Rhythmic gymnastics equipment and apparatus choose and care
For the gymnasts under 7 years-old and under 4’5” we recommend 15cm size balls. Gymnasts over 10 should be practicing and competing with the standard size balls.
Attention, rhythmic gymnastics balls should only be used on FIG approved Rhythmic Gymnastics carpets!
Ball needs to be kept in a soft ball cover to prevent it from getting scratches. During the winter, we recommend keeping it in worm cover, because the “compression-expansion” of air inside the ball may damage the outer coating.
Wash the ball in the warm water by using the mild mix of a detergent and a soft cloth. Completely dry it with the soft towel.
Generally, the length of clubs should not exceed the distance between the gymnast’s wrist and shoulder.
Keep your clubs in the cover or at least, to avoid chipping, cover the tips of the clubs.
The diameter of the hoop is determined by the height of the gymnast and not by her age.
Generally, the diameter of the hoop should be between gymnast’s hips and waist. Hoop measurements are the measurements of the interior diameter.
Please see the table below:
Height = Hoop Diameter, cm
Up to 4’5” - 70cm
4’5” – 4’11” - 75cm
4’11” – 5’3” - 81cm
5’3” – 5’7” - 83/85cm
5’7” and Up - 87/89cm
Generally, the length of the ribbon depends on the age of the gymnast. Please see the table below:
Age = Length of the Ribbon
14 y/o and older = 6m
9-14 y/o = 5m
9 y/o and younger = 4m
To maintain your ribbons' shape, always keep them in the winders.
Ribbon could be either hand washed or washed in the machine on a “Gentle” cycle, in the warm water (up to 85° F). Just add a small portion of the detergent. No bleaching. This way the ribbon won’t lose its color.
In general, most of the ropes in our store are standard three meters long.
Usually, the length of the rope is too big thus it needs to be adjusted.
The rope needs to be cut on both sides (so that the center of the rope is not moved) and tied with two similarly sized knots, on both sides.
To determine the size - stand on the rope, the knots should be between your underarms and shoulders.
A rope made out of nylon could be either hand washed or washed in the machine on a “Gentle” cycle, in the warm water (up to 85° F). Just add a small portion of the detergent. No bleaching. This way the rope won’t lose its color.
In general, when the gymnast holds the ribbon stick down to her side, it should not touch the floor.
Always keep your stick in the cover/case. Never carry it in your bag or backpack.