Putting the bounce back into the East Region

Competitions

National Call for Judges

British Gymnastics are asking regions to nominate keen judges to officiate at the Spring Event Series next year which are being held:

  • 11th – 12th April at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry , and
  • 13th – 14th June at the EIS Sheffield.

The minimum level required is County Judge (Cycle 13), and BG’s selection will prioritise higher ranked officials although, will also, attempt to develop keen judges where possible.  Accommodation and travel expenses are covered by BG.

If you are interested in this opportunity please provide your details to Andrew Jones by email to andrewrjones@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Eastern Schools’ Championships

The Eastern regions first round of the British Schools Championships 2014/15 is being held at Hitchin Boys School, Herts SG51JB on Sunday 30th November.  Available to download are:

New rules

This year age groups are slightly different (Under 11 – years 6 & below, Under 14 – years 7-9 and Under 19 – years 10 & above), and, at long last, BSGA have introduced an Intermediate Group so that basic club kids stand a chance of getting somewhere.  There are also 2 disability levels this year, Novice & Elite.  The qualification for different levels are:
  • Novice – those who have not competed in a BG Trampoline Comp above grade G or NDP1,
  • Intermediate – those who have not competed in a BG Trampoline Comp above grade F or NDP4,
  • Elite – those who have competed in a BG Trampoline Comp above Grade F or NDP4.

Equipment & Facilites

There will be a range of trampolines from 13mm to 4x4mm allocated to panels, please put in your covering email if any of your elite performers are unable to compete on a 6x4mm or 4x4mm trampoline. If you have any equipment concerns please don’t hesitate to contact the Organizer, Claire Watt.

DE photos will be attending as well as Star leotards.

Beverages and snack will be available through out the day upstairs, bacon rolls and cakes with jacket potatoes from 11.30.

Competition T-Shirts

Competition t-shirts will be on sale on the day, child sizes £10 and adult sizes £12.

Alternatively they are available to pre order on the form below before the 3rdNovember and pick up at the competition, pre orders are only £10 for adult’s sizes and £8 for child sizes.

Child Sizes £8 White Sky Blue Totals:
XS-3/4years      
S-5/6years      
M-7/8years      
L-9/11 years      
XL-12/13years      
Adult Sizes £10      
S- 34/36”      
M- 38/40”      
L- 42/44”      
XL- 46/48”      
XXL- 50/52”       
    Total Cost:   
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Trampoline NDP Regional Finals 2014

Gold for The East Region at The Trampoline NDP Regional Finals.

Lauren Tebbutt

Lauren Tebbutt

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.

Mia Edbrooke and Gina Atkinson

Mia Edbrooke and Gina Atkinson

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.

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East Region Championship – Clarification of Routines

We understand that there has been some confusion arising from various communications about the regional championships.  Can we please clarify that the routines (click the link to view) and requirements, including NDP mappings, are as per last year and are based on the routine structure we agreed to support at last years AGM, i.e. last-years BG Competition Structure.
For those few competitors who have been participating in the new structure the grades have been mapped as per:
  • Reg G (incl level 3 NDP competitors)
  • Reg F (incl level 4 NDP competitors)
  • Reg E (incl level 5 NDP competitors)
  • Reg D (incl level 6 NDP competitors)
  • Nat C
  • FIG B (i.e. B and NDP 7 U19) – but called FIG WAG
  • FIG A (i.e. A, NDP 7 19+, NDP Level 8 and NDP Elite) – but called FIG Senior
​Individual appeals were permitted in writing to Nicki Weller although the deadline for that has now passed.​
Trampoline-East Committee
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UK Clubs Trampoline & DMT League

UK Clubs League LogoThe 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 trampolineleague@gmail.com.

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Local DMT Success in Portugal

DMT Euro 2014Eastern Region’s Georgia Downing, who jumps for Sprungloaded DMT Club, took the DMT silver medal at the 2014 European Championships held in Guimaraes, Portugal on 12th April.

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.

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Changes to Grade E qualification

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:

  • Thomas Gregory (Recoil)
  • Chloe Caley (Pegasus)
  • Hannah Hodgkinson (Hi Tension) &
  • Katie Cremer (Brentwood)

At Sunday’s competition 3 qualified who would not have been offered revalidation previously and another qualified through revalidation.

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Competition H-C Structure – Qualification required through grades

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 committee@trampoline-east.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 competitions@trampoline-east.org 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.

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Committee News Update – February 2014

February 2014 Committee Meeting

The minutes of the latest Trampoline-East Committee meeting are now on-line with updates on a number of important areas:

  • Funding of bursaries by ECGA are changing;
  • Update on measures to ensure all coaches attending competitions have appropriate membership and safeguarding qualifications;
  • Competitors being entered for grades they are not qualified for;
  • Our own Regional Finals are set for 22nd June in Norwich;
  • Coach & Judge education;
  • National League;
  • Competition attire.

To find out more please read the minutes:

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Important Competition Structure Announcement

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:

  1. adoption of the new structure being promoted by BG;
  2. running an NDP6 competition at times mandated by BG to provide a qualification route for those wishing to enter the Gala competitions but also running, separately, regional competitions using the current H – C specifications for all other regional competitors;
  3. running an NDP3-6 competition at times mandated by BG but also running, separately, regional competitions using the current H – C specifications for those not wishing to follow the NDP route;
  4. full rejection of the BG structure.

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.

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