2001-12-15 / Sports

Double Dutch is Fun

Double Dutch is Fun

And Educational For

All Ages

On Saturday, December 1st, 2001, the 7th Annual 3-8 year old Double Dutch "Mommy and Me" Tournament took place. This tournament has grown over the years and for the first time ever, it has expanded to cover 9-14 year olds, mothers, fathers and grandfathers as well. Stan Brown, a 28-year veteran and all around athletic coach, has devised this tournament.

What’s important about this tournament is that it is recognizes the importance of early formal training in Double Dutch as in any other sport. Double Dutch is to training one’s body as it is to training one’s mind. What Stan is hoping to create here are not necessarily more world champions, but to teach our youth as individuals that dedication and hard work are our greatest attributes. As a team, there is nothing to o great to be accomplished and to face any of life’s demanding challenges.

"The Mommy and Me tournament has many levels and goals "says Stan. "It is an opportunity for mothers, fathers, grandfathers and children to share quality time. It’s an opportunity to enjoy playing a sport together. And to share responsibility of turning and jumping and learning what teamwork means."

Over the years, the role of the athletic coaches has grown dramatically. In today’s environment with so many parents and single mothers working, often the coach will provide a stable environment and an example of a positive role model. The jumpers can maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 to 3.7. Many have won scholarships, some have been honor students gone on to college and others have gone to trade schools.

Mr. Brown is a prime mover in the development of Double Dutch in New York City. He is a full time employee of the City of New York Park Recreation, which owns and operates Sorrentino Recreation Center on 18-48 Cornaga Avenue in Far Rockaway. Over the years, he and the Parks have developed Sorrentino into the headquarters of Double Dutch in New York apart from the Beacon Centers.

Sorrentino is the only facility in the city that has a specialist Double Dutch as a formal sport. Stan’s Pepper Steppers are the 10 time champions and also current champions as well. They have sponsorship support from Warner Music Group and Asics. The new tournament, which includes 3-8 year olds, 9-14 year olds, parents and grandparents serves to reinforce the Park’s progressive vision in it’s commitment to an important sport for the new millennium.

Double Dutch, once no more than an urban street game, is now a nationally organized athletic activity under the auspices of the American Double Dutch League. One hundred thousand youth participate at tournament levels nationwide. Mr. Brown’s work in the area includes mobile Double Dutch clinics throughout the City of New York Parks and Recreation Queens system every summer.

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