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Rhythmic Gymnastics 101: Glossary

Rhythmic Gymnastics 101: Glossary
Posted at 5:26 PM, Mar 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-17 13:06:18-04

Apparatus exchange: When gymnasts in a group throw the apparatus to each other.

Asymmetric movements: Movements of varied shape, amplitude and direction that must be performed with each apparatus.

Axis throw: A throw where the hoop spins around its horizontal axis.

Body: The wide end of a club

Boomerang throw: A move with the ribbon where a gymnast throws the cane end, then grabs the ribbon and pulls it, so as to bring the cane flying towards her.

Cane: The thin stick to which nylon thread is tied to form the ribbon apparatus.

Collaboration: The working together of members in a group, and a factor in scoring.

Double stag: A position or leap where the back is kept straight while the legs are split and both knees are bent.

Formation: The arrangement of gymnasts in a group routine; a minimum of six different formations is required.

Head: A small ball at the tapered end of the club.

Mills: When the clubs rotate alternatively in the same or different direction

Neck: The narrow end of a club.

Retro roll: When the hoop is rolled, in any direction, such that it returns to the gymnast.

Snake: When the ribbon's rippling movement resembles the slithering of a snake.

Spiral: Small loops of ribbon. 

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