Rhythmic Gymnastics involves performing to music with one of five apparatus - rope, hoop, clubs, ball and ribbon.
There is an individual event and a team event. Gymnasts gain points from the judges for their leaps, balance, flexibility, pivots, handling of the apparatus and artistic effect.
The gymnasts are expected to use the entire floor area in their routines and their work with each apparatus should be equally balanced between in each hand. The apparatus should also be kept moving at all times or points will be deducted.
Ball – weighs 400g with a diameter of 18-20cm, the ball is made of soft plastic or rubber.
Ribbon – 6m long in satin or similar material, the ribbon is attached to a 50-60cm stick.
Rope – length is in proportion to height of gymnast and made from hemp or similar material.
Clubs – routines use two wooden or plastic clubs. Both are 40-50cm long, 30mm in diameter and at least 150g.