STUFF KIDS DO
Jumping into double Dutch history
BY DESIREE SCOTT. KIDSDAY REPORTER
Double Dutch is a rope-skipping sport in which two players turn two ropes
in opposite directions while one or more players jump in and perform tricks.
I am a member of a double Dutch team called the Red Rockets. My 12-
year-old sister, Latisha, and I practice about an hour every day. Our team has
won several competitions and has competed in different states, including
The first double Dutch tournament was held in New York City on Valentine's
Day in 1974 with almost 900 kids competing. This year, more than 100,000 kids
will compete in the American Double Dutch League World Invitational
Championship in Sumter, S.C.
At the world championship, teams are ranked based on their scores in three
categories: speed, compulsory and freestyle. In the freestyle event,
participants perform tricks from splits to push-ups. Their routine is judged in
the compulsory event based on turns, crisscrosses and high steps. In the speed
category, judges count the number of steps made by the left foot in two
This year, the World Invitational Championship is scheduled to take place
Soak up summer fun
BY SAMANTHA DONADIO. KIDSDAY REPORTER
I had a lot of fun playing with the Super Soaker Flash Flood Blaster ($20),
one of the Soakertag Elite water toys by Hasbro. It has two controls. One
control blasts your opponent with all the tank's water (16-ounces) at once, and
the other lets you shoot a stream of water up to 35 feet. It comes with cool
accessories like goggles, a towel, a poncho and a cap to keep yourself from
getting totally wet as you play.
If your opponent has a Soakertag Elite water toy, too, you can play water
tag by aiming for each other's body targets (enclosed with each toy). It's a
fun way to cool off on hot summer days.