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Individual Skipping Tricks

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Skipping trick 1) Side Straddle (Jumping Jax) - one turn of the rope with the feet together, the next with the feet apart, and so on.

Skipping trick 2) Front Straddle (Scissors) - one turn of the rope with the feet together, the next with one foot (right) in front, one foot (left) behind, like a pair of scissors and so on, alternating the feet.

Skipping trick 3) Combined Straddle - feet together, feet apart, feet together, scissors, feet together, feet apart, feet together, scissors. (Side Straddle, feet together, Front Straddle, feet together)

Skipping trick 4) Ex - jump the skipping rope with feet together, then with feet crossed and then repeat but with feet crossed the other way.

Skipping trick 5) Slalom - jump the skipping rope with feet together from one side to the other like a slalom skier. skipping trick tip Having a line on the ground to jump over is a good idea.

Skipping trick 6) Bell - jump the skipping rope feet together in a forwards direction by 18 inches or so and then back to the same spot, like a rocking bell. skipping trick tip Again, having a line on the ground to jump over as a guide is a good idea

Skipping trick 7) Diamonds/Zeds/Squares and many more shapes - for these tricks the skipper combines the bell and slalom to create different shapes on the floor. E.g forwards, back and right at the same time (i.e diagonal), left, back and right (diagonal) and the skipper should end up in the same place as they started. Another example is forwards, to the right 90 degrees, backwards, to the left 90 degrees (a square). The combinations of forwards, backwards, left, right and diagonals are endless. skipping trick tip Some skippers may find it easier to perform this skipping trick by doing a single bounce skip with these moves. As with most skipping tricks, it looks more impressive, but is harder and far more exhausting. And consequently better for you!

Skipping trick 8) Twister - skipper does an normal skip to start. For the next turn of the rope, feet are turned to the left. For the next turn of the rope, feet are turned to the right and then back to the starting position. skipping trick tip A single bounce is recommended for this skip and only small turns of the feet to the left and right.

Skipping trick 9) Wounded Duck - skip with toes touching and heels apart, then heels touching and toes apart. Skippers must do small skips without pushing toes and heels too far apart.

Skipping trick 10) Side Swing - keeping hold of a handle in each hand and placing them next to each other, swing the skipping rope to the left, then to the right and then jump the skipping rope. The shape the skipper's hands make is a ‘lazy 8’ (an eight on its side). The skipping rope should brush the floor as close to the skipper's feet as possible without coming into contact with them.

Skipping trick 11) 180 degree turn (Half Turn) - skipper skips forward, does a side swing (Skipping trick 10) and turns round at the same time by following the skipping rope as it brushes the floor. As the skipper has turned round, the skipping rope will now be travelling backwards in relation to the skipper. Skipper starts a backward skip and turns round when the skipping rope is above their head and skips forward. skipping trick tip The last part of this trick (backwards skip to forwards position) is helped when the skipper keeps their eye on the middle of the skipping rope as it appears from under their feet and begins to go over the skippers head.

Skipping trick 12) 360 degree turn (Full Turn) - start with a forward skip to get the rope going. As the rope comes over, do a side swing and turn round at the same time, as with the 180 degree turn(Skipping trick 11). Keeping arms in front and the rope as high as possible, skipper continues to turn until they have completed a full 360 degrees. The move is finished by doing a forward skip.

Skipping trick 13) Crossover - crossing arms and jumping with arms crossed, then uncrossing and doing a normal skip. skipping trick tip Skippers should practice bringing the skipping rope over their heads and making sure their arms are crossed wide enough and low enough to be able to comfortably step through the skipping rope. Ideally, arms should be crossed at the elbows. This will ensure that when they are jumping the skipping rope, their arms are in the correct position. Many beginners have their arms crossed at the forearms or wrists and positioned too high, all of which will prevent a successful crossover from being performed.

Skipping trick 14) Alternating Cross - crossing arms and jumping with arms crossed (Skipping trick 13), then uncrossing but following this first cross immediately by crossing arms the other way - left arm over right and then right over left (comfortable cross followed by uncomfortable). The full trick is; normal skip, left over right, normal skip, right over left etc.

Skipping trick 15) Cross Cross - a crossover followed by another crossover but with arms crossed the other way - i.e. left over right and then right over left, but no normal skip in between as with Skipping trick 12. This is a difficult trick and must not be executed quickly until mastered.

Skipping trick 16) Side Swing X - side swing (Skipping trick 8) followed immediately by crossover (Skipping trick 10). If you side swing to the left, it is the left arm that comes over the body, and vice versa if you side swing to the right. skipping trick tip When a skipper is good at doing the trick on their ‘comfortable side’, they should repeat it on the other side of the body i.e. left hand side swing followed by crossover and right hand side swing followed by crossover. Exercises like this help develop symmetry.

Skipping trick 17) Continuous Cross - crossing arms and continually skipping with arms in crossed position. skipping trick tip The slower the skipper skips, the more they will do. A double bounce is recommended to start.

Skipping trick 18) Pretzel - for this trick the left arm is placed under the left leg or the right arm under the right leg. To get into this position, I advise you to follow these instructions which will need to be repeated a few times. Step right leg out of the rope, place both hands on the top of the left leg, raise the right leg and slide the nearest hand (i.e right hand) as far under the right leg as possible. The resulting starting position is with the hands in the same place as they would be in the normal position for a forward skip, except with one arm under a leg. This trick can, of course, be carried out on the opposite side of the body, opposite leg and arm etc.
Often made mistakes in this trick -
1. skippers place their arm under their leg from the wrong side which it makes it impossible to turn the skipping rope forward.
2. left arm not pushed far enough in front or placed behind the left ear or above the left shoulder (when performing a right sided pretzel)
3. right arm kept too straight and thus, too low (right-sided pretzel).

Skipping trick 19) Skip into Pretzel - skip into pretzel position from normal skipping position. skipping trick tip Good idea to practice this trick in stages, bringing the skipping rope over the head and placing the required arm down the centre of the body and then under the correct leg without the jump. Then try it with a jump. To get out of the pretzel, skipper does a side swing to the side which is opposite the raised leg, i.e. right-handed side swing when the left leg is raised, left-handed side swing when the right leg is raised.

Skipping trick 20) Rodeo - starting position is as follows: skipping rope in front, feet shoulder width apart, left arm pointing to the left and parallel to the ground, right arm pointing directly to the floor and in contact with the torso. The trick: left leg through loop made by skipping rope, left arm round the back of the head until it is pointing out front. Step right leg out of the skipping rope, move arm back to starting position and repeat. The skipper must make sure the skipping rope doesn't touch their legs. This whole trick should be performed using the right arm as well as the left. Remember your symmetry! skipping trick tip Whichever arm is pointing to the ground must stay completely straight and must not move from the starting position i.e. down the centre of the body pointing at the floor and in contact with the torso.

Skipping trick 21) Turning Rodeo - Rodeo but turning round in the same direction as the arm that circles the head.

Skipping trick 22) Cyclone - this trick may be known by different names but was given this name by school children at a school in Sheffield and it kind of stuck. The whole skipping rope goes round the head by placing the hands next to each other and moving them around in a smooth circle above the head. Follow this trick with a rodeo (Skipping trick 20). The skipping rope goes under the left foot, then the right foot by keeping the hands next to each other and just below your groin, followed by a rodeo and is finished by going round the head with the skipping rope as at the beginning of the trick. The first movement above the head is a mirror image of the movement under the feet. skipping trick tip If the skipper imagines the moves in this sequence it sometimes helps: first move is two hands round the head; second move is one hand round the head (the rodeo); the third move is no hands round the head, i.e, under the feet; fourth is one hand round the head; final move is two hands round the head - 2 hands, 1 hand, 0 hands, 1 hand, 2 hands. Or A,B,C,B,A. Or whatever helps you get it.

Skipping trick 23) Coil (body wrap) - normal forward skip and as skipping rope comes over the head, wrap it around the left arm 2, 3 or 4 times. Skipper turns around and unwraps skipping rope and skips backwards once. Skipping rope is then wrapped onto right arm 2, 3 or 4 times in a backwards direction. Skipper turns round and unwraps the skipping rope and skips forwards. skipping trick tip Do this trick slowly and gracefully keeping the arm that has the skipping rope wrapped round it parallel to the floor. When the skipping rope is being wrapped round the arm, place the other hand onto the corresponding chest muscle and point the handle down the arm, almost like the position an archer would adopt.
  
Single Bounce Tricks (These can also be carried out as double bounce skips. In fact, I would recommend learning them as double bounce skips first.) All the following moves are best carried out with a single bounce skip i.e. one bounce for each turn of the skipping rope. skipping trick tip Economy of movement is the key to all these tricks as the less movement employed, the quicker the skipping rope can move.

Skipping trick 24) Toe Tap - feet together, tap toe behind, feet together, tap other toe behind (this is four turns of the skipping rope).

Skipping trick 25) Heel Tap - feet together, tap heel in front, feet together, tap other heel in front (this is four turns of the skipping rope).

Skipping trick 26) Combined Heel/Toe Tap - toe behind, heel in front (left foot), toe behind, then heel in front (right foot). (This is four turns of the skipping rope.) skipping trick tip The key to a smooth transition from one foot to the other is to concentrate on placing the foot that is doing a "heel tap" back to the normal foot position (in the middle) at the same time as placing the foot that was in the normal position into a "toe tap" position.

Skipping trick 27) Knee Raise - one knee raised to waist height on first turn of the skipping rope and then dropped on the next turn and so on. skipping trick tip When lowering the leg onto the floor, only touch your toe onto the floor, do not make it bear any weight as this will make it harder to keep your rhythm.

Skipping trick 28) Running Man - starting position is feet together. Lift knee to waist height (Knee Raise, Skipping trick 27), place the foot of that leg behind as with a scissor skip (Forward Straddle, Skipping trick 2) and then back to starting position of feet together.

Skipping trick 29) Can Can - for this trick the knee raise (Skipping trick 27), is followed by high kick on the same leg. When kicking, the skipper must kick from the hip, not the knee. skipping trick tip Saying “up, down, kick, down” will help to keep rhythm and remind the skipper of the sequence. Also, as with the knee raise, when lowering the leg onto the floor, only touch your toe onto the floor, do not make it bear any weight as this will make it harder to keep your rhythm.

Skipping trick 30) Frog Can Can - starting position feet together. Skipper then lifts knee to waist height as with a Can Can but instead of doing a high kick, kicks the leg out to the side without the foot touching the floor.

Skipping trick 31) Double Unders - the skipping rope travels under skipper twice while in the air. This trick has been known by the name "The Bumps" for many years and in some areas, it still is. skipping trick tip  Economy of movement is so important with a skip like this. Remember, the pivotal point is the wrist. Oh, and make sure, as with all skipping moves, you have PLENTY of room around you.

Skipping trick 32) Triple Under
- like a double under but the rope travels three times under the skipper.

Skipping trick 33) Boxer Skip - left foot, left foot, right foot, right foot, left foot, left foot, right foot, right foot... Each foot bounce is a turn of the skipping rope. skipping trick tip The non-weight bearing foot can still tap the floor at the same time as the other foot bounces which ensures economy of movement. Feet should lift a couple of centimetres at the most.

Skipping trick 34) Razzle Dazzle - skipper crosses feet first, then, the leg that is at the back comes out to the side and does a heel tap. That foot now crosses in front of the other leg. The new back leg comes out to the side and does a heel tap and the move is repeated.

Skipping trick 35) WW Kicks - as with a lot of moves, start with a forward skip to get the rope moving. When ready, raise one leg in the air to the side whilst jumping the rope on the other leg. Click heels together and land on the next turn of the rope with both feet together. Yee-haa!

Skipping trick 36) Can Can Ex - start with the Can Can move but instead of high-kicking, skipper crosses a leg over, raises it again and then places it back on the floor. The trick can be broken down to “up, cross, up, down, up, cross, up, down” etc, each trick being a different turn of the skipping rope as with all single bounce skills.
 
Skipping trick 37) Toad - skippers cross their arms but the arm that is underneath (closest to the stomach) is placed under the corresponding leg. (As the arms are crossed, the “corresponding arm” is the left when raising the right leg and vice versa.) Think of it as a cross between a pretzel and a crossover.

Skipping trick 38) Marlee (Inverse Crougar) - skipper starts with the rope in front of them ready for a backwards skip. As the rope comes over the head, an arm is placed under the corresponding leg, (left arm under left leg, or right arm under right leg). The rope is then jumped. As the rope rises, the skipper spins round 180 degrees, keeping the rope in mid-air and in front of them. As the rope falls (skipper is now skipping forward), they hop over the rope with the foot that has been in contact with the floor throughout the move and continues to skip forward.

Skipping trick 39) EB - a crossover with one arm behind the back. For this trick the skipper skips forward, does a side swing and brings the arm on the corresponding side round to their back - (right-hand side swing means right arm goes behind back). The other arm continues to bring the skipping rope over the head of the skipper and the rope is jumped. To get out of the move, uncross arms as the skipping rope passes over the head. skipping trick tip Practice doing the side swing and bringing the rope over your head before attempting to jump it.

Skipping trick 40) TS - a crossover with two arms behind back -  for this trick the the skipper places both arms behind the back as the skipping rope passes underneath and allows the skipping rope to pass over their head and under feet again, at which point they begin to uncross arms.

Skipping trick 41) Caboose Cross - cross behind the backs of the legs - skipper does one normal skip to get the skipping rope moving and as it passes over the head they jump to a side straddle position and at the same time cross their arms, bending over so that the arms can be placed in the crossed position behind the knees. The skipping rope comes over the skippers head and they attempt a jump, although stepping over the skipping rope is a good start. As they stand up, the arms are uncrossed and the skipping rope is brought over the head backwards and skipping is resumed BUT BACKWARDS!
  
Skipping trick 42) Awesome Annie - a combination of a Toad and a Crougar. Skipper skips into the Toad position (Skipping trick 37). They then uncross their arms into the Pretzel (Crougar) position and then back into the Toad and so on. skipping trick tip The skipper will soon realise that they don't actually have to jump whilst doing this and that a stepping motion is enough.

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Last updated 02 March 09