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Basic bounces

Before attempting any more difficult moves it is important that you first know how to stop safely.  You stop by bending your knees as you touch down on the trampoline. Things to watch out for are:

Once you understand how to stop you can learn how to bounce higher safe in the knowledge that you can stop if necessary.

Key to good bouncing is establishing a rhythm with the trampoline - it helps to have an understanding of the 'phases' of a bounce - each bounce is in 4 parts:

The most critical period for accurate bouncing is the time between 'first contact' and 'last contact' since it is here that you most need to establish a good rhythm.  Starting with low controlled bounces we push our toes down into the bed at the same time as gently 'sculling' with our arms moving in small circles from our side forwards and round in a small circle and then back to our side again as we come back to first contact - as the bounces become higher it is important that you ‘reach up’ into your bounce as high and straight as possible (but still keeping the idea of moving the arms in 'circles' up and round) by doing the following:

So we ought see the following occurring:


Every move you do should be starting off the same way with arms (and fingers) as straight as possible swinging from the side of your legs in front of you to high above your head and then back round the side to the side of your legs as you approach the trampoline again.

Whether performing ‘shape’ bounces (tuck, pike & straddle), twists or moves involving some degree of somersault (seat drop, front drop or more) the same basic principle applies – lift your arms towards the ‘TOP’ before making the shape or move.


It is important that you point your toes at all times APART from when landing on your feet. To achieve the most efficient bounce you should land with your feet ‘flat’ onto the bed and then keep them that way until the bed starts rising again. As the rise starts to accelerate press your toes deeper into the bed (keeping your legs straight) to drive yourself higher and then keep them pointed until just before you land again.