Club activity ideas

Our new club is ‘rolling’ and we’re looking for ideas to make the club fun and exciting for both new and newer members. As the club has just started, we have a large base of new-to-unicycling riders that spend a lot of time just trying to stay on. It’s very exciting for them (and for us) when they do make some headway. We rent out unicycles for them to take home to practice on and it really helps their confidence come meeting time. During the meetings, my wife and I spend a lot of time going from new rider to new rider helping in any way we can. Some of the more experienced riders practice skills or just ride around the area (meetings are at an outdoor park for now). It’s been hot so if the kids want to take a break, we’ve set up a TV/VCR in the shade for them to watch some of the unicycling videos. I’ve also built apparatus to use in skill level testing that the more experienced riders practice on. But I’m a little concerned that we may not be providing enough activities to support the interest of our members. Granted the club is new (we’ve had two meetings so far) but any ideas of activities for both our new and newer riders would be very helpful.

Thanks,
Bruce

On Thu, 2 Aug 2001 18:35:06 +0000 (UTC), yoopers
<forum.member@unicyclist.com> wrote:

>I’ve also built apparatus to use in skill level testing that the more
>experienced riders practice on. But I’m a little concerned that we may
>not be providing enough activities to support the interest of our
>members. Granted the club is new (we’ve had two meetings so far) but
>any ideas of activities for both our new and newer riders would be
>very helpful.
>
>Thanks, Bruce

I am curious to know more about the apparatus you built for skill level
testing. What is it?

As for activities, once your riders are about level one, they are good
enough to enjoy unicycling hockey or basketball. It is fun at our club but
quite a workout so maybe less suitable if it is hot as you say it
is.

Klaas Bil

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information”

Klass,

For Level 2, I built the 10m x 30cm track out of 5/8" plywood. Its laid
out in five double 4’ lengths in which I hinged each two 4’ sections
together for ease of handling.

For the circles and figure 8’s, we measure out and draw on the pavement
with sidewalk chalk. Wish I could come up with a better solution then
having to measure each time. I’ve thought about using materials like mylar
to create figures that can be easily laid on the pavement then picked up
and stored for next time but I’m not sure how they’d hold up with use. I
suppose there’s only one way to find out.

I build what I call a jump box for the 15cm drop skill. It’s wooden
platform of about 3’x3’ square with a ramp up to the top of the box. I
used piano hinge at the intersection of the ramp and the box so I only
have to flip the ramp over onto the top of the box for transport and
storage. Not only do the kids in the club ride up and drop off but enjoy
trying to hop onto the box from the side as well.

The 10cmx10cm obstacle is simply a 4x4 piece of lumber with lateral
supports to keep it from rolling.

That’s about all I’ve built but it doesn’t look like much else is needed
as we move through the skill levels. I did build a unicycle rack
(something like a bicycle rack) for the garage on which to store our
uni’s. We also put hooks in the garage rafters right above the rack so we
have stalagmite uni’s and stalactite uni’s.

We have about a half dozen hockey sticks and I just purchased a street
hockey ball so we’ll give hockey a try at some of the upcoming meetings. I
stole the parade unicycle basketball idea from a thread on the newsgroup
for an upcoming parade at the end of August and another in September. The
backboard and hoop will be mounted on the back of a hay rack and pulled by
an antique tractor. Those in the club that can ride will play behind the
wagon as we slowly roll down the street and those who are just learning
can either sit on the wagon and wave, hold on to a parent while riding, or
walk along and hand out candy. My wife had a great idea to advertise the
club. We’ll create a business card with our club name and a picture of a
uni. For the uni wheel, we’ll tape on a starlite mint candy, the one with
the red and white stripes. She has some of the best ideas!

Bruce http://move.to/daup

Klaas Bil wrote:
>
> On Thu, 2 Aug 2001 18:35:06 +0000 (UTC), yoopers
> <forum.member@unicyclist.com> wrote:
>
> >I’ve also built apparatus to use in skill level testing that the more
> >experienced riders practice on. But I’m a little concerned that we may
> >not be providing enough activities to support the interest of our
> >members. Granted the club is new (we’ve had two meetings so far) but
> >any ideas of activities for both our new and newer riders would be very
> >helpful.
> >
> >Thanks, Bruce
>
> I am curious to know more about the apparatus you built for skill level
> testing. What is it?
>
> As for activities, once your riders are about level one, they are good
> enough to enjoy unicycling hockey or basketball. It is fun at our club
> but quite a workout so maybe less suitable if it is hot as you say it
> is.
>
> Klaas Bil
> –
> "To trigger/fool/saturate/overload Echelon, the following has been
> picked automagically from a database:" "Sudan, Oval Office, classified
> information"