The primary objective of trampoline gymnastics is to teach children to use trampolines safely, allowing them to transfer their skills to yard trampolines, for example. In addition, another objective is for kids to learn fun trampoline tricks from basic jumps to more challenging vaults and handsprings.
Trampoline training consists of warm-ups, trampoline training and final warm-downs. To begin trampoline gymnastics at Espoon Telinetaituri does not require any previous gymnastics background. In recreational groups, children can pursue trampoline activities according to their own goals and abilities. The trainings will be held in the Mankkaa gymnastics hall.
Double Mini Trampoline gymnastics, more commonly known as DMT, is one form of trampoline gymnastics. DMT differs from large competitive trampolines in many ways. The DMT trampoline is jumped on from the running speed, after which a movement is performed on the trampoline, followed by a dismount. The shape of the DMT trampoline is long, with the front of the trampoline oblique. Trampoline groups also practice using the DMT trampoline, in addition to jumping on the large competition trampolines
Trampoline gymnastics recreational group training sessions last 60-90min. Descriptions of the different levels of hobby groups can be found below. The most appropriate clothing for trampoline gymnastics is a t-shirt or jumpsuit and stretch pants, shorts or leotards, as well as slippers or socks. Jewellery and watches should be left at home, long hair tied up.
At the Trampoline School, children practice the safe use of trampolines, as well as the basics of trampoline gymnastics, such as tucked, piked and straight jumps onto one’s stomach, back and sitting position, as well as the basic of , and the basics of front flips. In addition to the trampoline movements, participants also practice the basics and basic movements of gymnastics, such as front and back rolls. The training also includes a variety of fun tracks and games along with trampoline jumping. All trampoline school groups are mixed groups.
Level 1 groups practice the safe use of trampolines, as well as the basics of trampoline gymnastics such as tucked, piked and straight jumps onto one’s stomach, back and sitting position, as well as the basic of front and backflips. The Level 1 group is well suited for beginners and there is no need for a previous gymnastics background. In addition to trampoline training, participants also practice the basics and basic movements of gymnastics, such as front and back rolls. All Level 1 groups are mixed groups.
Level 2 groups practice front and back flips, as well as different vault positions (pivot, straight and folding positions), combining basic movements into longer sets, and adding spins to movements such as jumps to sitting and back positions. All Level 2 groups are mixed groups.
Level 3 groups practice combining basic vaults into sets, inserting spins into vaults, and jumps that end and start from one’s stomach and back. In addition to the vaults, the Level 3 group participants practice different types of spins, such as those that start from one’s stomach and back. All Level 3 groups are mixed groups.
Level 4 groups practice combining basic and spinning vaults, the basics of double vaults forward and backward (intermediate steps in control, gymnasts can switch to double vaults if desired), and spin from one’s back and stomach. All Level 4 groups are mixed groups.
In the Trampoline Power Group, training is goal oriented and, above all, fun. The group practices several times a week with the same coach, and for each season, the gymnasts, together with the coach, formulate the goals and objectives that the training will aim to achieve. In the power group, gymnasts can break their boundaries according to their own desire and motivation.
In the freestyle group, under the supervision of a coach, participants practice exercises that they themselves would like to learn. The movements that participants learn in the freestyle group are not necessarily the same trampoline movements that are practiced in skill groups, but the tricks are, as the group name suggests, more freestyle in their nature. For example, it is possible to practice and refine side vaults, various vaults with and without spins, flicks and springs in the Freestyle group.
Adult groups will practice the safe use of trampolines according to their own developmental interest and skill level, the safe use of trampolines, as well as the basics of trampoline gymnastics such as tucked, piked and straight jumps onto one’s stomach, back and sitting position, as well as the basic of front and backflips. In addition, groups practice combining different movements into sets. The adult group is well suited for beginners, as well as advanced jumpers. All adult groups are mixed groups.
Trampoline gymnastics is a popular sport worldwide and also belongs to the Olympic Games. Top trampoline gymnasts perform triple-vaults with spins up to ten meters in height. Trampoline gymnastics is a growing sport in Finland. EsTT representants have appeared several times in international arenas, including cup competitions and championships. In Trampoline Gymnastics, athletes perform two sets of ten movements. Depending on the level, the series consist of basic jumps, jumps that land on one’s stomach, back and sitting position and, for example, single, double and triple vaults.
Trampoline gymnastics competitive groups train 3 to 7 times a week, according to their age, level and motivation. In addition to trampoline training, the exercises consist of strength, movement and bodycare exercises. Trampoline gymnastics competitive participants participate in national and international competitions by their level. In the training of competitive groups, we emphasize fun and meaningfulness in addition to being goal oriented. Each athlete, along with their coach, creates personal objectives for each competition season, and training is built on goals based on the sensitive periods.
Trampoline gymnastics pre-competitive groups are aimed at 5-7 year olds who are enthusiastic about trampoline gymnastics. The group exercises consist of trampoline training, strength, agility and mobility exercises, as well as various training exercises. The pre-competitive groups also train in the basics of gymnastics to diversify their training.
Training in the pre-race group is goal-oriented, but the fun and the joy of doing is the most important thing. The objective is for the pre-competitive groups to learn the basic trampoline gymnastics, as well as the basics of forward and backward vaults. Another objective of the pre-competitive group is to prepare children for transferring into the competitive group. Moving into the competitive group is always discussed with the guardians, the child and the coach. Participation in the pre-competitive group does not require a gymnastics background
All the club’s hobbyists are insured with Pohjola Group Accident Insurance.
All the club’s hobbyists are insured with Pohjola Group Accident Insurance.
Each competitor must have a valid license and comprehensive insurance cover when competing. The gymnast is responsible for their own insurance cover during training, travel and competitions. The insurance can be obtained with a license from the Finnish Gymnastics Federation. A gymnast who is not yet competing but is training in a competitive group can obtain a license (€ 11) with their insurance or ensure that his or her insurance covers competition training. Link to the Finnish Gymnastics Federation page. Payment for the license (and the insurance attached to it, if desired) will be made through the Sport Register.
Ekaterina Sorsa & Riikka Saariaho
Espoon Telinetaituri’s gymnastics competitive groups train at Mankka Hall, Sinikalliontie 1, Espoo.
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