Competitions are a great way to get out there and show off your skills as a developing trampolinist. Whether that is competing individually at one of our SUTL grades, or as a synchro pair with one of your friends, you are guaranteed to enjoy the experience no matter what your ability.
Competitions are held on weekends across the UK throughout the year, giving you the opportunity to mix with other Universities and make friends on the competition circuit at the post-competition social. Make sure you check out Bath Comp too - Bath’s very own competition taking place in December, in the STV, after our successful bid to be hosts. From beginners to elite competitors, as a member of the University of Bath Trampoline Club you are welcome to compete in as many competitions as you wish by entering the category that suits your ability - just speak to your coach about which category suits you best.
How do competitions work?
All competitions follow a basic structure: competitors perform two routines consisting of ten moves each, a set routine and a voluntary routine. The set routine comes first which has required elements which must be completed; these requirements vary depending on what category you are in. Next up is the voluntary routine - this is your chance to show off your skills as you can make the routine up yourself (within the varying guidelines).
How is the score determined?
There is a panel of 6 judges, who are usually fellow students, that will score you based on your execution, difficulty and the newly introduced horizontal displacement (travel). At the higher levels (S2-Elite), time of flight will be added to your overall score and contribute to your ranking points. So the higher you jump, the more difficult your routine, and the better you perform each skill, the higher your score will be!
What is synchronised trampolining?
We encourage you to enter synchronised trampolining, also referred to as synchro, with a friend - it can take the pressure off individual competitions and can be a great laugh! Both competitors perform the same routine at the same time, on two trampolines side by side. The scoring system is the same as the individual competition, with the addition of marks for synchronicity.
Southern Universities Trampoline League (SUTL)
2013/14 saw the arrival of an exciting new trampoline league, the Southern Universities Trampoline League. Each year, five SUTL host competitions are held at different universities across southern England. You have the chance to earn points as an individual and for the university which accumulate to create an overall winner of the league at the end of the year.
British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS)
BUCS may be the competition format you are most familiar with - it is your opportunity to earn BUCS points for The University of Bath, alongside other sports that take place at the university. BUCS is a National event that takes place in Semester 2 and runs like any other competition with universities from across the country taking part - make sure to ask your Competiton Captain (Rachel Thomas) more about it, it is a competition you definitely do not want to miss! Although the structure is a little more formal, everyone is invited to join us to enjoy the incredible experience of competing for your University.
Irish Student Trampoline Open (ISTO)
Trampolining goes on tour to the infamous ISTO every year: a long weekend of relaxed bouncing, socials, and games - a much less serious competition but an event not to be missed!
Competing in trampolining is a non-stop circuit with competitions to suit everyone all year round. Everyone is encouraged to get out there, so make sure to get the following dates in your diary for the 2019-2020 season:
Bristol Comp (SUTL): 23rd November 2019
Bath Comp (SUTL): 7th December 2019
Cambridge Comp (SUTL): 8th February 2020
Birmingham Comp (SUTL): 14th March 2020
Telford Comp (BUCS): 28th – 29th March 2020
Irish Student Trampoline Open (ISTO) – tbc
Southampton Comp (SUTL) – 25th April 2020
Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me, Rachel Thomas your Competition Captain about ANY questions you may have about trampolining competitions. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or I will regularly be at training throughout the week. Don’t forget you can also talk to your coaches, committee members or other members of the club about their previous experiences of competitions and the hilarious stories they have to tell.