You can have endless amounts of fun jumping up and down on a trampoline but what if you could push limits even more by learning some cool trampoline tricks. Show off these new trampoline tricks to your friends or family!
Before you start becoming a master of tricks, please note that Vuly Play is not responsible for an injury that occurs if you try these out. We highly recommend that you use a safe trampoline, typically one with an enclosed net and safety paddings on the strings.
If you’re new to trampoline tricks, these ones are for you. These tricks are made to be simple and form a great foundation for doing even cooler and harder trampoline tricks. We’ve even got Australian Olympian, Ji Wallace to show you how each of these should be executed!
An easy one to start off with, the seat drop. The seat drop is when the bouncer lands on their in a sitting position with their legs straight in front of them.
Watch Ji Wallace do a seat drop jump
A tummy drop is when the bouncer lands on the trampoline mat whilst facing down before returning to the upright position.
Watch Ji Wallace do a tummy drop jump
A back drop jump requires the bouncer to land on their back, with most of the impact happening around the shoulder blade area.
Watch Ji Wallace do a back drop jump
A half turn jump is when you rotate your body 180 degrees whilst mid-air. You should be facing the opposite direction when you land.
Watch Ji Wallace do a half turn jump
A full turn jump is very similar to a half turn jump. Instead of rotating your body 180 degrees, you do a full rotation whilst mid-air so you’re back facing where you started.
Watch Ji Wallace do a full turn jump
Most advanced trampoline tricks consist of flips of some sort. There are 3 main types of flips: front flips, back flips and side flips. Advanced trampoline tricks are usually variations of 1 of these types of flips.
The front flip, or front saulto, is an advanced trampoline skill that requires a lot of coordination. It involves a full frontal rotation or roll in mid-air. The front flip is usually less scary than the backflip but is often considered more difficult. This is because trampolinists are looking where they are going, but generating frontal momentum is typically difficult.
Front flip variations exist where trampolinists complete multiple flips in a row without touching the ground or introduce twisting elements into the front flip. These are referred to as front half, front full, front one and half, front double, etc - depending on the number of twists following the front flip. If there are multiple flips, then the trick is referred to as double front or triple front - with the number of flips attached as a prefix.
Typically a front flip or saulto is when the trampolinist keeps their legs in a tuck position. A pike saulto or pike front flip is when the legs are straight but the performer is bent at the hips. A front layout is a front flip where the trampolinist is completely straight in mid-air both at the legs and hips.
The backflip or back saulto is the opposite of the front flip. It's psychologically more challenging but most trampolinists find this skill much easier.
Again, jumpers can make this skill more difficult by doing multiple back flips in mid-air, or by twisting. Skills are named by adding a prefix to multiple flips (double back, triple back), or by adding the number of twists after the flip name (back half, back full, back one and a half, back double).
Pike and lay out variations also exist for backflips in the same way as front flips. Nomenclature changes somewhat for these as in the case of front flips, with 'back' often replaced with 'pike' or 'lay'. For example, a double twisting back layout would often be called a 'back lay double'.
This step-by-step guide explains how to do a backflip on a trampoline.
Side flips are similar to front flips but the flip is done while the jumper is facing at 45 degree angle.
Side flips are a bit of an outlier. They are not commonly combined with other tricks due to the awkward angle of rotation. Professional trampolinists don't often use them either. They are more of a fun skill for enthusiats.
Sometimes multiple side flips are done in a row without touching the ground, but very rarely do jumpers introduce twists into this flip, even though it is technically possible.
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