Three panels of judges scrutinize every move in Rhythmic Gymnastics. They assess:
- the technical difficulty of jumps/leaps, pivots, balances or ways the gymnast demonstrates flexibility,
- the artistic value of the music and apparatus in relation to continuous movement, and
- how clear and precise the execution of movement is while holding or catching her hoop, ball, clubs and ribbons.
Needless to say, all eyes are on the gymnasts’ feet. Judges deduct points for incomplete moves, heavy landings, wobbly balances, non-defined shapes of the body, or lack of amplitude and/or elevation in a jump, or loss of rhythm with the music. The body must be aligned, with toes pointed and knees straight. (1)
The Importance of Footwork
A research team has proven that ‘feet performance quality’ is significant among the skills in Rhythmic Gymnastics and that it has influence on gymnasts’ success in competitions.
The key-points of the female gymnasts’ feet performance quality are:
- the height of rising to half toe position;
- the capacity to perform for a long time on one foot and maintain its turnout and the height of half toe position;
- the capacity to balance for a long time in high turnout half toe position;
- the degree of toe pointing;
- the turnout of feet. (2)
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