Over 30 years I began my jump rope career as part of the Juneau Jumpers in Juneau, AK. I’m currently spending Christmas and New Years up in Alaska and last week I had the opportunity to teach the current Juneau Jumpers team. Not just teach, I was asked to also give some history of the team. I will never forget the reason I decided to start jumping rope. My PE teacher, Coach Berry, decided to bring a jump rope team from Colorado up to Juneau and put on some shows at all the schools. I remember watching that show and deciding that I wanted toRead More →
Every time you travel somewhere new, you usually have some sort of idea on what it will be like. Egypt was quite an experience on so many levels. The one that really stood out to me was what the state of jump rope in Egypt was like and how they got there. If you would like to read about the trip itself, jump over to my performance site for a run through on what we did. I want to focus on jump rope in Egypt. I was first contacted about putting on a series of jump rope shows outside of Cairo for a festival. TheyRead More →
If you’re running a jump rope team, creating a mentorship program is a great way to maximize the learning potential for your jumpers. While we were filming our PE curriculum and Team information, one topic that Coach Hager and I focused on is the idea that assigning an older jumper to each new skipper on your team can do wonders for both of them. Coach Hager has been using this on his team for years. We never had a set version of this on the team I was part of, though we did utilize some of the concepts in teaching newer jumpers. However, a fewRead...
Have you ever noticed that you can hear something a hundred times, but never bother to actually think about what it means? The head coach of my jump rope team, Mr. Berry, used to always start out our shows with a quick speech explaining what the crowd would see. One of the lines that he would say is that jump rope is a cooperative education model. As a kid I never even thought twice about it, some form of PE Teacher gobbledy-gook that I didn’t understand or care to ask about. I was talking with him the other day as I was looking for feedbackRead More →
Do you want your child (or student) to learn how to be self-disciplined and healthy? Of course you do. The University of Montreal just finished a study where they found that having students get involved in regular, structured extracurricular sports starting in Kindergarten will help them develop the discipline they need to engage effectively in the classroom. You can read the press release here. Outside of the results that the students “were identifiably better at following instructions and remaining focused in the classroom” (can I hear a big “yes!” from all the teachers out there) they also found that if students were involved in structuredRead More →