Today is the day before travelling to the regional team finals for a lot of people, so I thought I’d wait to post something about pre-competition preparation. I’m not talking about routines, I’m talking about the organisational side of comp prep. Let me explain.
So, by now you’ll have done hundreds of routines, right? You’re pretty much as technically prepared as you can be before it’s ‘go time’. But wait, there’s still more you can do!
- Make sure your clothing is ready and washed the night before you leave:
- Whites/longs (for boys)
- White socks/trampoline shoes
- Towel (if you need to wipe away the sweat!)
(You still have just time to get them washed and dried if they’re dirty, so don’t panic!)
- Get your competition bag ready
- Difficulty card (written in FIG and signed by your coach, although they might take care of this on your behalf)
- Know your warm up routine – not just on the trampoline, but floor warm up and stretching too.
- Find out what time you are due to compete and how long before that you need to be ready to start a floor warm up.
- Work out what time you should eat breakfast and lunch so that you are fuelled properly.
Then, on the day of the competition:
- Get to know the competition arena. Arrive early so you become acclimatised to the brightness, noise, layout, etc.
- Let your coaching team know you’re in the building.
- Find out what panel you are on and if they are running early, late or on time.
- Do your floor warm up and stretch.
- Read my 10 tips on getting more marks at a trampoline competition.
- Enjoy your competition! And don’t forget, this weekend is a team event, so make sure you do your best to complete the routine you set out to do in order to give your region the best chance of success.
If you have any other tips, leave a comment below. As always, I’m more than happy to have your comments and suggestions, whether you agree or disagree.
And last shout out to the South West region – good luck!
(Picture courtesy of Bex Hardwick)