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History of Double Dutch (jump rope)

Updated on September 21, 2008

Double Dutch Founder

Double Dutch jump rope was founded by David A. Walker of New York. Its probable origins have been traced to ancient Phoenician, Egyptian and Chinese rope makers. Dutch settlers brought the game to New Amsterdam (now New York City). The English dubbed it Double Dutch.

In 1973, David A. Walker and his partner, Detective Ulysses Williams developed the street game of Double Dutch into the World Class Sport it is today. Walker and Williams revitalized the game by developing it into a competitive team sport.

The first Double Dutch tournament was held on Feb 14, 1974 with nearly 600 fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade student participating. Double Dutch has since expanded with city wide and national championships.


The American Double Dutch League was formed by David A. Walker in 1974. He resigned the ADDL in 1992 after 18 years as the organizations president. He went on to form the International Double Dutch Federation, National Double Dutch League and the Dynamic Diplomats of Double Dutch Team.

Walker's invention of the "Fusion" free-style approach for the sport of Double Dutch is the format used in the Internationally supported Double Dutch Holiday Classic and other World-Class tournaments throughout the world.

Talent and Coordination

This sport not only takes talent by the jumpers themselves but also from the rope handlers as you will see it the video below. The coordination and skill of this sport is magnificent to say the least. I can only imagine how many webs I would weave in the ropes trying this. Hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did.

Video of Double Dutch Holiday Classic


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      About-The-Home 9 years ago

      Incredible. They must be really fit and the coordination is unbelievable!

      ...but I think I'll skip this!!

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      Bonnie Ramsey 9 years ago from United States

      LOL I agree! I am content just to watch and pass on the participation! Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment!


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      Jason Menayan 9 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks Bonnie for a terrific, informative and interesting hub. Love the video, too!

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      Bonnie Ramsey 9 years ago from United States

      You are so welcome. I really enjoyed doing this research! Thanks for commenting and I am really glad you enjoyed it. I have watched it several times and it still amazes me!

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      amanda 8 years ago

      it was awsome it helped with my report. thanks


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      Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States

      No problem Amanda! Glad it helped!


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      Double Dutcher for life 8 years ago

      u guys should come out and watch us this year

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      KJ 7 years ago

      sweet! it helped me with my report too.

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      trey 2 years ago

      this helped me with my school research project. i got an A+ and passed with a 4.0! i wouldn't have been able to pass without this... thank you very much

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      ppl 18 months ago

      helped me alot needed it for my report

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