Ring Swinging Tips and Techniques


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The following techniques were contributed by Robert Chapin

Flying Bob (view image)
The move is simply done by swinging your legs up on the backward or forward pull and hooking both feet around the chain of the back (or extended) arm. You then swing inverted to catch the next ring, and let your feet swing down again on the backward pull. The move has been modified to allow for either leg to wrap over the chain at the knee. There's also a continuous version in which your legs transfer from one chain to the next on the backward pull, allowing you to stay inverted.

Flying Rings (view image)(view video)
Performed on the backward pull by kicking your legs up and over the back chain before the back ring has been released. Style points go to extending your legs and arching as you pass through the invert.

Leg Pass
On the backward pull, pass either leg over the chain before the release.

Any trick on the backward pull that allows you to release and recatch the ring. The simplest is a one leg pass, more advanced is a two leg pass or full spin before the recatch.

Ring Skip
Traditionally done on the first and third rings: the third ring is set in motion while the person on the first ring takes a swing high enough to catch the third ring - skipping the second.

Self Skip
Performing the ring skip by setting the third ring in motion during a swing.

Referred to a dismount in gymnastics, this is any move which involves a flip off the rings.

Free Spin
Any number of spins between rings. This is typically executed by swinging one leg around during the backward pull, giving the spin momentum to execute any number of spins. Care should be taken to avoid the ring that you are swinging toward while spinning.

Forward Roll
This is considered an advanced move and is essentially the opposite of a dislocate (inlocate). Additional height is necessary for this move, which requires that your pulling hand is brought all the way to your waist, throw your head forward, rolling into either an invert while holding onto both rings, letting go of the pulling hand and swinging your legs through, or hooking one or both feet on the chain for an inverted Flying Bob swing.

Pole Play
Any swing wide enough to allow the swinger to make intentional contact with one of the upright supporting poles. The swinger can kick off, grab and swing off, or (as Ryan Ashford did during the first rings competition) wrap your legs around the pole, let go of the ring, flex your fingers, recatch the ring and finish the routine – rockin'!

Tandem Moves
• Tandem:
Two people on the same rings at the same time pulling in unison - traditionally facing the same direction, but can also be facing toward or away from each other.
• Cut Through: After the backward pull, the person in the back swings between the two, ending up in front for the next ring catch.
• Pass: Two people on separate rings meet at a central ring. One person lets go of their back hand and swings up to join the other. The two pull back together and swing for the next ring, but the person in back holds onto the back ring and drops off before grabbing the next ring, allowing enough momentum to make it to the next ring in the opposite direction.
• Sync: Two people not on the same ring, but performing a synchronized routine several rings apart.