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Gymnastics - Above Ground Trampoline


Secondary - Curricular 2018

This activity page must be presented to the activity provider prior to the activity taking place. The activity provider must meet the minimum requirements listed on this page. For more information on planning trips using outside providers, consult Appendix O - Outside Activity Providers.

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


A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible. (Consult Appendix D - Sample First Aid Kit)

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

Determine that all equipment is safe for use (e.g., no sharp edges, sharp corners, cracks, or splinters). Students must be encouraged to report equipment problems to the teacher.

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.


Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

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 permitted.


Determine that all facilities are safe for use. Students must be encouraged to report facility problems to the teacher.

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’).

When running takes place off school site for a warm up:

  • Teachers must do a safety check ‘walk through’ in order to identify potential problems prior to initial use of route or course.
  • Teachers must outline to the students the route or course (e.g., notice of areas to approach with caution) before the start of the run.
  • Teachers must determine that students are not crossing busy intersections unless directly supervised.

Special Rules/Instructions

Be aware of students whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation. (Consult Fundamentals of Safety)

Students must not participate in the activity until they receive information on concussion prevention specific to the activity, inherent risks of the activity (e.g. outline possible risks and ways to minimize the risks), and procedures and rules for safe play. Students must receive instruction on the importance of reporting symptoms related to a suspected concussion.

Refer to the school board’s transportation procedures related to communicating with parents/guardians the location of an off-site activity and the means of transportation used as well as to the need for obtaining parent/guardian permission.

Activities must be modified according to the age, ability level, language, and experience of students and the facility available.

Previous training, fitness level and the length of time and intensity of physical activity must be taken into consideration.

Activities must be based on skills that are taught.

Skills must be taught in proper progression.

A proper warm-up and cool-down must be included.

Students must be instructed on safety related to the trampoline.

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.

Adequate liquid replacement (personal water bottles, water fountains) must be accessible for students before, during and after physical activity to prevent dehydration.


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

Follow the school's first aid emergency response (consult Appendix E - Sample First Plan and Sample First Aid Emergency Response) and the school board’s concussion protocol (consult the Concussion section).

An emergency action plan and response to deal with evacuations and lock downs must be followed and communicated to students.

Also see Fundamentals of Safety section to view complete safety requirements.