What Do You Do?
(Description) In tumbling we do trampoline, rod floor, and double-mini. You have two passes for each event when you are level eight or higher, but when you are level seven or below you have two passes on each except trampoline. Each of the passes are given to you for level seven and below. You must get a certain score a a meet/competition to move up. This is called a mobility score. You also need to have all mobility skills which are certain skills you will need for the next level.Once you are level eight you get to make up both double-mini passes, one floor pass, and this is when you have two trampoline passes. One is given to you and one you get to make up. For any optional passes there is a minimum and maximum difficulty given to you by USAG for each level. Each skill you put in your pass equals a different amount of difficulty. When it adds up it has to be in between the min and max. These difficulty rules apply to each event.
Injuries: How To Help!
(Problem and Solution) Injuries are very common in a sport like tumbling. Sprained ankles, hurt wrists, and sore muscles are some of the most common ones. When your ankle is sore wrap it. You can easily use athletic tape like the picture show below. Other athletic tape (also shown below) can hurt and pinch your skin. The best way to wrap your ankle is to go around the middle of your foot then wrap around where your foot and ankle meet (picture). To help pain in your wrists you can use wristguards shown below. In tumbling you put a lot of weight on your wrists. Wristguards can relive some of that pain. They also give extra support.
The Tumbling Season
(Sequence) The tumbling season usually starts in the middle of December. That is usually the first meet. You must go to two meets in your state to participate in one of the bigger meets. You usually have about three more smaller meets close by. Next comes state. In this meet you compete against many teams across the state. After is regionals. In this meet you of course compete against teams across the region. This meet usually lasts two days. In state or regionals you must get a certain score to qualify to nationals. Now nationals usually lasts around a week. In regionals and nationals there is an hour long warm up which is basically a practice.
Perfect Practice makes Perfect
(Cause and Effect) We practice about 10-12 hours a week. We also conditions to get our bodies in the right shape to do our skills. The conditioning helps us become stronger to make our skills tighter. These skills become out routine. The tighter your pass is the higher the score is. The way you practice is the way you perform. Most people say practice makes perfect, but that is not true. You must practice good to get good scores at the meets.
Tumbling vs. Gymnastics
(Compare and Contrast) Many people believe tumbling is the same as gymnastics, but there are actually many differences. In gymnastics you do spring floor, bars, beam, and vault. In tumbling you do trampoline, double-mini, and rod floor. Also all four events are in the olympics for gymnastics. But for tumbling only trampoline is in the olympics. In addition gymnastics is much more graceful than tumbling.