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These Kids Train For Intense, High Speed Double-Dutch Competitions And You Could Never

BuzzFeed News followed three young, but fierce, teams as they rigorously trained for the national double dutch competition this summer.

Posted on September 14, 2017, at 12:20 p.m. ET

This summer, Lincoln Center Out of Doors in NYC hosted the Double Dutch Summer Classic National Competition, a highly athletic and entertaining showcase of the most talented and speedy double-dutchers in the country.

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In the days leading up to the competition, BuzzFeed News followed kids between the ages of 4 and 18 as they prepared and trained for their routines.

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We followed three main teams — the Honey Bees (New Jersey), Jazzy Jumpers (Brooklyn), and Ninja & Sakura (New Jersey) — of over 60 who entered the competition.

Judges base scores off of three main criteria: "Compulsory," "Freestyle & Fusion," and "Speed."

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"Compulsory" means that each team and member must be in the competition, "Speed" looks for the fastest jumpers of each team, and "Freestyle" looks for creativity in each routine and how synced the teams are to the music.

It's the main sport and source of exercise for many of these young competitors — and it's INTENSE. Teams are training for months in preparation.

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Many of them give up their summer breaks to train.

You and I could never. Never.

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You can watch the entire BuzzFeed News video for more information, insane double-dutching, and to find out how these teams placed on the day of the competition.

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