Rhythmic Gymnastics is the perfect sport to teach body awareness and control - skills that will assist in the development of athletic potential for any sporting endeavour.
Benefits of Rhythmic Gymnastics
- Develops posture and confident body movement, for sport and life
- Enhances co-ordination and agility, for body awareness and balance enhances creativity and builds self-confidence
- Increases flexibility and strength and prepares the body for the life's challenges
- Develops healthy minds and bodies for now and later life
Watch Rhythmic Gymnastics
Give your daughter the right start in life. Let her experience Rhythmic Gymnastics and watch her confidence and self-esteem grow in leaps and bounds. Rhythmic Gymnasts compete on a floor area of 13 metres square, to musical accompaniment. Harmony between the gymnast, the apparatus and the music plus required difficulties are necessary to achieve a balanced composition. The apparatus must be used in both hands, thrown into the air and be kept in constant motion.
The following apparatus are used in Rhythmic Gymnastics
The rope may be in hemp or of a synthetic material which retains the qualities of lightness and suppleness. Fundamental requirements include leaps over the rope and skipping. Other elements include swings, throws, circles, rotations and figures of eight.
The hoop may be plastic or wood. Fundamental requirements include rotation around the hand or body and rolling. Swings, circles, figures of eight, throws, passes through and over the hoop are other elements which should be included. Because of its size (80 - 90cm in diameter) technical handling is difficult.
The ball is made of rubber or synthetic material and is 18 - 20cm in diameter. It should rest in the gymnast's hand and not rest against the wrist or be able to be grasped. Fundamental elements include throwing, bouncing or rolling. The gymnast must use both hands and work on the whole floor area whilst showing continuous flowing movement.
The clubs are made of wood or synthetic material and characterised by rhythmical tapping. Fundamental elements include mills and small circles, asymmetric movements, throwing and catching. The Clubs must be used in both hands and in one hand. It is one of the more difficult pieces of apparatus to use.
The ribbon is 6 metres in length and probably the most popular event for the spectators. The movements should be large, smooth and flowing. It requires a high degree of co-ordination to form the spiral and circles as any knots which accidentally form in the ribbon are penalised. Fundamental elements include swings, circles, serpents and spirals.