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How the skip-hop Skipping Awards work


The skip-hop skipping Awards are divided into three grades - Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each grade is divided into 11 challenges, 10 of which consist of a skip and the final one, the link. In order to achieve any grade, each skip has to be learnt and performed correctly and in accordance with the stipulations applied to it. The final stage, before a skipper can achieve the award, is a successful linking of the required number of skips specified in the link description. Safety has to be checked during each skip and throughout the award attempt. Poise, arm and hand position and the method employed to turn the rope from the starting position have to be monitored constantly by the teacher assessing the award attempt. Proper adherence to all safety aspects is of equal importance and is also part of the assessment process.

The skips are single rope, individual skipping moves. As the awards progress, so the difficulty increases.

The link is the joining together of the requisite number of skips (the skips themselves are sometimes stipulated) in a continuous routine with no misses. Skippers must also stay within the required number of turns of the rope for each skip. Apart from either forward/backward single/double bounces, at the beginning of a routine to establish a rhythm and feel comfortable, no skips other than those listed in the link can be included in the routine.
Please note: The Bronze Award also includes a section on poise and safety and a selected number of skips known as the "preliminary skips", which also have to be completed. Once "safety and poise" and "preliminary skips" have been successfully performed as part of the Bronze Award, they do not have to be repeated for Silver and Gold. 

The skips
All three awards comprise 10 skips and each of the 10 skips has:
the skip: the name of the skipping move
description: a brief description of the skip where necessary
stipulations: the required number of turns of the rope without a miss; restrictions and conditions in place regarding left and right feet, left and right arms; single bounce or double bounce
tips: helpful hints and guidelines to make it a little easier to achieve the goal
speed: the ratio of jumps to turns of the rope ie., double bounce or single bounce (some are optional and some are specified and are therefore compulsory)
note: any additional comments for both the skipper and the assessor

The link
Each award finishes with a link
the link: the required number of skips that need to be linked together
stipulations: any conditions applied to the link move such as; any skips that are compulsory to include; minimum or maximum number of turns of the rope for each skip.
speed: the speed setting, i.e double or single bounce, to which the moves have to be skipped.
tips: helpful hints and guidelines to make it a little easier to achieve the goal
note: any additional comments for both the skipper and the assessor