Game of Skate

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The SKATE is a skateboarding game using rules based upon the H.O.R.S.E. game played by basketball players. SKATE was first played in the 1970s by vertical skateboarders Lance Mountain, Neil Blender and John Lucero, and was then adopted by street skaters in the 1980s. In January, 2003 Eric Koston's éS Game of SKATE a professional invitational event, was held, and was the first tournament-style, head-to-head format event of its kind. Not longer after, K5 Boardshop was the first organized amateur tournament for SKATE. The éS Game of SKATE tournament expanded globally in 2004 and has both professional and amateur divisions.[1]


The rules are basic. One player sets a trick by doing a particular skateboarding trick of their choice. If the trick is not landed, another player attempts to set a trick. Once a trick has been set (landed), the other player(s) must respond by doing the same trick in their first try. If they make it the game continues; if they miss it, they get a letter, starting with S, and so on, until they have missed five tricks, spelling SKATE, and they are out or the game is over. No trick may be set more than once by the same person.

The last man standing is declared the winner and if they themselves did not receive a letter, then they are said to have "blanked, or "skunk'd" their opponent. When "Skater B" does not have the opportunity to set a single trick and does not match a single trick, "Skater A" is said to have committed a "Perfect Whitewash".[2]

Standard conventions[edit]

Technical flatground skateboarding tricks are allowed as long as both the skateboarder and the skateboard do not make contact with the ground in any way while the skateboarder is performing the trick.[3] For example, primos, because the board is touching the ground while it is being performed, are not counted as tricks.

Rules in Battle at the Berrics.[edit]

Battle at the Berrics is a slightly updated version of the Game of SKATE held at the Berrics in Los Angeles, CA. Their rules are: Flat ground only, but, that does not mean anything on flat ground counts. No feet on the ground. That means no "No Comply's", no "Hand plants", no "Boneless Ones", and no grabs. No doing tricks that slide on the ground if your opponent popped it. Last letter gets two tries. Offensive toe drag gets one do over. Defensive toe drag has a bigger margin of error but will ultimately be decided by the referee. If trick maker does not pop the trick but is still landed, the trick still counts.

Team S.K.A.T.E.[edit]

"Team S.K.A.T.E", also called "Legion of Doom" is when there is one team of skateboarders competing against another team of skateboarders. One person from one team will set a trick. After that team fails to perform one of their tricks, the opposing team sets a trick. Once someone on Team A has set, when it is Team A's turn again a different person must set. Additionally, instead of individual people receiving letters, the team as a whole receives a letter.


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