It promotes personal growth
It teaches us to lose and to learn from our mistakes
It promotes taking chances and trying something new
It makes us more goal oriented
It prepares us for the real world
It teaches us discipline
It teaches us how to cope with stresses and anxiety
Ever since standardised competitions were introduced into the sport of trampolining in the 1950s, it has forced the sport to continually progress. Competitions are not just good for the sport, they are essential in order to promote growth and development.
Here at Alpha Trampoline Club in Alton, we believe that competition is also essential for the benefit of our members and actively encourage them to compete from entry level onwards. While competitions can seem scary and nerve-racking, we think that the positives far outweigh the negatives and have highlighted some of the reasons we advocate participating in competitions below.
“Winning is not everything - but making the effort to win is.”
- Vince Lombardi
Trampoline competitions at all levels are split into individual events for male and female participants.
Age groups then split the competitors into fairer and more manageable groups, although the breakdown of these can change between competitions.
A competitor list is produced prior to the competition and denotes on which panel and in which order participants compete. Each performer competes individually in front of a panel of qualified judges who score the routine.
Where a club has 3 or 4 competitors in the same group, they become eligible as a team.
There is also a synchronised trampoline category which consists of two competitors performing the same routine at the same time on separate trampolines.
This page is designed to provide some information on the competitive aspect of trampolining. It is not intended to be a definitive guide, but to act as a beginner’s accompaniment to trampoline competitions. Click on any of the links below to jump to that topic on the page.
There are many opportunities in which club members can compete at all levels, from beginner through to international level. The first stage of competing is either within the club or at a novice level. Currently, the region offers novice competitors a chance to shine at their own event. The next stage is competing at a regional level and the Southern region runs two competitive structures for members to take part in. Following this, competitors can progress to a national level, either through the British Gymnastics structure, or through the National Trampoline League. Eventually, members can aspire to compete at an international level representing either their club or their country.
- NDP 1 to NDP 7
Through the National Development Pathway (NDP), competitors follow a progressive structure aimed to promote excellent basics from the lowest levels, through to the top national ones. There are two or three regional series events from which competitors can qualify to the Regional Team Qualifier (RTQ), provided minimum requirements have been met. At this event, the top 2 in each group will go on to compete at the Regional Team Finals (RTF), representing their region, provided they meet minimum execution scores and a pass rating on their Range and Conditioning routine. From here, the top 8 qualify to the National Development Pathway Finals - the final event of the season for these levels.
- NDP 8
Competitors at NDP 8 perform a compulsory routine, a FIG / FIG WAGC routine, and a voluntary routine at Spring Series events. The top 8 in each group will qualify to NDP Finals from a three-round accumulative score, provided competitors meet minimum execution scores and a minimum difficulty.
- FIG Pathway
The FIG Pathway is for the elite trampolinists of the country who compete at Spring Series events. They compete a compulsory routine, FIG / FIG WAGC routine, and a voluntary routine. The top 16 gymnasts in each group qualify to the British Championships from a three-round accumulative score, provided minimum execution scores and a minimum difficulty have been met.
All of the information regarding the BG NDP and Elite structure can be found in the Competition Handbook. The 2017 version is available here: National Competition Handbook 2017
All NDP routines can be found here: TRA NDP Competition Structure 2017
All FIG routines can be found here: TRA FIG Competition Structure 2017
- Club I to Regional D
Promotion within these grades is by gaining a set qualification score from the first two rounds of an assessment event. It is also possible to ‘leapfrog’ from Assessment G to E and Assessment F to Regional D by gaining an enhanced qualification score. The scores required are shown in the table below.
All letter grade routines can be found here: Club I to Regional D Routines
- Trampoline League
The National Trampoline League has been set up and runs competitions on an ability based age group system. There are different age and ability levels to enter and coaches can enter competitors at an appropriate level of their choice. The League can be used for competitive practice and one-off events, but points are also allocated to each performer depending on their result during the first two rounds of competition at National Trampoline League Events. The top ranked performers per age group per discipline are invited to compete in the National Trampoline League Final towards the end of the year.
More information can be found on the League website: www.trampolineleague.com
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There are set requirements as to what performers must wear when participating in competitions.
- Trampoline Shorts / Stirrups
- White socks / trampoline shoes
Luke Strong, GBR
- White socks / trampoline shoes
Karen Cockburn, CAN, He Wenna, CHI, Ekaterina Khilko, UZB
Diogo Ganchinho, POR
Steven Gluckstein, USA
He Wenna, CHI
Karen Cockburn, CAN
Prior to the competition, a timetable and start list will have been produced and circulated so that all competitors know when their group is due to compete and where they will fit in that group. Competition organisers reserve the right to run up to an hour ahead of schedule so it is very important to make sure you arrive in plenty of time.
When your group has been called, you will be allowed to go forward for your general warm up on the panel on which you will be competing. Each panel consists of two trampolines so you have a choice as to which one you choose to compete on. The general warm up is timed by the chair of judges and is based on the number of competitors in the group. Following the general warm up, each competitor will be allowed a ‘one-touch’. This is a final warm up before the competition marshal will arrange competitors in order of performing.
Each competitor will then be called in order to compete their first routine in front of the judges. When it is your turn to perform, the chair of judges will check your name and will then tell you when you may begin. You begin your competition by standing on the trampoline and presenting to the judges. Examples of how others do this are below.
After you have presented, you can begin your in-jumps, ready to start your routine. Once you have completed your routine, you must stand still on the trampoline for at least 3 seconds, before turning and presenting once more to the judges. This marks the end of your routine. The judges will then add up their scoring of the routine and hold up the final score they have given it.
Once everybody has had their turn at competing their first routine, it will go back to the first competitor again to run through everybody competing their second routine. The process is exactly the same as for the first routine.
At higher grades, there is also a final for the top 8 competitors following the qualifying rounds. Sometimes this final round adds on to the score of the first two rounds, sometimes the final round is run where everybody starts again at zero.
After all of the rounds have been completed, the scores will be added up to give the final placings. There is usually a presentation where you can receive your certificates and medals.
“Sportsmanship for me is when a guy walks off the court and you really can’t tell whether he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way.”
- Jim Courier
On each panel at a competition, there will be 5 judges who are responsible for scoring the execution of the routine. They will give each routine a score out of 10, based on form, consistency of height and control. Like other gymnastic disciplines, in trampolining technical ability is not enough for a good score; style and artistic grace is also important. Out of the 5 scores held up, the highest and the lowest score are taken away and the 3 remaining scores are added together.
At higher grades there is also a tariff judge/s on the panel who watch the second routine. They are in charge of scoring the difficulty of the routine. This is then added to the execution score to give a final score.
At zonal and national grades, a third score is also added. This is called ‘Time of Flight’ and captures the length of time it takes a competitor to complete their routine, from start to finish.
There is also a Chair of Judges who holds overall responsibility for the judging panel. They will advise the other judges if there are further deductions to be made to the score.
At a competition, the judges decisions are final.
Routines are made up of 10 moves and must begin and finish on feet. The routines are made up of a combination of skills which can include jumps, landings, twists and somersaults, in a variety of positions. Jumps can be in the tucked, piked or straddled shape, landings can include seat, front or back landing, and somersaults can be performed in the tucked, piked or straight shape.
In a competition there are three possible types of routine: compulsory, voluntary, final. The compulsory routine consists of a pre-determined set of skills which must be completed in a set order. The voluntary routine can consist of any 10 acknowledged skills but no move other than shaped jumps can be repeated. The final routine follows the same requirements as the voluntary. In BG NDP competitions, both routines are compulsory and are pre-set.
All routines for the structures outlined above can be found in the linked website or documents.
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