I hates 'em.
First off, they hold up the kid and the kid having no sense goes as fast as he can. Can he stop? No. Does he care that he's in center ice? No. Do kids leave the frames on the ice next to the gate? Yes. Do teenagers get hold of them and fight 'ice wars' with them? Yes.
My worst experience. A kid picked one up at threw it at my head. It wasn't personal. He wanted to throw something, I happened to be in the way. I gave him the rough edge of my tongue.
Still, using a skating aid has a long, long history. The earliest pictures I've seen use a chair. This makes sense. Cheap stable, and on outdoor ice it gives you something to sit on after you get off the ice.
|The original skating aid|
But people came up with other designs.
|Yes, this is weird.|
|The Break Your Heart Version|
|The one with the modesty panel|
(Actually, this seemed the safest)
|This one screams "Nose Breaker"|
|The one that will roll over|
|These are adjustable and I've seen a lot of broken ones|
|There's also a polar bear version|
|The double banana version|
I think the parent pushes
and the kids ride.
|The buy your own, portable frame|
Why, God, Why
|Good idea having a metal bar at groin level.|
It's from a rink in the U.S.
|Undergoing off ice trials now!|