STAFF

Kendall Ballard

Age: 20

Hobbies: Jump Rope, Tricking, Flipping, Bowling

Favorite Jump Rope Trick: Mic

I come from a family of 7 kids. I started jumping when I was 15 and when I was 18 I took a two year break to live in Mexico. I Recently started jumping again and have loved it. I am studying right now at BYU-I in Rexburg Idaho with a major as business finance. I also once was a bowler and competed in state tournaments around Idaho. I love getting to know people, just talking to them, reaching out and seeing how I can help them in whatever it is that they might need.


Michelle Crispin


Age: 17

Hobbies: singing, hanging out with friends, homework, petting my dogs, ukulele, piano, eating

Favorite Jump Rope Trick: Frog

My name is Michelle Crispin and I'm a senior at William Mason High School in Mason Ohio. I'm 17 years old and this is my 6th year jumping with the Comet Skippers. I love jump rope not only for the amazing things I learn and staying active but also for the amazing people I get to meet and all the people I can teach. Other than jump rope, I also enjoy singing and music as well as spending time with my friends on the weekends. In school, my favorite subject are math and science and I plan to study Biomedical Engineering as my undergraduate in college. Some of my favorite activities at home also include spending time with my family and dogs and sleeping a lot. :)

David Gordon

Age: 17

Hobbies: Jumping, playing the trumpet, swimming at the beach, computer programming

Favorite Jump Rope Trick: TJ Quad

My name is David Gordon, and I am 17 years old. I am a senior in high school and plan to study aerospace or computer engineering in college. I was born and raised in Columbia, Maryland, USA, and I have been jumping and competing for 12 years. Some of my most memorable memories while jumping rope have been jumping at the White House in Washington D.C. with First Lady Michelle Obama, in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and at the 4th of July Festival Parade on St. John, USVI. I want to continue to develop new skills and tricks and help the spread of jump rope worldwide.


Denver Hammons

Age: 18

Hobbies: drama club, jump rope, social media, eating

Favorite Jump Rope Trick: inverse krueger wrap

Hello everybody! My name is Denver Hammons. I currently jump with the Indy Air Bears located in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, which is the team I have been with for seven years. I am 18 years old and will be attending Ball State University in the fall for Theatre Education and English Education. Jump rope is my favorite thing in the whole world, and I would not be able to live without it! The jump rope trick I like the most would have to be the inverse krueger wrap because it's a fun showy trick that can lead into many other combinations. My most memorable experience while being a jump roper is attending the 1st Annual American Jump Rope Camp in 2018 with a couple of my teammates because it was my first ever summer camp and was a week jam-packed full of teaching, performing, and fun! What I look forward to the most in jump rope is being apart of the collegiate jump rope team located at Ball State. Helping the sport of jump rope grow is my number one priority, and I will do anything I can help push it along.


Grace LaVier

Age: 20

Hobbies: Music, painting

Favorite Jump Rope Trick: Frog

My name is Grace LaVier and I live in the United States in Indianapolis, Indiana. I will be attending my third year at Ball State Univeriy in Muncie Indiana to continue to study exercise science in hopes of going on to graduate school and becomeing an occupational therapist. I have been jumping rope for 10 years on the Indy Air Bears Jump Rope Team and I have also started a jump rope team at Ball State University. Jump Rope has had a huge impact on me and has been a way of making life long friends, learning new skills, and traveling around the world. I have other hobbies as well, I love music and I play the piano, trumpet, and ukulele. I am also a huge fan of dogs and cats and other pets and animals.


Elise McQueen

Age: 20

Hobbies: Art

Favorite Jump Rope Trick: Mic

My name is Elise McQueen and I am a sophomore at Ball State University in Indianapolis, Indiana. I am currently studying interior design and plan to work in commercial design in Indianapolis after I graduate. Family is a big part of my life. I have two amazing parents, three crazy younger brothers, and a dog named Kipper.

​ I have been jumping for ten years on the Indy Air Bears, a team based out of Indianapolis. I fell in love with jump rope from the moment I saw it at a performance in 4th grade. I joined the team the following year and have had a passion for the sport ever since. The older jumpers on the team helped me since the first workshop I attended, which inspired me to pass my love of jump rope on to others through teaching. I have recently helped start a jump rope team at Ball State and hope to continue to grow and share the sport at the collegiate level. My greatest achievement in competition was at the 2018 World Jump Rope Championship, where I was a Grand World Champion in four different events. I hope to pass my love and passion for the sport on to the younger generation in order to continue the growth of jump rope as a sport and hopefully impact the lives of younger jumpers.


Allison Taylor

Age: 19

Hobbies: Reading and jump rope

Favorite Jump Rope Trick: Frog

I am currently a sophomore at the University of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana. I am majoring in psychology with the hopes of becoming a school psychologist in a few years. Besides jump rope, I am involved in my school's Dance Marathon which is an organization that raises money for a local pediatric hospital.

This is my eleventh year on the Indy Air Bears. Jump rope has provided me with many amazing opportunities including some that have allowed me to travel. I have been fortunate enough to travel to Bermuda, New York, California, and a few other places.

One of my favorite parts about jump rope is getting to compete. In 2017, I won at the Grand World Championships for the first time. That year I won in team freestyle. During the 2018 Worlds, I became the Grand World Champion alongside my partners in Double Dutch Pairs and Triad.

As much as I love competing, I have a true passion for teaching jump rope. Even though I am in college, I still live close to home and attend all of my team's practices. During these times, I love getting to work with my younger teammates and help them learn new tricks and become better jumpers. I love getting to teach anywhere and everywhere I can because it helps me feel like I am giving back to this sport which has given me so much.


Katherine Tyson

Age: 20

Hobbies: baking, traveling, reading

Favorite Jump Rope Trick: frog

I am a sophmore at IUPUI and I'm majoring in biology. After college, I plan to pursue a career in genetic counseling and specialize in prenatal and pediatric genetics. I have 2 dogs and a cat. I am a nanny for 4 kids and they keep me very busy when I am not jumping. I have been jumping for 13 years, but I've been on the Indy Air Bears for 11 years. When I'm not jumping, I love coaching our younger jumpers and making up routines for them. My favorite routine to create is team freestyle but my favorite routine to compete is double dutch pairs. I have taught at numerous camps before including Jump With the Stars, WJR camp, Coach Hanno's camp in Berlin, the Jammin Jumpers Double Dutch Workshop, the Bermy Bouncers in Bermuda, and our annual summer workshop that my team hosts. I am looking forward to teaching everything I know and making this camp a great experience for all the jumpers. My goal is to spread and grow the sport of jump rope as well as raise up the next generation to be leaders.


Flavia Gyurkó

I'm a Hungarian skipper and have been jumping for 8 years. Rope jumping brought me to so many places, including Florida, England and Luxembourg, where i also taught rope skipping, just to mention my favorites. It gave me friends for a life, and also let me get to known people from all over the world.


Roger & Julie Crosier

I am a retired physical education teacher. I taught 35 years on all levels, elementary, high school and university. I coached a jump rope team called the Footnotes for 25 years. The Footnotes and I traveled to 38 states and 14 countries to perform, teach, compete or judge jump rope skills. I have taught at many jump rope camps, workshops and teacher conventions and served on the USA Jump Rope board and several American Heart Association national committees. I am a jump rope instructor certification trainer for the World Jump Rope Federation and I look forward to continuing to spread the great sport of Jump Rope around the world. Wherever I go, I share my method of breaking down the skills into steps to facilitate the teaching process. I always look forward to working with the coaches and adults in their training sessions.

Julie, my wife, married into the jump rope world and brings a new perspective to my jump rope teaching with an understanding of the questions a new coach or someone considering starting a team would have. As my teaching assistant and jumping partner, she and I enjoy sharing new skills and routines with any and all adults wishing to learn and grow as a coach.

Monica Forster

 Monica has been involved in the sport of jumprope since 1991. She was very involved with her team as a performer and competitor prior to stepping into the role of head coach for her childhood team, Proform Airborne. The sport has offered her the opportunity to perform for two US Presidents, compete in several World Championships and create lasting friendships. Monica is currently on the WJRF board as part of the competition committee and oversees the training of their judges. Her favorite event is Double Dutch speed. She has two children and an amazing husband who are her priority and travel with her frequently on jump rope trips. In her free time from jump rope she works as a dental hygienist.