jump rope club

Jump rope club, started by Lexi Bold (left) and Emily Schroeder (right), is open to everyone, from beginner to expert level jumpers.

Jump roping isn’t just for boxers and kids on the playground—it’s for everyone. In the next month, two students at Gonzaga University are starting the GU jump rope club for Zags looking to get their feet moving and jumping.

GU juniors and club founders, Lexi Bold and Emily Schroeder, have been jump roping since third grade, and it has been a huge part of their lives ever since. The pair are both from Kirkland, Washington, and have been jumping alongside one another since the beginning. 

Starting as an after-school activity and turning into a lifestyle of competing at the national level, Bold and Schroeder grew their passion for jumping alongside one another. In high school, the duo traveled across the world to compete in jump roping competitions, visiting countries like Portugal, Norway and Canada. In 2015, the pair won a freestyle competition at the Pan American Championship. 

Emily Schroeder and Lexi Bold performing in Norway at the World Jump Rope Championsip.

Taking this ample experience and passion in the world of jump roping, the two Zags were inspired to start a club on campus for all levels of jumpers. 

“Even if you haven’t picked up a rope before, come out,” Schroeder said. “We want to spread the sport and teach people new tricks. It’s not just like the playground sport you played in elementary school. There is a lot more to it.” 

With a plan to practice once a week, Bold and Schroeder said they want to emphasize that Zags shouldn’t feel pressured to make it to every practice.

Jump rope club can mean something different to every member. Students can drop by to check it out, come when they are free or if they want to go the extra mile, be committed competition members. 

“There has been a huge wave of jump ropers starting clubs at universities,” Bold said. “We wanted Gonzaga to join the movement.”

Attending the National Collegiate Jump Rope Summit (IG: @collegiatejumprope) is the goal for the club, according to Bold and Schroeder. The summit takes place once a year in February, and universities from across the country come and jump together. 

At competitions, there are three main types of events. 

Speed jumping is performed with a wire-like high-speed jump rope, and the goal of this event is to make as many spin repetitions as possible in a certain time frame.

Freestyle jumping is where you get to show off your skills, Bold and Schroeder said. The goal of freestyle is to combine skills and presentation to deliver the ultimate performance.

Finally, there is double dutch. This event incorporates music, choreographed material, freestyle and teamwork. 

“When people try double dutch for the first time, you can see them having so much fun because it’s just so different and new,” Bold said. “We don’t get to try new things often at our age, so it’s just a cool opportunity.” 

GU jump rope club has put in a request with the Rudolf Fitness Center for practice space, but if it doesn’t go through, they will look into any large space with a hard floor, Bold and Schroeder said.

People can stay updated with GU jump rope club on its Instagram: @zagjumprope. Bold and Schroeder will be posting practice updates and jumping content. 

“I love the community it builds,” Schroeder said. “When I get the opportunity to travel to different countries for competitions, even when you can’t speak the same language as somebody, rope can kind of speak for you. You can communicate with it. It’s a fun way to express yourself while getting exercise and pushing your limits.”

The GU jump rope club will be the closest any student can get to a real life version of the 2007 Disney movie “Jump In,” according to Bold. The club invites jumpers of all levels to grab a rope and join them on the hard floor.

Allie Noland is an A&E editor. Follow her on Twitter: @allie_noland. 

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