Indianapolis – The 2001 Trampoline and Tumbling National Championships are scheduled for June 8-9, at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio and will name National Champions in each discipline and the 2001 World Championships Team. Events that will be contested include trampoline, synchronized trampoline, power tumbling and double-mini trampoline.
9:00-1:30 p.m. – Junior Elite Preliminaries
3:00-7:30 p.m. – Senior Elite Preliminaries
Saturday, June 9
12:00-3:00 p.m. – Junior Elite Finals
6:00-8:00 p.m. – Senior Elite Finals
Tickets are available for $10 at the door. Children six and under are free.
Trampoline and Tumnbling Events
Trampoline routines are performed on 7’x 14′ web or string beds that can propel the gymnast up to 30 feet in the air. A competitor takes as many preliminary bounces as necessary for height and control, before beginning the first of 10 skills in a routine. Two routines are performed, a compulsory and a voluntary. The compulsory routine must include four required elements, plus six other skills chosen by the athlete. The second routine is a 10-skill voluntary, made up of single, double or triple somersaults with multiple twists. No skill may be repeated within either routine. A successful routine will show consistency of height, proper technique and a minimum deviation from the center of the bed. The routine must end under control in an upright position. After the last skill, the competitor is allowed to do one more jump in a stretched position (outbounce).
Synchronized trampoline demands the same athletic skill as individual trampoline, while adding the element of precision timing. Athletes perform two routines, a compulsory and a voluntary. Using two trampolines, two athletes perform identical 10-skill routines at the same time. In this most artistic event, each performs a mirror image of the other, doubling the visual beauty of the competition. The goal is to have both trampolinists in total synchronization of skills, height and form.
Power Tumbling is performed on a 6’x 88′ platform made of fiberglass rods and covered with approximately 3″ of carpeted foam. Tumblers can propel themselves higher than a basketball goal, demonstrating speed, strength and skill, while executing a series of acrobatic maneuvers. Explosive somersaults with multiple flips and twists will be performed by the top-level contenders. Athletes perform two eight-skill routines. The first routine focuses on somersaulting with no more than ½ twist allowed. The second routine requires athletes to show their twisting skills. One eight-skill voluntary routine is performed in finals. A high-scoring routine is characterized by continuous, speedy, rhythmic hands-to-feet, and feet-to-feet rotational jumping skills, without hesitation or intermediate steps. The routine should show good control, form, execution and maintenance of tempo.
Double Mini-Trampoline is a relatively new sport which 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 skill, immediately followed by a dismount element onto a landing mat. Competitors perform two two-skill voluntary routines in preliminaries and two two-skill voluntary routines in finals. No skill may be repeated. A good routine will show height, multiple flips and twists and a landing with no extra steps.