Trampoline Rules

SAFETY FIRST! No one is allowed to do anything that will get themselves or anyone else hurt.

  1. No student is permitted on the trampoline or in the pit without a gymnastics instructor present.
  2. Never go under the trampoline when someone else is jumping.
  3. Do not use the trampoline when feeling ill, tired, when using medication or under influence of alcohol.
  4. Bounce using bare feet or special gym shoes (beam shoes) because socks can lead to slips.
  5. No horseplay. Recklessness and horseplay is not allowed.
  6. Only one person on the tramp at a time.
  7. Maintain a clear area around the trampoline at all times.
  8. No double bouncing. It is especially dangerous for larger people to double bounce smaller people.
  9. Never land head first on the trampoline or enter the pit head first as it may cause serious injuries
  10. Keep balls and other toys off the trampolines.
  11. Make sure you have no objects in your pockets while in the gym.
  12. Bounce or aim skills toward pit.
  13. Avoid bouncing too high. Stay low until you can control your bounce and repeatedly land in the center of the trampoline. Control is more important than height. Keep your bounce under control.
  14. Consistently land all your bounces and skills in the center of the trampoline.
  15. Stop your bounce by flexing your knees as your feet come in contact with the trampoline bed. Learn this skill before attempting others.
  16. Stop your bounce whenever you get out of the center. Perform the stop bounce after every skill or sequence of skills, or whenever you get out of the center of the trampoline.
  17. Learn fundamental bounces and body positions thoroughly before trying more advanced skills.
  18. Certain landings are more difficult and dangerous, i.e., knee drops and front drops, than others. Exercise extra care when learning and using these drops and skills landing in these positions.
  19. Do not stand on the trampoline frame or pads while waiting for a turn to bounce.
  20. No bouncing or jumping off tramp onto the floor or mat.
  21. Bounce only when the surface of the bed is dry.
  22. Before jumping into the pit, make sure no one else is entering the pit from other sides.
  23. Follow proper skill progression. Master basics before progressing to more difficult skills.
  24. No one is to attempt somersaults, back handsprings or other difficult skills without specific instructor permission.
  25. No one on the trampolines without warming up.
  26. Keep teeth together and tongue in mouth to avoid biting injuries.
  27. Use the pit to try and master new skills, not the trampoline.
  28. The area below the bouncing surface of the tramp must be kept clear at all times.
  29. Ensure that spotters are always stationed around the trampoline whenever necessary.
  30. Master the specified prerequisites and progressions before attempting a new skill.
  31. Do not attempt back somersaults, multiple somersaults or twisting somersaults without the permission and supervision of your gymnastics instructor/coach.
  32. Trampolines ideally should be in a hole in the ground so that the jumping surface is level with the ground level.
  33. Make sure that there is a safe fall zone surface around the trampoline.
  34. The safe fall zone should be at least six feet wide on all four sides of the trampoline. The safe fall zone should also be free from all hazards.
  35. When you buy a trampoline always buy the safety pads to cover the steel frame and springs.
  36. Maintain the tramp mat, safety pads, springs, hooks, and frame.
  37. Inspect the trampoline before each use.
  38. Tell your gymnasts about the risks of not using the trampoline properly.

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4 Responses to “Trampoline Rules”

  1. ashleigh January 16, 2012 at 4:50 am #

    too many rules. make them fun and bold to read. now dull and boring like this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Bethzz March 7, 2012 at 6:22 am #

    There’s no need for the rules to be fun and bold Ashleigh. They’re easy to read, and they are going to be very useful for my trampolining game. However, what is ‘Horseplay’?
    But anyway; thank you, much appreciated.

    • Gymnastics Zone March 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      Horseplay is a slang term that means rough, boisterous play playing around, fooling around, messing around with no particular thought of progress or regard for safety. Roughhousing, clowning around and pulling pranks may also help explain the term

  3. rhianna December 10, 2014 at 6:41 am #

    I found this very useful for my PE work about the rules in trampolining.

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