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Instructions for parents: we send the child to the rhythmic gymnastics section
When parents are faced with the question of which section to send their daughter to, one of the most popular answers is rhythmic gymnastics. Although since the end of the 20th century this sport has ceased to be purely female, it is still traditionally much more common among girls.
We talked to the gymnast Yana Kudryavtseva and found out what we should be ready for parents who want to see their child in rhythmic gymnastics. We figure out what skills gymnastics develops, at what age you can start practicing, what costs you need to be prepared for and how to choose a sport for your child in general.
Rhythmic gymnastics: what is the essence and what skills does it develop?
Rhythmic gymnastics is beauty, and hardly anyone can argue with that. The bottom line is simple: an athlete performs gymnastic exercises with various objects - a hoop, ribbon, clubs, ball, jump rope - to music. As a rule, a competitive exercise should not last more than one and a half minutes. You can speak both individually and in a team.
Now let's move on to the skills that rhythmic gymnastics develops. The first thing that comes to mind is flexibility. Excellent stretching, ligament flexibility and joint mobility, good posture, coordination and precision of movements are the main things that gymnastics provides in the physical plane. Integral parts of gymnastics are also the development of artistry, a sense of rhythm, self-control, discipline, willpower and the ability to make instant calculations in the head: for example, with what force and at what angle it is necessary to throw the object in order to catch it after a certain time.
In numbers: at what age to start exercising and how popular gymnastics is
Usually children aged 5-6 are recruited into rhythmic gymnastics. Often, kids begin to practice earlier: at 3-4 years old. Perhaps the optimal age is 4-5 years.
Important to know: not all kids are accepted in the gymnastics section. Physique plays an important role: coaches look at the figure, at the flexibility of the ligaments and the ability to stretch. They often pay attention to the addition of parents in order to roughly understand what the child will be like in a few years.
Rhythmic gymnastics is very popular in Russia. itis explained both by the fact that this sport appeared in our country, and by the fact that gymnastics is aesthetics and strength. In assessing the popularity of gymnastics, we would rate 8 out of 10.
Competition system and development
The Olympic system operates in rhythmic gymnastics. In general, gymnastics is a sport in which there are many competitions at various levels. There are various international competitions, including the European and World Championships, All-Russian and regional competitions.
If we talk about categories, then from the age of 6 a child can be assigned the III youth sports category, and from 7 and 8 years old - II and I, respectively. From 9, 10 and 11 years old, you can get III, II and I sports categories (no longer youth), respectively. You can become a candidate for a master of sports at the age of 13, and a master of sports and an international master of sports - from the age of 16.
Cost of the issue: what costs do you need to be prepared for
The cost of the lessons itself varies. There are many free rhythmic gymnastics sections in Russia, including in Olympic reserve schools. If we take paid lessons, the average price will be 3-5 thousand rubles per month. A list of sports schools can be found, for example, here.
Now let's talk about equipment. What your child will need for classes:
- leggings, T-shirt, socks ~ 1500-2000 rubles. At the initial stage, you can do with such a set of clothes;
- half shoes ~ 500 rubles;
- gymnastic leotard ~ 1000 rubles;
- gymnastic ball from 500 rubles;
- gymnastic clubs from 500 rubles;
- gymnastic ribbon with a stick from 500 rubles;
- gymnastic hoop ~ 1000 rubles;
- gymnastic jump rope ~ 1000 rubles;
- knee pads ~ 500 rubles.
Your child may not need this entire list at first. Before purchasing equipment, you need to consult with a trainer. It should also be borne in mind that with age the child is likely to need more expensive equipment and inventory.
5 tips for parents who want to send their child to rhythmic gymnastics
- Please be patient. Your child needs support and your attention. Be prepared to workout bwill continue at home.
- Discuss with your child what you expect from sports. If you have really serious intentions and you set a goal, for example, to compete in the Olympics, then you need to be prepared for the fact that studies will fade into the background.
- Be prepared for the fact that after the first exercises your child will have severe muscle pain due to intense stretching. This period must be endured.
- Your child will most likely have to perform a lot, so you should explain to the young champion that we can all make mistakes and shouldn't get very upset and give up if we fail.
- If a child is not just occasionally naughty, but for a long period of time receives only displeasure from training, you should think carefully about whether to put pressure on him.
Advice for parents who are thinking about which sport to send their child to:
There are special testing centers where your child will undergo psychological and physiological research, after which you will be given an opinion. It will indicate which sports your child is most inclined towards, and which options are best to refuse.