Hooping Etiquette: How to Mind Your Manners with Hoopers

Saying please, thank you, and you're welcome are some basic manners we learn as we grow up. Did you know that there are many ways to be polite with hoopers, too? Here is a list of some of them.

ALWAYS ASK

Ask first before you borrow a hoop. Especially LED hoops. If you are permitted to use it, don't try new tricks or toss them really high. If an expensive hoop is too small for you, don't try to force it or experiment with it. Be very careful and do tricks you're comfortable with. If the hoop is not big enough or not right for you, quickly give it back to the owner and thank them for allowing you to borrow it. The worst thing you can do is grab a hoop that you haven't asked to touch or use.

RESPECT

Respect other people's right to decide if they are okay with lending out their hoop. If they say no, you have no right to be angry. Yeah, you can be disappointed, but you don't have a right to get angry for their choices about their property. Take no for an answer and don't try to change their minds. They paid for it, worked for it, and rightfully own it. It is not your hoop. If you really want to be able to use a certain type of hoop, you should save up for one of your own. Otherwise, patience and understanding are required. 

RESPONSIBILITY

If you break it or lose someone's stuff, you BOUGHT IT. No matter what, you pay them for what you just broke or lost. You must be responsible to realize the consequences of your actions. If you can't afford to pay someone for their broken/lost belongings, don't touch them.

HOOPERS ARE NOT BABYSITTERS

Hoopers are not free babysitters. Many hoopers won't even offer to babysit for money. Just because they are hooping doesn't mean they enjoy watching kids or enjoy entertaining them. Do not expect them to watch your kids just because they have a hula hoop. Always ask a hooper before you allow your children to interrupt them.

"TEACH ME!"

I understand this is extremely common, and it has been since the beginning of hooping time. However, hoopers do not owe you a free lesson. If you want them to teach you things, it is polite to offer to compensate (pay) them in some way. It is rude to expect them to teach you for nothing in exchange. If they don't want anything for it and are doing it out of the kindness of their hearts, they will say so. Note that some hoopers are professional teachers that get paid for their time teaching in class settings. Some hoopers don't even enjoy teaching. Everyone is different, so don't assume you know how a hooper feels about teaching.

BACKSPIN

NEVER backspin (walk the dog) a hoop that belongs to someone else. It will likely get scratched, ruined, or dirty. Even if it is supposed to be a "beater" hoop, you should take care of them. Even if you are in the grass, it could still get dirt or grass stuck inside the tape/connection. Avoid tossing any beautiful hoops if you aren't good at catching them. Also, do not hoop on concrete with another person's hoop without permission.

FLOW ON!

Unless they have already told you that they don't mind, don't interrupt someone's flow. Flow is when they are fully immersed in what they are doing, they aren't talking, and they are clearly not paying attention to the world around them. You can cheer them on, but don't make them stop if they are clearly in flow. Don't ask them to watch you do something and don't ask them something they will have to stop and think about. Wait until they are done with their song. Let them enjoy their flow.

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