Right now the World Jump Rope Championships are taking place in England. Over the last couple of days I’ve been watching on and off the live feed that they have online (isn’t the internet amazing) and I have to say, I see the same issue happening this tournament that has been going on as long as I can remember. Everyone is missing.

I guess it would be a bit presumptuous to say everyone, considering that I haven’t been glued to the feed, but whenever I’m watching, there’s a ton of mistakes. A couple of the routines started out with a 5-10 second error, not good. My thoughts for anyone who wants to win, don’t miss! The reason my team always did good at the tournament was that we rarely made mistakes in competition. The goal was to come up with a routine that was difficult and unique, but it was something that we could make every time. Granted, sometimes things happen and you have to make the best of it, but the fact that I haven’t seen a single routine yet without a mistake is not boding well for those there. Actually, it might bode really well for the one team that doesn’t miss, because they’ll probably win.

Just because you go to the Worlds doesn’t mean you have to show off every single hard thing you know how to do. Camps and workshops are where you do that, competition is about doing what it takes to win, even if that means doing something easier than you’re capable of. It’s not about ego, it’s about learning to do what it takes, sometimes you have to get a bit older to realize the importance of this. Looking back now, I am finally able to appreciate when Mr. B (my coach) told us to take something out because we just couldn’t nail it consistently enough. Maybe wisdom does come with age.

Just so you know, I’m not against making mistakes, as they are the best way to learn and if you never make any…you’re not trying anything hard. I’m talking about when you compete, do hard stuff, but make sure you can do it every time.

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