Update from USA Jump Rope Executive Director Regarding Nationals

USA Jump Rope Members, We want to thank you, our members, for being patient during this uncertain time. We know many of you have faced distress, hardships and miss your friends, family and teams. We are hopeful that things will start improving and moving forward in a more positive direction for all. We hoped to know about Nationals by May 1st. USA Jump Rope has kept in very close contact with our host city, Cleveland, Ohio. Many of the sporting events for their summer months have rescheduled or moved to a later date in July or August. There are no dates available for U.S. Nationals, so we have to cancel our plans in Cleveland this June. They have been gracious throughout this uncertainty, and we thank them immensely for keeping us up-to-date and remaining hopeful with us. With that said, WE DO HAVE AN OPTION! Our partner organization, AAU (the Amateur Athletic Union) has invited us to host a separate USA Jump Rope Nationals in late July/August after their AAU Jump Rope Junior Olympics in Virginia Beach, VA.The dates will be between July 31-August 4th. Exact dates within that timeframe have not been confirmed. That is almost three months away, so we are hopeful that things will continue to improve and that we are able to move forward with our plans. There is a lot of work and planning to do in order to adhere to the state mandates, CDC guidelines and AAU directives, and many requirements are yet to be determined. Nationals would be different. Some events may be removed this year for safety and to allow us better social distancing practices, but the planning is going forward. We will do our best to get this figured out quickly so you can make plans and know what events to work on. What about Regional fees that are due today? We know many of you will need to look at these new dates to see if you are interested, available or ready to travel. If you are unable to join us in Virginia Beach, we ask that you submit for a refund of Regional fees by May 15th. If you are interested and would like to join us in Virginia Beach, we have extended the Regional fees deadline to May 15th. Nationals Fees: We are working diligently with our Competition Committee and AAU to move forward with a competition. Everything will depend on how this comes together with AAU. Once a competition is determined, there will be an announcement of the fees and due dates. It will be sometime in June, but no exact date has been set. We will have an update to our membership on May 8th and will continue to send information as we develop plans. If a competition cannot be held in Virginia, we have a plan in place to move forward with a Virtual option, but we hope we can make it work for plans in Virginia Beach. We will do our best to keep everyone updated weekly moving forward. Please stay healthy and safe. Marian Fletcher, Executive Director and Board of Directors USA Jump Rope

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