Routines & Competition Structures
For the Regional Championships each year we are running the East Region Open competitions structure which accommodates those adopting the NDP structures and other national competition options alongside one another – see the Competitions Page for more detail.
The Competition scene for TRA & DMT is complicated with several, separate competition structures and series. Most clubs are involved in at least two or three of these. The judging approach is the same for all competitions though some do employ technology alongside the judges.
Generally, there are separate groups for males and females, sectioned by age and skill with inclusive arrangements for transgender gymnasts. Usually, there are sections for those with disabilities. Some competition structures include Synchronised Trampoline and here pairs might be of the same or of mixed gender.
The main competition structures are:
National Development Plan (NDP) and FIG Pathway Competitions.
These are organised through British Gymnastics. NDP is largely, but not exclusively, regionally organised and caters for gymnasts ranging from beginners through to the fairly skilled. The FIG Pathway is nationally organised and is for very skilled gymnasts.
Both strands culminate, for the most successful gymnasts, in nationally organised Finals with that for the ablest at all ages being the British Championships.
The Regional NDP programme has Regional Finals for those achieving qualifying scores (Q) at the qualifying events. The top two of each gender and level at Regional Finals, subject to achieving higher, Q+ scores and passing a Range and Conditioning assessment at 70% or more, then represent the Regional Team at an inter-regional event, the Regional Team Finals. The top 8 there in each section with Q+ are then invited to the NDP Finals.
A fuller account of the NDP and FIG Pathway structures can be found here.
The English Championships Series
For fairly experienced and skilled gymnasts this is organised by English Gymnastics which is part of British Gymnastics. Competitors must be English, or British but have lived in England for at least 4 years. There are two competitions in Spring and early Summer and those with the highest scores from these go on to an English Championships in the Autumn.
The trampoline routines and DMT passes used are closely linked to those used within the FIG Pathway competitions.
More detail can be found here.
The Trampoline and DMT League
The League is organised independently from British Gymnastics and largely uses different routines and passes. It is for those gymnasts who are fairly or very experienced and, through 3 qualifying competitions, they accumulate League Points ((100 for a win, 75 for second and so on) with the highest scoring going on to the League Finals in the Autumn.
More information here.
These are usually run by a single club and cater for the whole range of ages and skill levels. They are independent of the competition series outlined above though they often use aspects of their competition structures and routines.
East Region’s Open Structure is currently undergoing review. Details of events in East Region will be posted on this website.
Occasionally a club might run a larger event for more experienced gymnasts, perhaps also drawing in able gymnasts from abroad. One such is the biennial Dave Ward-Hunt Cup which is hosted by Gillingham Jumpers in Kent.
East Region Championships
This will take place this Autumn as an inter-club team competition and details will be posted on this website. The format, routines and passes are still to be finalised.
The British Schools Competition
This takes place each winter. It is initially organised regionally with successful school teams and individuals progressing through a Zonal Round to the Schools’ Finals in March.
Age groups are based on groupings of school year groups and use August 31strather than December 31st cutoffs so gymnasts are not always in the same age group as within the competition structures above.
This competition is for Trampoline only and uses its own routines which are different from those used in the other competition structures.
The scheduling of the various series and events can be found via the links above and a rolling account of competitions in East Region can be found here.