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 TRA i In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

TRA ii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the national or international governing body these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

TRA iii Dispute at events: In line with REG 4.4.3, should a dispute occur at an event the event appeal panel for Trampolining shall comprise of Event Management Team.

TRA 1: BUCS Individual Championships

TRA 1.1: The BUCS Individual Championships shall be part of a 2-day event and will comprise a qualification round and a final round for each level.

TRA 1.2: There shall be eight levels of individual competition:

TRA 1.2.1: BUCS Disability

TRA 1.2.2: BUCS 6

TRA 1.2.3: BUCS 5 

TRA 1.2.4: BUCS 4

TRA 1.2.5: BUCS 3

TRA 1.2.6: BUCS 2 

TRA 1.2.7: BUCS 1


TRA 1.2.9: Competitors in BUCS levels 6-3 may choose which compulsory routine they wish to perform from the options listed. Competitors in BUCS levels 2 - ELITE may perform a first routine of their own construction, which must include the specified requirements. BUCS Disability requirements are available in the published routines. 

TRA 1.2.10: Within BUCS levels 6 – 1, if a competitor is found to be meeting the requirements of the next level above within their second routine or found to be exceeding maximum difficulty values of their current BUCS level, the competition organisers have the right to issue an automatic disqualification without the right to an appeal.

TRA 1.2.11: There shall be a 2.0 penalty applied by the difficulty judge(s) if a competitor fails to meet the minimum requirements within their second routine. At BUCS levels 6 - 3, deviation from the required first routine will be deemed as an interruption. At BUCS levels 2 - ELITE, failure to meet requirements of the first routine shall result in a 2.0 penalty from the difficulty judge(s). 

TRA 1.3: The top 8 ranked competitors in each group (or less if there are fewer than 8) from the qualification round shall qualify to the final round. The final round applies to all levels and will consist of one routine - a routine of any construction within the second routine requirements for each level.

TRA 1.3.1: There shall be 1 reserve competitor per group who may be called to compete if any withdrawals occur before the final round.

TRA 1.3.2: Any withdrawals from the final round should be notified to the competition organisers at least 1 hour prior to the commencement of the final.

TRA 1.3.3: Any reserves called to fill any withdrawn spaces will be notified at least thirty minutes in advance of their flight. Reserves will be announced but should be on standby to compete.

TRA 1.4: Automatic qualification to the finals (“Byes”) are not permitted at any level.

TRA 1.5: Applications to upgrade/downgrade to a different level need to be submitted in writing to BUCS no later than the entry closing date. Please ensure that each competitor has been entered at the appropriate level at the time of submission.

TRA 1.6: The first and second routine requirements for all levels (BUCS 6 - ELITE) will be published on the BUCS website and published prior to the start of the season.

TRA 1.6.1: Each competitor shall perform a first routine and a second routine (qualification round). Each routine must fulfil the criteria of the respective level.

TRA 1.6.2: Prior to the start of each group, each performer must submit their competition card to the appropriate judging panel. This applies to competitors in all levels.

TRA 1.6.3: The first and second routines shall consist of ten elements, starting and finishing on the feet.

TRA 1.6.4: Each competitor shall have one attempt at each routine. Further attempts are subject to the British Gymnastics Code of Points and at the discretion of the Chair of Judges. 

TRA 1.6.5: Each institution shall supply appropriately qualified coaches. Coaches are required to sign all competition cards for their competitors (which will be checked) and indicate their level of coaching qualification.

TRA 1.6.6: For BUCS Levels 3, 2, 1 & ELITE, competition cards should be presented in British Gymnastics/FIG notation only.

TRA 1.7: All competitors are required to present themselves in the correct competition attire, which follows British Gymnastics guidelines unless otherwise modified below:

TRA 1.7.1: BUCS Disability & 6 - 5: As per the current British Gymnastics Code of Points OR T-shirt (tucked in) & shorts. Women may wear skin tight shorts in a colour and style matching the leotard.

TRA 1.7.2: BUCS 4 - ELITE: As per the current British Gymnastics Code of Points. Women may wear skin tight shorts in a colour and style matching the leotard

TRA 1.7.3: Only competition attire will be allowed on the trampoline, including during warm-up.

TRA 1.7.4: Competitors must wear foot-coverings according to the Code of Points.

TRA 1.7.5: Performers are not permitted to wear ANY body piercings or any other jewellery whilst warming up or competing. If a piercing or jewellery item cannot be removed, it must be sufficiently taped. It is at the absolute discretion of the Chairs of Judges and competition organisers to disqualify any competitor who is not deemed to be safe by virtue of piercings or jewellery, whether taped or not.

TRA 1.7.6: Competitors who do not adhere to the above regulations may be disqualified at the discretion of the organisers/Chairs of Judges. 

TRA 1.7.7: Dark coloured trampoline trousers are not permitted. The wearing of dark coloured trousers may result in disqualification.

TRA 1.7.8: Male competitors may wear gymnastics shorts of any colour at all levels, but these must be suitable per the guidance in the British Gymnastics Code of Points.

TRA 1.7.9: There shall be no penalty for visible underwear, except where there is a valid concern for safety or visibility which may hinder the ability to judge.

TRA 1.7.10: Strapping or support pieces must be coloured as close as possible to the performer’s skin tone per the current British Gymnastics Code of Points.

TRA 1.8: Safety Policies

TRA 1.8.1: At no time should there be more than 4 (four) spotters around the trampoline.

TRA 1.8.2: The Chair of Judges has the right to ascertain the competence of a spotter and also the competence of the spotter using a spotter mat.

TRA 1.8.3: The Chair of Judges and competition organisers may ask a competitor to remove an element from a routine which, in the opinion of the Chair or organiser, is deemed to be unsafe. Failure to comply will lead to disqualification.

TRA 1.8.4: Coaches or other performers are not permitted to stand on the side or on the trampoline to support a performer with a skill during warm up.

TRA 1.8.5: All routines shall be performed unaided. Coaching during a performance is not allowed and will be penalised in line with the British Gymnastics Code of Points.

TRA 1.9: Jury of Appeal 

TRA 1.9.1: At BUCS Events there is no superior Jury of Appeal.

TRA 1.9.2: Appeals or inquiries should be taken to the Chair of Judges immediately. 

TRA 1.9.3: The Coach/Club Captain may only inquire about the difficulty score and penalties. No inquiries may be made about execution, HD, S, or ToF scores.

TRA 1.9.4: Inquiries will only be accepted up until the end of the flight group. Extra time will be allowed for any inquiries regarding scores from the last 2 competitors from the round.

TRA 1.10: Order of Performance

TRA 1.10.1: Qualification Round - The order of performance shall be drawn at random and published in advance of the competition.

TRA 1.10.2: Final Round –The final round will be performed in order of rank. The gymnast with the lowest score from the qualification round shall compete first. All final rounds will be scored from zero (zero final).

TRA 2: BUCS Team Championships

TRA 2.1: The BUCS Team Championships comprises of a separate Men’s and Women's team event. In each event:

TRA 2.1.1: Team scores will be based solely on execution, horizontal displacement, and difficulty. Time of flight scores will NOT be included in the calculation of the overall team score. 

TRA 2.1.2: The three highest total scores from the qualification round (first routine plus second routine) by competitors from the same institution, from all groups, will be added together to produce an overall team score.

TRA 2.1.3: One team per institution per gender will be counted.

TRA 2.1.4: Medals shall be awarded to the highest three teams.

TRA 2.1.5: Team positions will be calculated on the qualification round only.

TRA 3: BUCS Synchronised Championships

TRA 3.1: This event will consist of two routines. The first routine should be a first routine as per the individual championships structure. The second routine should be a second routine as per the individual championships structure, and shall include difficulty.

TRA 3.2: A synchronised pair will consist of 2 gymnasts (may be same gender or mixed).

TRA 3.3: A gymnast may only compete in one synchronised pairing. 

TRA 3.4: Partners must do the same element at the same time and must start facing in the same direction. They need not twist in the same direction.

TRA 3.5: The Synchronised Championships will have the following levels:

TRA 3.5.1: BUCS Synchronised 1: Competitors in BUCS ELITE, 1 and 2

TRA 3.5.2: BUCS Synchronised 2: Competitors in BUCS 3 and 4

TRA 3.5.3: BUCS Synchronised 3: Competitors in BUCS 5, 6 and Disability

TRA 3.6: Pairs may be made up of competitors of mixed levels and genders within the level ranges specified for each level.

TRA 3.6.1: Pairs must compete the routines (or requirements) of the level of the lowest competing member of the pair - e.g. in Synchronised 1, a pair of a BUCS ELITE competitor and a BUCS 2 competitor must perform BUCS 2 routines. 

TRA 3.6.2: If a routine other than those possible under §TRA 3.6.1 is performed, the routine will be deemed invalid or interrupted, or the appropriate penalty applied per §TRA 1.2.11. If a routine higher than that of the level of the lower competitor is performed, the pair will be disqualified and the appropriateness of the lower competitor’s entry into the Individual Championships will be assessed (if applicable).

TRA 3.7: Attire for competitors must adhere to the rules set for the individual levels and must be matching for same-gender pairs.

TRA 3.8: Prior to the start of each flight, each pair must submit their competition card to the appropriate judging panel.

TRA 4: Guide to Competition Rules

TRA 4.1: Technical rules shall be according to the British Gymnastics Code of Points (2017-2020) and difficulty values, except where modified by these rules. Tie-break rules shall be as per the British Gymnastics Code of Points.

TRA 4.2: Where a performer in BUCS 6 - 3 deviates from the required first routine, the routine will be considered interrupted and the maximum mark will be determined according to the number of skills performed up to this point.

TRA 4.3: Where a performer in BUCS 2 – ELITE deviates from their submitted first routine, no penalty shall apply except where the deviation incurs failure of the requirements for that level. 

TRA 4.3.1: Per TRA 1.2.11, failure to meet minimum requirements in both routines at all levels will result in penalty.

TRA 4.4: Time of Flight (ToF)

TRA 4.4.1: ToF will be used for BUCS 2 – ELITE only. Each competitor’s ToF will be calculated using FIG approved electronic timing equipment. The appointed official is responsible for controlling the electronic timing equipment. 

TRA 4.4.2 If for any reason there is a breakdown of the electronic timing system, the ToF Score will be determined through an analysis of the official video. In the event of failure of the backup system, a re-jump may be allowed. In this instance the ToF only will be judged. The original scores for the first attempt will be retained, regardless of the number of skills present. The ToF score obtained in the re-jump will only be attributed to the number of skills performed in the original first attempt of that routine.


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