The discipline of Trampoline Gymnastics has four categories, each with male and female competitions.
A spectacular sport that can see a world-class trampolinist reach heights exceeding 10 metres whilst performing multiple somersaults and twists, it requires precise technique and perfect body control, leaving very little margin for error.
Individual Trampoline and Synchronised Trampoline
A typical competition routine on the trampoline is characterised by high, continuous rhythmic feet to feet jumping, incorporating ten complex gymnastic elements without hesitation or intermediate straight bounces between two elements.
In a synchronised competition, a pair of gymnasts can consist of two women or two men. Pairs must do the same element at the same time and must start facing the same direction.
DMT (Double Mini Trampoline)
The DMT is like two mini trampolines that have been joined in the middle. The first section of the apparatus is set at a slight angle and called the mount. From the mount, skills may be performed onto the second section of the apparatus. This second section is called the spotter and is where skills can be performed back onto the DMT bed or as a dismount onto the landing mat.
Double Mini Trampoline can be likened to a combination of Athletics, Trampolining and Artistic Gymnastics. Competitors sprint down a carpeted run-up and hurdle onto the apparatus before performing complex double and sometimes triple somersaults with the same precision required on a trampoline. The only difference is that gymnasts have to land on the DMT bed (which is less than a quarter the size of a trampoline), before performing a dismount on to the landing mat.
Tumbling is a characterised by the complex, swift and rhythmical succession of acrobatic rebounding from hands to feet, feet to hands or even feet directly back onto feet. A tumbling pass may be over in a matter of seconds due to the gymnasts’ immense speed and is performed on a tumbling track that is 25 meters in length.
In Tumbling, a gymnast performs a tumbling pass which sees the gymnast gain speed and power by sprinting along a run-up before performing a series of somersaults and twists on the track. World-class tumblers perform no less than two double somersaults in one pass, the best of them three, with twisting elements in addition.
In addition to the Individual Trampoline, DMT and Tumbling World Championships competitions, there is a Team Final for each category and an All-Around Team Final which will be hotly contested by many of the nations taking part.