Katy Caughman has been jumping rope since she was a fourth grader. She does so competitively, and shares with me how it has impacted her life.
Name: Katy C.
JE: When did you first start jumping rope?
KC: I started when I was in the 4th grade, which means I am completing my 10th year in the sport this year.
JE: How often do you practice?
KC: Depending on the time of year, we practice anywhere between 2 to 4/5 times a week. If it’s the beginning of a new season we normally only practice once or twice a week, but closer to competition (the spring semester normally) we start practicing more often.
JE: How do they judge a jump rope competition?
KC: Judging for speed/power events is easier to explain, so I’ll start with that. Speed is basically jumping from one foot to the other as fast as you can for a se t amount of time (between 30 seconds in a minute) the way judging works for this is you have 3-5 judges and they all count every time the jumpers foot hits the ground.
A practical application of jumprope is that I have learned to be a good traveler. We travel a good amount for the sport, and I have learned many life skills from that as well!
JE: What would you tell someone who may be interested in competitive jumprope and wants to learn more?
KC: To come watch! Our competitions are usually live-streamed, and if you reach out to a local team most of them have open gym time that you could certainly go participate in.
For more info, check out USA Jump Rope’s website!