Let’s be honest: for some of us, part of the fun of hooping is that show off-y treat of pulling off a really great trick and having it be appreciated. It’s exciting and exhilarating to execute a fancy move, and enjoy the oohs and ahhs of those around you.
Something a lot of us at hooping.org try to do is what we call Trick Credit. It’s a simple way of sharing that individual hooper glory with the larger hooping community.
Vera touches on the concept of Trick Credit in this post, where she mentions watching tricks get passed around the Bay Area hooping community.
Personally, I’m terrible at inventing tricks and prefer to pick up techniques from others. Maybe it’s for this reason that I always feel some sort of strange guilt for compliments I receive when doing a trick that I learned from someone else. Whatever the reason, this guilt has inspired me to give credit where it’s due. I’m always saying things like “Liked that one? I learned that from Christabel down in LA,” or “Yeah, I learned that trick from my friend Tim who’d only been hooping for a few weeks! He’s amazing!”
Trick Credit a nice way to share the glory and exhilaration of being a trick hooper with the larger community, and also a way to share with others that part of the joy of hooping is the interconnectedness of hoopers … we learn from each other, and inspire one another to grow and play with our hoops in different ways. By verbally calling each other out when compliments fly, each of us is putting that appreciation back out into the world…where it can only multiply!