Jump Rope



Jump rope, also known as skipping rope or skip rope, is a game played primarily by children wherein one or more participants jump over a spinning rope so that it passes under their feet and over their heads. This may consist of one child twirling and jumping the rope, or with a minimum of three children taking turns, two of which twirl the rope while one jumps. Sometimes the latter is played with two twirling ropes, this is called Double dutch and is significantly more difficult.

Children often chant jump-rope rhymes while jumping rope. These can range from pure nonsense to comments on current events.

Participants may simply jump until they tire or make a mistake, they may improvise tricks, or they may have to carry out a predetermined set of tricks.

Adults usually do solo jump-roping for exercise. It is an aerobic exercise whereby one can burn up to 1300 calories after one hour of rigorous activity. It's often seen in boxing movies.

Jump Rope (Rope Skipping) is practiced on a competitive level world-wide. Athletes compete in individual and team events. In freestyle routines, the jumper(s) has(/have) a set time limit to demonstrate a combination of skills; in many competitions these are choreographed to music. During the speed events, athletes must complete a determined amount of successful jumps within a particular amount of time. For example, the world record for 30 second speed is 188 jumps. In July 2004, Brisbane, Australia hosted the World Jump Rope Championships. Belgium, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Japan, and the United States of America were each medalled. The 2006 World Jump Rope Championships is to be held in Toronto, Canada in mid-July.

Though many believe Jump Rope is a simple, fun activity others consider it a sport. Serious jump rope athletes train rigorously year-round. Jumping rope takes immense strength, endurance, focus, and patience, and can be much more than a simple game of chanting rhymes.

On March 24th 2006 a mass participation record was set in the United Kingdom and Ireland. 7632 children skipped continuously for 3 minutes in 85 different locations across the country. This was achieved by a joint effort to re-introduce skipping into schools by the The British Rope Skipping Association and Skipping Workshops. This record has been accepted by Guinness World Records.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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