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The ball is one of the rhythmic gymnastics apparatus used by gymnasts. It is made of a pliable plastic which is a synthetic material only if it has the same type of elasticity as the rubber. However, if it best to be made of pure rubber instead of a synthetic material. The rhythmic gymnastics ball has a diameter of about 18 to 20 cm plus a minimum weight of 400 gram. There is no preference of color for the ball as it can be of any color. It is important for gymnasts to ensure that the ball rest in their hands instead of the wrist.

Rolling, bouncing and throwing are some of the fundamental elements of a traditional rhythmic gymnastics ball routine. However, it is equally important for the gymnasts to ensure that both hands are used when working on the floor area while they are showing some continuous flowing movement.

It is also important for gymnasts to understand the other gymnastics

Russia's Daria Dmitrieva competes using the ball in her individual all-around gymnastics qualification match at the Wembley Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 9, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT GYMNASTICS)

movements. For example, the exercises that include spiraling, circling and swinging requires skills that could be difficult to perform with the ball because it is not entirely easy to control the rhythmic gymnastics apparatus without holding it.

However, remember that a grip with fingers is not allowed as well as hooking the wrist so as to hold the ball against the forearm. It is important to note that the rhythmic gymnastics ball is expected to be balanced freely on the hand with extended fingers.

Another important thing worthy of note is that when backward direction swing is performed, the arm is expected to turn outwards so that the ball can be balanced on the hand instead of having the finger grip it. Note that when spiraling the rhythmic gymnastics ball under the body, it is important for the palm to remain upwards and the ball not kept on the body.

It is worthy of note that any part of the body can be used to roll the rhythmic gymnastics ball since body requirements remain fundamental when working with the ball and must be part of the exercise. It is very possible to include different kinds of roll. For example, long rolls which are over two body parts can as well be included as part of the three rolls. There is nothing wrong in trying to develop more ideas to see if the ball spins in one finger or other parts of the body but it takes a bit of patience.


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