Chapel Hill based Skipsations! Jump Rope Team members recently participated in two regional jump rope events to qualify for national competitions this summer.
The 23-member team competed in the AAU Junior Olympics Regional Tournament March 8 and the USA Jump Rope Regional Tournament April 12 – both events being held on the campus of the University of North Carolina.
The team will travel to Orlando in early July for the World’s Jump Rope national competition and then to Des Moines, Iowa, in late July for the AAU Junior Olympics.
In order to prepare for these competitions, the team has performed numerous jump rope demos.
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In February, nine members of the Skipsations performed at Morris Grove Elementary School as part of the school’s month-long activities to celebrate Jump Rope for Heart. Other team members performed in the Chapel Hill High School Junior Follies.
In March, the Skipsations put on a half-time performance in Carmichael Arena at the NCAA Women’s Regional Basketball Tournament game featuring North Carolina and Tennessee-Martin.
“Demo performances are a wonderful opportunity for team members to practice and fine tune their skills and routines in front of a live audience before the competitions,” said Skipsations head coach Lucy Schimmelfing, who also teaches physical education in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.
Not all their activities require jumping. On Saturday, members of the team will be among the volunteers helping hand out medals after the Tar Heel 10-Miler road race.
Now in their 15th year, the Skipsations also offer a program of instructional classes throughout the school year, as well as summer camps for area children. The club encourages physical fitness, teamwork, athletic achievement, respect, mentoring and friendship with the motto, “Sharing jump rope skills and smiles,” said Schimmelfing.