Archive for May, 2010
I have two mindsets on how I feel about rules and guidelines in our sport. I am truly divided on this topic. First, I have a sense of “protection” for the sport and the rules it imparts. I created the rules and guidelines for the sport to bring about orderliness and preservation for the sport. It is a way to make sure that the sport of Xtreme Ice Skating, in both it’s movement and culture would not get tainted, diluted, or changed in any significant way. Contrary to that belief, I think it is great that Xtreme Ice Skaters have their own style of skating. It brings about personal creativity and self improvement. For that very reason, the “Pure Energy” movie was created, and so the Board of Directors.
On the other end of the spectrum, the rules and guidelines in Xtreme Ice Skating serve a particular function: to maintain stability and foster growth. No matter what sport, an instructor must teach his/her students the proper way of implementing a technique. It should be noted that I only hold these principles stringent to those whom teach the sport, or those who want to teach the sport. It is also for the same reason that Xtreme Ice Skaters continually improve upon their skill. For example, snowboarding has been recently adopted into the Winter Olympics. Because snowboarding is now on the professional stage, it has a lucrative and straight-forward system of expectations and outcome. Money and business are of the underlying cause and nature of snowboardings’ success. Therefore, rules and regulations were enacted to pursue proper competition and more competitive future athletes. This give-and-take structure is a byproduct of rules and regulations that serve to better business and the sport itself. It brings money and more participants into the sport. For example, when a sport’s equity is increased, it’s investment for better products increase. It is no wonder that snowboards have continually improved over the years. It is this effort of business and personal freedom together, of rules and non-mainstream culture combined, that bring about a sport’s success.
In conclusion, it is my understanding that extreme sports in particular, must be both completely free in “style” and also conforming in “rules”, to serve a greater underlying system: a system of win-win situations that create the best possible outcome created by the sport’s most inspirational and skilled athletes.