Double Dutch Made NYC School Sport

Jump-rope league expected to draw big interest
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2008 2:56 PM CDT
Elementary school girls participate in a Double Dutch jump rope practice session at the St. Peter Claver Gym in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, June 25, 2008.    (AP Photo/Ed Ou)
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(Newser) – New York City schools will offer a new sport this spring: competitive double dutch jump-roping. The first school district to start official teams has done so in recognition of the sport's popularity among the city's youth—and to promote fitness, AP reports. "It's something that builds stamina," explains one coach who expects tryouts to be mobbed.