About Rope Skipping

Rope Skipping is a fun, energetic sport that has been enjoyed by children around the world throughout history. Within the last century, as with many sports, rope skipping has developed into an organized sport in many countries and is spreading quickly. Clubs are popping up everywhere offering both recreational and competitive programs.

The World

Since 1973 the competitive sport of jump rope/ skipping has made its indelible mark on the world of sports. Since that time the sport has experienced tremendous growth and development and has evolved into the International Jump Rope Union (IJRU), the sole international governing body of jump rope. IJRU represents the merged international federations of Fédération Internationale de Saut à la Corde - International Rope Skipping Federation (FISAC-IRSF) and the World Jump Rope Federation (WJRF). Combined these two entities have produced 21 world championships. Today IJRU enjoys Observer Status with th Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). As a GAISF Observer, IJRU is on a clear path towards the top of the Olympic family pyramid.


Rope skipping has been an organized sport in Canada for over 35 years. In that time, Canada has emerged as a world leader in the sport. Other top countries are the United States, Belgium, Australia, Japan and England.

In Canada, rope skipping is governed by Rope Skipping Canada (RSC). It is at this level that the competition rules, judges training and competition criteria are determined. As well the CANSkip program is run.

Rope Skipping Alberta

Recreational Rope Skipping

Many towns and cities in the province offer rope skipping programs. Simply Google to find them or check out our Teams page. Also, Rope Skipping Canada offers the CANSkip program - click more info.

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Competitive Rope Skipping

Competitive rope skipping combines elements of aerobics, synchronized dance, gymnastics and breakdancing all tied together with jump ropes. These elements combine into a fast-paced crowd-pleasing exhibition and competitive sport.

Rope skipping competitions typically include three components:

1Masters Competition
(individual events)

2Team Competition
(teams of 4 -6 athletes)

3Group Routine
(8 to 18 multi-age athletes)

Masters Competition includes speed and power events as well as a freestyle routine usually choreographed to music.

Team Competition athletes who compete in individual and team events use single or double dutch ropes. In freestyle routines, jumpers have a set time limit to demonstrate a combination of skills in four categories - footwork, strength, multiple unders and rope manipulations. Routines are judged on set difficulty and creativity criteria.

Competitive routines are normally choreographed to music.

During speed events, athletes try to complete as many jumps as possible within a specified amount of time.

Competitive skippers in Alberta have the opportunity to compete several times throughout the year. Rope Skipping Alberta Association hosts the Open Competition usually in February. Rope Skipping Alberta Association Provincial Championships are generally held in April of each year. The top 8 teams in each age/gender category are eligible to attend the Canadian National Rope Skipping Championships in May.

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