game of skate rules

game of s.k.a.t.e. rules

The game of S.K.A.T.E. is based on the old basketball game H.O.R.S.E. and was first played in the 70’s by vert skateboarding legends Neil Blender, and John Lucero. Later it was adopted to street skating and made famous by the worldwide eS Game of SKATE tournament and The Berrics’ game of skate called Battle at the Berrics.


  1. Decide the players’ order in the game of skate by ro sham bo (rock paper scissors) or the players’ age.
  2. The first skater tries a trick of his choice – though no trick can be landed more than once by the same player.
  3. On offense (when demonstrating a trick) the trick must be landed clean on all four wheels: No toe-drag, rail landings, manual landings, caspers, hands on the skateboard or on the ground! That means grabs, no-complies, handplants or bonelesses are not allowed in a game of skate.
  4. If the first player does not land his trick it is the next player’s turn.
  5. But once a skater lands his trick cleanly all other players have to imitate it and land it first try as well.
  6. On defense (when imitating a trick) there is a bigger margin for error landings. This has to be decided by a referee or the other players though.
  7. If a defensive player does not land the trick demonstrated by the offensive player he receives a letter of the word S.K.A.T.E.
  8. If you have already received four letters (S.K.A.T.) you are allowed two tries for imitating a trick.
  9. Once a player has received all five S.K.A.T.E. letters, he has lost and is out of the game of s.k.a.t.e.
  10. The last remaining skater in the game of s.k.a.t.e. wins.

There are many variations how to play game of S.K.A.T.E. – two or three defensive tries, allowing old school tricks and so on. Just make your own game of skate rules!