About Rhythmic Gymnastics

Rhythmic gymnastics made its Olympic debut in 1984, and immediately sparked the interest of the American public. Spectators and participants quickly recognized the sport's potential. Young girls and women can begin the sport at almost any age and participate on the fun and fitness level, or progress into competition.

Basic rhythmic skills develop attributes that are perfect stepping stones for other sports and activities. Some of these are: flexibility, balance, strength, agility, and hand-eye coordination. Through proper instruction, children enrolled in rhythmic gymnastics programs demonstrates progress in a number of key developmental areas:

Coordination:by learning basic rhythmic gymnastics skills, a child develops a keener sense of balance, body awareness, and coordinated movements.

Confidence: rhythmic gymnastics is based on learning a progression of skills. As a child advances from easy movements to complex skills, she develops a sense of accomplishment and a natural confidence in her abilities.

Discipline: rhythmic it its own best reward. As a child progresses, she learns that things must be done in a certain way to achieve success. This requires discipline. The incentive for applying that discipline in basic, pure fun.

Creativity: gymnastics allows children to express themselves in a unique and individualized way. Much of gymnastics is exploration. Children are constantly challenged to learn new skills and to discover how much they can accomplish through hard work and creative thinking.

Rhythmic Gymnastics' apparatus:

Rope is made of hemp or synthetic material; proportionate to the size of the gymnast, knotted at each end.

Look for swings, circles, mills, tosses and catches of the rope. Also common are skips, leaps and jumps with the open or folded rope.


Hoop is made of plastic interior diameter is 31.2-35 inches, minimum weight is About Us 10.5 ounces.

Common movements with the hoop include swings, rolls, tosses and catches, spins, passes through and over the hoop, rotatations of the hoop on the floor and rotations of the hoop around the hand and other parts of the body. Most impressive here are the high tosses and complex techniques for catching the hoop in a different fashion each time.

Balls are made of rubber or synthetic material, diameter is 7-7.8 inches, minimum weight is 14 ounces.

Waves, circles, tosses and catches, movement with the ball balanced on the hand, movements, bouncing and rolling the ball on the floor along parts of the body are all key movements.

Clubs are made of synthetic material, length is 15.6-19.5 inches. Weight is 5.25 ounces, maximum 1.2 for head of club.

Swings, large circles, small circles, mills, tosses and catches, rolls along the body and rhythmical tapping are common tricks.

Ribbon stick is made of synthetic material, maximum stick diameter is 0.39 inches, stick length is 19.5-23.4 inches. Ribbon is made of satin or similar non- stretched material, material ribbon width is .56-2.34 inches, minimum ribbon length is 6.54 yards, minimum ribbon weight is 1.225 ounces.

Ribbon routines are comprised of snakes, spirals, swings, circles, tosses, and catches, and figure-eight movements.


Group competition

In the group event four or five athletes work together as one cohesive group. Group is judged on the ability of the athletes to demonstrate mastery of body and apparatus skills in synchronized, harmonious manner. The more interaction between the gymnasts, the better the exercise. Spectators are enthralled and amazed by the beauty, excitement and risk of a group routine.