Free Bouncing Bulldogs Rope Skipping Clinic Returns To West Point Saturday

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Prior to performing at the Army-Navy basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 20, the national champion Bouncing Bulldogs International Rope Skipping Team will host its second free clinic at West Point. The clinic is open to kids ages 18 and under and will run from 9-10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The clinic will take place at the West Point Youth Services Building on Washington Road. To register, please contact Army Director of Marketing Elle Nichols at 845-938-2294 or ellen.nichols@usma.edu.

The high-energy rope skipping team out of Chapel Hill, N.C., is six-time national champions and no stranger to performing at West Point. The Bulldogs have entertained Army-Navy basketball crowds during halftimes and breaks in each of the last three years.

The Bouncing Bulldogs are comprised of 110 boys and girls from the Metropolitan Triangle area of North Carolina, ranging in age from 5 to 25. Team members perform hundreds of synchronized tricks, maneuvers, and dances using a combination of single and double-dutch ropes. Their innovative rope skipping style includes fancy footwork, flips, and other acrobatic skills with ropes of various lengths.

Each year, the team performs worldwide in front of thousands of spectators, including sports fans, health and fitness professionals, corporate employees, students, educators and the general public. Bouncing Bulldogs team members have performed in Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, England, Sweden,France, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Africa, the Virgin Islands, many of the states within the United States of America, and last summer China, during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in and around the city of Beijing. The team also performed for the 2008 U.S. Open Finals Weekend in Flushing, NY. The Bouncing Bulldogs are members of USA Jump Rope, a national organization. The team has won more than 200 national championship awards in both single and double dutch events and has 18 world champions. In June 2009, at the National Jump Rope Age Division Championship, held in Galveston, Texas, the Bouncing Bulldogs earned the National Champion Team Title for the 6th straight year.