When to Compete
This is very much an individual decision
Some want to compete the moment their feet hit the trampoline
Others will never enter a competition
Our coaches will advise when a gymnast is able to enter, based on type of competition and their level of ability
The decision is then down to the gymnast
On The Day
Gymnasts will be grouped in ability and age. Sometimes mixed age if small numbers
They have to perform 2 routines of 10 bounces each - one compulsory & one voluntary
Lower grades often repeat the compulsory routine
Each Routine is scored out of 10 by a panel of 5 judges. Only the middle scores are used. The scores from both routines, and the difficulty score for the voluntary routine are added together to give the overall score
The person with the highest overall score wins
All Competitions require officials to allow them to run
Clubs have to provide volunteer officials based on the numbers of entries
With the exception of Judges, the only qualification is willingness
Judges - Qualified person to score the routines/difficulty score
Marshals - Required to organise the gymnasts to ensure they have their warm ups and compete in the order on the start list
Recorders - Record the scores either manually or on computers to calculate the winners
We need volunteers to Marshall and Record in order to compete
We split into ½ day roles to reduce the commitment and hopefully allow parents to watch their children compete.
When & Where
The Open & Regional Competition Season runs from September to June
The National Competition (Gala’s) Season runs from January to June with the Final in July
Open & Regional Competitions
We are in the Eastern Region of British Gymnastics. This means competitions can be anywhere in East Anglia.
Some examples are:
National and League Competitions
These are for national competitors and as such are all over the UK
Some examples are:
We encourage people to attend for the ½ day: Morning or Afternoon, depending upon competition start times. This means that there are supporters there for other club members
The Start List is published about a week ahead of the event so everyone knows what time to arrive for their competition. Competitors need to arrive at least 30 minutes before their start time as they can run ahead of schedule.
After a warm up each gymnast performs their compulsory routine. Once all competitors have completed their compulsory routine the gymnasts go on to compete their voluntary routine.
In the higher grades the top 8 scoring competitors will repeat a routine of choice in a final.
Competition Attire - Order competition and training kit here
Types of Competitions - TRI (Individual Trampolining), TRS (Synchronised Trampolining) and DMT (Double Mini Trampolining)
Open Competitions - These are open to all members from beginners to elite gymnasts. They are great competitions to “have a go” and are generally more relaxed
Regional NDP Competitions - These are open to NDP 1 to NDP 7.
National NDP Competitions - These are open to NDP 8 upwards. Here they can qualify to compete in the annual British Championships.
League Competitions - These are open to gymnasts that meet the required skill criteria to compete at these competitions