On Saturday, December 3rd, the Bouncing Bulldogs took part in the 26th Annual Double Dutch Holiday Classic at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. From training to traveling back home, the whole experience was incredible and something to remember. For many team members, it was their first time coming to this competition. There is no other competition like this, and having the chance to perform on the Apollo stage is an amazing opportunity. The team did a great job, and the training and work that everyone put in definitely showed. Although I started off this report with what happened on Sunday, that is not where the experience began. It first began all the way back in North Carolina at the Bouncing Bulldogs Community Center. It began with all the morning practices, drills, and training. The team in general put in countless hours at the gym, and our hard work did not go unnoticed. One group from our team won first, second, and third in both speed events of the eighth grade and above category. The younger kids also did very well, especially those who were competing at the Apollo for the first time.
During competitions, staying with the team plays a major role in how you do. Overall the younger kids did very well staying with the team and did a good job of doing what they were told. When competing, you should always stay with the team simply because we are a team. The definition of team is a group of people who come together to achieve a common goal, so if you are part of a team, you must be with the team. The Bouncing Bulldogs is a jump rope team. Noticed that team is not plural. We do not make up groups of individuals, but one single team, and when you are part of a team you should not go off and do your own thing. Although, at this competition everyone did a very good job of staying with the team and supporting each other. We are a big group, but we were still able to keep everyone together. The older kids, Tim, and Coach and Mrs. Fredrick are the ones who did this. They demonstrate care and provide all of us with the help we need. They are able to get everybody where they need to be and get them ready for what is next. They try to make sure that everything runs smoothly, and if something goes wrong, they fix it. This is something that really stood out to me all throughout the weekend. I really was able to see how much they really do and all of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.
Another thing that stood out to me during this incredible experience was the support we showed each other. Just like at every competition, you could tell if there was a Bulldog group on the floor. Down in the practice room we would watch the others before us in anticipation on the television. We knew they couldn’t hear us, but that didn’t stop us from cheering them on. When I went on the floor, it felt amazing to hear all the cheers and support coming from my teammates in the audience. I also noticed that if Bulldogs beat other Bulldogs, the people who lost we’re happy for the ones who won. Everyone congratulated each other, and it was something to see that was truly amazing. The support and care we all have for one another was truly shown during these moments, and I believe that the team did well not only because of our training and focus, but also because of our unity.