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Partner Skipping Tricks

Partner Skipping trick 1) Mirror Skipping - this is ideal for novice skippers to start with

 1. Skippers face each other and the rope is shared, one holding a handle in the left hand and the other holding it in the right. When facing each other, it should appear as if looking in a mirror. Once skippers have the rope held in the correct hand, arms are moved in a downward direction, smoothly and slowly. The rope has to hit the floor. Skippers must not be tempted to bend over to make it hit the floor. They must move closer to each other to make the rope hit the floor.
 2. As the rope is descending and about to hit the floor, the corresponding leg (left leg for left arm or right leg for right arm) is raised so that the rope can be passed underneath and taken with the other hand. The handle is given back to the original hand as the rope ascends and the process repeated on the other leg or the same leg. The aim is to pass the handle under the leg at the same time as your partner, synchronising the rope turning and the passing of the rope.
 3. Skippers swap hands, turn the rope in the opposite direction and pass the

Partner Skipping trick 2) 360 Degree Spin - this can be done with the Partner Skipping trick 1.) Mirror Skipping.
Starting position is the same as mirror skipping and can be included in the routine for variation. As the rope hits the floor, instead of passing the rope underneath the leg, one of the skippers turns around 360 degerees bringing the arm holding the rope almost above their head. The arm with the rope must be kept in front of the skipper at all times. It is very important that the skipper prepares to turn in the correct direction, i.e with the rope. The direction to turn is determined by the direction of the rope, clockwise or anti-clockwise, as it hits the ground.rope under their legs.

Partner Skipping trick 3) Running into a turning rope - skipper and bouncer stand approximately three large paces away from each other facing one another. (This is a guideline distance and can be less as long as the bouncer is far enough away not to get struck by the rope.) The signal to run in is when the turning rope passes the bouncer’s nose. They follow the falling rope and run into position and start skipping. To exit the rope, the bouncer turns 90 degrees and runs out the moment  the rope passes under their feet.
skipping trick tip If the bouncer doesn’t get out quick enough, the skipper can move the rope to the left or right to avoid it catching the bouncer.

Partner Skipping trick 4) Facing Turn and Clap - the bouncer, - the one without the rope - faces the skipper for two turns of the rope. On the second turn of the rope, the bouncer claps twice in time with the bounce. Bouncer then turns 90 degrees and repeats the clap in time with the bounce on the fourth turn of the rope and so on. skipping trick tip If skippers say “bounce, bounce, clap, clap/ turn and clap, clap/ turn and clap, clap etc” it helps them keep time and remember the sequence.

Partner Skipping trick 5) Windscreen Wiper - skipper and bouncer face each other and the skipper jumps out to the left so that they are not skipping face to face. Then, back in front of their partner, face to face. Skipper then jumps out to the right and then back in front with their partner and so on. skipping trick tip Start by doing two turns of the rope in each position and when competent, reduce it to one turn of the rope.

Partner Skipping trick 6) Travelling - same as with Windscreen Wiper but with two or more people. Bouncers space themselves out two arms lengths away to allow enough room for a skip in between each person. If the bouncers stand in a straight line and stretch their arms out to the side, they should be able to touch fingertips.

Partner Skipping trick 7) Skipping Leapfrog - as many skippers as can be enlisted line up in a straight line, all with their ropes tied around their waists. The first skipper comes out and starts to skip along the line (Partner Skipping trick 5. - Travelling ) skipping with each person and in the spaces but joining the end of the line and tying their rope around their waist instead of working their way back down the line. The next skipper does the same and ends up standing next to the first skipper. Then the third and so on until it is the turn of the first skipper again. skipping trick tip If a basket ball or badminton court is available, the skippers can use the tramlines as a guide to where to stand when doing the windscreen wiper, travelling or skipping leapfrog.

Partner Skipping trick 8) Chain Skipping (Butterfly Skipping) - two or more skippers, with a rope each, stand side by side and swap handles with the person next to them. Somebody counts in and they start skipping as if holding their own rope. Both ropes go up at the same time and travel under the skippers at the same time. Skipping in unison is the key and is essential for this to work.

Partner Skipping trick 9) Chain Skipping and Crossover - this is the same as normal chain skipping but the skippers cross and uncross their arms at the same time as each other.

Partner Skipping trick 10) One Handed Swap - starting position: skippers face each other and the bouncer takes the handle out of the skippers left hand with their right hand. They then skip together with one skipping backwards and the other skipping forwards. Then swap and use the other hands. The direction of the rope can be changed, too. skipping trick tip An often made mistake is the skippers moving offset against each other. They must stay facing each other as they would usually do with partner skipping.

Partner Skipping trick 11) Running into a turning rope from each of the 4 sides - try entering the rope from the front, back and sides. When entering the rope from the back, the bouncer runs in as the rope passes their nose on the up. In order to feel comfortable entering from any angle, children should practice entering via the front and exiting by the left or right, entering from the back and exiting by the left or right.

Partner Skipping trick 12) Round the Houses - a similar excercise to the windscreen wiper. The aim is for the skipper to work their way round the bouncer, always facing the same direction and end up where they started. This is where perfecting skips such as the Bell, Skier and combinations of the two, really pays off. Partners start face to face and the skipper jumps to the left (Partner Skipping trick 5, Windscreen Wiper), jumps forward so they are shoulder to shoulder, jumps forward again and then to the right so that they are both now skipping inside one rope but back to back. Skipper then jumps out to the right, jump backwards to be shouder to shoulder, backwards again, and finally to the left to end up back where they started, face to face. skipping trick tip The bouncer must maintain a solid rhythm, in time with the skipper throughout the entire move as the skipper will, for three parts of the move, have their back to the bouncer.
Idea  In groups of three or four, skippers and/or bouncers weave their way in and out of each other, thus combining Partner Skipping trick 11 and Partner Skipping Trick 5. Start with bouncers spaced out as they would be with travelling i.e finger tip distance apart (four to five feet).

Partner Skipping trick 13) Mexican Hat - skipper and bouncer stand side by side. The skipper brings the rope over their head and steps round so that they are in front of their partner. The rope is scooped underneath the bouncer Backwards and one or two backwards partner skips are performed. This means that the bouncer must be watching the skipper to know exactly when to start jumping. skipping trick tip If they start bouncing together at the same time, it will be up to the skipper to get the rope under their partner at the right time. Once the skipper has decided to, he or she comes out of the face to face to position and stands next to the bouncer, facing the same way and is once again skipping forward but on the other side of the bouncer. This move is the same move performed by skippers when they are turning from forwards to backwards skipping in a 180 degree turn (as in Side Swing Reverse, Skipping trick 9). The skipper then jumps backwards, then sideways so they are behind the skipper skipping together, then sideways again continuing in the same direction, then forward to end up back where they started, facing the same way as when they started. They will have travelled in a complete circle, around the bouncer.

Partner Skipping trick 14) The Pass - first, perfect the One Handed Swap, Partner Skipping trick 10. Once skippers can skip comfortably holding one handle, they give one of the handles to their partner whilst skipping. When the rope is in the possession of one of the skippers, they do the opposite and pass it back to their partner. In the end, the rope can be passed back and forth between skippers. skipping trick tip The more economical the skippers can be with their hands, the easier they are making it for their partners to take the moving handle.

Partner Skipping trick 15) Buddy Skip - skippers face each other and the bouncer attempts to make his/her way around the skipper until they reappear from the other side. This requires the skipper to be prepared to extend their arms as far out to the side as they can to make room for the bouncer to get under their arms and around the back. The bouncer must get as low as they can and stay as low as they can to get round the back and under the skipper’s arms. The entire move takes place inside the rope and is an ideal move for the older children to try with younger or smaller children.