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Trampolining has both aerobic and anaerobic benefits.
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There are several events in the sport of gymnastics just for trampolines. Each event has levels with specific skill sets that must be performed. Before you start jumping on your trampoline, there are few things you should know if you are wanting to compete, or even if you just want to become more accustomed to the sport.
Beginner Gymnastic Trampolining Levels
For younger competitors -- boys and girls -- who are starting out in gymnastics, there are several events in which to compete. The trampoline and double mini trampoline events feature five levels: beginner, novice, intermediate, sub-advanced and advanced. The beginner level starts at age four and under and goes though age 11. The novice level is for ages six to 15. Intermediate starts at eight and under and goes up to 15 years old. Sub-advanced levels also start at eight and under, but goes up to 17. The advanced level starts for age eight and goes up to ages 17 and over. The elite level is a sixth level and is open to all ages. There is also an event for synchronized trampolines which has only two levels: sub-advanced and advanced. Both levels are for age eight and under to 17 and over.
Professional Gymnastic Trampolining Levels
There are seven levels in professional gymnastic trampolining, each with 10 required moves that must be performed to perfection. In levels one to four, if you are obviously disturbed during your routine by faulty equipment, you may be allowed another attempt, but spectator noise doesn't qualify as a disturbance. Interruptions of a routine include: failing to land both feet simultaneously on the bed, touching anything other than the trampoline bed, being touched by a spotter or a spotter mat, leaving the trampoline and failing to perform a skill required for that level. Levels five to seven follow the same rules of interruptions as levels one to four do, but add the following: not using the elasticity of the trampoline after landing to the immediate entry into the next move and performing an intermediate straight jump. Judges dock points whenever any of these interruptions occur in your routine.
Beginner Trampoline Skills
In the beginner levels of trampolining, a spotter is allowed for moves like the jump tuck. As the levels go higher, so does the expectation of perfection. You'll have to demonstrate flips and turns, along with dismounts and landing skills to advance forward into another level. In synchronized trampolining, the rules are much the same, but you and your partner must be in synch during your moves to score well.
Professional Trampoline Skills
Each level has 10 skills that must be performed. Every level is different and the higher the level, the more difficult the skill. Level one requires basic moves such as a seat drop tuck, and a jump full twist. Level two needs tricks like a jump tumble pike position. Level seven is the most difficult and you must execute skills such as a stomach full twist to back drop in your routine.