RSG Tips
RSG Tips

Rhythmic Gymnastic Tips and Tricks

Equipment Care & Tips
Here are a few tips and advice regarding equipment use and maintenance. We hope that they will permit you to have a longer use of your equipment and accessories. We welcome any of your own tips and advice, so if you have a tip you think would benefit gymnasts or coaches, tell us about it.
Q. What is the proper way to inflate a ball?
A. There are four fundamental points to remember when you are inflating a rhythmic gymnastics ball. These are:
Proper use of the pump. Both the needle and receiving orifice should be moistened before insertion.
The needle should be inserted perpendicular to the surface of the ball, not at an angle.
In order not to damage the structure of your ball and to keep it within FIG size specifications, it is important that the ball not be overinflated or underinflated. The ideal pressure is between 180 and 200 mm/0, or 4 to 5 psi.
Never make any sudden or harsh movements when inserting or disengaging the needle, a nice slow movement will suffice.
Q. How come my ball has lost its shine?
A. All balls will lose some of their original shine through normal wear and tear. Prevention and care will be the best guarantee to make it last longer. There are some cardinal rules to follow, these are as follows:
Never let your ball stay for any extended periods of time in extreme temperature conditions. (overnight in a car, lying near a radiator or in direct sunlight etc.)
Don’t play with your ball on any surface other than a carpeted area or a clean gym floor.
Always store your ball in a cloth or plastic bag.
Wash any grime and dirt off the ball with a mild detergent under lukewarm water. Rinse the ball well and dry with a soft clean cloth.
Always keep your ball inflated at the recommended pressure.
Do not use any waxes or polishes to try to bring back the lost shine. Since most waxes harden, they’ll eventually crack and further damage the finish, in addition to making your ball very slippery.
Q. What can I do to keep my ball from deflating?
A. Most balls will lose some air over time. While some will lose more than others, it is not necessarily a question of brand. The most frequent cause for a ball to lose its air is underuse. Balls, whether they be Romsports (vinyl), Sasaki (latex), Amaya (soft PVC), or any other brand, all need to be in regular use to keep working properly. If you follow the advice given as to the inflation and general care of balls, most of your problems should be taken care of. If your problem persists, you would be well advised to consult your supplier. However, if your ball has either been misused, improperly taken care of, or has been in use for a long period of time, we would suggest simply buying a new ball.
Q. How do I keep static electricity from making my ribbon stick to itself?
A. Spray it with an antistatic or silicone spray.
Q. How do I make my ribbon stiffer?
A. Use a spray starch, them steam iron it.
Q. How can I color my ribbon?
A. Section off the different parts that you want to color with a very tightly wound elastic band. Then dip these individual sections into a domestic dye solution. Rinse well in a vinegar solution, and iron while still damp. Make sure that a responsible adult is supervising this operation, as you will be using a boiling chemical solution and that stuff’s no fun if you get it all over yourself. Or, you can use a permanent cloth-type felt marking pen and color the ribbon to your taste.
Q. How do I keep my ribbon from fraying at the edges or at the end?
A. Make sure that the metal attachments at your swivel end have no protruding metal parts. Regularly inspect the ends of your ribbons to make sure that the seams are in top shape. If the threading is loose or undone, make the necessary repairs. Apply a silicone spray to make your ribbon more slippery.
Q. How do I keep my ribbon from having a wave shape?
A. Alternate your winding procedure, from one side to the next. By storing it in an empty baby food container, instead of tying it with an elastic band, you will also diminish this effect.
General clubs advice: Never subject your clubs to extreme heat or cold, as they will warp or become brittle if submitted to extreme temperatures. Let them warm up to room temperature before using them. Clubs should only be used over a carpeted area, as they will easily break if they hit a solid floor structure (wood-terrazzo-cement etc.) They should be stored at room temperature and either stood up against a wall or hung freely by the handle. They may warp if submitted to lateral pressure .
(Careful- clubs are the most hazardous of your pieces of equipment,they should always be used with proper care and supervision since they could cause serious injury to yourself and others if not properly handled)
Q. How do I apply different designs and colors to my clubs?
A. There are two main ways to obtain the desired effects: one is to paint the desired design with plastic adherent paint, and the other more popular method is to use colored tapes. Due to the nature of modern clubs’ plastic construction, both suggested methods have the same drawback: whatever patterns you apply will not permanently adhere to the clubs.
Q. Is taping my clubs helpful in any other way than to make them aesthetically more appealing?
A. Yes it is, as it strengthens the clubs and offers more resistance to shock, especially if used on the handle. Some athletes find that it also makes the clubs less slippery.
TIP: After applying tape to your clubs, use a blow dryer and gently apply some heat to the tape. This will help in making the tape adhere better.
Q. When I bought my new hoop it did not seem to weigh as much as the FIG standards call for. Is this normal?
A. Yes it is. Since many athletes prefer to decorate their hoops with tape, most manufacturers have compensated for this by making their hoops slightly lighter than what the FIG standards call for. Make sure to weigh in your hoops before you enter into the competition season. You can adjust the weight by either adding or removing tape as the circumstances warrant.
Q. Is it possible for me to change the size of my hoop?
A. Yes and no. It is possible to make it smaller, but unfortunately you won’t be able to make it larger. In order to make it smaller, you simply undo the joint that is taped over, remove the staple or nail that is used to hold it to the wooden stub inside the tubing, cut it down to the desired size, and reverse the procedure. You may have to sand down the wooden peg a bit to make it fit. You should measure the length of the tubing desired to make it to the wanted diameter. The equation used is simple, just multiply the diameter that you want by 3.1416 and presto, you have the length of tubing necessary to make your hoop the right size. Remember that the official diameter of a hoop is measured from the inside part of the tubing.
Q. How come my hoop has become warped?
A. It is more than likely because of the way that it was stored. Since most hoops today are made of polyethylene, they have both the advantages and disadvantages of this particular product. They are very resilient and virtually unbreakable, but they are also quite vulnerable to excessive heat and cold, particularly when combined with pressures exerted against the hoop in storage. When not in use they should be stored in a hoop cover, in a room temperature environment, and laid out flat on an even surface.
There are so may different types of rope being manufactured and used that it would be impossible to establish overall criteria as to what is best or worst in the use of this apparatus. It seems that just about every different athlete or coach has her own particular preferences in terms of weight, color and feel, and even these seem to change as the athlete grows up. This is why we at Romsports make and sell the largest variety available. But we are always open to suggestions and new ideas, so please communicate them to us, they are more than welcome.
Half Shoes
Q. How come my leather toe shoes seem to grab more on the carpet surface when they are new?
A. This is quite natural, as the leather part has not been worn smooth through wear. In order to compensate for this you may apply a silicone spray to them. This will make them slip better, protect them from dirt, and make them last longer.
Q. How do I properly size my half shoes?
A. Click Sizing chart to view half shoe measurements.