Triumph For Stan’s Steppers And Brown’s Jumpers
The competition was held at the Civic Center in Sumter, South Carolina from June 14th-15th. The Pepper Steppers team from Far Rockaway, which practices at Sorrentino Recreation Center and Mrs. Brown’s Jumpers, who practice at P.S. 40 in Brooklyn, put on a dazzling display of speed, rope tricks, flips, and team togetherness. The tournament itself is a 2-day event with the first day eliminating all teams except the top five in each grade division. The divisions started from 3rd grade straight through college and senior open division.
There are three categories in a Double Dutch competition. They are Compulsory, Speed and Freestyle. There are also tricks. The Compulsory event requires tricks and moves.
The Freestyle category can get very creative, with handsprings and routines that start with one jumper leaping over the shoulders of another all while the jump ropes are turning. Points are awarded for each successful move and vary depending on the difficulty of the move.
Speed is an event that is pure adrenaline, a mixture of exhilaration and fear. Getting through 120 grueling seconds (2 minutes) of jumping without hitting the rope allows you to score a lot of points. One mistake means fewer jumps, which means fewer points. Judges count the number of times a jumper’s left foot successfully misses the rope, and awards points for each. If you don‘t do well in Speed, Freestyle and Compulsory, scores won’t matter much.
This year’s gathering recognized Stan Brown as one of the greatest coaches in the history of the sport of Competitive Double Dutch. Mrs. Brown’s Jumpers won two World Championship titles and one Second Place title in the 5th grade category.
Stan’s Mini Pepper Steppers beat 2 teams in the Finals earning a 3rd place spot in singles and Stan’s Pepper Steppers reclaimed their world championship title by winning 1st Place in the Open Division, highest doubles speed jumps and best overall doubles team in the world.
The Open Division team consisting of Laa’ Neisha Jones, Katherine Rocha, Peter Alvarez and Robieshia Davis were recognized for graduating from college with Bachelor’s degrees.
The Pepper Steppers team and organizers, all from Far Rockaway thanked parents, friends, businesses, contributors and supporters of Stan’s Pepper Steppers and Mrs. Brown’s Jumpers. They especially appreciate the support from the Brooklyn and Far Rockaway communities.
Stan’s Pepper Steppers and Mrs. Brown’s Jumpers team members include Laa’ Neisha Jones, Katherine Rocha, Peter Alvarez, Robieshia Davis, Tyesha Arnette, Nadine Harrison, Jahnay Jenkins, Ashley Boyd, Tajahnae Williams, Javon Langston, Valerie Ramos, Janae Dasher, Armani Graves, Tanayia Babb and Danielle Virgil.
Coaches, members and officials: Stan Brown, Linda Brown, Yatte Brown, Carol Walker, Paul Bowen, Tanasia Walker, Marissa Webber-Bey, Kim Pass, Janae Connely and Lloyd Webber-Bey.