TRAMPOLINE & TUMBLING GYMNASTICS
The Palaestra Sparks Trampoline & Tumbling program involves individual commitment and extended workout times for the competition teams. If you have an interest in trampoline and power tumbling this just might be the place for you. The Palaestra Sparks Women's Artistic program involves individual commitment and extended workout times for the competition teams. If you have an interest in Women's Artistic Gymnastics this just might be the place for you. The Palaestra believes that every child who has a desire to work hard and compete should have that opportunity. If your child wants to compete, have fun and feel great about themselves, then The Palaestra Sparks CompetitiveTeams or Pre-Team Programs are the place for them.
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Basic sport information as provided by USA Gymnastics.
Power tumbling is performed on elevated spring runways that help tumblers propel themselves higher than a basketball goal as they demonstrate speed, strength and skill while executing a series of acrobatic maneuvers. Top-level contenders will perform explosive somersaults with multiple flips and twists.
Although even in the early years of trampolining, notable American and international athletes performed many of the difficult skills and combinations of skills that are seen today, modern trampoline competitions are quite different those of the early developmental years -- due in part to advances in equipment design, changes in the rules and governance, and more systematic training of the athletes.
International competition trampolines are larger and more powerful than those utilized in the early years and a far cry from the "backyard" models that are found today in most American suburban neighborhoods. These modern trampolines can propel trained athletes as high as 30 feet in the air during performances! During two competitive routines of 10 skills each, upper-level athletes can easily demonstrate a graceful array of double, triple and twisting somersaults.
Double mini is a relatively new sport that combines the horizontal run of tumbling with the vertical rebound of trampoline. After a short run, the athlete jumps onto a small two-level trampoline to perform a rebounding trick immediately followed by a dismount element onto a landing mat. Double mini is similar in concept to springboard diving, using a mat instead of water.