Ribbon (rhythmic gymnastics)

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Elizabeth Paisieva performing with a ribbon

Ribbon is a component of rhythmic gymnastics composed of a handle (called "stick"), a ribbon, and attachment.

Stick[edit]

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This can be of any colour and made of wood, bamboo or plastic with a maximum diameter of 1 cm (2/5") at its widest, a cylindrical or conical shape and should have a length of 50–60cm (20–24") (including the fastening ring). The bottom end of the stick may be covered by an adhesive, anti-slip tape or may have a rubber handle for a maximum length of 10 cm (4") at the level of the grip. The top of the stick, where the ribbon will be attached, may consist of:

  1. a supple strap (of string or nylon) held in place by a nylon thread wound round the stick for a maximum 5 cm (2").
  2. a metal ring fixed directly onto the stick.
  3. a metal ring (vertical, horizontal or oblique) fixed to the stick by two metal pins held in place by nylon or metallic thread round wound around the stick for the maximum 5 cm (2").
  4. a metal ring (fixed, mobile or pivoting) or a supple strap, fixed to a metal tip of no more than 3 cm (1.2").[1]

Ribbon[edit]

The Ribbon is made of satin or another similar material cloth of any colour, it may be multi-coloured and have designs on it. The ribbon itself must be at least 35g (1 oz), 4–6 cm (1.6–2.4") in width and for senior category a minimum length of 6m (20') (5m (16.25') for juniors).

The ribbon must be in one piece. The end that is attached to the stick is doubled for a maximum length of 1m (3'). This is stitched down both sides. At the top, a very thin reinforcement or rows of machine stitching for a maximum length of 5 cm is authorized. This extremity may end in a strap, or have an eyelet (a small hole, edged with buttonhole stitch or a metal circle), to permit attaching the ribbon.[2]

Attachment[edit]

The ribbon is fixed to the stick by means of a supple attachment such as thread, nylon cord, or a series of articulated rings. The attachment has a maximum length of 7 cm (2.8"), not counting the strap or metal ring at the end of the stick where it will be fastened.[3]

Elements[edit]

Compulsory elements for the ribbon include flicks, circles, snakes and spirals, and throws. It requires a high degree of coordination to form the spirals and circles as any knots which may accidentally form in the ribbon are penalised. During a ribbon routine, large, smooth and flowing movements are looked for.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rhythmic Program Committee. "US Gymnastics 2014 Rhythmic Rules and Practices". usagym.org. USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Rhythmic Program Committee. "US Gymnastics 2014 Rhythmic Rules and Practices". usagym.org. USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Rhythmic Program Committee. "US Gymnastics 2014 Rhythmic Rules and Practices". usagym.org. USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Apparatus Descriptions". www.fig-gymnastics.com. Federación Internacional de Gimnasia. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

  • Asaf Messerer, soloist (1940): Ribbon Dance, Music by Reinhold Gliere (1875-1956),Elizabeth Paisieva, Choreography by Messerer and Lashchulin, Open Source Movies