Packed Sorrentino Center Hosts Annual Double Dutch Tournament
Ropes swung. Legs and full bodies flew at the 29th Annual Rockaway Double Dutch Championships held last Saturday at the New York Department of Parks and Recreation's Sorrentino Recreation Center in Far Rockaway.
The event came at a time when the art of Double Dutch is exploding in the city. Viewed by many as a playground game, the Public School's Athletic League recently pronounced Double Dutch a sport and formed the first high school Double Dutch league in the country.
The American Double Dutch League (ADDL), whose rules the PSAL league uses in its tournaments, judged the Sorrentino event.
"I hope eventually Double Dutch will be respected like basketball, football and a lot of other sports," said Keva Cherry, the PSAL's Double Dutch commissioner, in a Daily News article.
The gym at the April 18 competition was crowded with enthusiastic boys and girls who were accompanied by family, friends and coaches. Awards were given for novice and high school jumpers from third grade to high school.
Teams came from upstate, Belleport, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
All of the teams will next compete in the American Double Dutch League City/State Double Dutch Championship on May 30. It will be held at IS 219 (Charles Drew School) in the Bronx.
The first place winner will represent New York State in the World Invitational championships held at the University Center in Sumter, South Carolina from June 18 to June 20.