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Partner Skipping Techniques

When attempting standard "face to face" partner skipping techniques, the first rule of thumb is to stand arms length apart facing your partner. Unless you are exiting the rope completely, stay this distance all the time. There are numerous face to face skipping techniques requiring a skipper or bouncer to move away, to the left, right, round the back, back in again but too close or too far away could result in getting hit. When performing side by side skipping techniques and you're sharing one rope, i.e, you have one handle and your partner has the other, providing the rope is a standard length single rope, try to stand so that you are not over-stretching to get the rope under your partner's feet. The easiest way to know if you are too close or too far is to imagine your hand has taken the place of your partner's and vice versa. Think where your partner's hand would be if they were skipping alone, and that is where your hand should be. That way, you will ensure the rope goes under your partner's feet.

Partner Skipping Techniques

Partner Skipping Technique 1) Face to Face - One of the skippers has the rope, the other stands with arms by their side. Skippers must stand arms length apart and be able to do a double bounce together. Any further apart than one arm length will result in the rope catching the feet of their partner and any closer could result in a collision of knees. Make sure you are doing a single bounce when your partner is doing a single bounce and a double bounce when your partner is doing a double bounce. Skipping in opposing rhythms is a common cause of failure and not always that obvious to some people.

Partner Skipping Technique 2) Side by Side - Two skippers stand side by side and one of them has a rope. Whilst standing in a normal starting position, one handle is given to other skipper. Now, with each handle either in the right hands or the left hands, the rope can be turned over the skipper who has the rope behind them and they must jump the rope. The handles are then passed to the other hands and the other skipper jumps the rope. If the skippers discuss the number of jumps they are each going to do before they commence, they can be prepared to pass the rope at the same time and no skips are missed. For example, skipper on the left does three jumps and they pass the rope from hand to hand, skipper on the right does three jumps then they pass it back. Skipper on the left does two, skipper on the right does two and so on. In the end the passing of the rope is effortless.