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WHAT IS COMPETITIVE JUMP ROPE

Youth Sports Jump Rope FX Competes in both USA Jump Rope and AAU Jump Rope Events. below is a description of the different events in competitive jump rope. for more information on these rules, that can be viewed at http://www.aausports.org and http://www.usajrf.org. descriptions of the events are listed under AAU competitive events below.

 

USA JUMP ROPE COMPETITION EVENTS

A. Single Rope

1. Individual Speed (Male and Female) – 60 seconds

2. Team Relay Speed (Mixed) – 4x30 seconds

3. Individual Freestyle (Male and Female) – 45 to 75 seconds

4. Pairs Freestyle (Mixed) – 45 to 75 seconds

5. Three Minute Speed (aka Endurance) (Male and Female) –3 minutes

6. Consecutive Triple Unders (Male and Female) – 15-17 years old and 18-over – un-timed.

B. Double Dutch

1. Speed Relay (Mixed) – 3 x 40 seconds

2. Single Freestyle (Mixed) – 45 to 75 seconds

3. Pairs Speed (Mixed) – 2 x 60 seconds

4. Pairs Freestyle (Mixed) – 45 to 75 seconds

C. Group Team Show – 4 minutes maximum (Begins at Regional Level)

 

 

AAU COMPETITION EVENTS

COMPETITION EVENTS

SINGLE ROPE EVENTS (1 PERSON WITH 1 ROPE)

Individual Rope Freestyle: is a creative form of jump rope where the Jump Rope Athlete assembles a combination of finesse, power, strength, dance, and intricate arm rope skills into a routine which is choreographed to music. This routine must be between 45 and 75 seconds in length.

Individual Rope Speed: is a 60 second timed event where the Jump Rope Athlete attempts to complete as many alternating foot step jumps with a rope as possible within the time period. The event is decided by 3 judges counting the right foot while the athlete is jumping and adding the two closest counts to determine the total score. Misses will be recorded to break ties. There must be one revolution of the rope for each jump.

Individual Rope Power: is a 60 second timed event where the Jump Rope Athlete attempts to complete as many double under jumps with a rope as possible within the time period. A double under is performed by completing 2 rope revolutions for each two foot jump. The event is decided by 3 judges counting completed double unders and adding the two closest counts to determine the total score. Triple unders will no longer be used by the older age-groups. Misses will be recorded to break ties.

Individual Rope Pairs Freestyle: is a creative form of jump rope that  is performed by 2 athletes. The athletes must assemble a combination of finesse, power, strength, dance and intricate arm rope skills into a routine, which is choreographed to music. Precision, synchrony and dynamic interaction between the 2 jumpers are judged in this routine. The routine must be between 45 and 75 seconds in length.

Individual Rope Pairs Speed:  is a 60 second timed event where 2 athletes attempt to complete as many alternating foot jumps as possible for 30 seconds each consecutively. Jumper 1 will begin the event and jump for 30 seconds, at the command "switch" the first jumper will stop and the second jumper will begin jumping until the command "stop". The event is decided by 3 judges counting the right foot while the athlete is jumping and adding the two closest counts to determine the total score. Misses will be recorded to break ties. There must be one rope revolution for each alternating foot jump.

Individual Rope Pairs Power: is a 60 second timed event where 2 athletes attempt to complete as many double under jumps as possible for 30 seconds each consecutively. Jumper 1 will begin the event and jump for 30 seconds, at the command "switch" the first jumper will stop and the second jumper will begin jumping until the command "stop". A double under is performed by completing 2 rope revolutions for each two foot jump. The event is decided by 3 judges counting completed double unders and adding the two closest counts to determine the total score. Triple unders will no longer be used by the older age-groups Misses will be recorded to break ties.

DOUBLE DUTCH 3-4 PERSON TEAM

The Triple Crown is a combined Individual Rope Event designed to reward the overall jump rope athlete. Component events of the Triple Crown include Individual Rope Freestyle, Individual Rope Speed and Individual Rope Power. The results of each component event are weighted and ranked using a ten point descending scoring system. The ten point descending scores of each component event are added together along with the actual Freestyle score to determine the overall Triple Crown Champion in each age group. Triple Crown medals of gold, silver and bronze are awarded to the top three overall place finishers in individual and pairs jump rope competition. In all AAU Jump Rope competitions, athletes must have competed in all component events to be eligible to receive a medal.  Place ribbons are not awarded in Triple Crown events, only in the components.

Double Dutch Single Speed: requires 3 athletes, (2 turners and 1 jumper). It is a 60 second timed event where the jumper attempts to complete as many alternating foot jumps as possible within the time period. The event is decided by 3 judges counting the right foot while the athlete is jumping and adding the 2 closest counts to determine the total score. A miss on exiting the ropes will be recorded.

Double Dutch Power (Pop-ups): requires 3 athletes, (2 turners and 1 jumper). It is a 60 second timed event where the jumper attempts to complete as many double under jumps as possible within the time period. A double under is completed by both ropes passing under the feet for each jump. The event is decided by 3 judges counting double under jumps and adding the 2 closest counts to determine the total score.

Double Dutch Single Freestyle: is a creative form of Double Dutch which is performed by 3 athletes (2 turners and 1 jumper). The athletes must assemble a combination of turner exchanges, finesse, power, strength, dance and intricate arm rope skills into a routine that is choreographed to music. This routine must be between 45 and 75 seconds in length.  Each Double Dutch team member must both turn and jump during the routine, not doing so will be grounds for disqualification from that event.

Double Dutch Team Speed Relay: requires 4 athletes. It is a 120 second timed event where each jumper must jump and turn for a minimum of 30 seconds.  Each jumper in turn will attempt to complete as many alternating foot jumps as possible within the time period. Jumper 1 will begin the event and jump for 30 seconds, at the command "switch" the first jumper will exit the ropes, or switch with the second jumper, who will enter the ropes and jump for the next 30 seconds. The jumpers will switch every 30 seconds until the command “stop” is given. The event is decided by 3 judges counting the right foot while the athletes are jumping and adding the 2 closest counts to determine the total score. Each Double Dutch team member must both turn and jump during the event, not doing so will be grounds for disqualification from that event.

Double Dutch Pairs Freestyle:  is a creative form of Double Dutch which is performed by 4 athletes.(2 turners and 2 jumpers) The athletes must assemble a combination of turner exchanges, finesse, power, strength, dance and intricate arm rope skills into a routine that is choreographed to music. Precision and synchrony between all 4 jumpers are judged in this routine. This routine must be between 45 and 75 seconds in length.  Each Double Dutch team member must both turn and jump during the routine,  not doing so will be grounds for disqualification from that event.

PENTATHLON EVENT

The Pentathlon Event is a combined Double Dutch event designed to reward the overall Double Dutch Champions. The Pentathlon Double Dutch team consists of 4 athletes. The athletes must compete within their age group. Component events of the Pentathlon  include Double Dutch Single Speed, Single Freestyle, Single Power,  Double Dutch Team Speed Relay and Pairs Freestyle. The result of each component event is weighted and ranked using a ten point descending scoring system. The ten point descending scores of each component event are added together along with the actual Freestyle scores to determine the overall Pentathlon Champions in each age group. Pentathlon event medals of gold, silver and bronze are awarded to the top three place finishers in each Double Dutch age group. All 4 team members will receive awards. The 4th team member may sit in the speed station area for Double Dutch Single Speed and Power, but not for the Double Dutch Single Freestyle.  At all levels of AAU Jump Rope competition, athletes must compete in all component events to be eligible to receive a medal.  Place ribbons are not awarded in the Pentathlon events, only in the components.

 

 

2008 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AAU AND USAJRF RULES

* = new for 2008

 

Events: USA Jump Rope (USA) has all separate medal events with a combined team championship for

speed, for freestyle, for Team Show and overall events at US Nationals

Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) has combined: Triple Crown of Speed, Power and Freestyle in Singles and Pairs, and Pentathlon of Single Speed and DD Relay Speed (4x30 seconds), Singles and Pairs Freestyle, plus Singles Power in Double Dutch at the AAU Junior Olympic Games (J.O. Games) and its Qualifiers.

 

Group event:          USA    Team Show, includes Group Routine, Traveler, Wheels, Double

Dutch and Long Rope segments

2 group sizes: 6 - 12 and 13 –30 athletes

                                   AAU:  Group Routine with individual ropes. Size: 6-24 athletes.

                                               Junior Group up to age 13, Senior Group ages 14-22

 

Age Divisions :    USA :    Individual 1 and 3 minute speed and single freestyle: 10 &

Under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-17, 18-22, 23-29, 30-49, 50+

Pairs, relay and Double Dutch: 12 &under, 13-14, 15-17, 18+ and 30+ 

All female and mixed divisions in 15-17 and 18+

                                 AAU:    *Singles: 8 & Under, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13-14,15-17, 18-22

Pairs:  8 & Under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14,15-17, 18-22

Double Dutch: 11-12, 13-14,15-17, 18-22  (No 8 and under or

9-10 in Double Dutch.  Younger athletes compete in 11-12)

NOTE:  Age will be determined in 2008 as of December 31, 2008 for both AAU and USA

 

Eligibility:                             USA participants must be members as of Dec. 31 of previous year.  Late

memberships cost twice the usual fee and must be paid by 21 days prior to first level of competition.

AAU participants must be members as of date of first competition. AAU number must be declared with registration. Registration must be paid by 4 weeks prior to tournament or a $10 late fee must be added.

 

Qualifying : USA Regions are specific. Must compete in own region.

                                                AAU Tournaments open to all AAU members unless specified as “closed”

 

USA Top 4 qualify from Regionals to Nationals, alternates to 6th place.

                                                Top12 scores in freestyle proceed from Age-Group Nationals to Grand Nationals

Top 2 Team Shows in each size-division go from Regionals to Nationals.  

AAU-      Top 10 US and Non-US in combined events qualify for AAU Junior Olympic Games from any AAU Open Tournament, alternates to fill spots as needed.

                Top 3 Group Routines from Qualifiers to J.O. Games (13 &U, 14-22)

                                                Non-US: Top 10 per event (3 from Group Routine) may be nominated by

National Governing Body (NGB) for J.O. Games.

NOTE: J.O.’s West Coast. *No Pre-qualifying required. No Non-US.

 

Spectator Fees:  In USA and AAU these are optional but not encouraged, may not be charged to

members and may not exceed $5. Spectator Fees charged at J.O. Games.

 

Restrictions:        USA:      Music not allowed.  Maximum regional entries per event 40. Speed unlimited

per available time.

                AAU:      Music required for freestyle. CD’s mandatory Track 1. Back-up CD required

                                                Unrestricted entries encouraged, but at Director’s discretion. 

Power:   USA -     Consecutive Triple under event in 15 and older age-groups.

AAU-      Double Unders for younger age-groups in Power. * Triples for older ages 15-17

and 18-22

 

Props:                    No props other than ropes may be used in USA or AAU

 

Costume Accessories:       In AAU it is spelled out that if accessories are worn, they must be securely

attached throughout the event

In AAU and in USA, eyeglasses must be secured by a sports strap   Hair and other accessories must be secured. If they fall off it is not grounds for a re-jump, except for another competitor if the item hinders their performance.  A space violation would be assessed to the jumper whose item caused the hindrance to another competitor

 

Gum Chewing:                     Not allowed in USA or AAU

 

Ropes:                                    May not be attached to body

 

Sickness or injury:            Are not grounds for allowing a re-jump. Competing while injured is

discouraged.  Dr’s permission needed to jump with splint or cast.

 

JUDGING ISSUES: AAU Judges must wear athletic shoes

 

Freestyle:                              USA and AAU have value of 60 % Content, 30% Presentation, 

Required elements 10%.  *Floor Manager Asst. Head Judge) required in USA and at J.O’s. Optional at AAU Qualifiers.

AAU: 2 Head Judges required for Group Routine. Scores averaged.

 

Position of rope and jumper: USA- no specifics.  AAU- in Speed and Power events, rope

must begin behind jumper’s feet. In Double Dutch Speed and Power, jumper must begin outside ropes

 

False Starts and False Switches:  In both USA and AAU, a blatant false start will be given

a 20 point deduction and a minor false start will be given a 5 point deduction. 2 out of 3 judges must agree.  The Head Judge makes the call in the case of disagreement

 

Major and Minor Misses: *Unintentional stop in USA and AAU = Minor Miss. 2+ secs = Major Miss

A bobble or save  = no penalty. Misses will now be counted by the Head Judge, the Head Content Judge and the Head Presentation Judge.

 

Delay of Tournament: 10 point penalty for speed and power, .4 penalty for freestyle when athletes

present late, or with wrong uniform or equipment, with jewelry or gum. 1 minute

allowance in singles, 2 minutes in multi-person to remedy, then DQ if not ready.

 

For specific details of rules, please consult the official 2007 USA Jump Rope Rulebook (obtainable from USA JUMP ROPE office 1-800-225-8820), or the 2007 AAU Jump Rope Handbook.  May be downloaded from www.aausports.org, go to Publications and/or Member Sports