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How To Play Double Dutch

Double Dutch is a fast-paced jump rope game popular in schoolyards. It may be hard to master completely, but the basic skills are easy.


  • Step 1: Immediately start jumping, using a marching step, where the feet alternate like a marching band, or a single bounce step, where both feet hit the ground and jump simultaneously.
  • TIP: A good way to make sure the turners and the jumpers are both moving at the same pace is to recite jump rope rhymes.
  • Step 2: Once you have mastered basic jumping, you can add jumping tricks, such as 180-degree turns, hopping on one foot, and more.
  • Step 3: When you're finished jumping, exit the ropes near the shoulder of one of the turners. Turners can help by slowing the ropes and turning them away from the jumper.
  • FACT: Double Dutch was introduced in the 1600s, by Dutch settlers living in what is now New York City.
  • Step 4: As the nearest rope passes the jumper's face, they take a big step and a big jump into the middle of the rope. Land with the foot that is closest to the turner whose rope will hit the ground first.
  • Step 5: The jumper is now ready to enter the ropes. Stand next to a turner, while facing the opposite turner.
  • Step 6: The two turners face each other and back apart until the ropes have been pulled taut. Hold the ropes tightly, waist high in front of the body, shoulder width apart.
  • Step 7: The turners begin turning. The rope in the left hand turns counter clockwise, while the rope in the right hand turns clockwise.
  • Step 8: To swing the ropes faster, pull the arms close to the body, making smaller circles. To slow the ropes, extend the arms away from the body and make larger circles.
  • TIP: A good way to regulate the speed of the turning ropes is to count "one – two, one – two" as they alternately hit the floor
  • Step 9: Choose your role. Two people, called turners, twirl the ropes. At least one person, called a jumper, jumps.

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