|Governing Body:||Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG)|
Tumbling is a popular gymnastics discipline. It is also regarded as power tumbling in which the gymnasts perform a series of acrobatics skills such as rolling, twisting, handsprings and somersaults on a 25 m track. Each series of the tumbling event has eight elements in which the tumblers showcase their gymnastic skills. The routine is usually performed on equipment known as “rod floor” made from fibreglass rods. The rods have pads covered around with an upper layer of suitable flooring material and also offer an extra bounce. The skills can also be performed on a trampoline.
Tumbling doesn’t involve the use of any apparatus such as rings, bars or pommels. The sport held its roots from ancient China, Egypt and Greece. Each participant is judged according to their performance and difficulty of the routine. The International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG) is the highest governing body of trampoline events which includes tumbling events as well.
Tumbling can be performed individually or in groups of 3 to 4 members. The tumblers focus on pulling-off the most challenging routine with clean forms and demonstration against the music of their choice. The judges provide scores according to their performance difficulty and execution. The participants with the highest score win the round. Skills such as round-off and handsprings contain low difficulty value or points whereas somersaults with more number of flips and twists are difficult.The everyday routine of tumbling has two to four passes or "trips down the mat". One of the two routines should possess the backward moves and forward moves in the other.
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