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New team contest unites events at Trampoline World Championships

 
Publication date : 06/11/2018

A new multi-event team competition will make its debut at the 33rd FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships, taking place 7-10 November 2018 in Saint Petersburg (RUS), where the top five nations will battle it out in an exciting new team final.

The mixed-gendered team contest at the Saint Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex will consist of the four events each for men and women, for eight events total: Individual Trampoline, Synchronised Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini-rampoline.

The combined team event will consist of a qualification round taking place 7-8 November, from which the top five nations will advance to the team final on the evening of 8 November. Federations will qualify to the team final by adding their best score of the eight individual events from the Preliminary Round (Round 1 in Individual Trampoline). The team final will consist of the same top scorers from qualification competing again for gold, silver and bronze team medals.

All national federations that enter gymnasts into all eight events will be automatically registered in the All Around team competition in Saint Petersburg, where the same gymnast is allowed to compete in different disciplines.

Final format

The team final will consist of one routine (Trampoline Individual and Synchro) or one pass (Tumbling and Double Mini-Trampoline) per gymnast/pair in each one of the eight events.

In order to present a short and exciting competition, there will be three competition rounds in the final. The first round will consist of women's Individual Trampoline, women's Tumbling and men's Double Mini-trampoline. The second round will feature men's Individual Trampoline, men's Tumbling and women's Double Mini-trampoline, and the third and final round will feature Synchronised Trampoline for men and women.

The start order for the first round is in order of merit of the qualification result (reverse order of ranking), being updated for the next rounds as per the ranking after the previous round.

Rather than simple addition of scores, the team final will be decided based on a point system, in which the rankings of each routine will be converted to points. First place (the top score in that event) will be worth five points, second place will be four points, third place three, fourth place two points and fifth place one point. The teams with the highest, second-highest and third-highest point totals will be declared the gold, silver and bronze-medal winners, respectively.

The combined team competition is being introduced in Saint Petersburg following a proposal by the athletes in 2017.