Roller skating is the act of moving with the use of roller skates, which usually refers to shoes with four wheels (two rows of two), rather than the wheels in a single line, which is referred to as inline skates.
Roller skating is an extremely popular recreational activity that is prevalent all over the world. There are several competitive sports based on players using roller skates, and other that can be played using roller skates or inline skates. There are other Inline Skating Sports.
Sports Played Mostly on Roller Skates:
- Artistic Roller Skating — This sport collective represents a group of disciplines, each of which has separate medal competitions. The disciplines are, Figures, Dance (Solo and Team), Freestyle, Precision Teams (Patterns are formed for a music), and Singles and Pairs (Routines performed to music).
- Roller Derby — A team sport in which players were roller skates and compete on oval tracks. The sport was the main subject of a 2009 Hollywood movie "Whip It".
- Rollball — like handball on roller skates, players must bounce the ball while moving and score goals by shooting the ball into the opposing team's goal.
- Aggressive inline — It is a trick based sport in which skaters perform various tricks like grinds, spins and flips.
- Group Skating — It is more of a recreational activity in which groups in excess of tens of thousands take part.
Sports on Roller Skates or Inline Skates:
- Roller Hockey — A type of hockey in which players currently use inline skates, but has been played with quad skates in the past before inline skates were invented. Includes traditional roller hockey (quad hockey or rink hockey played with quad skates) and inline hockey (played with inline skates).
- Speed Skating — Inline skates are used for this sport, and involves direct racing on indoor or outdoor tracks.
- Roller Soccer — indoor sport, playing soccer while wearing roller blades.
- Inline Skating — also known as roller blading, a variety of sports performed while wearing skates with two to five polyurethane wheels arranged in a single line.
- Roller Skiing — races are conducted on tarmac road courses with athletes wearing snow skis with wheels attached.
- List of Roller Sports
- Complete list of sports
- The Encyclopedia of Sports
- Roller Sports at the Olympics