Three of Eastern Region’s promising young trampolinists travelled to Exeter last weekend for The Regional Finals, an event bringing together talented jumpers from all around Britain.
Loughton’s Lauren Tebbutt was first to compete. Showing some fine skills and stability, Lauren performed two pleasingly neat routines to finish seventh in the Level 4 section for 13-14 year olds.
Sprungloaded’s Gina Atkinson has not always had the best of fortune at competitions this year and her coach, Charley O’Dell’s heart might have missed a beat or two during warm up but Gina steadied herself for the competition and produced two admirable routines to finish eighth in the Level 6 section for 13-14 year olds.
Club colleague Mia Edbrooke, jumping in the same section as Gina was outstanding in her set routine, barely moving from the middle and showing excellent form. Sensing a small error in her voluntary routine, Mia showed great presence of mind to simplify the ending, lowering its difficulty value but maintaining neat lines. At the halfway point of the competition Mia led, setting a target score that the rest of the competitors could not reach, leaving Mia to collect a well deserved gold medal.
The UK Clubs League is a unique UK provision in trampoline and DMT, it is a League system run ‘by the Clubs for the Clubs’, the handbook has now been published and can be downloaded from the following link:
Current LTAD principles are at the heart of the League. This is an ability based age group system into which many exciting new features such as ‘Two Trick’ and prize money have been added.
The League may be used by anyone as an opportunity to participate in competitive trampolining as well as to gain points towards the League Final. The League does not tie you to competing in the League Final unless you choose to do so and the events may be used as ‘one off’ events.
There are many different age and ability level events per discipline for competitors to enter. Points will be allocated to competitors after the conclusion of the first two rounds of each League event. A competitor’s best two sets of points from the four League events will be added together and up to the top 24 per age group per discipline will be invited to compete in the League Final in December. Open event medallists will receive prize money.
All other League information, plus on-line entry will be accessible from the League website from June 2014 at www.trampolineleague.co.uk. For all League enquiries please contact Sue Lawton or Wayne Smith at email@example.com.
Georgia, coached by Phil Dodson, who was also recently appointed as the region’s DMT squad coach, qualified through to the final in only the 7th slot after hitting the bungee on her second pass. However her first pass score and her contribution to the British Team’s bronze medal suggested better things to come.. In the final she produce two excellent passes to total a world class 67.500 points, narrowly missing out on gold to Russia’s Polina Troianova.
Congratulations to Georgia and Phil.
Prior to last Sunday’s competition in Hitchin, the Trampoline-East committee agreed to reduce the qualification score for those wishing to grade from E to D by 1.0. Consequently, those who achieve a score greater than 48.5 will be qualified and those achieving between 48.0 & 48.5 will be offered the opportunity of re-validation.
The qualification score change (although, unfortunately, not the opportunity to re-validate), is also backdated to the January grading in Brentwood resulting in a further 4 qualifiers (another had already qualified through re-validation on the day), being:
At Sunday’s competition 3 qualified who would not have been offered revalidation previously and another qualified through revalidation.
Please see below a message issued from the Trampoline-East Committee, relating to regional competitions. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Trampoline-East new structure meeting in October 2013, it was decided that the East region would continue to use the H-C grade format to host competitions in 2014. All rules relating to this, including qualification through the grades are still valid at these competitions.
It has become apparent, through concerns raised to the committee that some East-Region clubs have placed performers in grades for which they have not qualified. Whilst we do not wish to penalise those competitors personally, the committee wish to reiterate to all club managers that these rules still apply – performers need to qualify through the grades to compete at each grade, and should only be entered into the grade at which they are qualified to compete.
If any clubs have entered performers who have not qualified for the grade they are intending to compete, please contact email@example.com to move their performers to their appropriate grade.
If the committee receive evidence that performers are competing at the incorrect grade, their results will be null/void. This includes the Hitchin graded competition on Sunday.
The minutes of the latest Trampoline-East Committee meeting are now on-line with updates on a number of important areas:
To find out more please read the minutes:
At Sunday’s meeting of clubs following our Trampoline East AGM, we had a long and serious debate about the current competition structure, how and why it evolved, and how the structure now being mandated by BG contrasts with it. (Webmaster note – discussion documents & minutes are available on this site – click this link).
The debate looked into the possible effects of the new structure, the lack of certainty about certain elements (such as how an arm-set would be judged), and the potentially serious effect it might have on retention, safety and welfare. We were particularly grateful to Sue Lawton who took the trouble to travel from Berkshire to be with us.
From the way the debate progressed it was clear that there was a strong consensus view that the current structure allows for a more measured development of individuals than the proposed structure. Having said that, it was also acknowledged that our ‘Elite’ performers need to have a competitive pathway open to them for possibility of national representation.
At the end of the debate we considered the following options:
Following a vote in which each club had one vote the results were:
|Option 1||No votes|
|Option 2||13 votes (voters for this would switch to option 3 if for some reason the Trampoline-East committee found option 2 unimplementable)|
|Option 3||5 votes (voters for this would switch to option 2 if for some reason the Trampoline-East committee found option 3 unimplementable)|
|Option 4||No votes (but only on the basis that the clubs felt that a pathway to the BG galas/nationals had to be left in place given that BG are intent on implementing their structure regardless of reasoned opposition to it, not because anyone thought the proposed structure had merit).|
It was debated and understood that the voted for option 2 would mean Eastern Region would not be able to take part in the Regional Finals.
Location : Fenland Flyers, Thomas Clarkson Community College, Weasenham Lane, Wisbech, Cambs. PE13 2SE
Date : 23rd June 2013
Closing Date : 1st June 2013 (Entry form to follow shortly)
£7.50 per competitor
£10 per club team
Run as an open – grades G, F, E, D, C, and Fig A/B (Combined).
Normal age groups and sexes as per an open – split/grouped as needed
Trophies as normal for this main part of the competition, but no teams/team-medals within grades.
In each grade and sex (all ages combined) we award a Regional Grade Champion with normal form + tariff and tie-break rules applying. Each Regional Champion will receive a cup which will have their name engraved on it to hold for the year. They will also receive a medal which they keep.
Optionally, each club can nominate sets of ten people that form a club team.
These 10 get points based purely on form (no tariff) to decide which club wins.
Everyone in the competition gets ordered on total form score, with 1st place given 1 point down to 200th (or whatever) with 200 points. The points for the nominated 10 team members are added up and the club team with the lowest number of points wins.
Where two people have the same form scores they will all get the same points. i.e. if there are 23 people in 8th place with a form score of 45.0 then they will all get a score of 8.
Winning club gets a Shield engraved with their name to keep for a year. Each winning team member receives a medal to keep.
For Fig A/B – FIG A requirements will be used (10 somersaults, 2 elements counting for difficulty in first routine which can’t be repeated in second otherwise difficulty cannot be awarded)
For the club teams if someone drops out they can be replaced at any time before the competition starts. In unforeseen circumstances a competitor unable to get to the event on the day may be replaced, at the competition organisers discretion, with another club member that has not yet competed. A competitor can only be in one team.
Clubs may enter 0, 1 or more teams.
All files for this grading event are now available for download on our competitions page. Please note in particular that the venue has changed from that originally advertised and that it is now taking place at:
We have also had confirmation that the trampolines to be used will be configured as follows:
The officials meeting is at 9:45 with warm-ups to commence at 10:00. You are advised to bring food and drinks with you since there is no cafeteria service available.