On Sunday, October 25, Alex Bush (‘19) came to the gym and gave us advice about what we can do to improve our double dutch speed and turning technique. She gave us lots of really valuable advice and once we implemented what she said, our groups got a lot better and we started hitting higher scores. Overall, she encouraged us to communicate more, have the jumpers bend down, and ensure that the jumpers are in the middle of the ropes.
First, Alex talked to us about the importance of communication. Communicating helps the jumper know where the middle is, the turners know the right pace, and the turners are encouraging the jumper. If any of these things are not happening, then it will most likely result in a miss. If nothing changes at all, it will result in even more misses. Another reason to communicate is to cheer on your teammates. If one person is jumping especially for a longer event, it is nice to cheer them on and it also helps them stay in the middle of the ropes as they get tired. Especially towards the end of an event, they should be reminded to pick up their feet.
Another thing Alex reminded us about was the importance of keeping the jumper in the middle of the ropes. Even if the jumper is a little off-centered, it could still cause a miss. The back turner and the person that is not jumping in pairs speed should watch and make sure the jumper is always in the middle. Most of the time misses from the jumper not being in the middle are from their feet not being in the right place and it is equally important to also make sure their head will not hit the top of the ropes.
Alex gave us many useful tips and tricks to help us be better jumpers and turners in double dutch. We implemented all of the advice that she gave us as soon as we could and we started doing better right away. Alex and all of the alumni’s wisdom is always really useful and we’re thankful they can come back and share it with us!