Straight Jump

The straight jump is the most basic skill in trampoline gymnastics and the first skill any gymnast will learn.

Just as the name suggests it is a jump with a completely straight body. 

Straight jumps should introduce any gymnast to the trampoline and how to jump in a controlled fashion.

Requirements:

-Arms straight, pointing upward 

-Head between the arms, looking straight ahead

-Back straight 

-Hip straight

-Legs straight

-Knees and feet together

-Toes pointed

 

Straight jump progression by Usagymuniversity on youtube

Tuck Jump

The tuck jump establishes the body position that is required for many skills: the tuck position. The tuck jump also introduces the gymnast to the so called 'kickout', the opening motion that is performed to straighten the body after a position.

click here to learn more about the kickout

Requirements:

-Thighs close to the body

-Calves close the thighs 

-Hands on the knees

-Toes pointed


 

Tuck jump demostration by Airborne Trampoline Club on youtube

Straddle pike jump

The straddle pike jump is also known just as the straddle jump. 

Requirements:

-legs apart (more than 90°)

-legs horizontal or higher

-Hands on the feet/legs

-Toes pointed

 

 

Straddle pike jump demostration by Airborne Trampoline Club 

Straddle pike jump tutorial by Aerodynamic Trampoline Club

Pike jump

 Requirements:

-Knees straight

-Legs horizontal or higher

-Hands on the legs/feet

-Knees and feet together

-Toes pointed


 

Pike jump demostration by Airborne Trampoline Club on youtube

Seat drop

 Requirements:

-Knees straight

-Hands next to the body on the trampoline bed for support

-Knees and feet together

-Toes pointed


 

 


 

Seat drop tutorial by GymnasticsSkill on Youtube

Seat drop progression by Usagymuniversity on Youtube

Swivel hips

The swivel hips is one of the first combination of skills that a gymnast will learn. It's a seat drop, then a half twist into another seat drop without an intermediate jump to the feet. 

This skill also introduces the gymnast to the so cat twist, a form of twisting that is used in advanced skills like the piked barani.

click here to learn more about twisting

Requirements:

-Feet and knees together

-Knees straight

-Toes pointed

Progression:

-Seat drop to feet

-Seat drop to half twist to feet

-Half twist to seat drop 

-Seat drop to half twist to feet to seat drop

-Seat drop to half twist to seat drop (swivel hips)

 

 

Swivel hips tutorial by Carl Newberry on youtube:

Back drop

 

The Back drop is the first backward rotation element the gymnast will learn.

Requirements:

-Legs pointing straight upwards

-Arms straight, pointing upwards

-Feet and knees together

-Knees straight

-Toes pointed

Progression:

To learn the back drop safely gymnasts should first practice falling to their back onto a mat without a trampoline. When attempting the skill on the trampoline a coach might spot the gymnast to prevent him/her from overrotating and landing on the head or neck.

In the beginning the back drop will be performed from the feet and onto the feet again. Learning to do multiple back drops in succession will teach the gymnast a lot about body position on the trampoline .  

Back drop tutorial by Carl Newberry on Youtube

Back drops by Usagymuniversity on Youtube

Front drop

The drop to the stomach introduces the gymnast to forward rotation and momentum. 

Requirements:

-Knees and feet together

-Knees bent

-Toes pointed

-Hands in front of the face

-Head and shoulders supported by the arms on the bed


 

How to front drop by Usagymuniversity in youtube

Front drop tutorial by greg roe on youtube