Eric I am glad to report I have NO experience with an active skateboarding club. However I have experience with requests for skateboarding, mountain biking, snow boarding, boxing and Parkour clubs etc. Which initiates a conversation/questions for the Principal and the Teacher(s) who want to sponsor the club….off the top of my head I would ask about the activity being on campus or off campus, time of day, all weekdays or any weekends, if off campus the plan for transportation and all of the various issues/liability involved.
If the teacher will be actively participating in the sport/activity, if yes, then I also ask the Principal if the risk of loosing a classroom teacher to an injury is worth the benefit of the activity.
Their experience with the following:
The sport activity.
Evaluating the physical/medical fitness of a student to perform/participate in the activity.
Evaluating the equipment (boards, helmets, knee/wrist pads etc) being used (is the equipment personally owned by each student or district owned) and the plan/process for inspecting equipment and documentation of inspections.
The potential personal liability they could be accepting.
Training they will provide the students (skills for activity, heat illness, concussion etc), plan for documentation.
The number of adults present at all times, accusations of sexual molestation, etc., etc.
I am sure there are other questions/topics I have missed but typically after having the conversation the requests are not pursued.
Try not to say, No just help them get there on their own 🙂