Speed Slalom Rules


1/What is Speed Slalom ?

You have to go through 20 cones as fast as possible, the most efficient trick to do it is front one foot. You may use quads or inline skates ; 4 or 5 wheels skates.

2/Distance between cones

The cones are separated by 80cm. (This distance is calculated from center of the cone to center of the next one)

3/Cone size

The size of the cone is usually about 8cm wide, 8-10cm High. They may be cones or cups.



In a Speed Slalom competition, there are two parts : Time Trials & KO system

Time Trials : Each rider has two runs to do the best time he's able to do. The time is calculated from the start line (12m before the first cone) to the finish line (80cm after the last cone) or it may be calculated from the first cone to the last cone. To calculate this time, electric chronometers are needed. When a skater hits a cone or misses an interval, a penalty of 0.2 seconds for each cone hit & for each interval missed is added to the time realized. The total time of the run is the time calculated by the chronometer + number of penalties x 0.2sec. After the two runs, the judge keep the best time of each skater to compute the ranking. If two skaters have the same best time, we use the second time to decide ; if the second time is the same, the best will be the skater who had less penalties; if the penalties are the same, the best will be the first skater who realized the time.

K.O. System : After time trials, we take the ranking to compose the duels. According to the number of skaters who entered the qualifications, 4 - 8 - 16 or 32 riders advance to the finals. The final table is done like following :


In each duel, each rider has to win two runs to advance to the next round.The different rounds are 1/16th finals ; 1/8th finals ; 1/4 finals ; 1/2 finals ; consolation final ; final.

Start procedure : after skaters have been called by the speaker, the start judge says : "on your marks", when the two skaters are placed, the start judge can say "ready", then he has 5 seconds to start the signal. As soon as the signal has been heard by the skaters, they can start. If one skater start before the signal, the run is stopped and the start procedure starts again. If a skater is responsible for two false starts, he looses the run.


-The start judge has to do the start procedure and to check false starts. The 2 penalties judges count cones hit & missed (one judge per course). The chronometer judge checks the times, report them on the computer and adds the penalties. The chief judge validate the ranking and makes decisions, he also manages the complaints of the skaters.


Every skaters who entered the competition must appear on the ranking list. The final round defines 1st & 2nd place. The consolation final defines the 3rd & the 4th place. The loosers of 1/4 finals are ranked from 5th to 8th place according to the time trials classification. The loosers of 1/8th finals are ranked from 9th to 16th place according to the time trials classification. The loosers of 1/16th finals are ranked from 17th to 32nd place according to the time trials classification. The other skaters who didn't reach the finals keep the ranking of the time trials.

6/Additionnal rules

To have easier judging and competition conditions, here are additionnal rules for speed slalom :

  • -It is compulsory to do speed slalom on one leg (one foot front)
  • -During a speed slalom run, once the skater entered the slalom course, he is not allowed to put down his second leg (free leg), he would be DQ for the run.
  • -The skater have to pass the finish line on one leg (the same he used for slalom).