Putting the bounce back into the East Region

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Squad update from Jack Kelly

Well done to all who attended the Eastern Squad session on Sunday.  Paul and I would particularly like to congratulate the coaches for their work between squads because it is becoming apparent that the gymnasts are beginning to develop the sound technical habits we have been promoting over  the last 12 months. Squad selection is  always difficult, and we can never accommodate all the gymnasts who would like to attend, but all coaches in the region should remember that they are welcome to attend squads as part of their CPD whether they have gymnasts on the squad or not.

We had a number of late ‘call offs’ this time and whilst it is understood  emergencies and late injuries can arise, coaches must be mindful that we can’t always get ‘wild card’ replacements at short notice, so a late cancellation means that someone has been denied an opportunity. Please bear this in mind when notifying non attendance. Of course It is important that coaches attend with their gymnast, but if the coach finds they have to make a late cancellation, we would be happy for the gymnast to attend with a parent rather than miss out or prevent a wildcard replacement.

We look forward to the next set of monthly test results which are beginning to provide a developing bank of information both in terms of performance and attitude. Keep up the good work everyone!

Paul and Jack.

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Squad update message from Jack & Paul

Picture of squad testing scores

Thank you to all the clubs who submitted the monthly test results on time.



This is important as we develop squad activity as a meaningful element in our drive to raise standards in the region. Disappointingly  two clubs have yet to submit their results. The testing process is a condition of continuing squad involvement, and we trust that this reminder will be sufficient to avoid us removing gymnasts from the squad.

Jack Kelly & Paul Kitchen

Note: the article posted here in February  describes the testing requirements.

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Use of drills in developing somersault links

At the Regional Development Squad on Sunday Jack Kelly introduced a range of drills intended to ensure that Back/Back and Back/Front somersault links are developed cleanly and to best technical ability, as Jack says:

These are the worksheets used at the last Eastern Squad and I hope they will be of continuing benefit to coaches.  It was never envisaged that the whole list of drills would be completed during the squad session as there is no point on moving to the next drill before the previous one has been mastered. My advice is that these progressive lists are used during club training with the aim of focussing on one drill at a time and perhaps completing the programme over a period of months.  I am only too well aware that there are many other things you have to work on but a ‘little and ofte’n approach to these drills can bring long term benefits to overall performance. Don’t hesitate to contact me if further clarification is needed.

Jack. squad@trampoline-east.org

These drills are repeated here.

Back to Back connection drills

  1. Back S/S Tucked (TB) to hit the ‘TOP’ followed by a straight jump which returns to the ‘TOP’
  2. TB as above followed by a straight jump which lands on seat.
  3. TB as above followed by a straight jump which lands on back– (mat if needed)
  4. As above followed by three balancing jumps then repeat. i.e. TB/straight/jump/jump/jump/TB times 3
  5. TB/jump/jump/TB repeat 3 times
  6. TB/jump/TB repeat 3 times
  7. TB/TB/TB
    Quality control at each stage before progressing!
  8. TB/SB using SB as ‘over turned’ straight jump. Hitting the ‘TOP’ on the SB is essential.
    (It’s ok to break form on the way down……High and slow is the way to go!)

Back to Front connection drills

  1. Back s/s (Free) followed by straight jump to hit the ‘TOP.’
  2. Back s/s followed by straight jump/balancing jump/front drop – all to hit the ‘TOP’(S) (Use mat!)
  3. Back s/s followed by straight jump/front drop (S) – hit the ‘TOP’ (Use mat!)
  4. Back s/s followed by front drop(S) to hit the ‘TOP’ (Use mat!)
  5. Back s/s followed by ¾ front (S) TOP ????
  6. Back s/s followed by barani (T) TOP and follow with a straight jump.
    Quality control before moving on to the barani shapes and 1¾ front.
  7. Free choice of back to front combinations relating to own routines.
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Regional Squad Announcement for 17th March

Below is the confirmed list of attendees at the Regional Squad being held at Brentwood Trampoline Club between 10am – 3pm on Sunday 17th March (the wearing of shamrocks is optional  😎 ).

Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your perspective, owing to available numbers at Fig and Nat C there will be no wildcard spaces available at this squad although, coaches, we do still expect testing results for those who have attended previously.

Please note that Jack & Paul may have to impose further selection criteria either for the remaining Squads in May and June or from the onset of next season.


Clubs without attendees are welcome to send coaches and those on the development pathway towards becoming one.  In fact, the more coaches attending the happier Jack & Paul will be!

Regional Squad is on St Patrick's Day

James Able Cambourne
Hannah Blake Cambourne
Evie Joseph Cambourne
Georgia Berry Cambourne
Tate Tucker Cambourne
Reece Norden Sprung Loaded
Gemma Burgess Sprung Loaded
Luke Dewe Sprung Loaded
Susanna Badley Brentwood
Georgie  Tyrell Brentwood
Faith Everett Brentwood
Caitlin Houston Pegasus
Shelby Skeggs Pegasus
Jasmin Samson Pegasus
Lucy Bevan Pegasus
Thomas Verdiccio Levitation
Nathan  Lunniss Levitation
Matthew Burson Cangaroos
Taranne Kendon Cangaroos
Austin Pannell Dragons
Sam Nightingale Hi Tension
Trevyn Holland Ministry of Air
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Development Squad tracking programme

At the recent East Region Development Squad Jack Kelly announced the testing programme he wanted in place to track those attending squads whether as wildcards or by qualification.  As he says:

The most  important part of the Eastern Squad sessions is to guide coaches and gymnasts through the technical priorities which will help them to improve. The actual work on these techniques must be done in the clubs and between squad sessions. In order to monitor progress and provide quality control, three simple test drills are being used. If these were performed at squad sessions it would take up too much time, so we have made it a condition of squad membership that personal coaches  test their gymnasts once a month and submit the results to Dave Kingaby on the sheet provided. This process should only take about ten minutes per gymnast per month during club time. The essential qualities measured in these tests are balance, control, height an,d therefore, time of flight.  As the squad work develops, other tests will be introduced and you should see this process as a real opportunity for your gymnasts to progress.

An Excel spreadsheet has been produced to enable this tracking to take place and full instructions for its’ use are contained within it.   It can be downloaded by clicking on the link below or by contacting Dave by email – dave@kingserv.org.

The three tests to be conducted are:

  • ’10-Bounce Time’ – 10 straight jumps timed from a ‘flying start’ when the gymnast is bouncing to their highest controllable ability and says they are ready;
  • ’30-Bounce Time’ – 30 straight jumps timed from a completely dead bed with gymnast depressing the bed to start at the same time as the coach depresses the stop-watch; and
  • ‘Drill’ – conducted as the 10-Bounce Time but the first 9 bounces are Tuck, Straddle, Pike repeated 3 times followed by a straight jump.

Any clubs wishing to make use of this internally are welcome to have an unlocked copy of the recording sheet as well by asking Dave.

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Squad selection for 10th February

We are still awaiting decisions at a national level that will impact how we need to make selections for our regional squad. Nevertheless we need to prepare and look forward to the forthcoming season and so we must make some attempt to guess and prepare accordingly.  We are assuming that most currently involved in National squad structures will no longer be, and that we will need to cater for those displaced in our thinking.

We also think that we will continue to see more and more gymnasts achieving the current selection criteria which is a good thing other than for purposes of trying to run an effective squad system which requires that numbers be manageable.  This must be addressed and simplified, and so at least for the first Squad in February we are asking coaches to submit the names of all U17 gymnasts who are eligible to compete in the Gillingham Gala. Any that qualify at the Brentwood Grading on the 3rd of February will be considered by the Regional Coaches prior to the 10th.

We will also wish to continue with our policy of wild card selections; a non measurable approach which allows us to recognise younger gymnasts who, along with their coaches, show attributes which will hopefully raise the bar for the future of the Region.  These are not necessarily permanent places as we would prefer to reach as many as possible who tick the right boxes.

Details of the timetable for the 10th February will be posted here shortly.

Jack & Paul (squad@trampoline-east.org)

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October squad confirmed

Below are the confirmed names for the final squad session of 2012 on 28th October.   We welcome several new gymnasts as a result of qualification to National C last weekend and also some wildcards based on achieving a  score of 50.0 and above. This was the only method that would allow for manageable numbers.

Austin Pannell Dragons
Becks Alexander Aspire
Caitlin Houston Pegasus
Chantelle Dreyer Sprung Loaded WC
Faith Everett Brentwood
Gemma Burgess Sprung Loaded
Georgia Berry Cambourne
Georgia Tyrrell Brentwood
Hannah Blake Cambourne
James Able Cambourne
Lauren Michaels Brentwood
Lauren Sadler Ipswich Four
Lucy Bevan Pegasus
Naomi Waldock Sprung Loaded
Rebecca Shaw Cambourne
Rebecca Shaw Cambourne
Reece Noden Sprung Loaded
Sam Nightingale Hi Tension WC
Samantha Hodges Sprung Loaded WC
Shelby Skeggs Pegasus
Tate Tucker Cambourne
Thomas Verdiccio Cangaroos


  • 12:00 pm Registration and Introductions.
  • 12.15 pm Dynamic Warm Up.  Gymnasts only.
  • 12.30 pm – Revision of previous session
  • 2.00 pm – Cool Down – Lunch Break.
  • 2.45 pm – Dynamic Warm Up.
  • 3.00 pm – Preparing for competitions / Physical testing.
  • 4.00 pm – Cool Down.
  • 4.45 pm – Plenary session.
  • 5:00  pm  – Depart.

Squad members must have their primary or suitably qualified coach present with them on the day.

Any coach wishing to attend the day is more than welcome whether or not they or their club have gymnasts in attendance.

Please bring your own food/refreshments. Vending machines for snacks & drinks are also available.

Training diaries are required.

The cost for the day is £15.

Times for the various sections of the timetable may change if required.


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October Squad Date Confirmed

We can now confirm that the next Squad date will be the 28th October beginning at 12pm and finishing at 5pm. The later start is to allow those traveling back from the English Championships on the Saturday time to recover; we have also arranged for the clocks to be put back an hour to afford an extra hour in bed.

The venue will be: The Courage Hall, Brentwood School Sports Centre, Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, CM15 8EE

Further information regarding the content for the day will be posted shortly, but in the meantime could we ask all clubs to indicate their gymnasts availability. Please indicate any changes such as club, personal coach etc. so Dave can update accordingly.

Paul & Jack – squad@trampoline-east.org

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Jack’s review of squad test results

The table of test results is proving to be a revealing exercise and we trust coaches will look at the relative performances of their gymnasts.  You will recall we have stated that the work we do at squad sessions is not the work which will deliver results …………… that comes from the gymnast working on the right things during club training but applying the principles we have introduced at squad.  As you can see (table below showing only those who attended both squads to date) we have started monitoring each squad member’s progress through a few basic tests and will continue to do so as well as track scores at competition.  All these measures will be used to assess the currency of each gymnast’s membership of the squad.  We are serious about raising the standard of the Eastern region and this process will assist us greatly.

Name 10BT 30BT Pos Ded (F) Pos Ded (B) Drill Drill %
Faith Everett 17.12 17.45 46.53 48.28 0 0 3 23 17.03 98%
James Able 15.38 15.25 40.85 44.25 0 0 1 18 15.63 102%
Rebecca Shaw 18.53 18.25 51.56 51.25 0 3 10 4 18.00 99%
Thomas Verdicchio 16.97 17.00 48.25 46.50 0 0 4 19 16.34 96%
Lauren Sadler 18.53 18.63 52.81 51.91 1 4 6 18 18.34 98%
Lucy Bevan 18.72 19.07 53.69 54.86 2 5 1 12 18.03 95%
Naomi Waldcock 18.97 18.69 53.44 53.66 2 2 2 17 17.81 95%
Holy Felstead (wc) 14.40 14.78 40.10 39.16 0 1 0 6 14.44 98%
Nuala McGrath (wc) 14.28 15.35 42.10 44.65 0 8 0 0 15.34 100%

We will be expect to see an overall increase in jump times which should be the result of correct work done during club training.  Of course this may not produce a continuous upward curve but the overall trend should be upward.

The deductions for accuracy give serious cause for concern in that huge numbers are being shown for backward faults.  There is no doubt this comes from gymnasts being allowed to jump behind the cross.  They like to “see” the cross which means they are not “on” the cross.  I hope you can all work on this by helping the gymnast to pick up an alternative sighting point e.g. the red line at the front of the meter box.  There needs to be a positive mind and vision shift to overcome this problem which, trust me will cause difficulties eventually as the gymnast makes progress.  It was encouraging to see the high scores for height on the test drill relative to 10 bounce jump height …….. well done!  But of course we won’t be satisfied until we see the ten jump time and the accuracy score rise followed by a maintenance of the drill time!  Keep working on it!

If any coach would like advice on how to improve their scores please contact me and I’ll try to help jackkelly1010@btinternet.com

Many thanks

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Regional Squad Day – Testing Outcomes

Squad Day – 29th July

The following table shows the testing outcomes for the three main tests undertaken which were as follows:

  • Ten bounces from a ‘flying start’ recorded in seconds (10BT).
  • Thirty bounces from a ‘dead bed’ recorded in seconds (30BT) and also recording forward (Pos Ded (F)) and backward (Pos Ded (B)) movement along the bed outside a notional ‘metre box’ around the cross.
  • A drill of nine shaped and one straight jump with an aim of achieving better than 95% height retention against 10BT
Name Club 10BT 30BT Pos Ded (F) Pos Ded (B) Drill Drill %
Georgia Tyrrell Brentwood 15.98 45.50 3 4 15.47 97%
Shelby Skeggs Pegasus 17.34 49.97 2 8 16.76 97%
Lucy Bevan Pegasus 19.07 54.86 5 12 18.03 95%
Caitlin Houston Pegasus 18.81 54.44 1 18 18.03 96%
Lauren Sadler Ipswich Four 18.63 51.91 4 18 18.34 98%
Tate Tucker Cambourne Comets 18.66 49.53 0 10 18.38 98%
James Able Cambourne Comets 15.25 44.25 0 18 15.63 102%
Clinton Elmes Dimensions 19.48 56.25 3 8 19.03 98%
Naomi Waldcock Sprung Loaded 18.69 53.66 2 17 17.81 95%
Gemma Burgess Sprung Loaded
Nuala McGrath Westcliff 15.35 44.65 8 0 15.34 100%
Holy Felstead Westcliff 14.78 39.16 1 6 14.44 98%
Rebecca Shaw Cambourne Comets 18.25 51.25 3 4 18.00 99%
Georgia Berry Cambourne Comets 15.88 43.16 4 1 15.50 98%
Thomas Verdicchio Cangaroos 17.00 46.50 0 19 16.34 96%
Faith Everett Brentwood 17.45 48.28 0 23 17.03 98%
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