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*** Copyright 1994-1996 by George Robbins - see detailed note at end ***

This document is posted periodically to the
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This is the skating book FAQ - it is intended as a resource for
individuals wishing to find books about different forms of skating
and related arts.  The general format is that of "mini-reviews"
giving the title/author, publisher/order/ISBN information and a
brief commentary on the book itself.

If you're wondering about videos and magazines, I don't deal in these,
but for the ice skating folks, the Skaters Edge Sourcebook by Alice
Berman, reviewed below, has an extensive listing of book, videos and
magazines.  There are also a couple of good web sites:



The Rainbo Sport Shop Catalog (773-275-5500) is probably the best single
source for ice related books and videos, their catalog has a two page
spread for each, including cover pictures and brief descriptions.

There are two fundamental problems with books on skating - first,
skating is best learned by skating under the supervision of an
instructor, not by reading about it - second, there are only a few
skate books "in print" or to be found at your local bookstore.

The first of these problems is essentially intractable - the best
writer can only convey a crude sketch of the dynamic motions of
skating and is trapped between a simple explanation to convey the
"spirit" of a move and a lot of technical verbiage to attempt to
describe the correct execution.  This is really an area where videos
could be most effective - some do exist - but not neccessarily
formatted as replacements for or adjuncts to books.

The second problem is one that may require more effort on the
readers part.  Typically bookstores will only have one or two of
the in-line skating books and maybe an ice skating book for sale
- if that!  The first line of attack is to visit the public/university
libraries in your area and see what is available.  Small town/county
libraries usually have a few random selections from the older books,
while a city or university library may have a broader selection.

Some of the new book super-strores, such as Borders now carry a pretty
extensive line of the in-line books and several of the more popular
ice-skating books.  Rainbo Sports (312-275-5500) has a fairly extensive
selection of ice skating books, including some that don't seem to be in
general print and some of the Platoro press books.  You may also want to
keep an eye on used book or book remainder stores in your area - while
skating books aren't common compared to golf or running,  you'll find
them from time to time.

This particular list focuses mainly on "how to skate" books and some
"about skating" books.  I've intentionally omitted a few such books
where they are clearly inferior to the ones listed or just too dated
to be of practical use, and not old enough to be historical curiosities.
I've omitted many of the coffee table picture books - while some are
actually quite interesting to page through, they really don't have all
that much to offer the skater.  I've also omitted Juvenile books -
there are quite a few of both the how-to and biographies, but they're
largly interchangable.

I've recently broken down and added a section of "adult" skating
biographical books.  It's not really clear that there are really
that many books in this category, and I refuse to add the half-dozen
Tonya & Nancy instant publishing books!

Finally, items truly specific to a specific type of skating - rule
books, magazines, pamphlets and videos are found in the various

I'm open to adding additional entries to this list, *if* you can
provide the same kind of information in the entries below.  I'm
also willing to correct or improve the mini-reviews, though they
are, at best, no more than informal impressions.  I'd also consider
adding additional sections or related subject if they are relevant
to skating.  Specifically, I would like to extend the listings with
some books on physical conditioning/training useful to skaters and
books on dance (technique or as a mode of expression - not dance
as an fine ART).

Note for bibliophobes - "Trade Paperback" simply means a book bound
with a soft cover sold to the retail trade vs. primarily to libraries.
Many of the books are/were also available in hardcover library
editions, a few also were also published in standard small-format
paperback editions.

I don't claim to be authoritative on any branch of skating, since
I've only skated seriously for a few years now, so suggestions for
improvement of this list are always welcome.

Send e-mail to

The books are listed by category and copyright date - I used to
try to list them in good-ok-bad order, but aside from being only
a personal opinion, this got painful as more books were added and
I included some entries for books that I'd never seen.

The rating system is pretty obvious - 3 plusses means it's a book
you should seek out, 2 means it's useful, 1 means it's not useless.
a minus means it's not particularly useful, although it may still
have historic or entertainment value.  A qustion mark indicates a
book that should be good, but I haven't personally read it or gotten
a solid recommendation.


Introduction (above)

In-Line Skating Books:
+++ In-line Skating: the Ultimate How-to Guide; Albert Fried-Cassorla; 1995
+   The Complete Guide and Resource to In-line Skating; Stephen C. Joyner; 1993
+++ Inline Skating; Mark Powell & John Svenson; 1993
++  Get Rolling: The Beginner's Guide to Inline Skating; Liz Miller; 1992
++  The Complete Blader; Joel Rappelfeld; 1992
    Blazing Bladers; Bill Gutman; 1992
    Wheel Excitement; Neil Feineman with Team RollerBlade(R); 1991
+++ The Complete Handbook of Speed Skating; Dianne Holum; 1984

In-Line Skating Area Guides:
    The Ultimate Skating Guide to the SF Bay Area; Tod Ray; 1995
    Skating unrinked: ...San Francisco Bay area; Richard Katz; 1994
    Let's skate Minnesota: where to roll indoors and outdoors; B Shotwell; 1992

Roller Hockey:
+++ In-line Roller Hockey: the Official Guide and Playbook; Steve Joyner; 1995
    Official Rules of In-line Hockey; NIHA; 1995
-   Roller Hockey - Of Sticks and Skates...; Hollander and Clark; 1975

Conventional Roller Skating Books
+   Dancing on Skates; Richard Arnold; 1985
+++ Competitive Figure Skating - A Parents Guide; Robert Ogilvie; 1985
    Roller Skating - Fundamentals and Techniques; Sharon Kay Stoll, PhD; 1983
+   Outdoor Skating; Frank Simcoe; 1980
    Anybody's Rollerskating Book; Tom Cuthbertson; 1980
    Roller-Skating from Start to Finish; Jack Trap; 1980
    Jammin' - Bill Butler's Guide to Roller Disco; Butler and Schoen; 1979
-   Roller Disco Dancing; Kelley Kollmar & Melody Mason; 1979
++  The Complete Book of Roller Skating; Ann-Victoria Phillips; 1979
    The Complete Book of Roller Skating; Editors of Consumer Guide; 1979
+++ Roller Skating Guide; Hal Straus & Marilou Sturges; 1979
    Roller skating: the Sport of a Lifetime; CA Waugh and JLB Larsen; 1979
    Roller Fever; Linda Konner; 1979
    Keep on rollin': Complete Guide to...; Sharon Boorstin; 1978
++  Winning Roller Skating; Randy Dayney with Joel Cohen; 1976
++  Better Roller Skating; Richard Arnold; 1976
    History of Roller Skating; James Turner; 1975
    Roller skating: Elementary Techniques for...; Edward R. O'Neill; 1960
    Roller Skating Through the Years: the Story of...; Morris Traub, ed; 1944
    The Art of Plain Skating; Perry S. Rawson; ca 1941
    The Art of Skate Dancing; Perry S. Rawson; ca 1942
    Skate Dance Diagrams; Perry S. Rawson; ca 1943
    Skate Dance Shortcuts; Perry S. Rawson; ca 1946

Roller Derby:
    Five Strides on the Banked Track...Roller Derby; Frank Deford; 1971

Ice Skating Books:
?   Yes! You Can Do the Triple Jumps; Billy Ng; 1996
++  Ice Skating - Steps to Success; K. Kuenzle-Watson & Dr S. DeArmond; 1995
+++ Skaters Edge Sourcebook; Alice Berman; 1995
+++ Figure Skating: Sharpen your Skills; Patricia Hagen [ed];  1994
    The 1994 Official USFSA Rulebook; USFSA; 1993
    Figure Skating: A Celebration; Beverley Smith; 1994
    Ice Time: A Portrait of Figure Skating;  Debbi Wilkes w/Greg Cable; 1994
    Figure Skating Performance: A Psychological Study; Peter P. Moormann; 1994
+   Figure Skating History: The Evolution of Dance on Ice; Copley-Graves; 1992  
+   The Complete Manual of Ice Dance patterns; Jeff Lerner; 1992
    Choreography & Style for Ice Skaters; Ricky Harris; 1991
++  Laura Stamm's Power Skating; Laura Stamm; 1989
+++ Figure Skating - Championship Techniques; John Misha Petkevich; 1988
+++ Competitive Figure Skating - A Parents Guide; Robert Ogilvie; 1985
    The Complete Handbook of Speed Skating; Dianne Holum; 1984
?   The Skaters Handbook; John Misha Petkevich; 1984
    How to Succeed at Skating; Monika Maier; 1982
+++ Figure Skating; Carlo Fassi with Greg Smith; 1980
+++ Ice Dancing Illustrated; Lorna Dyer w/Harry Brandt; 1980
    Creative Ice Skating; Frances Dorsey and Wendy Williams; 1980
    Skating: Elegance on Ice; Howard Bass; 1980
-   The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ice Skating; Mark Heller; 1979
    Figure Skating; Dianne Deleeuw with Steve Lehrman; 1978
-   Enjoying skating; the Diagram Group; 1978
?   Singles Figure Skating (for Beginners and Champions); Dr. Josef Dedic; 1974
+++ Basic Ice Skating Skills; Robert Ogilvie; 1968
-   Instant Skating; Dick Button; 1964
-   The Fun of Figure Skating; Meribel Vinson Owen; 1960
-   Skating For Beginners; Barbara Ann Scott and Michael Kirby; 1953
-   Skate with Me; Barbara Ann Scott; 1950
-   Advanced Figure Skating; Maribel Y. Vinson; 1940
-   Primer of Figure Skating; Meribel Y. Vinson; 1938
-   The Art of Skating; Irving Brokaw; 1910, 1928
    Skateology; Sidney Broadbent; ?

Platoro Press Books:
    Figure Skating History: The Evolution of Dance on Ice; Lynn C. Graves
    Ice Skating Fundamentals; Marilyn Grace House
    Get the Edge: Sport Psychology for Figure Skaters
    How Sport Psychology Can Make You a Champion
    Symphony on Ice: The Protopopovs; A. Shelukhin
    Key to Rythmic Ice Dancing; Muriel Kay
    Origins of Ice Dance Music; Muriel Kay
    Complete Manual of Ice Dance Patterns; Jeff Lerner
    Secrets of Soviet Skaters: Off-Ice Training Methods; T Moskvina (upcoming)
    Figure Skating: The Pages of History; R. Chubrik (upcoming)
    Patterns of Russian Ice Dance; Y. Tchaikovskaya (upcoming)

Biographical Works of Interest:
    Full Circle: an autobiography; Dan Jansen w/Jack McCallum; 1994
    Torvill and Dean: Fire on Ice; J Torvill & C Dean w/Neil Wilson; 1994
    Kurt: Forcing the Edge; Kurt Browning w/Neil Stevens; 1991
    Thumbs Up!  The Elizabeth Manley Story; E. Manley w/Elva Oglanby; 1990
    Orser: A Skaters Life; Brian Orser w/Steve Milton; 1988
    Queen of Ice, Queen of Shadows...Sonja Henie; Raymond Strait; 1985
    Scott Hamilton: A behind the scenes...; Michael Steere; 1985
    Skating for Gold: Intimate Story of Scott Hamilton; Michael Steere; 1984
    Torville and Dean; Jayne Torvill w/John Hennessy; 1983
+   John Curry; Keith Money; 1978
    Natalie Dunn: World Roller Skating Champion; Gloria D. Miklowitz; 1979
    On Thin Ice; Henry Jelinek Jr. and Ann Pinchot; 1965
    Dick Button on Skates; Dick Button; 1955
    Skate with Me; Barbara Ann Scott; 1950
    Wings on My Feet; Sonja Henie; 1940

Related Subject Areas:
++  How to play the piano, despite years of lessons...; Cannel & Marx; 1976
+++ How To Dance Forever - Surviving Against the Odds; Daniel Nagrin;  1988
    The Magic of Dance; Margot Fonteyn; 1979
    Dance With the Music; Elizabeth Sawyer; 1985
    The Pointe Book - Success through Technique; Janice Barringer; 1990
    The Dancers Body Book;  Allegra Kent with J & C Cammer; 1984
    The Complete Guide to Disco Dancing; Karen Lustgarten; 1978
    The Official Guide to Disco Steps; Jack Villari and Kathleen Villari; 1978
    Night Dancin'; Vita Miezitis and Bill Bernstein; 1980
    A Social History of the Bicycle; Robert A. Smith; 1972
+   Mental Toughness Training For Sports: Achieving...; James E. Loehr; 1986

Inline Books:

    In-line Skating: the Ultimate How-to Guide
    Albert Fried-Cassorla
    Prima Publishers; Rocklin CA - 1995
    Trade Paperback, 225 pages, $16.95
    ISBN 1-55958-648-6
    [ also available direct from Prima Publishing - 916-632-440 ]

	1. An Introduction to In)line Skating
	2. A History of Skating
	3. Getting Started: How to Choose your Equipment
	4. Skating Safer
	5. Maintenance
	6. First Moves
	7. Advanced Moves
	8. Join or Start a Skating Club
	9. Fitness, Health and Cross Training
	10. In-line Hockey
	11. Speed Skating and Racing
	12. Skating Dancing and Figure Skating
	13. Ramps and Ramp Plans
	14. Skateflections
	A. Natational Associations and Organizations
	B. In-line Media
	C. Manufacturers and Vendors
	D. Annual Events

	This is another comprehensive and well balanced book on in-line
	skating, maybe not the best yet, but well up there.  Topics
	not covered in other general coverage books include hockey,
	street tricks and ramp plans.  The illustrations are current,
	taken mostly from the Philly and NYC outdoor scenes and some
	from last year's Taco Bell competition.

	The downsides are minor - the section on dance/figure skating
	reflects a narrow definition - artistic dance on in-lines - that
        ignores the visible and popular Philly and NYC Central Park
        disco/aerobics style of dance, there's no mention of the indoor
        in-line scene and despite otherwise profuse illustration, black
        skaters seem to rate only one token photograph.

    The Complete Guide and Resource to In-line Skating
    Stephen Christopher Joyner
    Betterway Books, Cincinnati OH - 1993
    Trade Paperback, 176 pages, $12.95
    ISBN 1-55870-289-X

	1. The Origins of In-line Skating
	2. Benefits of In-Line Skating
	3. General Health
	4. Fitness
	5. Equipment
	6. Strength and Flexibility
	7. Safety
	8. In-Line Skating Techniques
	9. Injuries and Discomfort
	10. Types of In-Line Skating
	11. The Future
	12. Appendixes: Glossary, Resoures and Bibliography

	As a resource guide, this is a useful book, the appendices list
	Magazines, Manufacturers, Retailers, Organizations, Roller Hockey
	Leagues, IISA certified instructors and also a rather eclectic 
	bibliography.  The rest of the text is OK and has a few interesting
	features, but several of the other in-line books would actually be
	more useful, especially for the beginning skater.

	Some Specific irritations are only the briefest mention of roller
	hockey where I would expect at least an informal presentation of
	rules, equipment and game play, and a strong anti-quad bias, for
	example: a history of skating which leaps from Plimpton's error
	(a steerable truck quad skate) to Scott Olson's Rollerblade as if
	no-one enjoyed skating in the interim.

    Inline Skating
    Mark Powell & John Svenson
    Human Kinetics Publishing, 1993
    Trade Paperback, 134 PP, $12.95
    ISBN 0-87322-399-3

	1. Introduction to In-line Skating
	2. Skating Equipment
	3. Before You Start
	4. Posture
	5. Stroke, Glide...Stroke, Glide
	6. Stopping
	7. Turns
	8. Putting it all Together
	9. In-line Racing
	10. Tricks and Dance
	11. Roller Hockey

	Of the recent rash of in-line skating "how to" books, this is
	probably best and most balanced one.  It has good coverage of
	equipment and basic skating skills, mention of dance and fun
	skating, and doesn't suffer from any fitness obsession.

    Blazing Bladers
    Bill Gutman
    A Tom Doherty Associates Book - 1992
    Trade Paperback, 100 pages, $6.99
    ISBN 0-812-51939-6

	1. A Brief History of In-line Skating
	2. The Lure of In-line Skating
	3. Getting Ready to Skate
	4. The Basics of In-line Skating
	5. Advanced Skating
	6. Racing
	7. Roller Hockey

	One of the two easier to find books, this provides a reasonable
	overview of the sport, but suffers somewhat from "generic how-to"
	sports publishing.  The author tends to recite what "experts" have
	told him without much conviction and some of the photographs don't
	fit well with the text.  Still has a good section on "street tricks".

    The Complete Blader
    Joel Rappelfeld
    St. Martin's Press, NY NY - 1992
    Trade Paperback, $8.95
    ISBN 0-312-06936-7

	1. Equipment
	2. Skate Check and Maintenance
	3. Body Positions
	4. Warm-up Stretches
	5. Get Rolling
	6. Advnaces Stopping and Slowdowns
	7. Advanced Striding
	8. Turning and Rolling Backwards
	9. Freestyle
	10. Street Awareness
	11. Hazards and Hills
	12. Strengthening and Cross Training
	13. Race Training
	14. Strains and Pains
	15. Fun, Games, and a Cute Story

	This book is nearly as good as Powell & Svenson, but is more
	oriented towards fitness/health aspects.  There seems to be as
	much space allocated to stretching and conditioning as skating.
	One useful section describes construction and use of a slide-board
	for off season training.

    Get Rolling: The Beginner's Guide to Inline Skating
    Liz Miller
    Pix & Points Publishers, Union City CA  - 1992
    Trade Paperback, 128 pages, $10.00
    ISBN 0-9632196-2-6
    [ see below for availability ]

	    Introduction; About the author
	1. Is In-Line Skating for You
	    Who skates?; Why do they skate?; What are the physical
	    requirements?; How long does it take to get good?
	2. Where to Skate
	3. Safety First
	    The mental side of safety; The physical side of safety;
	    The skater's safety rules; Know your equipment
	4. Getting Equipped
	    Research; Skates; Protective gear; The fashion element
	5. How to Be a Good Beginner
	    Practical concerns; In-line skating body position;
	    How to reach Nirvana on wheels; How to use this book
	6. Lesson One
	    Find Your Ready Position; The Forward Fall;
	    The Still Position; Forward Glide; Basic Turning;
	    Hourglass; Marching; Emergency Stops; Practice Laps
	7. Lesson Two
	    Linked Turn; One-Footed Glides; Forward Crossover Turns;
	    Heel Brake Stops; Figure Eights; The Tuck; Pickup
	8. Lesson Three
	    The Swerve; Circle Stops; Skating Backward; Backward Turns
	    Backward-to-Forward Turns; Backward Laps; Twirling Laps
	    Circle Spread; Straight Spread (Advanced)
	9. Lesson Four
	    A Cheap Trick: the Kneel; Jump-Overs; Backward Marching;
	    The Minuet; Mixed Tricks; Marching in Place; Jump Turns
	10. Lesson Five
	    Forward-to-Reverse Turns; Backward Crossovers;
	    Turn on a Line; T-Stop
	11. Lesson Six
	    Ski-Skating Body Position; Four Linked Turns and a Stop;
	    Dip and Rise; Pointing; Wind Ski-Skating
	12. Lesson Seven
	    Twister; Short Radius Turns; The Power Slide (Advanced);
	    Driving Obstacle Course; Mobility Course;
	    Skating With Ski Poles; Slalom Course
	13. Getting Fit On In-Line Skates
	    Benefits; Warm up; The Stroke; Checking Your Heartrate;
	    Mother Nature's Influence; After your workout
	14. Skate Maintenance
	    Preventive maintenance; Periodic maintenance; Rotate the Wheels;
	    Replace the Wheels; Replace/Remove the Brake; Rocker the Wheels;
	    Lengthen the Wheelbase; Clean the Bearings
	15. Resources
	    Organizations; Books; Mail Order; Videos; Skate Manufacturers;
	    Magazines; Products; Your local Yellow Pages;
	    Get Rolling Order Form
	This book concentrates on in-line skating for beginners - getting the
	skater from looking at in-lines in the local shop to basic stroking
	and moves.  The author makes an earnest attempt to speak as a
	beginner - to beginners, there are few assumptions about what the
	prospective skater may already know, and adequate prepartory and
	background material is included to address the typical beginners
	questions and insecurities.
	The core of the book is organized as sequence of progressive
	lessons, seven groups, each consisting of a number of individual
	excercises.  The reader gets the sense that if they attempt and
	practice each step, they will learn to skate with a minimum of
	pain and confusion.  This is not to say that there a lot of fooling
	around - Lesson 1 gets very quickly to learning to stroke via push
	and glide.  Line drawing illustrate key points and sometimes add a
	dash of humor.
	Orginally, this book was hard to find, but it finally seems to have
	reached general distribution.  You can also order it mail-order from
	Upper Access Books (800-356-9315) or directly from the publisher -
	Pix & Points Publishing; 32108 Alvarado Blvd. Suite 189; Union City,
	CA  94587.  Upper Access takes credit cards. The publisher requires
	a check or money order for $10+CA sales Tax+$2 Shipping & Handling.

	You may also want to check out the new "Get Rolling" Web page: - for ordering
	information or news about the author's newsletter and about skating.

    Wheel Excitement
    Neil Feineman with Team RollerBlade(R)
    Hearst Books, NY NY - 1991
    Trade Paperback, $9.00
    ISBN 0-688-10814-8
	1. In-line, In-life
	2. Gearing Up
	3. Getting Started
	4. Getting Physical
	5. Cross Training
	6. Racing
	7. Extreme and Artistic Skating
	8. Roller Hockey
	9. The Best Trails

	At one point, this was the only book on in-line skating and it
	still serves as a decent introduction to and overview of the sport.
	Lots of pictures of California kids having a good time.  The actual
	text is a little thin and the Powell and Svenson or Rappefeld books
	have more information about skating, while the Miller book provides
	a better "learn to skate" vehicle.

    The Complete Handbook of Speed Skating
    Dianne Holum
    Enslow Publishers; Hillside NJ - 1984
    Trade Paperback?, 256 Pages, ~$30.00
    ISBN 0-89490-051-X
    [ may be available from mail-order in-line shops ]

	See Ice Skating section for details...

Roller Hockey:

    In-line Roller Hockey: the Official Guide and Playbook
    Steve Joyner
    Contemprary Books; Chicago - 1995
    Trade Paperback
    ISBN 0-8092-3440-8

	1. Introduction
	2. Equipment
	3. Rules
	4. Foot Care and First Aid
	5. Fitness
	6. Skills and Drills
	7. The NIHA
	A. In-Line Roller Hockey Leages
	B. Organizations and Associations
	C. Manufacturers
	D. For More Information
	E. Bibliography

	When Joyner wrote his "complete" in-line skating resource guide,
	I noted that it was a bit weak on roller hockey content, and it
	looks like he's redressed that fault in some detail here.

	I've only had a chance to page though this book briefly at the
	local bookstore, but its seems quite complete and detailed, in
	both the equipment, skating and game play areas.

    Official Rules of In-line Hockey (2-nd Edition)
    Triumph Books; Chicago - 1995
    Paperback; 177 pages; $8.95
    ISBN 1-57243-061-1
    [ Also available direct from Triumph - 312-939-3330 ]

	Section One - Rules and Regulations of In-line Hockey
	    1. The Rink
	    2. Equipment
	    3. The Game
	    4. The Team
	    5. Penalties
	    A. Age Guidelines
	    B. Rink Diagrams
	    C. Referee Signals
	Section Two - Guide to In-line Hockey
	    1. Equipment Guide
	    2. Skills and Drills
	    3. Glossary

	This book contains two sections - the first is the official
	NIHA rules for in-line hockey, the second is a guide to play.

    Roller Hockey - Of Sticks and Skates and City Streets
    Zander Hollander and Steve Clark
    Hawthorn Books - NY, 1975
    Hardcover, 156 pages; $6.95
    ISBN 0-8015-6440-9 (Hardcover)
         0-8015-6441-7 (Paperback)
    [ out of print ]

	1. The Game
	2. History
	3. Equipment
	4. Skating
	5. Shooting
	6. Passing and Stickhandling
	7. Playing Goalie
	8. Playing Forward
	9. Playing Defenseman
	10. Hockey in Sneakers
	11. Starting a League
	12. The Rules

	This particular book describes the city recreational roller
	hockey league scene of some 20 years ago.  Unfortunately,
	while the game may not really have changed that much, it
	seems that the spirit and the desire to be playing a "hockey
	game" vs. a "roller game" has, and the relatively basic
	content of this book doesn't justify much effort in searching
	for it, order the Joyner and NIHA books instead.

In-Line Skating Area Guides:

    The Ultimate Skating Guide to the SF Bay Area
    Tod Ray
    ? - 1995
    Paperback, 225 pages w/maps & photos, $17.95
    [ contact info below ]

	[ tray1usg@SIRIUS.COM (Todd Ray) ]
	This book contains info on 55 routes to in-line skate all over the
	area in addition to listings of shops, rinks, teams, clubs,
	activities, and "other skate ideas" in seven counties around the
	Bay Area; Appendices include sections on publications related to
	inline skating, organizations, stretching and strengthening for
	skating, and downhill skating techniques (225 pages, 50 maps, 100
	photos, $17.95). In addition to the detailed routes, information
	on aggressive/extreme, hockey, speed, downhill, and recreational
	skating is provided for each of seven counties around the bay area.

	I can be reached at (415) 292-7528,, or at
	Ultimate Skate Guides, 2250 Chestnut St., SF CA 94123, also see
	web page at ""

    Skating unrinked: an insider's guide to skating trails
	in the San Francisco Bay area
    Richard Katz
    Harper-Collins West; San Francisco - 1994
    Trade Papberback, 173 pages w/maps, $10.00
    ISBN 0062585444

	< no review information >

    Let's skate Minnesota: where to roll indoors and outdoors
    Barbara J.  Shotwell and the Squarest Wheels
    Wow Pub, Minneapolis - 1992
    Paperback, 133 pages, $9.95
    ISBN 0963231154

	< no review information >

Roller Skating Books:

    Dancing on Skates
    Richard Arnold
    St. Martins, NY NY - 1985
    Hardcover, 128 pages
    ISBN 0-312-18209-0

	1. History and Development
	2. Modern Skate Dancing
	3. Skates and Equipment
	4. Basic Dance Skating Steps
	5. Dance patterns, Lobes, Music and Holds
	6. Simple Dances
	7. Chasse Steps and Easy Dances
	8. The Three Turn and Waltz Hold
	9. The Foxtrot Hold
	10. Mohawks and Choctaws
	11. Dances using Mohawk Turns
	12. Intermediate Dances
	13. Advanced adn International Dances
	14. Free Dancing
	15. Clubs and Proficiency Tests
	16. Fitness and Training
	17. Appendixes: Tests, Champions, Dance Orginators

	While containing some other introductory and reference material,
	this book is basically a reference for the pattern/ballroom
	couples dances.  It includes both Ice and Roller dances, from
	both the US and UK national and international dance programs,
	sorted by characteristic features and difficulty.   Unfortunately
	the diagrams only show the shape of the pattern and not the
	location of the steps, so the beginner will find the USAC/RS and
	USFSA rulebooks more useful as day-to-day guides. 

    Roller Skating - Fundamentals and Techniques
    Sharon Kay Stoll, PhD
    Leisure Press, NY NY - 1983
    Trade Paperback, 192 pages, $9.95
    ISBN 0-88011-101-1
    [ out of print ]

	1. Roller Skating - Fun for All
	2. Before You Go on the Floor
	3. Skating Forward
	4. Skating Backwards
	5. Skating from Front to Back and Duck Slides
	6. Crossovers and the First Jump
	7. Spirals, Snow Plows, Hockey and Lunge Stops
	8. Advanced Skills I
	9. Advanced Skills II
	10. Conditioning Program on Roller Skates

	This book claims to be a guide for self-teaching of the basic
	skating skills, however it really doesn't provide detailed
	enough descriptions for the isolated beginner.  However, what
	it does do is to provide an excellent course outline for a
	moderately experienced skater who might be called on to teach
	beginners "how to skate", or serve as an useful outline to help
        a beginning skater taking group lessons understand the required
	skill progression.

    Competitive Figure Skating - A Parents Guide
    Robert Ogilvie
    Harper & Row, 1985
    Hardcover, 330 Pages
    ISBN 0-06-015357-1

	See Ice Skating section for a complete description...

	While this book is specificially about competitive Ice Skating, the
	roles of the sanctioning organizations, patterns of instruction and
	competition, and the skating itsef are sufficiently parallel that
	this book can still provide the parent or skater with a very useful
	overview and perspective on the world of competitive skating.

    Outdoor Skating
    Frank Simcoe
    Chartwell Books, Secaucus NJ - 1980
    Hardcover, 90 page
    ISBN 0-89009-331-8
    [ out of print, but common in libraries ]

	1. Equipment
	2. Starting Out
	3. Basic Maneuvers
	4. The Real World
	5. Logic, Common Sense and Other oft Forgotten Things
	6. Advanced maneubers
	7. Notes on Style
	8. Skateboard parks
	9. Skate Touring
	10. Other Thoughts

	This book is dedicated to (conventional) outdoor skating
	ca. 1980.  It is a little dated (everyone in Bell Bottoms),
	but then the illustrations in "Wheel Excitement" are going
	to seem pretty funny 10 years from now...  Comparable in
	content to some of the mid-range in-line skating books.

    Anybody's Rollerskating Book
    Tom Cuthbertson
    Ten Speed Press, Berkeley CA - 1980
    ISBN 0-89815-040-X
    [ out of print ]

	1. Getting Started on Rental Skates
	2. The Basics: Stroking Forward and Backward
	3. A History of Roller Skates
	4. Getting your own Skates: A Buyers Guide
	5. Adjustments and Repairs
	6. What's New To Do on Skates

	A companion to the Anybody's Bicycle/Skate*board* books,
	this emphasizes the have fun, do it yourself aspects of

	Almost a fourth of this book is a do it yourself guide to
	skate adjustment and repair - everything from adjusting
	bearings to mounting plates.  This is probably the *only*
	place you'll find this material, short of apprenticing
	yourself in a skate shop.

    Roller-Skating from Start to Finish
    Jack Trap
    Penguin Books, NY - 1980
    Trade Paperback; 127 pages; $6.95
    ISBN 0-14-005223-2

	1. Roller Skating
	2. Rolling Backwards
	3. The Roller Skating Beat
	4. Roller Skating and You
	5. Getting Rolling
	6. Space Travel
	7. Wheeling and Dealing
	8. Spectator Sports
	9. Creative Skating Sports You Can Play
	10. Roll!

	Another general coverage book, with more emphasis on skating
	and artistic coverage than some.  A couple of pages of pictures
	of the late 70's T-Birds Roller Derby team showing the portable,
	banked track.

    Jammin' - Bill Butler's Complete Guide to Roller Disco
    Bill Butler and Elin Schoen
    Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster, NY - 1979
    Trade Paperback, 120 pages, $3.95
    ISBN 0-671-82945-9
    [out of print]

	This is a somewhat different view of the "Roller Disco" scene
	as told by one of the major proponents in the New York area.  It
	has some of the most lucid writing about skating that I've seen,
	good photography and avoids wasting a lot of paper on beginner
	or general interest baggage.  However, for me, the description
	of some of the steps seemed opaque - a video would really help -
	but then Butler can still be found skating at the Roxy and perhaps
	other NYC rinks.

    Roller Disco Dancing
    Kelley Kollmar & Melody Mason
    Sterling Publishers, NY - 1979
    Trade Paperback, 84 pages, $3.95
    ISBN 0-8069-8858-4
    [ out of print ]

	This book provides an introduction to Roller Disco Dancing,
	describing the environment, dress, equipment and basic moves.
	While Roller Disco as a lifestyle is long dead, the book expands
	on the brief mentions encountered in broader interest books and
	provides a basis for understanding some of the moves executed by
	surviving disco-style skaters and in the disco/aerobics style of
	stationary skating current at some rinks.

    The Complete Book of Roller Skating
    Ann-Victoria Phillips
    Workmann Publishing, NY NY - 1979
    Trade Paperback
    [ out of print, but common in libraries ]

	1. Indoor Skating
	2. Outdoor Skating
	3. Skating Fitness
	4. Basic Skating Lessons: Part 1
	5. Roller Disco
	6. Show Skating
	7. Artistic Skating
	8. Basic Skating Lessons: Part 2
	9. Speed Skating
	10. Roller Hockey
	11. Roller Derby
	12. Radical Skating
	13. Lifestyles
	14. Skating Equipment

	This is is any encyclopedia style book with sections on various
	aspects of skating - history, indoor, outdoor, disco, and roller
	hockey.  The core information is pretty interesting and contains
	material not found elsewhere, but only a small portion of the
	book is directed to "learning to skate".

    The Complete Book of Roller Skating
    The Editors of Consumer Guide
    Pocket Books, NY - 1979
    Trade Paperback, 125 pages, $4.95
    ISBN 0-671-79092-7

	1. Skating's Up and Downs
	2. How to Roller Skate
	3. Where to Skate
	4. Roller Disco
	5. Games and Competitions
	6. Skating into Shape
	7. Skater's Buyers Guide

	Same title, same year as the above, but a different book.
	This is a factual overview of roller skating and equipiment
	by the editors of the Consumer Guide (not to be confused
	with Consumer Reports).  It's fairly thorough, but mostly
	rehashes the same material as other Roller Disco era books.
	The section on Games might be useful if you're involved in
	a skating party for kids...

    Roller Skating Guide
    Hal Straus & Marilou Sturges
    Anderson World, Mountain View CA - 1979
    Trade Paperback, 198 pages, $6.95
    ISBN 0-89037-203-9 (Anderson World)
         0-02-499410-3 (McMillan)
    [ out of print ]

	I. Let's Get Things Rolling
	    1. Roller Boom
	    2. Rolling Back Through the Corridors of Time
	II. Roller Basics
	    3. Those First Baby Rolls
	    4. Steering Your Wheels
	    5. Applying the Brakes
	    6. In Reverse: Rolling Backwards
	    7. Shifting Gears: Turn, Turn, Turn
	III. Different Storkes for Different Folks
	    8. Floating Together: Dance Skating, Free Dance, Roller Disco
	    9. Figure it Out
	    10. Forging a Freestyle: Jumps, Spins and Fancy Footwork
	    11. The Racer's Edge: Speedskating
	    12. The World of Competition and Showmanship
	IV. Strictly Outdoors
	    13. Wings On Your Heels
	    14. Roller Games for Children 5-50
	V. For the Health of It
	    15. Rollercizing for Weight Control and Fitness
	    16. Skating Biomechanics, Excercises and Injury Prevention
	VI. Skatology
	    17. Be a Good Skate Buyer
	    18. Tuning Up Your Skates - Maintenance
	    19. How to Rent Your Rollers

	If there was one book on roller skating that should be in print
	and for sale at your local rink shop, this is probably the one.
	It contains good introductory material on all aspects of skating,
	enough clear explanation to be helpful and effective photographic

	It's only painfully dated in the area of the outdoor and the roller
	disco scenes.

    Roller Skating:  the Sport of a Lifetime
    Carol Ann Waugh and Judith LaBelle Larsen
    Macmillan, New York - 1979
    Hardcover, 110 pages, $9.95
    ISBN 0-02-624460-8

	1. A Rediscovered Sport
	2. Rolling Through the Years
	3. Getting Started
	4. The First Strokes
	5. Buying Your First Pair of Skates

	This book is kind of a leaner version of the Phillips book,
	covering nearly the same subject material and style.

    Roller Fever
    Linda Konner
    Scholastic Book Services, NY - 1979
    Paperback; 120 pages
    ISBN 0-590-30029-6

	Skating Facts & Trivia
	Rollin' On & On - The history of roller skating
	Getting Rolling - Choosing the right skates for you
	Learning your Lessons - Five basic roller skating moves
	And It's Good for You Too!
	Fall guys - The right way to fall
	What Wears Well on Wheels
	Roller-Disco - Boogying on wheels
	Rockin' & Rollin' - Roller-Disco how-to's
	Talking to Kenny Means - Roller ace
	Natalie Dunn - Queen of the roller rinks
	Big Wheels on Wheels - Celebrity skaters
	Skate Songs
	Skate Games
	Suzi Skates
	Oscar's Pizzeria
	Parlez-Vous "Roller Skate"?
	Wlaking Roller Skates - A wiggle in your walk

	This is SBS's contribution to the Roller Skating literature -
	reasonable coverage, but apparently aimed a middle school
	age kids.

    Keep on rollin': the Complete Guide to Rollerskating in America
    Sharon Boorstin
    Warner Books, New York - 1978
    Trade Paperback, 175 pages

	This is another general coverage book, less ambitious and less
	successful than the one by Victoria Ann Phillips listed above.

    Winning Roller Skating - Figure and Freestyle
    Randy Dayney with Joel Cohen
    Henry Regnery Company, Chicago - 1976
    Trade Paperback, 184 Pages, $4.95 (also in Hardcover)
    ISBN 0-8092-8153-8
    [ out of print ]

	1. Competitive Roller Skating - an Introduction
	2. Equipment
	3. Learning to Skate
	4. Figures Skating - an Introduction
	5. Takeoffs
	6. Specific Figures
	7. Turns
	8. Freestyle
	9. Practice
	10. Psychology

	This book, written by a championship skater turned coach, deals with
	competitive figure and freestyle skating skills, and related issues.
	While somewhat dated in illustrations and empheral details, the basic
	content is still appropriate.  The descriptions of the various turns
        and moves are probably the clearest of any of the roller skating
	books, if not quite up to the standard of the Petkevich or Fassi ice
        skating books.

	Unfortunatly while the coverage of figures is relatively detailed
	and "how-to" oriented, the freestyle coverage is more on the "about"
	side, and while it gives tips and advice, it devolves into more of
	a list of do's and dont's without any clear "how-to" thread.

	Overall the book is clearly written and comprehensive, and can serve
	as a guide for either a parent or teen-aged competitive skater.  The
	"parents guide" Ice skating book by Ogilvie makes a good companion
	piece for the parent of the younger skater, the combination provides
	an effective perspective beyond the usual advice to "do what the
	coach/instructor says".

    Better Roller Skating
    Richard Arnold
    Sterling Publishing - New York, 1976
    Trade Paperback, 94 Pages (also Hardcover)
    ISBN 0-8069-4106-5
    [ out of print ]

	1. Let's Go Roller Skating!
	2. The Great Adventure - First Steps
	3. Elements of Figure Skating
	4. Elements of Dance Skating
	5. Figure and Dance Skating
	6. The Basic Eights
	7. Dance Skating (Simple Dances)
	8. Dancing on Roller Skates (More Advanced Dances)
	9. Free Skating
	10. Now You Can Roller Skate...

	This book provides a good introduction to artistic roller
	skating.  It starts with first steps, edges and elements,
	then covers basic figures before moving on to the roller
	dances with a brief overview of free-style.  This outline
	seem to closely parallel the pattern of beginner/group
	lessons available in many rinks that don't have a hardcore
	competitive "figure" program.

    History of Roller Skating
    James Turner
    RSROA, Lincoln NE - 1975
    Paperback, 100 pages, $4.00
    [ currently out of print ]

	1. Early Origins
	2. The World's Greatest Skater
	3. The Boom Period 1880-1910
	4. The Modern Era 1937-Present
	5. Evolution of American Style Dance
	6. The Development of American Figure Skating
	7. Pairs Skating and Fours Skating
	8. Speed Skating
	9. Roller Hockey
	A. Who's Who
	B. Bibliographies (extensive)
	C. Historical Excerpts 

	This brief little booklet contains a history of roller skating from
	the first attempts up to present with particular emphasis on the
	American skating scene.  The chapter on the Boom Period gives a
	fair impression of the early days of skating and the moves that
	were popular back then, while the chapter on the Modern Era briefly
	details the history of the RSROA and the RSROA-USAC/RS split.  The
	bibliography is quite extenisve, including Roller Skating books,
	magazines and newspaper articles, and also a listing of Ice Skating

	Supposedly, there will be a new edition of this book available
	in 1996 and the museum also has another book "Evolution of the
	Roller Skate: 1820 - Present".  I'm not sure if this two versions
	of the same story or if there are two new books.

    Roller skating: Elementary Techniques for Figure, Dance,
	Freestyle, and Speed Skating
    Edward R. O'Neill
    Ronald Press, New York - 1960
    Hardcover, 106 pages

	1. Growth of the Sport
	2. Equipment and Basic Technique
	3. Figure Skating
	4. Dance Skating
	5. Free-Style Skating
	6. Speed Skating
	   Glossary of Skating Terms

	This book provides a reasonable overview of the sport at
	the elementary level, but just that - it generally doesn't
	get into the level of detail that would make it a learning
	text, nor does it describe much in the way of more advanced

	The section on figures does describe about eleven of the
	school figures on a step-by-step basis, with some "common
	error" commentary, while the dance sections adds some advice
	and cautionary notes to the minimal descriptions found in
	the rule book.  The section on freestyle is quite limited.

	Of minor interest are the photographs - the man being Charles
	Wahlig, current USAC/RS officer and head of the Delaware
	Skating Centers, Inc.

    Roller Skating Through the Years:
	the Story of Roller Skates, Rinks, and Skaters
    Morris Traub, editor
    William-Frederick Press, New York - 1944
    Hardcover, 101 pages

	I'd really like to see this one, it supposedly includes a 6-page
	roller skating bibliography.

    The Art of Plain Skating
    The Art of Skate Dancing
    Skate Dance Diagrams
    Skate Dance Shortcuts
    Perry S. Rawson
    Skating Review Magazine/Rawson Associates - 1941-46
    Paperback, assorted lengths

	If there is one person responsible for the development of modern
	Roller Dance, it has to be Perry Rawson.  After determining that
	Dance in the US had degenerated, due to confused mixing of elements
	from Figures and from Ice Dance, he set out to enlighten the skating
	world in what eventually became American Style Roller Dance.  He
	visited Europe, sponsored tours by European skaters, published a
	newsletter and the above mentioned four works which compile much
	of the newsletter material.

	The books themselves are quite interesting from a historical
	perspective, but are somewhat tiresome reading, since a lot of
	the verbiage is reaction to the assumed errors of the times and
	Rawson's presentation tends to be a bit shrill and over-emphatic. 

Roller Derby:

    Five Strides on the Banked Track;
	the Life and Times of the Roller Derby
    Frank Deford
    Sports Illustrated / Little Brown, Boston - 1971
    Hardcover, 211 pages

	[ ]
	The guy who was editor of the National Sports Daily wrote a book
	on the Roller Derby. Frank Defoe or something is his name; he's
	now doing magazine work and commenting weekly on National Public

	[ (Dennis) ]
	The columnist who wrote the book is Frank Deford. The name of the
	book was/is "Five Strides On The Banked Track". Excellent book but
	I don't know where you could get it now, maybe the library.

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