First you'll learn how to perform simple aerial tricks and maintain your rhythm. Then, as your skills and confidence grow, you'll build up to some incredible big-air stunts. If you want, you can even show off your stuff at one of the competitions for your age group. Of course, if you'd prefer to bounce just for fun and fitness, that's great too.
A typical competition routine on the trampoline is characterised by high, continuous rhythmic feet to feet, to back, front or seat rotational jumping elements, without hesitation or intermediate straight bounces between two elements.
In a synchronised competition, a pair of gymnasts can consist of two women or two men. Pairs must do the same element at the same time and must start facing the same direction.
A typical trampoline competition is made up of three routines/rounds: compulsory (a combination of free and compulsory elements), voluntary (free elements of the gymnast’s own choosing) and the final voluntary round. Each routine is made up of 10 skills and must start and finish on the feet.
The BG Proficiency Trampoline awards provide the foundation for high quality trampolining which take the gymnast from beginner to competitor through 15 structured and progressive levels. The scheme was developed to be delivered by British Gymnastics’ qualified Coaches only.
Why use an award scheme?
Suitable for Pre School through to KS4, Trampoline Proficiency Awards develop fundamental actions, shapes and landings required for a lifetime of enjoyment and technical progress within the sport of trampoline gymnastics.
What do the awards involve?
The Trampoline Proficiency Award is built around 15 levels, each offering a variety of skill development. Gymnasts are required to perform 8 out of the 10 skills on each level. They must perform each skill technically correct 3 times in order to achieve a tick for that skill. Once they have 8 ticks they are awarded a certificate and badge, which is presented to them during their training session.
Awards 1 - 5 are suitable for Pre-School and Beginners, and are designed to provide an all round grounding for trampoline. Awards 1 - 5 are also a suitable training programme for people with a disability. 7 activities per level, requiring 6 out of 7 to pass the award.
Awards 6 - 10 are suitable for Primary and Secondary children from 5 years and build on the actions from 1 - 5 through a set of challenging yet exciting skill sets.
From award 6, the gymnast will be required to work through a range of important physical preparation exercises.
Awards 11 - 15 are suitable for competitive gymnasts of secondary school age and allow for progression to a competitive standard and incorporate individual skill development, drills and routine construction information. Individuals must pass 7 activities per level to receive the award.
Double Mini Trampoline packs a lot of action into a short space of time and can be likened to a combination of Athletics, Trampolining and Gymnastics.
The DMT looks like two mini tramps that have been joined in the middle. The first section of the apparatus is set at a slight angle and called the mount. From the mount, skills are performed onto the second section of the apparatus. 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.
As you learn you will get to grips with the challenge of hitting the DMT on the run. Then as your talent and technique develop, you’ll start introducing more speed, more height and more amazing somersaults.
Double Mini Trampoline is a regional, national and international sport, so as you progress you may want to start competing.
DMT competitions comprise of 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 a spotter, followed by a dismount skill making two skills per pass.
Our sessions are open to all, although the ability to somersault is desirable but not essential.
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