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How to Choose the Apparatus




In general, most of the ropes in our store are standard three meters long.  They would be acceptable for any gymnast under 5’11” (180cm) tall.

Usually the length of the rope is too big thus it needs to be adjusted.  The rope needs to be cut on both sides (so that the center of the rope is not moved) and tied with two similarly sized knots, on both sides.

To determine the size - stand on the rope, the knots should be between your underarms and shoulders.





The diameter of the hoop is determined by the height of the gymnast and not by her age.  Generally, the diameter of the hoop should be between gymnast’s hips and waist.  Hoop measurements are the measurements of the interior diameter.


Please see the table below:



Hoop Diameter, cm

Up to 4’5”


4’5” – 4’11”


4’11” – 5’3”


5’3” – 5’7”


5’7” and Up







For the gymnasts under 7 years-old and under 4’5” we recommend the junior size balls.  Gymnasts over 10 should be practicing and competing with the standard size balls.





Generally, the length of clubs should not exceed the distance between the gymnast’s wrist and shoulder.





Generally, the length of the ribbon depends on the age of the gymnast.  Please see the table below:



Length of the Ribbon

14 years-old and older

6 m

9-14 years-old

5 m

9 years-old and younger

4 m





In general, when the gymnast holds the ribbon stick down to her side, it should not touch the floor.



Please note: this section should only serve as an advisory on how to choose the apparatus.  Your coach is the best source of information!


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