Double Dutch Jump Rope
Jumping rope was one of my favorite play things to do as a child. It was something I could do by myself. I spent hours jumping rope. I never seemed to tire. I was allowed to go outside but had to stay in a small 8×8 space behind a fence when playing. There was no place to run around; so jumping rope worked real well.
Double Dutch is like jumping rope but it requires 4 friends to turn the rope as you jump. The two long ropes are turned in opposite directions as the jumper moves side to side from one rope to another. I loved turning the ropes. I’d place that rope around my waist and dance to the rythym of the rope snapping on the sidewalk. We used a long clothes line that was one piece in length. I was the master of every turn.
It was a well-manicured street with 3 story brownstone houses. The 4 other families that lived on my block were Irish, German, Chinese and Puerto Rican. All of the others were of this Hasidic religious sect. The other Puerto Rican family lived in all 3 stories of their brownstone. They had 12 children of all ages and lots of nephews, nieces, cousins, grandkids and friends visiting all the time. When they did, we could play Double Dutch.
In America, Double Dutch began in the cities. It is popular worldwide. Double Dutch jump rope was founded by David A. Walker of New York. Its’ probable origins have been traced to ancient Phoenician, Egyptian and Chinese rope makers. Dutch settlers brought the game to New Amsterdam (now New York City). The English dubbed it Double Dutch. In 1973, David A. Walker and his partner, Detective Ulysses Williams developed the street game of Double Dutch into the World Class Sport it is today. Walker and Williams revitalized the game by developing it into a competitive team sport.
The first lady, Michelle Obama, was seen jumping Double Dutch for stay healthy living programs.
This sport not only takes talent by the jumpers themselves but also from the rope handlers as you will see it the video below. The coordination and skill of this sport is magnificent to say the least. I can only imagine how many webs I would weave in the ropes trying this. Hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did.
Have you ever jumped Double Dutch???
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