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Competition Savvy

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


Official Roles

  • 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

  • Roles:

           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:

  • Brentwood

  • Norwich

  • Saffron Walden


National and League Competitions

These are for national competitors and as such are all over the UK

    Some examples are:

  • Gillingham

  • Bath

  • Cardiff


Typical Day

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

Comp attire

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