Posts Tagged ‘Double Dutch’

The Dubious History of Jump Rope

Monday, November 16th, 2015

I thought I would combine my favorite subject—history—with the subject of my latest book—jump rope—and write a blog about the history of jump rope. However, I should warn you that I could make up just about anything in this blog and you’d be hard pressed to prove me wrong. It turns out there’s little real evidence about the history of skipping rope.K.D. Hays discusses the history of jump rope
The Jump Rope Institute speculates that the sport began in Egypt where skilled athletes jumped over vines.

The International Rope Skipping Federation says that jump rope originated in ancient China where ropemakers played at game called Hundred Rope Jumping as part of their New Year’s celebrations. (The Traditional Chinese Game League confirms this – more or less. They say jumping rope was called “jumping 100 threads” because a rope circling through the air looked like it had been split into 100 separate ropes. But most of their discussion of the “tradition” involves a Chinese Jump Rope which is a large elastic loop that is nothing like a “western” jump rope.)
The National Double Dutch League suggests that the style of jumping known as Double Dutch, where long ropes are turned toward each other while one person jumps in the middle, originates with ancient Phoenician rope makers. (more…)

Competitive what?

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

During November and December, to celebrate the release of Roped In,  I will be on a “Virtual Book Tour” and posting a series of blogs about jump rope.  Tour stops are listed on my webpage hereRoped In is a Karen Maxwell mystery (which means a detective novel  with humor rather than horror) that delves into the world of competitive jump rope.

Never heard of it? I hadn’t either until about ten years ago when my daughter Meg saw a jump rope team perform during halftime at a college basketball game. She was so excited by their skills and tricks that as soon as she got home, she immediately pulled out a jump rope and tried to jump while bouncing on a ball in the living room. I insisted that she learn how to jump rope without the ball first (and outside rather than in a room full of her grandmother’s antique furniture).  Meg Weidman jumps with her favorite prop

That was the start of our journey into the sport. (more…)