Early Practice · 2012Jan31Tu

Three ringers:  Anne, Jody, Thomas.  Tonight’s theme was raising and lowering.

  • Raising
    • Long straight backstrokes
    • Let out rope slowly enough that your arms extend at the top
    • Once the handstroke starts, don’t be distracted by it — your backstrokes are doing nearly all the work
    • Power past the difficult spot (using your long straight backstrokes)
    • It’s not how hard you pull, it’s how much energy you can direct into to the bell
    • Good raising form is the same as good ringing form, just more vigorous
  • Lowering
    • Long straight (gentle) backstrokes
    • Check the bell’s rise firmly each time, but keep the subsequent pull as gentle as a feather — only enough to keep the rope straight
    • Keep your left hand crawling up the tail, then crawling up inside the coil(s)
    • Your right hand’s job is to make long straight pulls, especially backstrokes
    • Your left hand’s job is to manage the coils
    • The trickiest time is taking the first coil.  Take the coil with your left hand while keeping the rope moving vertically with your right hand;  if you need to, miss the next catch but get that coil taken and keep the rope vertical.
    • Stop pulling the handstroke when it gets small;  you should have stopped before you take the second coil.  Then focus on checking and long straight backstrokes.
    • Check through the difficult spot, focusing on your backstrokes
    • Good lowering form is the same as good ringing form, just less vigorous
  • Both
    • Long straight backstrokes
    • Stay high enough on the tail for your arms to extend at the top
    • Extend at the bottom:  start as soon as you can while raising, continue as long as you can while lowering
    • Get through the difficult spot

Anne, who arrived first, raised and lowered the 2 twice and the 4 once.  Jody raised and lowered the 2.

In addition, the three ringers rang rounds at several speeds to give Anne practice controlling her speed and fitting into a band.  Anne also worked on holding the bell at the balance at each handstroke.