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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

#AtotZ : Jump Rope Camp

Many years ago, I was a sponsor of the Riverdale Ropers jump rope team. This meant two one week sessions of Jump Rope Camp in Huntsville, Texas. Each year, the camp chose a motivational theme. I attended "Christmas in July" and "Super Heroes."

The talent at these camps was unbelievable! Upon arrival, Experts tested kids and divided them into ability groups for a week of intensive workouts. We'd all advance our skills and take this training back home. I say "we" because us adults put on Depends and limped to coaches' training. At the end of the week, we'd show off our skills with a huge performance for the entire camp.

While the kids performed triple unders and booty bounces, we jumped a fabulous routine to Batman music. With ropes behind our backs, like capes, we ran onto the center of the gym floor. Every time the music said the word, "Batman," we jumped twice. Life got tough when hearing, "Batman, Batman, Batman." That's six jumps which had us bent over and puffing. Our finale topped all when we tossed our ropes in the air and missed catching them.

Here's a sample of the sort of amateur performances by others.


And as you see, we jumped a lot to the chosen song! Every Batman meant two jumps.



10 comments:

stevebethere said...

I can imagine you all jumping to the Batman theme heheh! used to love batman as a kid, they still show it everyday here on ITV-3 one of our digital channels :-)

Kristin Aquariann said...

Super neat!! That's awesome you jumped to the Batman theme song.

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Kimberlee Turley said...

That sort of jump roping is the thing you'd see in Cirque Solei. I've managed a carthweel into double Dutch jump ropes, but I've never done anything crazier than that, like in the video. I'm impressed.

Marquita Hockaday said...

That is so awesome! I wish I participated in more things like this when I was younger. I'd also love to sponsor something like that. Awesome post :D

shelly said...

Sounded like fun.

November Rain - k~ said...

I recently purchased a jump rope, we will see if I still know how LOL... soon.

Sandra Tyler said...

How refreshing! A sport other than soccer! Nothing like that here.

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

HA! I live just down the road from Huntsville, Ontario! Jumping up and down here at the coincidence!

DUTA said...

I like the virtuosity of the jumping kids displayed in the video, not the shoutings.
In fact, I believe the shoutings distract the jumpers from well performing their task.

Beverly Diehl said...

I remember, BITD just being proud to be able to get into and out of double-dutch without doing a face plant. These kids are SO impressive.

And I will never think of Batman the same way again.