The FIG Trampoline Newsletter No. 7 / December 2002

World Cup Final

After 10 successful years with almost the same regulations for the World Cup series, the 6th World Cup series in Trampolining ended with a fantastic Final and a big show for the audience in the sold out Stadionsporthalle in Hannover, Germany, on November 23rd 2002.

TV covered the whole event with an international signal and produced a one hour live broadcast for Germany, where they showed the Finals in women and men individual, women synchronized and the highlights from Tumbling. The organizers have to be congratulated, as well as Longines, who produced the results with their scoreboards and the graphics for TV, they have set a number of standards on how to produce the scores, difficulty, leader boards and slow motion in the sports hall.

But of course, a really big thank you and congratulations to all the gymnasts, who again did an outstanding job. All Finals were decided by just a few tenths of a point or, like in the men’s synchronized event, by the tie breaking rules. The new World Cup Champions of the series 2001 / 2002 are:

Women's TumblingMen's TumblingWomen's TRA
Anna Korobeinikova RUS
Nicolas Fournials FRA
Irina Karavaleva RUS
Elena Charbanenko UKR
Ross Gibson GBR
Elena Movchan UKR
Kathryn Peberdy GBR
Casey Finley USA
Natalia Tchernova RUS
Men's TRAWomen's SynchroMen's Synchro
David Martin FRA
Wright / Lawton GBR
Laifa / Jala FRA
Nikolai Kazak BLR
Cockburn / R.McManus CAN
Moskalenko / Knytchev RUS
Peter Jensen DEN
Dogonadze / Ludwig GER
Kazak / Kakorko BLR

World Cup Series 2003 - 2004


As it appears at present, we do not have any organiser for the year 2003. The TC have contacted almost all of the potential organisers, many who have shown their interest, and the President had requested all, through the last Newsletter, to turn their interest into a firm commitment. However, to-date, there have been no firm offers to host any world cup event during the forthcoming series. The TC cannot believe, that the federations want the World Championships to be the only FIG event in 2003!

Member Federations wishing to organise a World Cup Competition in 2003 should apply in writing to the FIG Secretary General a.s.a.p. to establish next years schedule.


As published in the Newsletter Nr.5 {info}, the TRA TC has agreed upon the short writing for judges on competition cards in Tumbling. Not all judges at the last World Cup event were able to use the symbols. As it will be compulsory to use this system from 2003 on we publish it here again:

Round off   =   (
Flic-Flac or Handspring   =   -
Tempo   =   ^
Salti   =   o, <, / = tuck, pike, straight
Double / Triple   =   << / ooo
Barani   =   1
Straight with ½ twist   =   1
Full   =   2
1 ½   =    3
Double Full   =   4
Full in   =   2oo if tucked or 2<< if piked
Full in / Full out   =   2//2 if straight or 2oo2 if tucked
Miller   =   2//4
Side skills   =   marked with an additional x
Front or backwards   =   if necessary marked with a dot .1 = Barani or 1. = back with ½ twist

The TC has also been working on the short writing for judges on competition cards for Trampoline and DMT. We tried out some promising systems, but came back to the most common and easiest to understand, the FIG Numeric System, as published in the Appendix II of the Code of Points, page 52. It is widely used in Trampoline and DMT and this will be the method continued to be used by the difficulty judges from 2003 on!

Judges Analysis

Not only the experts can see from the results lists, that since we have the start from Zero in finals, the ability of the performance judges to rank the gymnasts correctly, has become even more important.. Also, since we are part of the Olympic Family, the standard of our gymnasts has improved and competitions, for the most part are decided by only a few tenths of a point. This includes the preliminaries, especially at World Championships which qualify for the places for the Olympic Games. The need to keep up the standard of our judges to the same high level is obvious. International- or Intercontinental Judges courses, even with an excellent personal result, can only be the basics. The real examination for the judges is the competition, as it is for the gymnasts. The feed back for the gymnasts is the results list, as it can be for the judges also, if they really analyse it themselves. An analyse by computer can also help a lot in this case.

After long discussions the TC have decided to come back to the analysis using the median marks, aware that this method can not show everything. But the great advantage is; that almost every scoring program can easily be adopted to this system. At the last World Cup Final we used it for part of the competitions, and in addition a ranking system, where we used the scores of the different judges to make up a total score, and then compared this to the actual scores and ranking.

Afterwards, we did a video analysis of the competition and decided upon an expert score, which was then compared to the judges scores and ranking. We published both analysis to the judges involved in the competition, and hope they will get enough information to improve their work in the future.

We have decided to produce the analysis of the median score at every FIG competition from now on and publish it also to all judges involved. Where necessary, we will make a video analysis. Judges have to be aware, that their work is monitored by the TC., and that the analysis can lead to sanctions or rewards.

Difficulty Judging

We admit, that there has been some confusion on the part of difficulty judging since the new Code of Points was introduced in 2001 and our FIG events were covered by Longines. The mistake in Odense was just the tip of the iceberg. All errors were mostly solved immediately. The most important thing is, that the difficulty score has to be shown longer, and not only just as a part of all the other scores on the scoreboard, so that gymnasts and coaches, and also the difficulty judges, have proof of the given difficulty score. We will enforce the organisers to produce this score separately. In addition we will publish some guidelines for difficulty judges in 2003, one of which will be the terminology as mentioned above.

Future Code of Points

Our Code of Points and the Technical Regulations, Section 4 (Trampoline) are valid until the end of 2004. This gives us time to think about possible changes. The new Code should be ready with the 1.draft at the end of 2003, so as to have it ratified by the FIG Executive Committee in 2004. As changes to the Code sometimes also lead to changes in the Technical Regulations, these have to be ready for the Council meeting in May 2004. For the TC., this means they have to be ready to deal with all matters of changes at their next meeting in May 2003. Please forward all proposals, through your federation, to the FIG office in Moutier, Switzerland till April 30th 2003 !!

With my best wishes for 2003,

Horst KUNZE, President of the Trampoline Technical Committee

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