GET TO KNOW THE SPORT PART 2: What are the judges looking for?

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August 3, 2023

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SET, READY, JUMP!

With less than 4 months to go, how can you get ready for this year’s FIG World Trampoline Championships?

The answer – get more informed about the sport of Trampoline Gymnastics! In this instalment of our ‘Get to Know the Sport’ series we give you the inside track on what judges are looking for from the World’s elite Trampoline Gymnasts before submitting their scores.

LET’S GO!

Individual Trampoline (Abbreviated as TRA)

During the first qualification round, in major competitions, trampolinists may perform two exercises: the most advanced skills are typically seen in the senior category.

In  Junior and  Age  Group competitions, there are two exercises in the  Qualifying  Round, both of them counting for the total score of the gymnasts. The first exercise includes special requirements, as per Junio and World Age Group Competition (WAGC) Rules; the second exercise is voluntary.

Athletes perform exercises composed of ten elements and gymnasts need to hit the centre of the trampoline bed each time and are judged on four specific areas which are:

Execution = 20.0 points maximum score

Difficulty

Time of Flight = the amount of time spent in the air during the exercise

Horizontal Displacement = 10.0 points maximum score

Synchronised Trampoline (Abbreviated as SYN)

Athletes perform exercises on two separate trampolines of the exact same size, adjacent to each other. Synchronised exercises are composed of ten elements, gymnasts need to hit the centre of the trampoline each time in perfect synch with their partner.

Judged on four areas:

Execution = 10.0 points maximum

Difficulty

Horizontal Displacement = 10.0 points maximum

Synchronization = 20.0 points maximum

Deductions are taken off athlete scores in individual and synchronised trampoline for:

Travelling away from the centre of the trampoline bed

Breaking the form of a move

Landing outside of the trampoline bed

Falling off

Losing control

For synchronised trampoline only

Falling out of synch

Not performing the exact same skills as your partner

If either partner stops, the exercise is over

Double Mini-Trampoline (Abbreviated as DMT)

During the first qualification round, each gymnast has two exercises where they start by sprinting down the run-up to the DMT. Each must contain two different elements. The first of these elements is performed either as a mount or a spotter skill, followed by the dismount.

Athletes are judged on:

Execution = 20.0 points maximum score
Form, height and distance

Difficulty

Penalties may be taken for control on landing

Deductions are taken off athlete scores for:

Incomplete exercises

Deviating from a straight direction in the air

Putting hands down on landing

Falling on landing

Landing outside of the landing area

Tumbling (Abbreviated as TUM)

Gymnasts have two exercises down the tumble track, each must contain eight distinct elements.

Each exercise contains 8 elements including back handsprings, whip backs, twisting elements, double or triple somersaulting elements (flips and somersaults). Athletes are judged on:

Execution = 20.0 points maximum score
Height and rhythm
Control on landing


Difficulty


Deductions are taken off athlete scores for:

Falls

Incomplete exercise

Lack of form, rhythm, height or control

Exercises that don’t end with a somersault

Instability after the final element

Judge for yourself, live

Now you know what to look out for, why not see the best gymnasts perform live? Tickets for the event are on sale now and start from £20 for adults and £10 for under 16’s and concessions.

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