Males and females of all ages, backgrounds and physical strengths participate in competitive jump rope/rope skipping. In competitions, athletes are divided by age and gender.
Judges are extensively trained to judge both speed and freestyle events. Speed events, during which compet- itors alternate their feet as quickly as possible, are judged by counting the number of times an athlete’s foot hits the ground in a given period of time. Freestyle is judged with a set of guidelines that rewards difficulty, creativity, and the ability to perform without mistakes.