This is a continuation of yesterday's blog talking about jumping for Beginners (The Bunny Hop - Beginners).
Now, onto intermediate jumpers- these are kids who have experience lifting off of the ground. Layout 5 ropes/strings on the floor, these will help jumpers to gauge distance and keep track of their progress. Then step back and give your child some space to practice jumping over each rope. The concept behind jumping (leaving the ground) is counter intuitive, so let them get comfortable with the notion. At first you might notice that there is a long pause between each jump, to account for both mental and physical preparation- this is natural. Coordinating a jump takes time and effort, but with enough practice it will soon become muscle memory. As your jumper builds confidence you can help to increase coordination and decrease the time in-between jumps by putting on some up beat music and jumping together to the beat. The fact that you are now jumping together, coupled with the upbeat music, will help to streamline your child's jumps. He'll need less and less time to prepare for each jump and the mental and physical skills required will become woven together. Wa-la!