INDIANAPOLIS, February 13, 2019 – USA Gymnastics has chosen three clubs to join its 2019 Trampoline Development Center Program: Mercury Gymnastics in Kansas City, Missouri; Bull Run Academy of Gymnastics in Warrenton, Virginia; and Sonshine Academy in Conway, Arkansas, which will participate in the 2019 Elite Trampoline Development Center Program.
The TDC program debuted in 2013 to further develop trampoline and tumbling in the United States by incorporating the sport into the curriculum in gyms across the nation, expanding its Olympic pipeline. Since the launch of TDC program, the trampoline and tumbling program has grown and the Elite TDC option was added in 2017 to expand the program.
Joy Umenhofer-Stovall, a member of the national trampoline staff, makes three visits to each TDC club to educate the gym, its coaches and athletes about trampoline. When Umenhofer-Stovall visits the TDC clubs, she hosts clinics to educate club staff on scheduling, coaching and teaching trampoline, basic skills, conditioning and flexibility, and progressions; talent identification development programs; and interactive coach and athlete training sessions. Each club also receives marketing materials, operational guidelines and curriculum support. In addition, other clubs in the area are encouraged to attend the coach education sessions and learn about expanding their programming to include trampoline.
Athletes of all ages and body types can enjoy and benefit from trampoline, which also enhances skill development across all gymnastics disciplines. Trampoline may also retain athletes who are looking for something different or need to adjust to accommodate outside scheduling challenges. The artistic gymnastics and trampoline competitive seasons complement one another, which makes it is possible for an athlete to participate in both. Many U.S gym clubs already have trampoline as part of their programming.
The 23 clubs that have been designated as Trampoline Development Centers are: AcroSports in League City, Texas; Branch Gymnastics Academy in Kalamazoo, Mich.; California Sports Center in San Jose, Calif.; DC Gymnastics and Tumbling in Wildomar, Calif.; Desert Gymcats in Las Vegas, Nev.; DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics in Fishers, Ind.; Gymfinity in Fitchburg, Wis.; International Gymnastics Centre in West Sacramento, Calif.; Legacy Training Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy in Millis, Mass.; Mills Gymnastics USA in Southgate, Mich.; Mini Hops Gymnastics in Plymouth, Minn.; Montgomery County Sports Performance Center in Harleysville, Pa.; Oconee Gymnastics & Cheer in Watkinsville, Ga.; Orange County Sports Club in Florida, N.Y.; Platinum Sports Center in Simi Valley, Calif.; Roots in Westfield, Mass.; Suncoast Gymnastics Academy in Odessa, Fla.; Summit Sports Center in Nolensville, Tenn.; United Gymstars and Cheer in Montgomery, Ala. Wendy Hilliard Foundation in New York City; Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex of Williamsburg, Va.; and World Champions Centre in Spring, Texas.
For more information, please visit USA Gymnastics Trampoline Development Center Program.
Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. The organization is committed to creating a culture that encourages and supports its athletes and focuses on its highest priority, the safety and well-being of the athletes. USA Gymnastics has already taken specific, concrete steps to strengthen its safe sport policies and procedures. The organization’s disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and gymnastics for all (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, log on to usagym.org.