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WHAT IS RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS?

Rhythmic Gymnastics is one of the most fundamental and exciting of all physical exercises. Basic rhythmic skills develop attributes that are perfect stepping-stones for other activities. Some of these include flexibility, balance, strength, agility and hand-eye coordination. Girls can begin the sport at almost any age and participate in the fun and fitness level, or progress into competition. 

 

Through proper instruction, children enrolled in a rhythmic gymnastics program demonstrate progress in a number of key developmental areas such as coordination, confidence, discipline and creativity.

  • Is rhythmic gymnastics safe?
    Rhythmic gymnastics is considered a very safe sport. Common injuries can include scratches, blisters or bumps. By comparison to other sports, the risk for bone fractures or serious injury is statistically very low. Minimize the risk by working with trained professionals in a designated training area.
  • What if I miss a class?
    No worries! We offer makeup classes for recreational and pre-team students, hassle free. Email us to schedule your makeup class.
  • How many kids are in a class?
    It is important for us to provide a safe training environment and 1 on 1 time with each student. For that reason, we keep our group classes to no larger than 15 athletes for recreational, and 10 athletes per competitive level.
  • What is the best level for my child?
    Your child's placement is based on the level of their skills, training and an in-person evaluation that would place her in a group amongst peers of similar skill level. Nova considers many factors when placing children, and will determine the level that is safest for them to begin their rhythmic gymnastics journey.
  • What should I wear to my first class?
    – Black leotard or black t-shirt – Fitted shorts – White Socks – Water bottle – Hair in a bun or pony tail
  • I am interested in the competitive team. How do I enroll?
    Our competitive program is by invitation only. Nova selects students who exemplify a mastery of basic body and apparatus skills. The coach's assessment of the skill level and age determines level placement. We recognize the commitment required for the competition team- it is time consuming not only for gymnasts but parents as well. There is also a financial obligation and requires a certain level of financial commitment. We urge families to weigh all pros and cons; we will support you in any decision you make.
  • What do you need for rhythmic gymnastics?
    Rhythmic gymnastics equipment is as follows: 1) Rope 2) Hoop 3) Ball 4) Clubs 5) Ribbon For Training: 1) Black Leotard and Black Shorts 2) Hair Bun Kit 3) White Socks
  • Where do I buy rhythmic gymnastics equipment?
    1) jenerg.com 2) jassyusa.com 3) westcoastrhythmics.com 4) rhythmicgymnastics.com 5) nishohi.com 6) actionrhythmics.com

WHAT ARE RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS APPARATUS?

ROPE

The rope is made of hemp or other synthetic material. Its length is proportional to the gymnast’s height. Rope is considered to be a very dynamic apparatus requiring good jumping abilities and explosiveness.

HOOP

The hoop may be made of plastic or wood. Its interior diameter is from 80 to 90 cm; its minimum weight is 300 grams. The hoop must be rigid enough to retain its shape. The technical groups for hoop are the rolls over the body or on the floor, rotations around the hand or other parts of the body, throws and catches and passing over or through the hoop. 

BALL

Ball is by tradition an elegant and “lyrical” rather than a dynamic apparatus.It’s made of rubber or a synthetic material. It is 18-20 cm in diameter and weights 400g. The ball should rest in the gymnast’s hand and not against the wrist, all the time during performance; no grip is allowed, the movement should be flowing and sensuous.

CLUBS

Clubs are a great “hand – game”. The clubs, often compared to batons, are 40-50cm long and weight 150 grams each and should be made of wood or synthetic material. Their handling requires rhythmic work, psychomotor coordination and clockwork precision. Clubs are especially popular with ambidextrous gymnasts.

RIBBON

 The ribbon, made of satin (or a similar material without starch) is at least 6m long and 4-6cm wide. The stick is of 1 cm diameter and a length from 50 to 60 cm. It is usually made of wood, bamboo, plastic or fiberglass. The movements with the ribbon should be large and free flowing. Any knots in the ribbon are penalized. Its function is to create clearly outlined designs in space. Working with the ribbon requires strength of the shoulder and arm muscles.

Toe Shoes

Toe shoes are used to protect the gymnasts foot during training and competition. 

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