(Discover Health and Fitness)
By Kerry Cordy
Penguin: Do three requirements including the two starred.
_____ 1.* Learn what type of ropes are best for jumping and how to make sure yours in the right length. Learn how to adjust a rope that is too long to fit you.
_____ 2.* Learn how to jump rope with the jogging step (stepping over the rope one foot at a time, as if you’re jogging in place).
Otter: Do four requirements including the 2 starred.
_____ 1.* Do Penguin requirements #1 & 2.
_____ 2.* Learn to jump rope with a simple single jump motion.
Dolphin: Do five requirements including the 2 starred.
_____ 1.* Do Otter requirements #1 & 2.
_____ 2.* Be able to jump rope without missing for at least 1 minute.
Butterfly: Do six requirements including the 2 starred.
_____ 1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.
_____ 2.* Learn about the history of jump rope.
Eagle: Do seven requirements including the 2 starred.
_____ 1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.
_____ 2.* Learn at least 3 different jump rope moves such as:
- Basic 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 minute as compared to the above technique. You use this step 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. Your arms cross your 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.
- Combination jumps There are many more difficult jump roping tricks that combine two or more of these techniques to make a single trick. These combinations can also be used in Chinese Wheel, Double Dutch, Egg Beater, triangle and Long Rope.
- Toad (Leg over cross) The toad is a complicated trick where the jumper performs the “Cross” maneuver with one leg intercepting the opposite arm from the inside.
- Inverse Toad This is the same as the toad except the arm intersects the leg from the outside.
- Elephant This is a combination of the inverse and regular toad, where the leg intersects both arms.
- Frog (Donkey Kick) This is a variation of a handstand, with a beginner version and an advanced version. In the beginner version, the jumper does a handstand, comes down and then pulls the rope under. In the advanced, the jumper pulls the rope while coming down from the handstand.
- Other Many other variations are possible, including: “skier”, a side-to-side jump keeping the feet together; “bell”, a front-and-back jump keeping the feet together; “scissors”, a jump putting one foot forward and the other back, then switching back-and-forth; “jumping jack”, a jump putting the feet apart and then together; and “can-can” a jump with one leg up and bent, followed by a jump with both feet on ground, followed by a jump kicking the foot out. The possibilities are endless, and many Grand National champions have routines consisting of tricks they made up.
(Jump rope moves courtesy of Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skipping_rope)
Owls: Do 9 requirements including the two starred.
_____ 1. * Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2
_____ 2. * Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.
_____ 3. Participate in a jump rope competition.
_____ 4. Learn at least 3 songs or chants that people jump rope to.
_____ 5. Learn about jump rope competitions and watch one.
_____ 6. Join a jump rope team.
_____ 7. Try out at least 3 different types of jump ropes such as beaded, vinyl, leather, or cloth.
_____ 8. Learn to jump a rope being turned by two other people. Learn how to “jump in”.
_____ 9. Learn how to do double dutch.
_____ 10. Find out how jumping rope impacts your health. What can it do for your heart, lungs and muscles?