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How Trampoline Competition is being judged?

Check out the most recent Trampoline and Tumbling 2023 World Cup Finals that were held at Palm Beach, FL at the beginning of August.

Trampoline competitions are judged based on several criteria that assess the technical execution, difficulty, and artistic components of the routines performed by the athletes. Trampoline gymnastics is an Olympic sport that involves athletes performing a series of acrobatic skills and movements on a trampoline bed, and judges evaluate these performances to determine the scores. Here's an overview of how trampoline competitions are judged:

  1. Difficulty Level (DD or Degree of Difficulty): Each routine is assigned a predetermined difficulty value based on the complexity of the skills performed. The more challenging and intricate the skills, the higher the difficulty score. Gymnasts incorporate a variety of flips, twists, and combinations into their routines to increase their degree of difficulty.

  2. Execution Score (ED or Execution Deductions): This score reflects how well the athlete performs the skills in their routine. Judges assess elements such as body control, form, technique, height, and precision of movements. Deductions are made for any mistakes, such as incomplete rotations, bent legs, piked hips, and steps on the trampoline bed.

  3. Horizontal Displacement: Judges also consider the athlete's position on the trampoline bed. Excessive horizontal movement, such as bouncing too close to the edge, can result in deductions, as it indicates a lack of control.

  4. Time of Flight: The time an athlete spends in the air during their routine is measured. A longer "time of flight" indicates higher jumps and better control, which can positively influence the overall score.

  5. Form and Technique: Judges evaluate the gymnast's body position, posture, and alignment during skills. The gymnast is expected to maintain straight legs, pointed toes, and a tight body position throughout their routine.

  6. Synchronization (in synchronized events): In synchronized trampoline events, where two athletes perform together, judges consider their synchronization in terms of timing and execution. Deviations in timing or differing heights can lead to deductions.

  7. Artistic Impression: This category evaluates the overall aesthetics, style, creativity, and flow of the routine. Judges assess how well the routine is choreographed and how the athlete's movements express their personal style and artistry.

  8. Routine Composition: The overall arrangement and combination of skills within the routine are important. A well-structured routine that seamlessly integrates various skills and elements can result in higher scores.

  9. Connection and Transitions: How the athlete connects one skill to another and transitions between different elements is also taken into account. Smooth and fluid connections contribute to the overall impression of the routine.

  10. Routine Duration: Routines have a minimum and maximum time limit. Going over or under the specified time can lead to deductions.

The judges award scores for both the degree of difficulty and execution on a scale of 0 to 10, with points deducted for errors. The total score is calculated by adding the difficulty score to the execution score. Deductions are subtracted from the total score to arrive at the final score for the routine.

In international competitions, a panel of judges, typically consisting of five to seven members, evaluates each routine. The highest and lowest scores are often discarded, and the remaining scores are averaged to determine the final score for the routine. The athlete with the highest total score wins the competition.

Check out the most recent Trampoline and Tumbling World Cup Finals that were held at Palm Beach, FL at the beginning of August.

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