USA Jump Rope All Star Team Roster Announced

The 2007-2009 USA Jump Rope All Star Team Roster has been officially announced. I’ve reprinted it here in case you missed it. It was an absolute honor for me to get the opportunity to judge the tryouts. The future of our sport looks very bright.

Mary Hunter Benton, Bouncing Bulldogs
Tori Boggs, Jump Company USA
Chris Brown, Heartbeats
Lisa Brown, Heartbeats
Kaylee Couvillion, Heart ‘n Soul
Joe Edney, Bouncing Bulldogs
Mike Fry, Heartbeats
Cara Hassler, Hot Dog USA
Anna Holdaway, Bouncing Bulldogs
Billy Jackson, LA Jazzy Jumpers
Rae Krucoff, Bouncing Bulldogs
Jeremy Lindstrom, Pro Form Airborne
Nikki Lyman, Hot Dog USA
Timothy Martin, Bouncing Bulldogs
Jeffery Mauss, Razz-Ma-Tazz
Courtney McBroom, Hot Dog USA
Colleen McCary, Hot Dog USA
Adam Pang, Heart ‘n Soul
Andrew Pang, Heart ‘n Soul
Lee Reisig, Summerwind Skippers
Scott Simpson, Kangaroo Kids
Lindsey Wallace, One Jump Ahead
Nick Woodard, Razz-Ma-Tazz
Erica Zenn, Bouncing Bulldogs

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Jump In! – Learning the Ropes with Corbin Bleu and Keke Palmer

It’s great to see that there is a lot of buzz surrounding the Disney movie Jump In! I’m impressed with how well Disney did their homework on the sport. Of course some things had to be somewhat contrived for the sake of the movie, but overall I thought they represented Jump Rope very well.

Even though some of the more advanced moves were performed by stunt doubles, the actors definitely did their share of training before filming started. I’m impressed with what they learned in a relatively short amount of time. In this video Corbin Bleu and Keke Palmer talk a little about the training process.

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The Texas A&M Jump Rope Team

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.

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