T&T JumpStart Program Overview

The JumpStart Program identifies future elite athletes at a young age and educates their coaches on proper fitness and skill development. The fitness program is designed for all trampoline and tumbling athletes.

Goals:

  • Identify talented athletes between 8 and 10 years old.
  • Identify deficiencies in fitness and skill factors that can be determined through scientific testing and interaction with national staff coaches. These deficiencies will be reported to both the athlete and the coach for remedial work.
  • Enhance the flow of information and educational opportunities to talented athletes, their parents and their coaches in an effort to help improve the athlete's training.
Objectives:
  • Identify and notify athletes, coaches and parents of the inherent talent possessed by a young gymnast. This will help all involved in making intelligent decisions regarding the serious pursuit of the athlete's trampoline and tumbling training and opportunities.
  • Assist coaches in the development of these young athletes through enhanced access to the best authorities available, in addition to other training and performance opportunities.
  • Serve as a "fast track" for young athletes from the early years of training through the international level.
  • Enhance early preparation of skills and abilities that will be needed for international level competition four or more years in the future.
  • Identify deficiencies in training and health that can be remedied by early and expert intervention.
  • Provide a fitness program for all trampoline and tumbling athletes.
1. Athlete Eligibility
  • Trampoline and/or Tumbling athlete
  • Current USA Gymnastics Athlete Member
  • 8-10 years old (Age as of December 31 of the year of testing)
  • Athlete must be level 5 - 10.
    JumpStart athletes are separated into three age groups (8, 9, and 10). The age group will be determined by the athletes age as of December 31 of the current state testing year. The skill requirements vary by age. The same testing criteria are used for both boys and girls.
  • Must have competed in at least one sanctioned competition prior to national testing.
2. Path for Athletes

Athletes will go from the Club Level to the State Level, from the State Level to the National Level.

    Club Level - All athletes are encouraged to participate.

    • Strength and flexibility
    • Must be proficient at all skill sequences and routines

    State Level - All athletes are encouraged to participate. (Note: Spectators are not allowed at State Testing.)

    • Strength and flexibility
    • Individual skills
    • Routines

    National Level - Athletes must qualify at the State Level. (Note: Spectators are not allowed at National Testing.)

    • Strength and flexibility
    • Individual skills
    • Routines

    National Training Camp - By invitation to the JumpStart National Team

    JumpStart National Team

    • Selected annually from participants at the JumpStart National Testing
    • Both trampoline and tumbling will name a National Team.
    • Boys will be tested and ranked separately from girls.
    • At National Testing, the top girl in each age group (according to rank) will be automatically qualified to the JumpStart National A team. Up to 7 additional girls from the combined list may be added to the A Team
    • At National Testing, the top boy overall (according to rank) will be automatically qualified to the JumpStart National A Team. Up to 5 additional boys from the combined list may be added to the A Team
    • At National Testing, up to 20 additional girls per event from the combined list can be placed on the JumpStart National B Team.
    • At National Testing, up to 15 additional boys per event from the combined list can be placed on the JumpStart National B Team.

3. Test Administrators
  • Club Level - Personal Coach
  • State Level - JumpStart Test Administrators and two Category 2 or above judges for skills and passes
  • National Level - JumpStart Test Administrators
  • Test Administrator certification is good for 2 years.
NOTE: Each club/coach/athlete is responsible for ALL EXPENSES related to JumpStart testing.