The Stop Bounce
This technique allows the jumper to gain control by stopping quickly. It is achieved by keeping the feet in contact with the bed and absorbing the rebound of the trampoline with the knees and waist. This skill should be the first skill learnt and should be employed whenever you feel out of balance, or land away from the centre area.
To learn the stop bounce:
Arms are very important for proper control and lift. Whenever you go up, your arms go up. They go up to a set position about shoulder height and shoulder width. They should remain in this balanced position until you start down. Then they circle down and slightly behind the hips, ready to lift again as you bounce up (see Figure 1).
Figures 2, 3 and 4 show three variations, the tuck, the pike, and the straddle pike respectively. These should be assumed at the top of the bounce, before resuming the normal landing position on your feet.
Practice these simple variations and concentrate on perfect form. Make sure that your toes are pointed and fingers are straight.
These are simple variations to the basic bounce and are very important for gaining experience in coordinated movement.
Basic Landing Positions
Positions for all drops: seat, hands and knees, and front, should first be practiced on the ground, then in a stationary position, and only the on the trampoline bed.
Drops should be performed after “Priming” the trampoline bed. Priming is done by bending your knees and pushing down repeatedly on the trampoline bed, thereby setting the bed in motion. The feet stay in contact with the bed during the entire priming motion.
The Hands and Knees Drop
To do this drop properly, there should be just as much weight on your hands as on your knees. Your back should be about approximately parallel to the bed. Knees and hands should land simultaneously, with the middle of the body landing in the centre of the trampoline. Hands should be directly under the shoulders. Knees should be directly under the hips. Your toes should be pointed.
To learn the hands and knees drop:
The Front Drop
Contact with the trampoline be should simultaneously take place with your hands, elbows, chest, stomach, hips and knees. Knees should be bent.
You must come down level. If the landing is made first on your chest and arms, they will rebound before your knees hit which will result in a straining action on you back. If this type of landing is made with a traveling, diving approach there is a chance that your elbows may become skinned. If the landing is made so that your knees and hips hit first, then they will rebound and your shoulders and face will land heavily.
Series of Drops
Once you have mastered the individual bounce variations and drops, practice them in sequence.
Front drop－Half twist－Front Drop (AKA: Turntable)
From a standing position, prime the bed, then perform a front drop. Push sideways, as in Step 3, and complete a 180 degree turn, finishing in a front drop facing the opposite position (see Figure 7).
Figure 7 Front Drop—Half Twist—Front Drop
You can combine a twist with each of the basic landing positions. You can twist after the landing position.
You can add more twists. Remember to practice and perfect the smaller twists before moving on to larger twists.
You can also perform a series of twists.
Example: Swivel hips－perform several in a row, all twisting in one direction, or alternating directions.
Jumpers Role in Preventing Accidents
Education on the part of the user is a must for safety. Users must first learn a low controlled bounce and the basic landing positions and combinations before proceeding to intermediate skills. Jumpers must understand why they must master “control” before they can start thinking about other moves. Understanding the proper progression of skills in jumping on a trampoline must be the first lesson.
Supervisor’s Role in Preventing Accidents
It is the responsibility of the supervisor(s) of trampoline users to provide knowledgeable and mature supervision. They need to know and enforce all the rules and warnings set forth in this manual in order to minimise the likelihood of accidents and injuries and to inform users of these rules. When supervision is unavailable or inadequate, this may require that the trampoline be disassembled, placed in a secure area, or otherwise secured against unauthorized use. It is the responsibility of the supervisor(s) to be sure that the users are fully aware of the safety guidelines which are printed on the pads.
At Goliath Outdoor, we are passionate about child safety. We kindly ask that you follow this advice.