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Introduction to Skating in India.

 

 

 This website was primarily designed to provide information on skating to our enthusiastic friends both in India and abroad. Since we receive a lot of enquiries on skating in India, we hope that this page would answer all the questions on the sport in India.

 

Skating in India can be broadly classified into three disciplines.

 

 

All these disciplines are equally popular in different parts of the country. Speed skating is the most popular and is practiced all over the country. Artistic skating is practiced in certain pockets of the country. Whereas Roller Hockey is more popular in North India compared to South India. All these disciplines are practiced by skaters ranging in the age of 3 years to 40 years.

 

STRUCTURE OF ROLLER SKATING IN INDIA

 

 

 

 Federation Intenationale de Roller Skating (FIRS)

Roller Skating Federation of India (RSFI)

State Association (A)

State Association (B)

 

District Association (A)

District Association (B)

 

Club (A)

Club (B)

Club (C)

 

 

 

We have various Roller Skating clubs in a district. These clubs are represented in and constitute the District Association. The District Associations are the members of the State Association. The State Associations constitute the Roller Skating Federation of India (RSFI). The Roller Skating Federation of India (RSFI) is the governing body of Roller Skating in India. The Roller Skating Federation of India (RSFI) is the member of the Federation Internationale de Roller Skating.

 

Skaters are registered with a club. The clubs are registered with the District Associatons. The District Associations are registered with the State Association. The State Associations are registered with the Roller Skating Federation of India. The Roller Skating Federation of India is registered with the Federation Internationale de Roller Skating.

 

There are various levels of competition that are held. They are

 

Club Level Where a club conducts a club level competition where only the skaters of the club are eligible to participate.

 

State Level Where a State Association (usually clubs take turns to help in organising) conducts a state level competition where only skaters of District Associations and Clubs registered with it are eligible to participate.

 

All India Invitational Competition Where a State Association (various clubs help in organising) organises an All India Invitational Competition where skaters of all State Associations / District Associations / Clubs of the country are invited to participate in the competition. There is no limit on the number of skaters who can represent a state. Hence it is an open All India Level competition where skaters from all over India are eligible to participate provided they are members of their respective clubs and associations.

 

National Level The National Roller Skating Championships is the most prestigious competition in the country. This is conducted by the Roller Skating Federation of India (RSFI) and each year a different state hosts the Nationals. All State Associations are represented by their best skaters. Each State Association is entitled to a maximum of 2 entries per event. The State Associations select 2 of their best skaters in each event based on the State Level competition conducted by them. This State Level competition is usually held not more than a month before the Nationals. Only skaters selected by their State Association are eligible to participate and it is not invitational like the All India event.

 

Selection Trials for the Asian and World Championship The other prestigious event is the Selections Trials for the Asian and World Championships conducted by the RSFI. The Asian and World Championships are held once in 2 years. It is every skaters dream to participate in the Asian and World Championships. But only the National Roller Skating Championship medal winners are privileged and honoured to be invited by the RSFI to participate in the Selection Trials. The skaters attend a preliminary training camp and consequently the trials are held. To be selected to participate in the Asian or World Trials, skaters are expected to achieve the target timing set for respective events. Usually the target timings are the 3rd place timing or 5th place timing clocked at the earlier Asian or World Trials. The target timings are decided by the RSFI. The selected skaters then attend a National Training Camp conducted by the RSFI where training is imparted by both Indian and foreign coaches. The camp is usually for a month. The skaters then go on to participate at the Asian or World Championships and bring laurels to the country.

 

 

Ó SkatetoIndia.

11th March 2000.