A Skatepark’s Role in the Community
  • Skatepark Sectors
  • Skateboarding in School
  • Advocacy and Involvement in Community Skateparks
  • Developing a Skatepark in Your Community

The book is currently in print and is well worth its $20 (or so) price tag.

Visit the Publisher’s Website.