Here is a promo video for the Forbes Flyers Jump Rope Team from Torrington, Connecticut.
I jumped for 10 years with the Footnotes Jump Rope Team in San Antonio before going to college at Texas A&M. At Texas A&M I met another guy that used to jump and we decided to form our own college team. In the fall of 1996 we started the Texas A&M Jump Rope Team and recruited some of our friends and taught them to jump. Some of our jumpers had never picked up a rope before joining our team. I’m very proud of what those guys learned to do in just a couple of years.
I believe our team was the first college jump rope team. Certainly there were jumpers before me that continued to jump in their college years, but usually with the same teams they jumped with before college. I think ours was the first actual college team. We practiced hard, did a few shows around town, and even managed to make it to nationals a few times.
As I said before, I used to be able to jump. Well, here’s the proof that I could actually get off the ground once upon a time. This is the double dutch routine that we spent the majority of our time working on.
The Heartbeats are one of the best known jump rope teams in the world. The team was founded in 1992. By the time the U.S. Nationals started in 1996, the team was ready to shine. I seem to remember them doing very well during the years I was at Nationals (’96-’01). They’ve also had a lot of success in the AAU Junior Olympics. According to their website they’ve captured numerous individual and team medals along with the Team Show trophy at both the USA Jump Rope Nationals and the AAU Junior Olympics.
Here is a video of their team show performance that earned them 2nd place at the 2006 Worlds in Toronto, Canada.