Basic competition rules are set by the international organising committee of trampolining and gymnastics known as ‘FIG’ – Federation of International Gymnastics
● There are 10 contacts with the trampoline, combining various rotations, shapes and twists in a routine.
● During The routine, take off and landings will consist of one of four landing positions, feet, seat, front or back
● The last skill in a routine must end with a feet landing
● A straight jump is not considered to be a skill and must not appear in a routine
● Skills cannot be repeated
Trampoline competitions usually consist of two routines. The Set Routine (also known as the compulsory) & the Voluntary Routine.
Some competitions will then choose to run a final where the top eight competitors compete again with the scores starting from zero
The first of the two routines, also know as the compulsory routine.
The SET routine is decided by the competition organiser and is compulsory for all competitors. If its a BG graded competition the routines are set across the UK by British Gymnastics. Other organisers routines may vary. The SET is only judged on Form. No difficulty marks are awarded. This is to encourage good form and best practice in coaching.
The second routine. It is up to the competitor/coach which routine they would like to perform. They can create their own proved it is safe to perform the skills in the order they would like to and they can master all the skills they want to put in it. Most competitor/coaches choose one of the standard graded routines, usually from the same or a higher grade which encourages the performer to progress their skills and abilities. The form may not be so good, but on the Voluntary routine the tariff score is added which can give those with a higher difficulty of routine an edge in the final scores. Performers new to competition often repeat their SET routine so they do not have to worry about remembering two different routines.