††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† THE WELL-DRESSED INLINE SPEEDSKATER

REASONS WHY

Safety is most important.  Especially indoors, skaters spend much time in very close, fast, contact, so whatís worn must be close fitting which will not catch on other skaters. Nothing like exposed jewelry is allowed; it could cut or snag someone else on impact. Skaters fall; another reason exposed jewelry isnít allowed is that it could tear into the person wearing it as they slide across the floor after a fall.

Skaters want to be aerodynamic because overcoming wind resistance is a big part of successful skating.

Skating is a family and spectator sport which encourages dress which will not offend the people who make our sport possible.  Therefore, derogatory phrases and the like arenít allowed.  Rules, standards, and customs of the host facility, such as skate rink, must also be complied with.

The following guidelines are similar to USARS Speed Rules 360-398 and indoor speedskating as done at USARS-sanctioned meets.  Other skating is similar, although outdoor races are less restrictive because of less contact between skaters.

CLOTHING

Many skaters wear uniforms, or skinsuits. Uniforms can be purchased many places, and virtually all are safe. But if you expect to wear a uniform in a national championship, or in a meet to qualify to skate a national championship, check with the national sanctioning group (USARS for USA) to ensure the uniform is OK.If you are designing a new uniform, consult your national sanctioning group for requirements.

Skaters who donít wear a uniform are appropriately dressed in clothing made for other sports such as running or bicycling.  Skating shorts are mid-length, aerodynamically tight rather than floppy, but not obscenely tight or short.  Athletic ankle-length tights are also OK.  For tops, athletic tight tops are worn for national championships or qualifying meets and by more experienced skaters; T shirts are sometimes worn for practice and by beginners.  Sleeveless tops, bare midriffs, and bikini or French-cut shorts are all typically not allowed.  Fashion statements, controversial phrases and much advertising detract from skating itself, so are inappropriate. Tops must be tucked inside pants.

ACCESSORIES

No exposed jewelry is allowed. The only exception is a wedding ring, but even these are dangerous, especially those with large stones, so covering them is safest and sometimes required. Removing jewelry is safest, but covering it with adhesive or duct tape is OK. Jewelry includes anything on a finger, arm, wrist, leg, ankle, face, ear, hair, or neck. Rubber bracelets arenít OK, nor are hair bands worn on a wrist.  If a neck chain is worn, it must be covered by the uniform.

Wrist, knee, and elbow guards are OK; gloves are also OK.

A fastened helmet must be worn whenever on the skating floor or other race course, and is always advisable whenever on skates.  Most good bicycle helmets are OK; to be sure check that the helmet complies with ANSI Z90.4, SNELL Bicycle, or ASTM F-1477m or CPSC Bicycle Helmet standard, or the comparable standard for your country.Stickers or labels shouldnít be added.  Helmets must be tight; the front of the helmet should be slightly above the eyebrows.  Hair in the front should be under the helmet (hair between the front of the helmet and the skin would allow the helmet to slide back in case of impact).  Helmets must fit tightly; adjusting the position of a helmet when on the skating surface usually means the helmet isn't properly fitted, and a skater may be required to correct this before being allowed to continue to skate.

Eyeglasses must have plastic, not glass lenses.  Eyeglasses must be secured by safety straps.

Hair may be tied using cloth, elastic, or soft plastic.  If a bandana is worn, it must be entirely under the helmet.

No attachments, such as good luck charms, may be worn on skates, uniform, helmet, or elsewhere.  Boot covers are OK.  Pockets must be empty.  Headphones aren't allowed.

If ointment or cream is worn, it must be covered. (A fall which would rub cream onto a skating floor could leave it too slippery for skate wheels to grip, a problem that could be quite hard to clean.)  Open wounds must be covered securely enough that they will stay covered in case of collision with another skater, or wall or floor.  Medical appliances, such as casts, can be worn only if they will not hurt another skater in case of collision, and only if the basic condition, such as a broken arm, would be no more at risk than a normal body part in case of collision.

The skater should have nothing in their mouth, especially not gum; nor are skaters allowed to carry any food or drink onto an indoor skating floor.

EQUIPMENT

In the USA, skate wheels used in National Championship meets and qualifying competitions must be available to all skaters; the manufacturer must certify this to USARS.  As an example, an older, list of certified wheels is at: http://www.usarollersports.org/pages/pdf/wheel_reg/2004InlineSpeedWheelReg.pdf
For World championships and qualifying meets, wheels must not be larger than 100mm.

 

Any skate boots and frames you buy are probably OK.

THE FINAL DECISION

Local situations may cause variations in the preceding. Decisions regarding whether what's worn is acceptable are made by the officials responsible for the skating event.†† If in doubt, it's best to ask your coach to check well before the race.