Rules In Rope Games

Rope games are jumping games which have become popular around the world. Basically, the jump rope is a loop of fabric-covered elastic, about 1/2 inch in diameter and a few feet long. It is extended between two participants while a third (or more) player take turns jumping on or around the extended rope. To play the rope games it is necessary for you to know the basic rules in rope games. Read on to know about rules in rope games.

Check out the rules in rope games:

1) In rope games, two participants stand few feet apart, facing each other. The jump rope is looped around each participant’s ankles and extended tight to make a rectangle, approximately 12 inches wide, between the participant’s feet. A third player stands to the side waiting to start jumping.

2) The third participant must jump now in a pattern in, out and on the ropes while vocalizing the movements as she goes. The movements should happen in a certain sequence, and footwork must be exact to move to the next level. Each sequence of moves increases in length and difficulty as the game progresses.

3) The movements are as follows:

In - You need to jump with both feet in between the two ropes.
Out - In this you need to jump with both feet back out to one side of the ropes.
On - Should jump with both feet and land one foot on each of the parallel ropes Side out- Should jump with both feet over the two ropes to the opposite side, clearing all the ropes.
Saddle out - Make sure you jump and spread the legs so the feet are outside the ropes, but on opposite sides.
Side by side – Should jump with both feet so that only one of the parallel ropes is between the feet, then quickly jump and place both feet on opposite sides of the other rope.

4) As a player you can create your own sequences and play according to your own rules, creating more difficult sequences as they go, but a common starting sequence is: In, Out, Side by Side, On, In, Out.

5) A miss happens if a participant is unable to get a foot on both ropes during an "on" jump, or otherwise bungle a jump by not completing it correctly or if a participant performs movements out of the correct order in the agreed upon sequence. However, a miss result in a lost turn and the next player in line get to jump.

6) When variations are added including raising the rope higher up the body to the knees, calves, thighs even the waist, the rope games become more challenging. However, another option is to loop the rope around just one ankle of each holding participant, therefore creating a very small rectangular area into which the third participant must jump. Another challenging move is the criss-cross jump where the jumper must hook the inside of her foot on the outside of each rope and pull it across the opposite rope to make an X, then jump a pre-determined number of times crossing and uncrossing her legs without losing the rope, and finally jump clear of both ropes and out of the rectangle.

Knowing the above rope games rules will help you to play the game with more fun.