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Old April 12th, 2012, 05:09 PM   #1
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Default Rink Rules: Electronic Device Code of Ethics

Hi ALL, you too scrapdaddy, Harold, Okie, , , inlina,

Opinions and Some Fun, Keep the fun short yet make the opinions or observations as long winded as you wish. Also Rink Owners/Relatives please add if you wish.

Anyway a tread start by Pittsburgh Iggy (Donora, South of Pittsburgh, PA) got me thinking. Also thanks to Holiday Guy (Donald) who wrote that some NJ Skate Places will not let you use your ear_buds.

Porn Surfing at a Skate Rink / Public Place which I have seen is what got me thinking about "RINK RULES". You know those posters at the door, that Rink Rules announcements over the speakers.

Now in my era, as a teen skater, one would never think of bringing in a Playboy, Penthouse, or Hustler Mag to a skate rink and 'SHARE' like free running ape chickens. Yes Yes Porn existed in the age of only 2 or 3 TV stations before the age of PBS, and only one good AM radio station that did not crackle. Vinyl was only 1$ US and had at most two songs. Dream Baby, PT-109, Johnny Loves Me. And yes the Roller Rink Skating was good all weekend long.

This is not just about the teens since some of the worst have been the older people who used to know better.

SO Anyway

I think RSA has to create an Electronic Device Code of Ethics and the rinks have got to start enforcing them.

Yet with WiFi wired skate places which is a great add to Skating we can not get away from electronic devices and the WWWeb. The Good, the Bad, The Ugly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWXYBHpbxXE and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLgJ7pk0X-s . Hey HK they did that pretty good in the UK. Kind of like Southern fiddling.

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Old April 12th, 2012, 07:19 PM   #2
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I cant say when the last time i've heard over the speakers a rink go over the rules. Its posted on the walls when you walk in. Its up the management, and if they want the emoployees too, to enforce the rules.

If it is considered a family skating center by any means, even if its adult night, there shouldn't be any material that is considered inappropriote for underage people.

While rink's music choices can go from Smokin in the Boys room to something from LMFAO, its up to management to make that determination of what is crossing the line, and enforce the rules.

In addition to your issue with using wifi, it takes all of 2 secs to restrict certain types of sites.

But with the concern of using electronic devices, it can be simply written on the walls No electronic device can be used on the skate floor, or should be restricted to the snack bar area. Then it takes just a floor guard to say "You cant use that out here, you need to go to the concessions area"... and give a 3x your out of the building. THen for content, it would be easier for the employees to monitor whats going on.

All in all, its how the rink's management wants to deal with it and IF they are willing to deal with it.

One by my parents house has a no electronic device while skates are on (even sitting). And the owner there has eagle eyes, she can see if you are chewing gum... even if you arnt chewing.
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Old April 12th, 2012, 09:50 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by MANY_SkatingDave View Post
... Hey HK they did that pretty good in the UK. Kind of like Southern fiddling. ...
Well, the 'Uke has a pretty long history over here, used to be popular in the '50s ... funny that the only guy I know around here who can play one is from NY
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Old April 13th, 2012, 05:27 AM   #4
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Hi MA/NY Skating Dave,

Here's my Rink Rules Recomendation, and it also applies to your Thread regarding the Spanish Language issue.

Rink Safety Rules - Please Read Carefully:

This Rink promotes positive behavior and family enjoyment, our Rink Rules are for everyone's safety - this means You! Your violation of these Rules, can result in injuries to yourself and/or others.

No Tobacco, Alcohol, or Gum may be used inside this Rink.

1) Do - Obey all warnings & directions given by the DJ, Floor Guards, and Management;

2) Do - Skate slowly, carefully, and stay in control of your speed and direction;

3) Do - Watch out for other Skaters, to avoid colliding, and keep moving along the Skate Floor Edge;

4) Do - Watch out for objects on the Skate Floor, to avoid tripping or falling;

5 Do - Keep all Hats, Electronic Devices, Combs, and any other loose objects - OFF the Skate Floor;

6) Do - Skate the direction of normal Skating Traffic and outside of the Center Oval;

7) Do – Keep all Freestyle, Jamming, Rexing, & Figure Skating within the Center Oval;

8) Do - Keep all Food, Drinks, and Electronic Devices within the Concession Area;

9) Do Not - Trip, Push, Shove, Play Tag, Race, Chase, or Fight other Skaters;

10) Do Not - Cut through the Center Oval, or just simply “stand around” in the Center Oval;

11) Do Not - Cut in and out sharply (cut off) close around other Skaters;

12) Do Not - Carry small children Anywhere in Rink while wearing Skates;

Sanctions, including expulsion from this Rink, can result from non-compliance.

If your Rink has any Short Walls along any Skate Floor edges, then add the Rule – Do Not sit on the Walls around the Skate Floor.

The Rink's Safety Rules must be read over the Sound system towards the start of each session (say 10 mins in), and sometimes toward the middle of a Session too.

General Rink Rules - Please Read Carefully:

This Rink uses Video Surveillance both inside and outside the Building for everyone's Safety.

1) Be courteous to other Patrons and the Rink Staff.

2) This Rink does not allow “In and Out” privileges.

3) Report any problems and Accidents to a Floor Guard, a DJ, or the Rink Management;

4) Those appearing to be Drug/Alcohol impaired will not be admitted into this Rink.

5) For your Security, please use the Lockers provided for your valuables, this Rink accepts no responsibility for your possessions that may lost or stolen.

6) Please tuck your skate shoe laces inside your Rental Skates, and return them to the Skate Counter when you've finished using them.

7) We reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone not meeting standards of good taste in Dress or Behavior.

8) We reserve the right to expel any person not following the Rules and Polices of this Rink.

All Rink Rules must be posted, both outside and inside the Rink, in conspicuous places, and in large enough Print to be easily read.

If you have a significant population of Spanish Speaking patrons – who are not bilingual, then it is beneficial for everyone, to have all the Rink's Rules also posted in Spanish. (This could also apply to other non-English Speaking Language populations of significant numbers) This also applies to reading the Rink Safety Rules over the Sound system, if you have either a Staff person or a Volunteer who speaks Spanish. (or whatever Language is needed)

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Old April 13th, 2012, 11:47 AM   #5
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i dont skate in rinks enough to really have a comment, also, this laptop is the fanciest piece of electronics i own that isnt attached to a car. my phone is a dumbphone, i wouldnt know how to surf on one if i tried. as to the rules at a rink, i think they should be abided by. whatever they are. i know when i go i keep my water bottle in my bag, and my powerbars hidden, but thats as far as breaking rules that i go(at a rink). as to new rules needed to keep up with the times, not a bad idea, as to music, i would not be able to hear my music over the rinks, so why bother.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 05:44 PM   #6
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My regular rink has the rulees posted as you come in (guy on the door will ask "newbies" to read before they're allowed into the building) and posted up around the snack bar and adult bar.

Amongst the rules are some of the points raised above - no cameras or phones on the skating surface (can't say I've ever seen anyone wearing headphones of any sort when I've been there).

Other no-no's include "hoodies" - hooded tops are considered a safety hazard as, if someone happens to fall, they may inadvertantly grab said hood as they fall with serious consequences.

Personal opinion here on earbuds and other noise-cancelling headphones is that they, along with anything else that reduces situational awareness have no place in an environment where you need to know what's going on around you for your own safety and that of others.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 07:50 PM   #7
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My rink have the rules posted on the doors and the snack bar area the number one rules there no hats no headphones on the floor no tag play keep all food in snack bar and party area no fighting or bullying other skaters do not carry kids on and off the floor my other rink have a bag check and make you sign waivers before you can go in they too have the rules posted.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 10:48 PM   #8
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Our rink has rules. mmm... I'm sure they are posted somewhere.

I often hear "no carring children, no drinks or food, no tag or fast skating".

It drives me crazy though when people skate slowly around texting! What if they run into someone? I also think headphones of any design should not be allowed on the floor. I remember one night during fast skate when a mans i-pod popped off his shirt or whatever and crashed into a few pieces on the floor. He made a quick move (to save his stuff) and almost caused an accident...SCARY -- and who wants to skate over someones broken i-pod and go flying?

That's actually a family rule...no headphones while, riding a bike, skating or skiing (not in the car either). Mean parents that we are.
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Old May 6th, 2012, 03:23 AM   #9
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It sounds like your family rules are the way to go. I can't understand why someone would want to chance breaking their iPod or other electronics while skating. My iPod cost me way too much to watch it shatter on the floor, and yes my phone is stupid, but I still had to pay for it.

I have been known to make an on the spot correction every now and than if I see someone who needs a pointer or two on how to act while on the floor.

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