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.
Many countries around the world have embraced the sport of rope skipping. Over 20 of these countries together have formed the International Rope Skipping Federation. As well, the much newer World Jump Rope Federation is promoting the sport of rope skipping world wide. Exploring the websites of these well developed organizations is never a waste. They contain a wealth of information including coaching manuals, coaching strategies, videos and camp/workshop opportunities.
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.
Recreational Rope SkippingMore info
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 or 5 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 two winter competitions in January and February. Rope Skipping Alberta Association Provincial Championships are 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. The top teams competing in the 15-17 age category and above are then eligible to compete at the FISAC worlds in July every second year. (2016, 2018, 2020, ...)