Competitive Training Schedule
The competitive schedule is now ready. Check with Barb if you are unsure which days you should attend.
Power tumbling is performed on an elevated 84 ft spring runway. The runway helps the tumblers propel themselves high into the air. They demonstrate speed, strength and skill while executing a series of acrobatic maneuvers. Top level contenders will perform explosive somersaults with multiple flips and twists.
Although even in the early years of trampolining, notable Canadian, American and international athletes performed many of the difficult skills and combinations of skills that are seen today, modern trampoline competitions are quite different from those of the early developmental years -- due in part to advances in equipment design, changes in the rules and governance, and more systematic training of the athletes. International competition trampolines are larger and more powerful than those utilized in the early years and a far cry from the "backyard" models that are found today in most Canadian suburban neighborhoods.These modern trampolines can propel trained athletes as high as 30 feet in the r during performances! During two competitive routines of 10 skills each, upper-level athletes can easily demonstrate a graceful array of double, triple and twisting somersaults.
Synchronized trampoline demands the same athletic skill as individual trampoline, while adding the element of precision timing. Using two trampolines, two athletes perform identical 10-skill routines at the same time. In this most artistic event in the sport, each performs as a mirror image of the other, doubling the visual beauty of trampoline competition.
Double mini is a relatively new sport that combines the horizontal run of tumbling with the vertical rebound of trampoline. After a short run, the athlete jumps onto a small two-level trampoline to perform a rebounding trick immediately followed by a dismount element onto a landing mat. Double mini is similar in concept to springboard diving, using a mat instead of water.
Competitive Women’s Gymnastics
A successful vault begins with a strong, accelerated run. The best vaulters explode off the board with tremendous quickness during the preflight phase of the vault. When the gymnast pushes off the vault table, the judges are looking for proper body position and an instantaneous repulsion. Watch for the height and distance traveled, as well as the number of flips and twists. Gymnasts strive to "stick" their landings by taking no extra steps.
The most spectacular of the women's events, the uneven bars demands strength, as well as concentration, courage, coordination and split-second timing. Watch for the big swings that begin in handstands on the high bar, incorporating multiple hand changes, pirouettes and release elements. The entire routine should flow from one skill to the next without pauses, extra swings or additional supports. Watch for the high flying dismount where the gymnast will attempt to stick her landing.
The beam is only four inches wide and considered the most difficult event by many gymnasts. The gymnast must use acrobatic, tumbling and dance movements in her routine. Watch for acrobatic series consisting of two or more elements performed in a row. The overall execution should give the impression that the gymnast is performing on the floor, not on a beam. Watch for variations in rhythm, changes in level, and the harmonious blend of dance and acrobatic elements.
Usually a favorite event for the fans, the floor routine must be choreographed to music and cover the entire floor area. The gymnast must use a variety of dance and tumbling elements which reflects her personality. Most gymnasts at the international level will do four tumbling passes, changing both the direction and level of movement throughout the routine. Watch for powerful, yet graceful, routines that are fun and exciting.