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Jump Rope is simply the term used in America and some other parts of the world used for the actual rope you jump when you are skipping . The term is now used to describe the activity as well. So particularly in the states you might jump rope using a jump rope!. The term is also used more now in the UK particularly because of the exchange of skills and equipment between the UK and the United States.

Call it  skipping, skip-hop, jump rope, skip rope, rope jumping whatever you call it as long as you get involved!

Just for your information here is the Wikepedia definition for Jump Rope...

A jump rope, skipping rope or skip rope is the primary tool used in the game of skipping played by children and many young adults, where one or more participants jump over a spinning rope so that it passes under their feet and over their heads. This may consist of one participant turning and jumping the rope, or a minimum of three participants taking turns, two of which turn the rope while one or more jumps. Sometimes the latter is played with two turning ropes; this form of the activity is called Double Dutch and is significantly more difficult.
 
Children often chant jump-rope rhymes while jumping rope. These can range from pure nonsense to comments on current events. Participants may simply jump until they tire or make a mistake, they may improvise tricks, or they may have to carry out a predetermined set of tricks. People also practice solo jump-roping for exercise. There are hundreds of different tricks/techniques of skipping rope.

Most modern-day jump ropes are made of cloth, plastic, beaded string, or plastic-coated wire/cables. Cloth and beaded ropes hold their shape better, while plastic and coated-cable ropes are designed for speed. The optimum length for a jump rope is with the handles reaching up to the armpits while standing on the center of the rope.