Introduction to skills & Progressions
In trampolining we attempt to learn new skills, and learn to execute them with good technique. Before attempting a skill for the first time it is normal to attempt progressions. Progressions will help you to develop good technique, which will make the skill much easier to perform.
Take for example a front somersault. Before you attempt a front somersault for the first time, you need to be able to do most of the following progressions.
- Firstly you need to be able to bounce on a trampoline with good stability and strength, we call this the straight bounce
- You will also need to be able to tuck jump, and get your arms to start in the right place for the front somersault (up!)
- Next, you will need to be able to do a front landing – the take off for front somersaults and front landings are exactly the same.
- Now we start to introduce some more somersault rotation, so we will need to be able to do the ¾ turnover
- Finally you are ready to learn a front somersault
When you attend a trampoline club, the coaches (who are usually qualified by British Gymnastics in the UK) will assess all of these progressions, and decide if you are ready (and safe!) to attempt the skill.
Within this website you will find a comprehensive collection of trampoline skills, progressions and coaching points. The information should be useful to bouncers, parents and coaches but be aware – trampolining is best learned at a proper trampoline club. If you want to know why, see our Why Should I Join a Real Trampoline Club page!.
Please remember, trampolining can be a dangerous sport and you should not attempt any of the skills found in these pages without a qualified trampoline coach present.