Basic straight jump/landing and stopping
All gymnastic routines require performers to understand the basic skills of straight jump, landing and stopping. Once a performer achieves mastery of these skills they are able to progress to more technically challenging skills and techniques.
Stage one - getting started
- Stand on both feet on the red cross, in the middle of the trampoline.
- Bend your knees and push gently off your toes to begin a low, controlled bounce.
- Once in the air, rotate your arms in a small circle from your side and complete one full turn before you return back to the bed.
- Complete the same routine a few more times and create a rhythm.
Stage two - gaining height
- To begin gaining height, land with feet flat on the mat and as the trampoline begins to elevate up, push your toes deeper into the trampoline immediately before take-off.
- As you take off, bring your arms away from your sides and extend them out in front of you and elevate your arms quickly above your head.
- Keep your upper body and head as still as possible.
- As you reach the top of your jump, ensure that you keep your toes pointed down and your fingers pointing up.
Stage three - beginning to drop
- As you begin to lose height, drop the arms outwards and into the side of your legs.
- Keep your arms straight and your fingers and toes pointed.
- To achieve the most efficient re-bounce, ensure you land with your feet 'flat' onto the bed.
- Repeat from stage two again to maintain bouncing rhythm.
Stage four - stopping
- Land with your feet 'flat' onto the bed.
- Begin bending your knees as you touch down on the trampoline.
- Keep your back straight and ensure you do not lean forwards or backwards.
- On safe landing, extend the knees to standing position and elevate arms above your head to show completed routine.