1) In order to progress in the sport of artistic roller skating you will be required to attend training sessions on a regular basis.The above guidelines have been put in place in order to help promote individual and club growth. If you have any questions regarding the above points then please discuss with a member of the LARS team.
2) Membership is divided in to two section, Juniors under the age of 18 and seniors over the age of 18. All junior members require a parental consent form and seniors a standard application. Prior to attending club only activities.
3) An annual membership of £25 is payable on joining the club.
4) Members are required to wear suitable attire when attending training sessions, for example, tracksuit bottoms, t-shirts, skating dresses, sweat tops.
5) Club uniforms will be required for certain club activities, these can be purchased from the club at a small fee.
6) If entering club/federation competitions all membership and competiton fee's must be paid prior to competiton entry.
» Adjustable toe stops - the toe stops on artistic skates can be raised or lowered in order to suit the skaters style. In artistic skating the stopper is used for foot work and jumping, rarely stopping. Hence a more precise height is required.
» Adjustable action - the action of the trucks needs to be altered in order to suit the skaters size and style. This is so that the skater is able to edge/turn precisely.
» Solid ankle support - the boot needs to hold the foot firmly and give good support to the ankle. Injuries can occur from lack of ankle support.
These types of skates can be bought for between £20 and £60. They are adequate for people who wish to skate in public sessions and simply skate for fun. They are often made of plastic, have short hard stoppers, are non adjustable and give little or no support.
Competition skates can cost £140 upwards. They are a lot stronger than the Junior skates and the plates and trucks made from light weight metal alloys. The skates are fully adjustable in every way so that they can be made to suit the exact style and weight of the skater. The boots are made from leather and often have an inner shell to aid with support, with different stiffnesses available.
This type of skate is usually custom made but can be bought pre built.
These types of skates can be bought for between £40 and £100. They look like artistic skates but are simply leisure skates but with an artistic looking boot mounted on the top. They may give a little more support to the ankle than the leisure skate but on the whole they are the same.
These types of skates can be bought for anywhere between £70 and £120. These are really beginners artistic skates aimed mainly at children, due to the strength of plates. They are suitable for young skaters who are just getting use to the basics of artistic skating and are suitable for simple jumps, spins and foot work. They have fully adjustable stoppers and action.
The boots are suitable to support the ankle of a lighter skater.