USA Jump Rope Nationals 2014 Long Beach, California – Part 2
Friday, June 27 – Second Day of Nationals
The morning started off with all the single freestyles. The competition floor was divided into 6 freestyle stations, so 6 jumpers were able to do their freestyle at once. With almost every one of the 600 competitors competing a single freestyle, this event took all morning.
A single freestyle includes one person (obviously!) and is a routine the jumper made up consisting of a variety of skills. The judges are observing the presentation and content of the routine. Presentation includes how well the jumper completes each skill as well as the jumper’s smile and overall performance. Content includes how advanced each skill is from beginner level to master level and also how many skills the jumper completed in the routine. Every freestyle event must be at least 60 seconds but must not exceed 75 seconds, or there are deductions. Each mistake is also a deduction.
Three of us competed our single freestyles. Click the link by our name for a video of our routine.
Only 8 girls in my age division (23-29) competed their single freestyle. At the awards ceremony later that night I won the bronze medal!
The second event of the day was Pairs Freestyles. Nathaniel and I competed in the 18+ open division. All the same single freestyle rules apply for pairs freestyles, except both partners jump the same exact routine.
Even so, here are the video clips of our triples.
Remember, Triple Unders is not a timed event, you jump until you miss. The judges’ counting devices automatically updated onto large screens visible to the audience. The spectator participation was huge during the triple under event, with the entire audience going wild for the one jumper who lasted much longer than everyone else in the same heat. It was an exciting and awesome ending to a long day.
Again, this is tribute to how sweet and kind the sport of jump rope is; it doesn’t matter which team the lone “triple under jumper” was from, every last person in the audience wildly cheered for him or her as they watched the score continually progress higher with each completed triple under.
This is another reason why I love jump rope so much. And I don’t plan on quitting. Ever. Again.
Through out this day and the next, three of our parents took a few shifts as volunteers to help make the entire Nationals Weekend run more smoothly.
Joe – Freestyle tabulator
Darryl – Freestyle tabulator
Susie (my mom!) – Bleacher Clerk
The next blog post will be on the third day of Nationals -Double Dutch Freestyles!