Co-ed students ages 6 and up in this program utilize the Trampoline, the Rod Tumbling Floor, the Tumble Trak (long trampoline), the Double Mini-Tramp and the Foam Pit. Eligible students may try out for the Gypsy Flyers, our school's competitive trampoline and tumbling team. Over the past forty years, many of the Gypsy Flyers have traveled all over the world, competing as members of the USA Trampoline and Tumbling National Team. In the year 2000, Trampoline became an Olympic event.
The three disciplines of Trampoline & Tumbling are as follows:
Trampoline: Initially, an array of individual skills are aquired. Skills are then composed into a ten skill routine to be displayed by the athlete with grace and control. At the Olympic level, multiple somersaults with twists are executed requiring proper technique and perfect body control, often at heights exceeding twenty-five feet.
Power Tumbling: Power Tumbling is a highly spectacular sport in which a perfect combination of speed, rhythm, somersaulting and twisting movements are required on a 25 meter long dynamic track (rod floor).
Double Mini Trampoline: Following a run, the athlete executes a mounting skill on the apparatus followed by a second skill, the dismount, onto a landing mat. High level performers have executed double and triple saltos with twisting! In 1994 and 1996, Gleason's Gymnastic School athletes Kim Sans and Jennifer Sans competed with the World Champion USA Double Mini Tramp Team coached by Mr. Larry Gleason himself. As recent as the summer of 2009, Gleason's Sarah Prosen competed for the US in the World Games and won the Silver Medal.
Students learn the basics of Power Tumbling and Trampoline skills. They are taught proper technique for Handstands, Cartwheels, Rolling and Body Bouncing. They are introduced to the Front Flip and the Back Handspring at this level.
Students progress faster tumbling skills such as Round-Offs, Headsprings and Front Handsprings. They develop more advanced body skills on Trampoline, and continue to develop Front Flips and Back Handsprings. Students are also introduced to the Whip-Back and Back Layouts on the Trampoline.
Students learn more advanced Tumbling, Double Mini-Tramp and Trampoline skills, including Porpoises, and twisting Front and Back Somersaults. Some students at this level join our competitive Trampoline & Tumbling Team.