T&T Competitive Team
Tumbling and Trampoline involves three disciplines: tumbling, trampoline, and double mini. World Champions Centre offers classes in the trampoline-based disciplines and in tumbling. WCC also has a competitive T&T team. T&T team members will practice in all three disciplines, preparing for local, state, regional and national competitions. Competitive T&T is for everyone, regardless of age or ability. Unlike gymnastics, T&T athletes do not have to compete at the same level for all apparatuses. Therefore, a strong tumbler with not as strong trampoline skills can compete at a higher level in tumbling instead of waiting for the trampoline skills to improve before moving up in all disciplines. Below is a brief description of the apparatuses, events, and levels.
Apparatus and Event Information
Power Tumbling - 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.
Trampoline - 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.
Synchronized Trampoline - Synchronized trampoline demands the same athletic skill as the individual trampoline while adding the element of precision timing. Using two trampolines, two athletes perform identical 10-skill routines at the same time. In this most artistic event in the sport, each performs as a mirror image of the other, doubling the visual beauty of trampoline competition.
Double Mini-Trampoline - Double mini is a relatively new sport that combines the horizontal run of tumbling with the vertical rebound of the 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.
Description of Levels
Pre-Team (Lv. 1-4) - This group is for athletes ages 5-8 years old and is designed as the first steps towards the competitive levels of T&T. Focusing on the 1-2-3s and A-B-Cs of gymnastics: flexibility, conditioning and drills, they are preparing their first routines for competition. The Pre-Team works out 2 days a week to enhance their abilities. They will compete at the local, state and regional levels.
Compulsory (Lv. 5-7) - The Compulsory group is for boys and girls ages 9 & Up that wish to be competitive in the Junior Olympic Program. This group competes at local, state, regional and national USA Gymnastics sanctioned meets. They work on flexibility, conditioning, drills for skills and USAG Compulsory Routines Levels 5-7.
Optional (Lv. 8-10) - The Optional team group is for boys and girls ages 9 & Up who are at least level 8 and up in one event - Trampoline, Tumbling or Double Mini. The optionals compete at the local, state, regional and national levels. At this level, they continue working on the technique and strength needed for the optional levels 8-10 of T&T.
Homeschool Group (Lv. 7-Elite) - Our Homeschool Group is designed for Optional and Elite athletes in any homeschool type of program or those that get out early enough to enjoy their passion in sport and progress their skills and routines at an accelerated rate. The Homeschool Group meets from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Elite Level - The Elite Program is structured for the most dedicated of athletes who wish to continue their competitive career at the highest national and international levels. We design a program tailored to the individual so they can reach their goals within the Trampoline & Tumbling world as well as in life.
For program questions or concerns, please contact Jeffrey Brown our program director.