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Gymnastics - Above Ground Trampoline


Secondary - Curricular 2017

Consult the Gymnastics - General Procedures page for guidelines related to student spotting.


A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g. cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Trampoline must be inspected on a regular basis and repaired as necessary.

Trampoline must be properly set up and checked by the instructor prior to use.

Frame padding must be secure and cover frame and springs/shock cords.

A safety zone minimum of 30 cm from sides and 60 cm from ends must be marked on the trampoline bed.

Keep area under trampoline clear of all equipment, e.g. trampoline wheels.


Closely fitting gym clothing allowing unrestricted movement.

Gymnastic slippers or sock feet.

Bare feet allowed on solid bed only.

Tie back long hair and remove hairclips.

Secure or remove eyeglasses.

No jewellery.


Floor plan must include enough space around apparatus for safe use, i.e. minimum 1 m along sides and 2 m at ends (unless there are end decks).

Floor area must be clear of all obstacles and provide safe footing and traction.

Minimum ceiling height 7 m (24’).

Special Rules/Instructions

Be aware of students whose medical condition (e.g., anaphylaxis, asthma, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation (consult the Generic Section).

Prior to participation students must receive training or information on concussion prevention and awareness specific to the activity, information on the possible risks of the activity and procedures and rules for safe play. Students must not participate in the activity until these instructions have been received.

Students must be instructed on safety related to the trampoline.

Skills must be taught in the proper progression.

Only one student on the trampoline at a time.

Students landing outside the safety zone on the bed of the trampoline must stop bouncing and return to the centre of the trampoline.

Students must understand the term spotting.

Students must master the “STOP BOUNCE” before attempting any skills.

Stress control before height.

Students must be discouraged from attempting moves other than those allowed by the teacher.

Knee drops must be avoided.

When using an apparatus, students are to be informed of the location(s) of the landing area(s).

A student must not be asked to do a task he/she feels unprepared to attempt.


A teacher who is providing instruction and is unfamiliar with Gymnastics - Above Ground Trampoline (e.g. no recent experience) must refrain from teaching the activity until assistance is provided by an appropriately trained staff or training is received.

Constant visual supervision is required during initial instruction.

On-site supervision is required following initial instruction.

Trained student/teacher spotters must be located around the trampoline when it is being used.

Minimum one spotter per side.

Trampoline to be set up and taken down by trained students under constant visual supervision by the teacher.

Instructor Qualifications

Non-inversion skills may be taught by an instructor trained in one of the following:

  • NCCP Foundations Trampoline Trained Coach (Community Sport)
  • NCCP Level 1 Certified Trampoline Coach

Inversions can only be taught by an instructor trained in NCCP Level 2 Trampoline Technical or higher.

First Aid and Emergency Action Plan

Follow the school’s emergency action plan including accessibility to a vehicle for transportation of a student to hospital (consult Appendix E - Emergency Action Plan).

Also see Generic Section to view complete safety requirements.