Grow Inline Speed is a
group of volunteers. Skating has enriched
their lives, in various ways. They work
together to help each other benefit even
more from skating, and to bring these
benefits to others.
You also have skills
and experiences which are valuable to
others. Share them! Let us know your
interests, and your ideas about how our
sport can become bigger and better. We’ll
provide you the support to help make those
help is something important everyone can do.
As you read our site, if you see something
unclear or wrong (yes, it's possible), tell
us. If you know of something
somewhere else on the Internet that would be
good for other skaters to know, tell
us so we can link to it.
Interviewing reporters are also needed. Our
sport has some coaches and skaters who have
great experience, and very helpful and
interesting advice to pass on, but they
don't have the time or inclination to write
it down and do the Internet posting.
You can sit and chat with them for a little,
perhaps with a voice recorder, perhaps via
phone, then write it up, or pass on the
notes and quotes to someone else in GIS.
If you are interested, contact
us, and we'll work out
interviewees and topics with you.
Another way you can
help is to join one of our committees. Look
very important way to help is to support
skating in near you. Skaters need
coaching, help, and encouragement. Teams
need people to do paperwork, make telephone
calls, do publicity, raise money, sometimes
drive skaters, and clean the rink after
practice. You can see these needs, and
that your help yields great results.
If you have any
questions, please contact
are specific things needed for skaters.
If you are interested in helping, let us
know; we'll provide more detail, and other
people to work with you. Most projects
are big; if you'd prefer to do only part,
let us know; anything will help.
Start with existing lists of teams, the
teams which regularly practice together at a
certain location. Contact each by phone or
e-mail to determine that contact information
is correct, and that they respond.
Check that they welcome rookie speed
skaters, and will be happy to help train
them. Identify whether they skate
indoors or out, and any special requirements
or programs they have. List the rinks
they train at. Identify the geographic
areas they serve, for people who want to
know what team is near them. Organize
this information so Internet users can
easily find what they want.
HUMAN RESOURCES (VOLUNTEER'S LEADER)
Work with people who are new volunteers for
Grow Inline Speed. Listen to them, to
understand what they are willing and able to
do, and what kinds of help they will need to
do their best. Put other people
(people you'll know, from the Grow Inline
Speed team) in contact with the new
volunteers. and check they are OK
working together. Explain to new
volunteers the specific things which they
can do, and work out with them which part of
those things they will do. Maintain
contact to ensure the volunteer continues to
get the help they need to do their best to
Receive explanations of skating drills.
Write explanations which are understandable
by inexperienced skaters and coaches.
Explain the important things to do during
the drill, to be sure it meets its goals.
Explain the purpose of the drill, and the
circumstances it is better or worse than
others. Explain how hard and long the drill
should be done in various circumstances.
Explain possible variations, and why they
are useful. Where practical, obtain
videos. Organize and/or index drills
so someone can easily find one to meet their
needs. Find new drills. Our drills
page has a link to a Hyper forum
discussion which could be rewritten for
permanent reference before it's deleted from
Find and./or create resource material for
parents of competitive skaters, in areas
including nutrition, time management, goal
setting, appropriate parental involvement
and making choices for a balanced life.
Much of this material is available to
parents in other sports, so the task is to
find that which is appropriate for speed
skaters, and to organize/index it so it's
easy for parents to find what they need.
YOUNG SKATER ADVICE
Parents of young (e.g., 30-60 months old)
skaters ask about starting their child into
skating. Sometimes they wonder when a
child should start skating, and what kind of
skating a youngster should do. Sometimes
they wonder where to find equipment,
particularly 3 wheel inline frames, and
boots for growing feet. You could
gather such information and forward it to
GIS, or write articles for the GIS web site.
VENDOR (REMOTE) GUIDE
Create a guide for buying speedskating
equipment for people who can't buy it
locally. Find vendors who maintain web
sites and/or provide good telephone
communication. Emphasis should be on vendors
who are willing and able to help skaters
decide what specific products are best for
them. Vendors should offer good customer
service, and some should communicate in
languages other than English and ship to
INFORMATION FROM OTHER SPORTS
Much information useful to skaters is
plentiful in data bases for other sports.
Cycling, running, swimming, ice skating, and
other sports have extensively studied about
nutrition, training cycles, sports
psychology, special considerations for
athletes of specific ages, building clubs,
parental involvement, and overall fitness.
GIS would welcome help for anyone to
identify such information; even one lead
would be appreciated. Anything more,
such as creating an index, or rewriting the
information for skaters, would be very
WEB SITE ORGANIZATION
Identify general and specific changes so GIS
web site information can be more easily
used. Discuss these ideas with others
to reach a consensus for improvement.