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Jumping Rope

Source: Games For The Playground, Home, School And Gymnasium


_3 to 100 players._

_Playground; gymnasium._

Jumping a rope is admirable for both boys and girls, combining much
skill with invigorating exercise. It should always be done on the
toes, with a "spring" in the ankles and knees to break the jar, and
should not be carried to a point of exhaustion. It may be made one of
the most interesting competitive games for large numbers, lined up in
relay formation and jumping in turn over a long rope. There should
then be one rope for each line. A score should be kept for each team,
each feat successfully performed by a player scoring one point for his
or her team. For each round, each player in all teams should perform
the same feat.

The different series following are for

I. Small single rope.
II. One large rope.
III. Two large ropes.
IV. Large single rope and small individual rope.

The small single rope or individual rope should be about six feet long
for the average player. A good general rule is to have it just long
enough to reach to the shoulders on each side while the player is
standing on it.

A rope not made with handles at the ends should have a knot tied at
either end, to prevent untwisting and to give a firm hold. Every
jumper knows how to twist the ends around the hands to make shorter a
rope that is too long.

A long rope should be heavy and from ten to twenty feet in length. It
should be turned by two players while one or more jump, as indicated.
When not used for athletic competition, any player failing in the
jumping should change places with one of the turners; that is, should
"take an end."

I. Small Single Rope

1. Standing in one place, the jumper turns the rope forward and jumps
on the toes of both feet for from ten to twenty-five counts. Prolonged
jumping beyond this number to the point of exhaustion should not be

2. Standing in one place, jump five counts on one foot and then five
on the other.

3. Jump as in 1 and 2, but turn the rope backward instead of forward.

4. Running and skipping, the rope turned forward.

5. Running and skipping, the rope turned backward.

6. Running and skipping, one player in the rope and two others running
and turning the rope. The one who is skipping repeats the verse

Butterfly, butterfly, turn around;
Butterfly, butterfly, touch the ground;
Butterfly, butterfly, show your shoe;
Butterfly, butterfly, twenty-three to do.

7. All of the above with two jumpers, each turning one end of the
rope, the inner hands resting on each other's shoulders.

8. As in 7, but with two jumpers, one standing behind the other
instead of side by side, a hand of the rear jumper being placed on a
hip of the one in front. Each turns one end of the rope.

II. One Large Rope

1. The rope should be turned toward the jumper, who should run under.

2. Rope turned away from the jumper, who runs under.

3. Run in; jump once and run out on the opposite side; the rope turned
toward jumper.

4. Run in, jump once, run out on the opposite side; rope turned away
from jumper.

5. Repeat 3 and 4, jumping five or more times before running out.

6. Run in, jump once, and run out backward.

7. The player runs in and jumps while the turners say, "Salt, pepper,
mustard, cider, vinegar," increasing the speed with which the rope is
turned as the word _vinegar_ is said.

8. "Rock the Cradle." The turners of the rope do not make a complete
circle with it, but swing it from side to side in a pendulum motion.
In this position the player runs in and jumps from one to five times
and runs out on the other side.

9. Run in (_a_) with the rope turned toward the jumper, and then (_b_)
away from the jumper, and jump five times and run out, the hands
meanwhile being placed in some particular position, such as held out
sideways at shoulder level, clasped behind, placed on the shoulders,
or head, or hips, etc.

10. Run in, first with the rope turned toward the jumper and then away
from the jumper, and jump in various way
as on both feet at once; on
one foot; on the other foot; on alternate feet with a rocking step,
changing from one foot to the other.

11. "Chase the Fox." The jumpers, instead of taking single turns until
each has missed, choose a leader or fox who goes through the various
jumps as described, all of the others following in single file. For
instance, the fox runs under the rope without skipping the others all
follow. The fox then turns and runs back; the others follow. The fox
runs in and takes any of the jumps described above and runs out, the
others in turn following.

12. Repeat all of the above jumps, running in in pairs, threes, etc.

13. "Calling in." A player runs in and jumps three times, calling some
one in by name on the second jump. They jump once together, and the
first player runs out on the opposite side. The second player, in
turn, calls some one in on his second jump, etc.

14. A player runs in, calls some one in on the first jump, and
continues jumping to five and then runs out. The player called in
calls another on his first jump, etc., until there are five jumping at
one time. It will probably be necessary for players to run out on
opposite sides.

15. "Begging." Two players run into the rope and jump together side by
side. While jumping, they change places. One player starts this by
saying, "Give me some bread and butter;" and the other, while
changing, answers, "Try my next-door neighbor." This is continued
until one trips.

16. A player runs in, turns halfway around in two jumps, and runs out
on the same side.

17. A player runs in, turns all the way around in two jumps, and runs
out on the opposite side.

18. "Winding the Clock." A player runs in, counts consecutively from
one to twelve, turning halfway around each time, and then runs out.

19. "Drop the Handkerchief." A player runs in, and while skipping,
drops his handkerchief, and on the next jump picks it up again,
reciting the lines

"Lady, lady, drop your handkerchief;
Lady, lady, pick it up."

20. "Baking Bread." A player runs in with a stone in his hand, and
while jumping places it on the ground, straightens up, picks up the
stone again, and runs out.

21. A player runs in and works his way while skipping toward one end
of the rope. He says to the turner at that end, "Father, give me the
key." The turner says, "Go to your mother." The player then jumps to
the opposite end of the rope and says, "Mother, give me the key;" and
the turner at that end answers, "Go to your father." This is continued
a certain number of times, or until the player trips.

III. Two Large Ropes

In this series two ropes are turned at one time, and this
requires considerable skill on the part of the turners and a
great deal on the part of the jumpers. When two ropes are
turned inward toward each other, the turn is called "Double
Dodge," or "Double Dutch." When the two ropes are turned
outward, away from each other, the turn is called "French

1. While the two ropes are turned inward, the players run in, jump, or
skip over each rope in turn as it comes, and run out on the opposite

2. Number one is repeated, taking the fancy jumps described under 1
for the single rope.

3. The two ropes are turned outward, and the players run in, jump, and
run out, as described above.

4. "Chase the Fox." This is played with the ropes turning either
Double Dodge, or French Rope, and any of the fancy jumps mentioned
previously are taken, the players going through in single file,
following a leader, the fox, who chooses the feat which all are to

IV. Large Single Rope and Small Individual Rope

While two turners keep the large rope turning, a player turning and
skipping his own small rope goes through the following feats

1. The player stands in and jumps five times, both the large and small
ropes starting together. He then runs out forward.

2. While turning and skipping his own individual rope, the player runs
under the large rope.

3. The player runs in while his own rope is turning, jumps five times,
and runs out on the opposite side.

4. The player stands in, jumps five times, and runs out backward.

5. The player runs in while turning his individual rope backward,
jumps three times, and runs out.

6. A player jumps in the large rope, at the same time turning and
jumping in his own individual rope. Another player runs in, facing
him, in the small rope, jumps with him, and then runs out again
without stopping either rope.

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