50 Trampoline Facts

50 Trampoline Facts

Twitter friend, James Hollands, @JamesOlympics on Twitter and Volunteer Trampoline Coach on Facebook, compiled a list on Twitter for “100TrampolineFacts” in preparation for the Olympics this summer. This is his first 50 facts. The next  50 will be available soon.

If you couldn’t guess, James is from the UK.  Many of his facts feature British trampoline accomplishments. The British have contributed major milestones to the sport, such as Paul Luxon being the first non-American to win an Individual World title. He did it his own special way and this achievement changed the sport significantly.

  1. George Nissen built the first ever trampoline in his garage in 1936
  2. He came up with the idea after observing trapeze artists performing tricks when bouncing off of the safety net
  3. As well as the sport of #trampoliningitself, trampolines are also used in dryland work for #diving ,#gymnastics and freestyle skiing amongst other sports
  4. You do not need any pervious gymnastics experience to start  #trampolining
  5. #Trampolining is not simply a sport that children do in their back garden!!
  6. A standard leisure centre trampoline is appox 5x3m and is just over 1.10m from the ground
  7. A trampoline “bed” is made of woven nylon bands
  8. A trampoline bed is held in place to the frame using 110-120 springs
  9. As well as being a competitive sport,#trampolining is also a good sport to do recreationally or for fitness
  10. A 20 minute #trampolining session can burn 100 calories
  11. Trampolinists were socks or special#trampolining shoes while bouncing. They do not bounce bare foot
  12. A minimum of 4 spotters stand around the trampoline during the routine to prevent accidents
  13. As well as the frame of the trampoline being padded, there are also 2 end decks at the end of each trampoline which are also padded
  14. A trampoline should have at least 2m of clearance matting around it
  15. Former GB trampolinist Claire Wright could do a front somersault on the trampoline by the time she was one
    16. Claire, with syncro partners Kirsten Lawton and Jaime Moore won 9 world cup syncro titles in#trampolining 🙂
    17. All 3 of Jaime, Kirsten and Claire, have represented GB at the #olympics
    18. The 2 major manufacturers of trampolines are @GymnovaUK & @WeAreEurotramp
    19. The @WeAreEurotramp 4×4 trampoline is the most powerful trampoline certified for competition use in the world
    20. During a routine, top international competitors can bounce upto 10m in the air
    21. A competitive #trampolining routine consists of 10 moves
    22. Each move is performed in a shaped position which is either straight, tucked or pike
    23. Each move has a difficulty rating.The sum of the difficulty from all 10moves in the routine is called the “Tariff”
    24. The move with the highest difficulty rating is the quadruple piked somersault with 2.4
    25. @JasonBurnett_ holds the world record for the highest achieved tariff with 20.6 🙂
    26. GB’s @EmSmithGymnast holds the tariff world record for a female trampolinist with 16.0 🙂
    27. The highest feasible tariff possible for a routine is 22.0
    28. A team of judges score the execution of the routine based upon how well each move is performed
    29. Another judge scores the tariff of the routine…
    30. In March 2010, a new “Time of Flight” score was introduced into #trampolining calculated on how much time the trampolinist is in the air
    31. The Time of Flight (TOF) score is calculated by a box which is fitted to the underneath of the trampoline

    32. During a competition, a trampolinist is in contact with the #trampolining bed for just 0.3 seconds between moves

    33. The G-Force on a trampolinist for each move is 14.2
    34.  #Trampolining became part of the@OfficialFig in 1999
    35. As well as individual #trampolining , there is also competitive “synchronised” trampolining where 2 gymnasts perform the same routing on side-by-side trampolines
    36. In the days before TOF scoring, a team of judges would calculate the “de-sync” score in synchronized. The function is now performed by the TOF machine.
    37. The first #trampolining world championships were held in London in 1964
    38. London has hosted the #trampoliningworld championships the most number of times (3) in 1964, 1965 & 1967
    39. The first men’s #trampolining world champion was Dan Millman (USA)
    40. The first female #trampolining world champion was Judy Wills Cline (USA)
    41. Alexander Moskalenko (USSR / RUS) has won the world champs the most number of times for a male with 5
    42. Judy Wills Cline (USA) & Irena Karavaena have won the world champs the most number of times for a female with 5
    43. Paul Luxon was the first GB competitor to be world champion in 1972 in Stuttgart
    44. Susan Shotton was the first GB female to be crowned world champion in 1984

    45. Other GB men to have won the world championships are Stewart Matthews in 1980 & Carl Furrer in 1982

    46. Other multiple male winners of the world champs are David Jacobs (USA) – 2, Wayne Miller (USA) – 2, Richard Tilson (FRA) – 2, Lionel Pioline (FRA) – 2
    47. Other multiple winners of the female world championships are Alexandra Nicolson (USA) – 2, Ruth Keller (SUI) – 2, Elena Merkulova (RUS) – 2
    48. Synchronised #trampolining was introduced into the world championships in 1966
    49.  The first men’s world syncro winners were David Jacobs and Wayne Miller (USA)
    50.  The first female world championship syncro winners were Nancy Smith and Judy Wills Cline (USA)
What would be on your list?


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25 Responses to 50 Trampoline Facts

  1. Ron Munn April 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    Note: The difficulty rating of a routine (tariff) was created by Bob Bollinger in the 60’s, called the “axial rotation system”

    • Leigh Hennessy Robson April 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

      AWESOME! I forgot that! I must let James know …

  2. Rebbeca H. Brown February 26, 2013 at 1:29 pm #


    • Leigh Hennessy Robson February 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

      This is one of the most popular posts on the site! Best wishes on your essay. 🙂

  3. emma January 21, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    hey I’m writing a essay

    • Leigh Hennessy Robson January 21, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

      Great. Please feel free to get all the info you need from Trampoline Pundit. 🙂

  4. emma January 31, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    this is so cool i love this site

    • Leigh Hennessy Robson January 24, 2016 at 2:25 pm #

      Thank you. 🙂

  5. me November 20, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    Why is there only 50 facts, I thought you said there would be 100

    • Leigh Hennessy Robson November 21, 2014 at 9:04 am #

      I know. I apologize. The other 50 never came from the contributor. I’ll have to work on that!

  6. TrampolinePuss February 28, 2015 at 4:58 am #

    Have you forgot about other half? 🙂 Btw, great info for everyone interested in trampolining!

    • Leigh Hennessy Robson February 28, 2015 at 9:11 am #

      Yes. I got distracted and never finished. Thanks for visiting! I’ll work on this one day. 🙂

  7. Sonnan May 2, 2015 at 12:44 am #

    Vere interesting facts. I see may sport related and champion facts here. What i love is bed trampoline idea, I think a have one in my room soon!

    • Leigh Hennessy Robson May 5, 2015 at 10:48 am #

      Thank you for your comments.

  8. sazzer elses December 8, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

    50!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you said 100

    • Leigh Hennessy Robson December 11, 2015 at 8:34 am #

      YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are absolutely right! I’m terrible. I promised to finish and I didn’t. So, I’ll change the title to “50” since I won’t have time soon to add the second half of the facts. Sorry about that.

  9. sazzer else January 9, 2016 at 9:04 am #

    I have been doing a science project on trampolines and have used often

    • Leigh Hennessy Robson January 9, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

      Best wishes with your science project!

      • sazzer else January 23, 2016 at 1:36 pm #


  10. sazzer else January 24, 2016 at 11:41 am #


  11. sazzer else January 24, 2016 at 11:45 am #


  12. Paul Griswold April 21, 2016 at 9:07 pm #

    Nice list! Larry Griswold, coach at Iowa University, and George Nissen, student athlete at Iowa University co-invented the trampoline. It was built in the Iowa University’s gym basement. Larry and George built trampolines together in the Griswold-Nissen Trampoline company. Uncle Larry sold out his portion to do his “Diving Fool” act. He appeared on the Frank Sinatra show in 1951 (search youtube, it is cool!) He was on the Dean Martin show on the same episode with the Rolling Stones. He was also on the Ed Sullivan show. Larry was 10 years older than George. Larry did the “diving fool” act until he was in his early 70’s. He trained Don Otto to do the same act in the early 80’s and he still performs it today. Larry was inducted into the Swimming Hall of Fame in Florida, comedic diving division in about 2012, I think. Larry was my dad’s first cousin, then became his step-brother after my grandfather died and grandma married Larry’s dad. I met Larry several times in my youth and played golf with him once in the late 1970’s. Larry passed away in the mid 1990’s.

    • Leigh Hennessy Robson June 30, 2016 at 10:37 am #

      I just noticed this, Paul! Sorry I missed it. I remember Larry very well. He was a good friend of my father’s. I love his act! I enjoy watching Don perform it, too. He was a very sweet man. He is missed.

  13. bambi August 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm #

    Very interesting but didn’t help much with my essay

    • Leigh Hennessy Robson September 28, 2016 at 7:34 pm #

      Sorry about that. I hope your essay was terrific.

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