Jump Rope Techniques and Styles

by Matt Hopkins

Jump rope has doubled in popularity the past 20 years. The result is an exciting, very modern, but yet traditional sport. It is not uncommon to see jump rope exhibitions or competitions at various major events and TV shows around the world.

Jump rope is not only shown at entertainment events but also promotes endurance, jumping strength, coordination and sense of rhythm. Even though it may seem daunting to start, beginners can have success with a good rope and a little effort.

Jumping rope can be put into four techniques or styles:

  • Single Rope
  • Double Dutch
  • Chinese Wheel
  • Long Rope

Single Rope

Single Rope is perhaps the best known and most widespread type of jumping. The jumper holds his own rope in his hands and performs acrobatic and quick combinations to music.

Double Dutch

Playing double dutch involves at least three people: one or more jumping and two turning the ropes. The people holding the ropes are called the turners. A person jumping usually does tricks that may involve gymnastics or break dancing and can also incorporate fancy foot movements.

Playground Double Dutch is often accompanied by singing to help the players stay in rhythm.

Chinese Wheel Jumping

In Chinese wheel, the jumpers only hold one handle of the rope they are jumping and they also hold one handle of a rope that another jumper is jumping. This requires excellent communication and coordination between the jumpers but it's fun to do and fun to watch.

Long Rope

Many tricks may be done with a long rope. The most famous is the so-called "Rainbow". It is a very a long rope.


Jump Rope is a competitive sport that has national and world competitions. The governing body for the United States is USA Jump Rope. Check out our selection of competitive jump ropes.

About the Author

matt-hopkins.jpgMatt Hopkins is a former competitive speed jumper and jump rope coach. Matt has won numerous national championships in speed jumping, and his athletes have won several national speed and freestyle titles and have broken world and national speed records. He also taught middle and elementary school PE in Leavenworth WA for 23 years.

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