Skipping rope

Jump rope (American English) or skipping rope (British English) is the primary tool used in the game of skipping played by children and many young adults, where one or more participants jump over a rope swung so that it passes under their feet and over their heads. This may consist of one participant turning and jumping the rope, or a minimum of three participants taking turns, two of whom turn the rope while one or more jumps. This is called long rope. Sometimes the latter is played with two turning ropes; this form of the activity is called Double Dutch and is significantly more difficult. Jump-rope rhymes are often chanted beginning when the skipper jumps in and ending when the skipper is tripped up. Jumping rope techniques Several simultaneous jumpers, jumping a single rope Double Dutch - Jump rope competition during a steel beach picnic on the ship USS Saipan Some of the techniques that can be used when jumping rope are[citation needed]: Basic jump or easy jump This is where both feet are slightly apart and jump at the same time over the rope. Beginners should master this technique first before moving onto more advanced techniques. Alternate foot jump (speed step) This style consists of using alternate feet to jump off the ground. This technique can be used to effectively double the number of skips per

inute as compared to the above technique. This step is used for speed events. Criss-cross This method is similar to the basic jump with the only difference being that while jumping, the left hand goes to the right part of the body and vice versa for the right hand, with arms crossing in front of the body. Side Swing This is a basic technique where the rope passes the side of the skipper's body, without jumping it. Usually the skipper performs a basic jump after a side swing, or a criss-cross. EB(front-back cross) This is similar to the criss-cross except one arm crosses behind the back. Double under To perform a double under, the participant needs to jump up higher than usual while swinging the rope twice under his feet. It is possible to have the rope swing three times under the feet (triple under). In competitive jump rope, triples, quadruples ("quads"), and quintuples ("quins") are common. Double Dutch Double dutch is a game in which two long jump ropes turning in opposite directions are jumped by one or more players jumping simultaneously. Toad The toad is a more complicated trick where the jumper performs the "Cross" manoeuvre with one arm crossing under the opposite leg from the inside. Crougar The crougar is a trick where the jumper jumps in a normal open jump, but with one arm hooked under the same leg.