2021 Virtual University Jump Rope Summit

Welcome! We would like to invite you to attend the 2021 Virtual University Jump Rope Summit and National Collegiate Jump Rope Championships. This event is being put on by the National Collegiate Jump Rope Association. It is the fifth year of this special weekend event aimed at promoting and encouraging participation in the sport of jump rope at the university/college level.

 

The Virtual National Collegiate Jump Rope Championships and workshop are open to all current college students (community, undergraduate, graduate, or professional) as well as high school juniors and seniors. Discussion sessions and presentations are open to anyone interested, regardless of age. The weekend will include a virtual skills workshop, presentations from innovators in our sport, interactive discussion sessions, and the Virtual National Collegiate Jump Rope Championships. Last year we had over 30 universities represented, and we hope to continue to grow this event with your help!

Deadlines

March 27th: All registrations and competition entry videos due by 8 pm EST / 5 pm PST

March 27th: Presentation applications due by 8 pm EST / 5 pm PST

April 11th: All shirt orders due by 8pm EST (order here)

 

Virtual University Jump Rope

Summit Schedule

April 9th-11th 2021

*All times are in EST

Friday April 9th

  • 7:30 pmDiscussion

    • Summit Kickoff + Team Introductions​

  • 8:00 pmSocial

Saturday April 10th:

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion

    • Presentation: Sociological Study of the Competitive Jump Rope Community - Preliminary Results with Simone Costa

    • Break-Out Session

      • Room 1: Starting a new college jump rope team​

      • Room 2: Maintaining a college jump rope team

  • 12:00 pm - 12:15 pmBreak

  • 12:15 pm - 1:45 pmWorkshop Day 1

  • 1:45 pm - 2:30 pmBreak

  • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pmDiscussion

    • Presentation: Focus! Your Thoughts Affect Your Performance with Kaylee Woodard 

    • Presentation: Jump In (to STEM): Connecting Jump Rope to Engineering with Caroline Camfield

  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion

    • Break-Out Session​ -  Professional Networking

      • Entertainment and Music: Erica Zenn, Danny Secor, JP Godoy, Jessie Elovitz

      • Clinical Medicine: Sarah Chen, Taylor Ross

      • Public Health Shaun Hamilton, Noah Mancuso, Graham Booth

      • Tech: Brian Hsu, Alexandra Keamy, Tami Tritz

      • Business / Accounting: Morgan Haught, Kris Neubar

      • Education: Samantha Powers, Emma Trumble, Kelsey Moran

      • STEM: Stewart Isaacs, Michelle Fongson, Mason Rogers, Avani Mylvara

      • Athletic Training / PT: Katie Johnson, Dafne Katsarou, Eddie Yacynych

      • Jump Rope Performance: Rene Bibaud, Mike Fry, Lee Reisig, Nick Woodard, Kaylee Woodard

  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm2021 Virtual National Collegiate Jump Rope Championship Premiere

    • Highlights and awards for top finishers in individual events

    • Streaming of Virtual Team Showcase entries and live voting

  • 5:00 pm - 5:15 pmAwards

    • Award for Virtual Team Showcase​

    • Announcement of 2021 Collegiate Cup Champion

  • 5:15 pm: Social

Sunday April 11th:

  • 12:00 pm - 12:45 pmDiscussion

    • Presentation: Counting Out Time: Using Transformers to Score Speed Events with Dylan Plummer

    • Presentation: WEjumpROPE Live - A Brand New Type of Jump Rope Competition with Devin Meek

  • 12:45 pm - 1:00 pmBreak

  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pmWorkshop Day 2

  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pmDiscussion

    • Open forum on opportunities for innovation and inclusion in jump rope​

    • Closing Remarks + Participant Feedback

Presentation Details:

  • Sociological Study of the Competitive Jump Rope Community - Preliminary Results: Simone Costa

    • A talk on how I decided to incorporate jump rope into my sociology undergraduate senior thesis and a a presentation of preliminary results from my demographic survey. ​

  • Focus! Your Thoughts Affect Your Performance: Kaylee Woodard

    • Motor learning techniques to improve your jump rope performance and instruction.

  • Jump In (to STEM): Connecting Jump Rope to Engineering: Caroline Camfield

    • For my honors undergraduate thesis, I wanted to quantify some of the relationships between jump rope and STEM. I did this by analyzing a variety of different rope variables (like rope length and width between a jumper's handles) with high speed videography and by interviewing experienced jumpers with a background in the STEM field. I took what I learned from these two things and created a lesson plan that I will (hopefully) be able to use in the future to teach high school aged competitive jumpers some of what I found so that they understand both STEM and the sport better.

  • Counting Out Time - Using Transformers to Score Speed Events: Dylan Plummer

    • Computer vision has become dominated by deep learning-based methods since the AI boom of the 2010's. One major challenge in computer vision is the ability to generalize across time in the frames of a video. RepNet is a transformer model designed by DeepMind which is able to measure and count periodic motion in almost any video. Jump rope has always struggled with accurate scoring of speed events, and as athletes continue to speed up it is necessary to remove as much human error from the judging system as possible. Using a pre-trained RepNet model we are able to achieve scores matching or exceeding human performance in controlled settings and even some less ideal cases of videos "in the wild". With a dataset curated for speed events it could be possible to fine-tune our own model to be accurate enough to operate in competition settings.​​

  • WEjumpROPE Live - A Brand New Type of Jump Rope Competition: Devin Meek

    • A 15-minute explanation of how this tournament works and why it was designed this way. It will tell the story of sports similar to jump rope and how they grew larger followings and bigger "money maker events" with this style of tournament.

Networking Event Details: 

 

Entertainment and Music

  • Erica Zenn: Erica is currently the Diversity, Inclusion and Community Manager at a digital marketing agency in Los Angeles. She has prior experience in video production, event production and customer experience. She is currently getting her Masters in Applied Psychology so that she can become a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant.

  • Danny Secor: Danny is a junior at UNC Asheville. He has been writing songs for 6 years, and releasing music professionally for about 3. He produces, engineers, and writes music, but his main passion lies within the performance element that music has brought into his life.

  • JP Godoy: JP works in artist management & development. He recently graduated from NYU, where he studied the Business of Entertainment. Throughout college he interned at record labels, worked on artist projects, and booked shows throughout NYC!

  • Jessie Elovitz: Jessie is a third year student at UCLA. She has been interning in digital and social media, and just wrapped up a marketing internship with VidCon. This Summer, she's excited to start a new position in Nickelodeon's international marketing department!

 

Clinical Medicine

  • Sarah Chen: Sarah is a first year Cardiothoracic surgery resident at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She graduated from UNC med school in 2016 and plans on pursuing a career in adult cardiac surgery.

  • Taylor Ross: Taylor graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from UNC Chapel Hill. After graduating, she moved to Atlanta and took a job as a hematology-oncology nurse at Emory University Hospital. She's been at that job for almost three years now, and has taken on many other roles on her unit, including charge nurse, clinical preceptor, and is currently in the process of becoming the Unit Nurse Educator for her speciality.

 

Public Health

  • Shaun Hamilton: Shaun spent 15 years as a healthcare executive in the public health area. He is now a professor at the University of Dayton where he teaches Community Health and Sport Ethics. Shaun also serves as President of the International Jump Rope Union.

  • Noah Mancuso: Noah is a researcher in the Global Public Health Impact Center at Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International. He studied chemistry and global health during undergrad at UNC and Duke, and Noah moved to Malawi to work with the Ministry of Health after graduation. His research focuses on the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, like HIV and COVID-19. He will be going to graduate school next year to study global epidemiology.

  • Graham Booth: Graham is a public health researcher at RTI International and recent graduate from UNC's Public Health Nutrition program. At RTI, his work consists of using research methods to translate scientific evidence into healthcare transformation initiatives and policy agendas for the US federal government. He also has experience working in a "wet lab" studying cancer metabolism in both animal and cell culture models.

 

Tech

  • Brian Hsu: Brian Hsu is currently a software engineer at a media startup called Wicket Labs. He works on all aspects of the product lifecycle, from feature design and wireframing to programming implementation.

  • Tami Tritz: Tami is a technical artist that has been working in Mixed Reality at Microsoft building next generation Virtual and Augmented Reality projects for the last two years. She's been involved with jump rope since the age of 5, both competing and coaching with Hot Dog USA. Outside work and jump rope, she spends her evenings living out her old lady dreams sewing with a cup of tea.

 

Business and Accounting

  • Morgan Haught: Morgan competed in the sport of jump rope as a member of Jump Company USA for about 15 years. Her experiences with jump rope were a major influence on her success in graduating from Virginia Tech, where she received a bachelors and a masters degree in tax accounting. She's currently a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Blacksburg, Virginia at Brown, Edwards, and Company with 3 years of experience in the tax and small business field.

  • Kris Neubar: Kris is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. She has spent over 20 years in public accounting specializing in litigation support, forensic accounting and internal controls.

 

Education

  • Samantha Powers: Samantha is a Nationally Board Certified Special Education Teacher in the Lake Washington School District (Redmond, WA). This is her 6th year of teaching. She received her Masters Degree (Early Childhood Special Education) in 2015 from the University of Washington.

  • Kelsey Moran: Kelsey is a math teacher at a Title 1 (low income) middle school in San Jose, CA. She graduated from Gonzaga University with a BA, and now attends National University for her Master's in Education. She is also a corps member with Teach for America.

  • Emma Trumble: Emma goes to university in Quebec, Canada. Study abroad or going for a degree abroad might seem overwhelming, but it is an amazing experience and she'll be able to answer any questions you have about the process!

 

STEM

  • Michelle Fongson: Michelle's career path has not been linear by any means but has always been rooted in purpose and passion for making a difference - and currently has a career of innovative education in biotech. Michelle currently works for a biotech company called Intuitive where she is Product Manager for Customer Training Programs. But prior to this her journey started as a Kinesiology Athletic Training college grad, then pursuing a masters in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, then before her current pathway pivoted to a full time coaching career in jump rope, gymnastics and crossfit.

  • Mason Rogers: Mason studied math and physics as an undergrad and is currently a graduate student in physical oceanography. In short, he does applied math where the applications are climate/environment related. Talk to him about modeling ocean plastic and deep ocean heat uptake!

  • Avani Mylvara: Avani is a third year Neurobiology major at UC San Diego and currently works as a TA in the neuroscience department. She is also a research assistant studying phage therapy and viral speciation in the face of antibiotic resistance.

  • Stewart Isaacs: Stewart is a graduate student in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT interested in renewable energy and transportation systems. In particular, he studies low-carbon alternative fuels and environmental impacts on solar panels.

 

Athletic Training and Physical Therapy

  • Katie Johnson: Katie Johnson is a former Jumping for Joy/Sol Jumper team member and is currently a certified athletic trainer. She started her career working at Arizona State University for two years and moved to the University of Southern California for two and a half years. Now, she works at a community college in her home town.

  • Dafne Katsarou: After graduating from ECU, Dafne worked as an athletic trainer at North Carolina A&T State University with football for their 2018 and 2019 seasons. In the spring semester of 2020 she worked with women’s basketball. Currently, Dafne works as an athletic trainer at EPIC Physical Therapy.

  • Eddie Yacynych: Eddie is a Doctor of Physical Therapy located in Los Angeles California who jumps with Flight Crew Jump Rope and the Kangaroo Kids. He loves being a physical therapist because it has allowed him to develop his passion for exercise, promote physical fitness, and help other people get back to doing what they love.

 

Jump Rope Performance

  • Lee Reisig: Lee has been jumping for over 25 years and have won several National and World titles. In 2009 Lee began jumping rope with various circus and entertainment companies. In 2013, he started his own jump rope business called Flight Crew Jump Rope where the goal is to perform, teach, supply and inspire around the world with jump rope.

  • Nick and Kaylee Woodard: Nick and Kaylee have been a part of the sport for over 20 years. They have won several national and world titles and have performed all over the world. Together they run Learnin' The Ropes which provides after school programs, fitness classes and shows.

  • Mike Fry: Mike has been jumping for 25 years. He is the founder of Let’s Jump, LA, which mainly focuses on teaching the sport through after-school programs, online classes, 1:1 lessons, and community programs.

  • Rene Bibaud: Jump Rope Camps prepared Rene for it all. Learning to work with others and teach have been invaluable during her jump rope career. Rene was the first rope jumper to perform with Cirque du Soleil and became a coach to 20 of her fellow performers. After 5 years touring with "Quidam" she turned her focus to youth motivation and fitness as well as specialty and corporate entertainment and product development, helping teachers use rope jumping in physical education class. 

 

Registration

Registration costs are as follows:

Registration is now closed. You can still join the presentations/discussions using the Zoom link at the top of this page. You can also still order an event t-shirt here

 

events

  • Speed (Event code - Event description)

    • SRS - 30 second single rope speed 

    • SDU - 30 second single rope double-unders 

    • SBB - 30 second single rope butt-bounces 

    • CCC - 30 second consecutive cross (novice only)

    • CTS - 30 second consecutive TS/behind the back cross (experienced only)

  • Freestyle (Event code - Event description)

    • SRF - 30 second individual freestyle

    • VTS - Virtual team showcase**

 

Judging

  • The 30-second speed and double-unders entries will be counted according to the International Jump Rope Union (IJRU) rules. The 30-second butt-bounces and consecutive crossing/TS events will be counted for every successful completion of the skill within the given time period. A video demonstration of these events can be found HERE.

  • For each speed event, please use the IJRU Single Rope Speed Sprint timing track by either playing the track while filming your attempt or overlaying the track with your video. Three judges will count each speed entry to ensure scores are accurate and fair. 

  • The 30-second individual freestyle event will be scored on a 1-10 subjective scale to one decimal place (e.g. 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, etc.). Freestyle entries may include any element(s) of freestyle jumping, including but not limited to: multiples, wraps, releases, power, footwork, and gymnastics, however, no elements are required. Music is strongly encouraged, but not required. We will not require you to use a timing track for individual freestyle, but please stay within the 30-second time limit. Three judges will score each freestyle entry and the average of each judge’s score will be the final score of the entry. Freestyle judges will consist of both Novice and Experienced college jump rope alumni. In the event of a tie, judges will meet for a secondary review of both entries. 

**The team showcase submission can contain multiple videos edited together to comply with local social distancing guidelines. Teams must have at least 3 athletes performing and videos should be 3-5 minutes long. The videos of each team’s showcase will be streamed during the National Collegiate Jump Rope Championship Video Premiere and the winner will be chosen by popular vote via an online poll.

Competition Divisions

  • Novice/Experienced

    • Competitors with 3 years of experience or less have the option of competing in the novice division. Those with 3 or more years of experience will compete in the Experienced division.

  • Gender

    • Competitors have the option to compete in the male or female division

    

Competitors will self-designate their division during registration - we will not ask for any proof of experience or gender.

 
 

awards

  • Digital awards will be provided for the top 3 finishers for each event from each division. The top finishers from competition events will be featured during the National Collegiate Jump Rope Championship Video Premiere on Saturday, April 10th. All competition entry videos will be available to view on YouTube shortly after conclusion of the Summit weekend. 

  • Virtual Team Showcase videos will also be streamed during the National Collegiate Jump Rope Championship Video Premiere on Saturday April 10th and winners will be selected via a live online popular vote. The winner of the Team Showcase and the Collegiate Cup will be announced on Sunday April 11th.

  • The school that wins this year's Collegiate Cup will be awarded a pair of customized, GOLD double dutch ropes courtesy of our sponsor: BuyJumpRopes.net

 

Discussion Sessions

  • Discussions sessions will consist of both presentations and interactive break-out sessions. Topics will range from how to start a college team to the physics of jump rope to a networking event. Details are listed above with the schedule of events. Zoom links will be provided closer to the event date. 

 

Event t- shirt

  • Event T-shirts (picture below) are available for purchase. Shirts will be shipped to the address provided on the order form approximately 2 weeks after the event. Teams are encouraged to use the same shipping address, if possible, to reduce shipping costs. Order your shirt here until April 11th. 

 

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