The Comet Skippers are a competitive jump rope team in Mason, OH. Team members range from second grade through high school and our college-age jumpers still often compete with the team in US and international competition.
Practice (September to June/July): Our season begins with practice and new jumper orientation. We practice three nights a week: two at our Mason City Schools practice gym and one night of tumbling instruction at Gymnation. During the fall we focus on condition and skill development. During the winter that transitions to routine development and improving speed scores. In the spring we are finalizing routines and targeting peak performance at competition.
Workshops (November to January): Workshops are single day or multiple day focused sessions with premier staff and time to focus on key areas. These are the best opportunities for our jumpers to build new skills and break through on performance goals. We host a few workshops of our own and attend 2-3 out-of-town workshops through the winter.
Regional Competitions (February to May): Our regional competitions give our athletes an opportunity to showcase their talent and rate themselves against the best jumpers in our area. For our older jumpers, they’re also a chance to fine tune routines and speed before international competition. The largest of these is our very own Ohio Open tournament which draws hundreds of competitors from Ohio and surrounding states.
Continental and World Competition (July): This is what we build for all season! Our younger team faces off with US and Pan-American competition (usually in the US) while our oldest team members compete with the best in the world, often going overseas for competition.
Demonstrations and shows (year-round): Over the course of over ten years, our team has developed a following and reputation for putting on a great show. We enjoy performing at a wide range of shows, competition schedule permitting. From NFL Football half-time, NCAA Basketball half-time, local fairs and festivals, to local school assemblies, the Comet Skippers love promoting our sport through demonstrations. Our older jumpers also count on demonstrations to help offset costs of travel to overseas competition.
Mike and Carmen Simpson first became involved in competitive jump rope when their oldest child took an interest in jump roping in the mid 1990s. They started like everyone else- as spectators and parents, then volunteers. Eventually they grew to help coach the Hot Steppers of Grapevine, Texas. When they were transferred to Cincinnati in 2003, they promised their children, 3 of whom were now jumping, that they would start up a new team in Cincinnati. With the backing of the Mason City School district ,the Comet Skippers of Mason Ohio were started, and the rest is history! Mike and Carmen retired from their coaching roles in 2015.
Yvonne Hill – Head Coach
Mike Bills – Assistant Coach
Andrej Kyselica – Assistant Coach
Kal Patel – Assistant Coach
Lori Robson – Assistant Coach
Board of Directors
The Comet Skippers are a 501.c3 corporation managed by a board of directors consisting of team leadership, parents, business leaders and community stakeholders.