About Trampoline Gymnastics (TG)
Trampoline gymnastics involves 4 events, Individual Trampoline, Synchronized Trampoline, Double Mini Trampoline & Power Tumbling. Athletes are not required to train all 4 events and often don’t. Many athletes specialize in their preferred event allowing them to achieve a higher level of performance. The ability to specialize and the lower volume of training allows athletes to reach their athletic peak later than they would in Artistic Gymnastics. Many elite athletes reach their peak in adulthood. Excellent air sense (being comfortable upside down and twisting in the air), confidence and physical fitness are qualities found in TG athletes.
Athletes in this sport compete in B.C. throughout the year. Provincial level athletes can also travel throughout western Canada (B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) to attend Western Canadian Championships. National athletes in Trampoline Gymnastics may have the opportunity to travel anywhere across Canada as well as internationally.
Trampoline Gymnastics at Club Aviva
Trampoline Gymnastics is an on-going program at Club Aviva lead by Head Coach Andrew van Buuren. Andrew and the team of competitive TG coaches have maintained a strong program for over 6 years with many accomplishments. Highlights include numerous provincial champions, podium finishes at the national level and most recently Tiana Hesmert (Club Aviva Double Mini Trampoline athlete) finished 11th at World Championships in Daytona Beach Florida. Our athletes train 7 to 16 hours a week in order to develop their skills and prepare for several competitions each year. Some of the events attended by Club Aviva athletes include Provincial Championships, Western Canadian Championships, Canadian Championships and World Championships!
Competitive athletes in Club Aviva's TG program train in a 14,000 square foot facility featuring 4 Olympic trampolines, 2 Eurotramp double mini trampolines & a "rod floor" power tumbling floor. Club Aviva’s athletes also benefit from access to an in-ground foam pit, in-ground TumblTrak & 4 point bungee system with twisting harnesses for skill development. For more information check out our Facility and Program Information.
About Each Event
Athletes perform routines consisting of 10 skills connected in a series (no intermittent bounces). Skills must not be repeated in the same routine. Execution Judges evaluate how well the skills are performed and DD Judges evaluate the degree of difficulty by adding up the number of flips and twists performed. National level athletes are timed throughout their routine to establish “Time of flight” which creates incentive to bounce as high as possible adding to the excitement of this event!
A team of 2 athletes perform routines of 10 skills connected in a series similar to individual trampoline. Both athletes must do the same 10 skills in unison. Athletes are evaluated on how synchronized the routines are!
Athletes perform a series of skills (typically 8 skills in each pass) on an 84’ long tumbling floor. The tumbling floor is sprung using fiber glass rods as opposed to springs used in Artistic Gymnastics increasing an athlete’s possible amplitude. Execution Judges evaluate how well the skills are performed and DD Judges evaluate the degree of difficulty by adding up the number of flips and twists performed.
Double Mini Trampoline
Athletes perform 2 skills in a series. The Double Mini Trampoline is narrower than a typical trampoline which increases the amount of precision athletes must demonstrate during a pass. Execution Judges evaluate how well the skills are performed and how well the athlete lands each pass. DD Judges evaluate the degree of difficulty by adding up the number of flips and twists performed. Athletes must demonstrate 4 different passes which means Double Mini Trampoline athletes are typically very versatile acrobats!