West City Rope Ninjas

Performance Jump Rope Team - By Ropeworks

The West City Rope Ninjas are a performance jump rope team based in West Seattle.  Team members range in age from 8 to 14 and are proficient in performance jump rope, double dutch, long rope, acro jump rope and single rope skills.  The team performs at special events, festivals, school assemblies and competes in regional tournaments. 

Our goal is to share our passion of  jumping rope for fun and fitness. 

Some of the "Ninjas" along with Coach Rene, smile after the West Seattle Parade - 2018

Becoming a Ninja

Building jump rope skills require patience, practice and perseverance. Our team trains 8 months a year and performs at approximately 20 community and school events.  In addition we participate in 4 tournaments which are on the weekends. Practices are on Wednesdays from 3:15-5:00PM  September through June with optional summer practices offered. 

Summer workouts are on Wednesdays throughout the Summer from 3:15-5PM
There is a flat monthly fee and participation is not required for each practice. The price reflects this.  
Non team members may join our Summer workouts to get an idea of what “being on the team” feels like and the difference from enrichment programs. 

Click on the link below to register and learn more

Team Member Requirements:
  • 2nd grade or older – exceptions apply. Ask Coach Rene
  • Basic Fundamental Skills acquired  See TRY OUT LIST
  • Able to make a firm commitment to the practices for 10 months. (Sept to June) from 3:15-5PM on Wednesdays.  (we offer optional sunday workouts too)
  • Approximate team fees for 2019-2020 will be $79 per month plus equipment and uniform fees. Fees are set up “subscription style” and are deducted monthly.  Enrollment begins at the beginning of August.  New members considering participating that have not “made it” yet or are still deciding, should enroll for the team.  At the end of September and try outs and try it out are complete, you will have the option to continue or cancel your subscription. 
  • Families must participate in fundraising efforts to offset our team costs not covered in tuition. 
  • Families must help at tournaments
  • Tournaments are optional, but encouraged

Joining an enrichment class is a great way to build skills required to be on the team.  See our Enrichment line up to find a class that may work for you.

I encourage new and existing members to continue enrichment classes to stay sharp in skills. 

There will be two tryout periods: August 26-28 during skills camp or Sept. 18 2019 at 5PM at the VFW on Alaska in West Seattle.  See the tryout list. 

Team Activities:

Here is a general timeline of activities

  • September to October – show practice and speed and power training at practices
  • November – Speed and Power tournament in Canada (optional)
  • Fall 2019 – Fall Festival Shows (optional) 
  • December – Winterfest shows (optional)
  • January – March Heart Challenge school assemblies (optional- approx 3 shows per person over 3-4 months)
  • February Records Day Team fundraiser – required (On a Saturday- you may opt out with a $50 team donation)
  • March Bainbridge Island Tournament (on a Saturday) optional
  • April Seaside Oregon Tournament (full weekend of activities late April) optional
  • May – tournament of Champions – usually early May Saturday – optional
  • June – idea workshops – this is our month to try new skills we saw at tournaments – we end mid June and open Summer workouts in July

Tryout List:

  1. jogging step for 30 seconds with less than 2 mistakes.  3 tries
  2. jogging step for one minute with less than 4 mistakes. 3 tries
  3. little skipper part one (beginning until side swings- see video on team board below)
  4. skills 

Must be able to 5 in a row:

crosses, can can, jacks, skiers, bells, scissors, double unders, one foot hop, can can, squat jumps, heel to heel, toe to toe, boxer, side swing crosses. 

Must be able to do one:

walk the dog and catch handle, push up basic,

full twist, 180, 360, M&M, 

  1. jogging step for 30 seconds with less than 2 mistakes. 2 tries
  2. jogging step for one minute with less than 4 mistakes. 3 tries
  3. little skipper part one (beginning until side swings- see video on team board below)
  4. skills 

Must be able to 5 in a row:

crosses, can can, jacks, skiers, bells, scissors, double unders, one foot hop, can can, squat jumps, heel to heel, toe to toe, boxer, side swing crosses. 

Must be able to do each skill one time. No misses.  3 tries

walk the dog and catch handle, 

push up basic,

full twist, 180, 360, M&M, 

mad dog 360

get in and out of pretzel.  3 in a row

Little Skipper routine fully memorized, on rhythm no mistakes.

45 second freestyle fully memorized, less than two misses. (2 tries)

wheel – 10 jumps in a row, no misses

speed: 30 second, less than two misses

speed: one minutes, less than 3 misses. no stopping

power: 30 seconds less than two misses

memorize and can say and do full warm up

count someone into and out of double dutch

pinwheel, can count and perform (double dutch)

counting method for triangle known and can perform

be able to teach rapid fire clearly to others and perform

rapid fire “cow” no misses 5 times any role

displays knowledge of counting methods for:

enter exit double dutch

rapid fire turning 

triangle turning

wheel jumping

partner routine

can do a basic partner routine as outlined by Rene at try out (ability to perform a simple partner routine in a last minute situation)

buddy routine with little buddy – show leadership and memorize the routine and follow buddy rhythm and coach them through routine. 

cross combos 1-3

 

 

 

Little Skipper routine fully memorized, on rhythm no mistakes.

45 second freestyle fully memorized, less than two misses. (2 tries)

wheel – 10 jumps in a row, no misses

speed: 30 second, less than two misses

speed: one minutes, less than 3 misses. no stopping

power: 30 seconds less than two misses

memorize and can say and do full warm up

count someone into and out of double dutch

pinwheel, can count and perform (double dutch)

counting method for triangle known and can perform

be able to teach rapid fire clearly to others and perform

rapid fire “cow” no misses 5 times any role

displays knowledge of counting methods for:

enter exit double dutch

rapid fire turning 

triangle turning

wheel jumping

partner routine

can do a basic partner routine as outlined by Rene at try out (ability to perform a simple partner routine in a last minute situation)

buddy routine with little buddy – show leadership and memorize the routine and follow buddy rhythm and coach them through routine. 

cross combos 1-3

 

 

 

August

  • August 20, show at Terrace Park Elementary 10:30Leave W Seattle around 8:45am. Tell Rene if you can go (and or drive)

  • Aug 26-30 Team and Pre Team Camp 9am to noon  Register HERE  Optional and encouraged for new members to get a feel for team environment and work on try out skills.

  • August 28- first tryouts during camp – We will use this time to check off team requirements and practice them. The other tryout date is Sept. 18 at 5pm if your list isnt complete by then.

  • August 25 Registration Deadline for upcoming team season. (interested participants and returning athletes MUST enroll in order to participate in September practice.)

  • September 4 – first day of practice 3:15- 5PM. Middle schoolers arrive late due to schedule.

  • September 4, 11, and 18 – work on try out checklist. Must compete before end of practice September 18.

  • September 18 Tryouts for new athletes at 5PM. Need a few volunteers to assist.

  • September 22 new parent Q&A at Renes home. (optional information meeting) Rene’s house 11am – 4433 39th AVE SW Seattle, WA 206-351-1492. email Rene if you plan to attend. Kids welcomed.

  • September 29 team parent meeting.

  • September 29 Team commitment VFW 11am. Parents meet then parent and child sign team agreement. (this will be shorter this year, as we will have already done a Q&A session for new parents)

 

September:

  • September 4 – first day of practice 3:15- 5PM. Middle schoolers arrive late due to schedule.

  • September 4, 11, and 18 – work on try out checklist. Must compete before end of practice September 18.

  • September 18 Tryouts for new athletes at 5PM. Need a few volunteers to assist.

  • September 22 new parent Q&A at Renes home. (optional information meeting) Rene’s house 11am – 4433 39th AVE SW Seattle, WA 206-351-1492. email Rene if you plan to attend. Kids welcomed.

  • September 29 team parent meeting.

  • September 29 Team commitment VFW 11am. Parents meet then parent and child sign team agreement. (this will be shorter this year, as we will have already done a Q&A session for new parents)

 October:

  • October 2 – official start to team season.
  • After October 2 – Fall Gathering to welcome new members date TBD

November:

  • Early November (Saturday) Hot Dog Workshop – all day – optional but suggested
  • Early November speed and power tournament in Canada – optional and TBD at this point. (may conflict with Hot Dog Workshop)
  • Winterfest shows at Seattle Center begin. Times TBD and continue through Jan. We will choose a couple of dates to perform. 
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January

  • School assemblies begin. Most kids will end up doing 3-4 school assemblies over a 4 month period, typically missing a half day of school. (not required if school absence is an issue)

 February

  • JRFH month and our busiest school assembly shows

  • Possible month to run Records Day (fundraiser) on a Saturday 8am to 1pm

March

  • Bainbridge tournament – exact saturday date tbd. All day

April

  • April 18 – Seaside Oregon Tournament (most families drive down on Th or Friday and depart sunday afternoon) This is the same week as Spring Break

May

  • Tournament of Champions – Kirkland WA – exact saturday date TBD

 June

  • Team party on a Saturday

  • Last day Mid June