Our competitive Trampoline Gymnastics team consists of 32 athletes ranging from age 8 years old and up. Trampoline gymnastics includes trampoline, double mini trampoline and power tumbling. We have athletes competing at the National level and have attended competitions all over the world. Our tumbling team is growing rapidly as more talent is joining our team. These kids train from 8-13 hours per week.
What is trampoline gymnastics?
There are four events in trampoline gymnastics: individual trampoline, synchronized trampoline, double mini trampoline and tumbling. Trampoline symbolizes freedom, flying, and space. On Trampoline, multiple somersaults and twists are performed at a height of 8m and require precise technique and perfect body control. The trampoline is also used as a basic training device for many sports that contain acrobatic elements.
The Origins of Trampoline Gymnastics
In 1934, an American gymnast named George Nissen, was inspired by watching circus acrobat’s fall onto flexible safety nets and use the rebound to perform acrobatic skills. He constructed the first prototype Trampoline out of canvas and rubber for inner tubes. Nissen called his device a Trampoliń after trampoline, the Spanish word for springboard. Trampolining caught on quickly as a backyard activity and was even used to teach pilots air sense in World War II.
As a sport, Trampoline was slower to catch on. The first U.S. National Championships in Trampoline were held in 1948, but a World Championships in Trampoline were not held until 1964.
Newer to the Olympics, trampoline first appeared in the 2000 Sydney Games. Since its addition to the Olympics, Canada has won six medals and at least one in each Games. Karen Cockburn won three consecutive medals in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Her teammate, Rosie MacLennan won Canada’s only gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. On the men’s side, Mathieu Turgeon won a bronze medal 2000 Olympics in Sydney and Jason Burnett won a silver at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Individual Trampoline (TRA)
An athlete will perform two routines, each consisting of 10 different skills, with each routine starting and finishing on the feet. These routines are done from as high as they can jump. Body positions include, tuck, pike and straight. An athlete will do these in shaped jumps, body landings (stomach or back) and single somersaults to triple somersaults with multiple twists, both forwards and backwards. These skills are performed with precise technique and perfect body control. Competitors are judged on execution, degree of difficulty, and time of flight.
Double mini-trampoline (DMT)
Double Mini Trampoline (a smaller, narrow, longer trampoline) can be likened to a combination of Athletics, Trampolining and Gymnastics. Competitors sprint down a carpeted track and hurdle onto the apparatus before performing a single, double or triple somersault, with the same precision required on a trampoline. The only difference is that gymnasts have to land on a trampoline bed less than a quarter the size of a trampoline, before performing a dismount on to a landing mat.
In a DMT routine, the athlete runs towards and hurdles onto the DMT. The first section of the DMT is called the mount. From the mount, you can do a straight jump or a skill that is performed onto the second section of the DMT. This second section is called the spotter and is where skills can be performed back onto the tramp bed or as a dismount onto the landing mat. It is important that an athlete shows stability when landing on the landing mat. In DMT, athletes do four passes, two in the preliminary round and then two in the final round. Each pass consists of one skill performed as either a mount or as a spotter, followed by a dismount skill making two skills per pass. Athletes are judged on landings, execution and degree of difficulty.
Tumbling competitors compete two different routines, each of eight skills (dependent on level). These routines are made up of feet to hand elements, somersaults, and landings somersault on the landing zone. These routines are performed down an 80-foot long matted track sprung with rods. Routines range from round off, back hand springs, whips to single somersaults to double and triple somersaults with multiple twists. Competitors are judged on landings, execution and degree of difficulty.
Synchronized trampoline (SYN)
Synchronized Trampoline: Is made up of two athletes (same gender) performing the same routine at the same time on separate trampolines. Routine structure is consistent with Individual Trampoline. Competitors are judged on execution, degree of difficulty, time of flight, and synchronization.