Trampolining at the Olympics

This climbing frames blog will teach you about Olympic Trampolining. From how to compete, rules in the games and all of the moves.

The London Olympic Games took place from the 27th July to the 12th August this year (2012). Trampolining is a quite a new discipline to the Olympic Games.

The competition consists of two rectangular trampolines. The trampolines have to fit with the Olympic requirements and measure 5.05metres long, 2.91metres wide and 1.15metres high, and are placed next to each other.
The trampoline bed is made up of nylon bands that are 6mm thick and woven together. Around the edge of the trampoline are mats to ensure the safety of the competitors. The judging panel sits just 10 metres away from the trampolines. There are nine judges marking each routine. They award points based on difficulty, execution and time of flight. The judges will also deduct points for errors.

There are just two gold medals on offer, one for men’s trampolining and the other for women’s.

Whilst bouncing on the trampoline roughly 10 metres high, the gymnasts must try to achieve certain positions e.g. twists, bounces and somersaults and finish by landing on the trampoline with both feet on the trampoline bed and holding and upright position for at least three seconds.

The gymnasts have to perform a series of 10 skill routines and must have 10 contacts with the trampoline bed. (i.e. 10 bounces).

In the qualifying rounds, gymnasts must perform two routines, one is compulsory and the other one is optional.

Each move must be performed in one of the three following basic shapes:

The tuck – knees pulled into the chest and hands clasped around knees holding them in place.

The pike – both arms and legs are straight but the gymnast is folded in half.

Straddle – legs create a triangle and hands are on ankles.

Here are some of the many moves:
Barani – a front Somersault with a half twist
Cat twist – a move starting on the back, with one full twist, landing on the back again.
Roller – a move starting on the seat, full twist to seat drop

In total there are 32 men and women, who will compete for medals at the Olympics. Each country is limited to two men and two women representing them.

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3 Comments

  1. Adam - August 22, 2012

    This article is full of inaccuracies and irrelevant information. I’d suggest you consult someone who is involved in the spirt on a competitive level.

    • Aimee - August 22, 2012

      Thanks for your feedback Adam. We felt that the data we used, came from reliable sources. Would love it if you would let us know where we have gone wrong. Look forward to hearing from you soon!

      • Adam - August 22, 2012

        The three shapes used within trampolining are the tuck, pike and straight shapes. A straddle is a variant of the pike shape; its full name being a piked straddle jump, and is not used in somersaults. The webbing of the trampolines used at Olympic level is 4mm thick, which while isn’t important to the average person it is important to provide correct information. In general the other information is factually correct but perhaps not most useful in the context it is placed – Rollers and Cat twists are indeed moves used on the trampoline but the implication of the article suggests we will see them at Olympic competitions when in reality this won’t occur – they will do harder moves such as a Triff (a jump with three somersaults and will have some elements of twist).

        It is also always important to note that when training competitively all participants should be supervised by a qualified coach, as injuries seen in hospitals have soared in the past ten years when people attempt “flips” on their own on a garden trampoline. There are thousands of clubs all over the world so search for one near you, save the garden trampolines for a bit of fun!

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