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      Learn About Competitive Jump Rope

      Partnership with Rope Skipping Canada | Jump Jump Rope

      Partnership with Rope Skipping Canada

      Exciting News!

      We've partnered with Rope Skipping Canada to help support amateur jump rope athletes! We have committed to donating 5% of annualized net profits to Rope Skipping Canada each year.

      Rope Skipping Canada supports and promotes Rope Skipping as a wellness activity, a recreational pursuit and a competitive sport in Canada.

      We think this is just the beginning of a beautiful friendship, and have many exciting plans in store!

      Stay tuned for information on additional partnerships and initiatives that help grow the sport of jump rope in North America and around the world.

      Shop now & help grow the sport of jump rope!

      How To Get Involved With Jump Rope | Jump Jump Rope

      How To Get Involved With Jump Rope

      If you think you'd like to join a recreational or competitive jump rope team, then congratulations! You're about to enter one of the most exciting, challenging and beneficial sports in existence. 

      The world of jump rope is very supportive and welcoming. At tournaments, members of competing teams often spend time socializing with each other, encouraging each other, and comparing notes and ideas on how to improve. 

      To find a team near you, you might try a Google search for something like "Jump rope team near me." If that doesn't turn up any results, you can try contacting the governing body for the sport in your country. 

      We've compiled the contact information for some of the larger jump rope organizations. Reach out to the one in your home country to find a team near you!

      USA Jump Rope - usajumprope.org

      According to their site, USA Jump Rope has over 4,000 members from over 150 jump rope teams all across the United States. You can call their office at 936-295-3332 or email them at info@usajumprope.org.

      Rope Skipping Canada - ropeskippingcanada.com

      With 41 Jump Rope teams and almost 1400 competitive jump rope athletes, Canada makes up about 10% of the world-wide jump rope community. You can reach them by email at info@ropeskippingcanada.com

      Skipping Australia - www.skippingaustralia.org.au

      Having their origin in 1984, Skipping Australia is now home to 21 teams spread across the country. Visit their Club Contacts section to find information on teams organized by region. 

      What Is Competitive Jump Rope? | Jump Jump Rope

      What Is Competitive Jump Rope?

      Competitive jump rope, or competitive rope skipping as it it sometimes called, is a sport in which athletes perform various skills and tricks using a skipping rope. There are a number of different individual, pairs & team events using single or double ropes. There are three main types of events - freestyle, sprint and relay.

      At competitions, athletes compete in divisions by age & gender, with mixed gender events taking place as well. At smaller, local tournaments there may be divisions by skill level as well, allowing novice athletes a chance to complete against others who have recently taken up the sport.

      In freestyle events, athletes have a set time limit to demonstrate a combination of skills which are choreographed to music. Athletes are judged on the elements in their routine for required elements, difficulty & presentation. In some ways, these events are similar to gymnastics floor events.

      During the speed events, athletes try to complete as many jumps as possible within a particular amount of time. There are individual single rope events, as well as team double rope events. These events test the speed, endurance & coordination of the athletes involved. During speed sprint events, the rope moves at upwards of 130 km/hr (80 mph)!

      Relay events involve groups of athletes competing in succession, attempting to complete as many jumps as possible as a team within a given timeframe. Some examples of these events are the Single Rope Speed Relay and the Double Dutch Speed Relay. 

      There are competitive jump rope teams around the world. These teams generally belong to an organizing body in their home country that plans tournaments at the local, provincial/state level, and national level. Athletes typically have to qualify to compete at tournaments at the national level by placing among the top athletes in their age & gender categories.

      Athletes who place among the top at national tournaments within their home country can qualify to compete at an international championship involving the best jump rope athletes from around the world. This tournament is organized by the International Jump Rope Union (IJRU), and is known around the sport as The Worlds. 

      Most teams practice for at least 9 months a year, several times per week. Serious jump rope athletes train rigorously year-round. Jumping rope takes immense strength, endurance, focus, and patience.

      Many teams also offer recreational classes as an introduction to the sport, allowing kids, teens and even adults to get involved in the sport of jump rope in an environment that is not competitive. As skills develop, the members of the recreational team may be invited to try out for the competitive team.

      Competitive jump rope teams attend workshops, training camps, perform exhibitions for the public, and compete against each other throughout the year. Competing teams consist of athletes of all ages, but are most commonly elementary to high school-aged individuals.

      In Canada, the governing jump rope organization is the Canadian Rope Skipping Federation, with assistance from its provincial counterparts such as the Ontario Rope Skipping Organization. With 41 Jump Rope teams and almost 1400 competitive jump rope athletes, Canada makes up about 10% of the world-wide jump rope community of 400 teams and 13,000 athletes.

      Why Competitive Jump Rope? | Jump Jump Rope

      Why Competitive Jump Rope?

      We found competitive jump rope quite by accident. My daughter Callie & I were at our local fall fair about 3 years ago with her grandparents. We noticed an event on the program called the "Brampton Acro Ropers." Intrigued, we decided to check it out.⁠ ⁠

      It was amazing! We watched in awe as the team performed tricks with jump ropes that we never thought possible. 🤯⁠ ⁠ They showed incredible athleticism, strength and flexibility. The way they were all in sync, working together to put on a great show was something I'll always remember.

      As it turned out, some of the kids on the team were also on a T-Ball team that Callie played on a couple of years before! After the performance, we heard them mention that they were taking signups for their recreational classes. We went over to find out more.⁠ ⁠

      Fast forward a couple of years to February 2020, and we were off to our first jump rope competition! Callie participated as a novice, winning a first and a third place ribbon! But the best part of the whole experience was the way the athletes and families all welcomed and supported each other. We were hooked!⁠ ⁠

      Competitive jump rope is such a great sport for so many reasons. One one hand, it's a sport you can do any time you want - just pull out a rope and start jumping. On the other hand, it requires a high level of fitness, commitment and focus to be successful in competitions. 

      Jump rope athletes are in great physical condition, doing a variety of exercises that improve their aerobic capacity, strength, and flexibility during every practice. 

      The benefits of jump rope are lifelong. Good physical fitness habits, social skills, and experience in teamwork & leadership are just some of the benefits that athletes continue to enjoy long after they've moved on from jumping competitively.

      There are many more reasons to get into the sport of jump rope beyond what we've covered here, but these are the ones that we felt made jump rope right for Callie.

      These days Callie is doing her practices remotely through Zoom calls, trying to keep her skills and conditioning up while we wait to hear about when we can resume regular practices.