Trampoline Insurance Limitations

Navigating a New Insurance Landscape in BC

ALERT: All published information pertaining to the above-noted insurance limitations on trampoline usage is not finalized and is still in review with the insurance provider. Finalized guidance as per the policy will be provided to all members as soon as practicable. Readers should use caution if referring to any information regarding the above-noted insurance limitations, as well as all related documents

Due to changes in insurance coverage for gymnastics activities, Gymnastics BC insurance will no longer permit the use of trampolines during unstructured programs.

Here’s what you can expect to receive over the coming weeks to support your club operations in complying with the changes effective July 1, 2019:

  • Newsletters including updates and clarifications as they are received
  • FAQ’s to help guide you through common scenarios
  • Printable resources, and more.

Thank you for your patience while we work through this together. Please continue to send your questions to insurance2019@gymbc.org and they will be addressed in our FAQ's. 

Stay up-to-date by bookmarking this web page and reviewing content regularly. 

New content added to the following sections this week:

  • Definitions
  • Programming
  • Supervision

 

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

 

Overview

> When do the insurance limitations on trampoline usage go into effect?

The insurance limitations on trampoline usage will go into effect on July 1, 2019. 

> When will the membership fee increase go into effect?

Revised membership fees will be reviewed at an Extraordinary General Meeting, taking place on July 19, 2019. 

 

> When can clubs expect a final cost from Gymnastics BC on the insurance fee increase?

Pending the results of an extraordinary general meeting.

> Will there be an option to purchase additional insurance for the use of trampolines in drop in, birthday parties and drop-in day camps?

No, there will not be an option to purchase additional insurance coverage for the use of trampolines in drop in, birthday parties, or drop-in day camps.

> Does this limitation affect one-time non-members?

One-time non-members are not permitted to use trampolines.

> Are trampoline parks affected by this limitation?

Gymnastics BC has no connection or affiliation to trampoline parks, and we are therefore not aware of where trampoline park insurance may be placed.

> What types of trampoline activities are now limited in gymnastics clubs? (6/25/19)

The Gymnastics BC insurance policy will no longer permit trampoline use in unstructured programs. Trampolines are no longer permitted for use in birthday parties, drop-in sessions, drop-in day camps, and Parkour classes.

Trampolines may be used in structured recreational and competitive programs under proper coaching supervision, providing all requirements are met. Structured programs are defined as regularly-scheduled programs occurring over multiple weeks or multiple days in one week  that teach progressive skill development.


Equipment

> What types of trampolines are subjected to the insurance limitations?

Trampolines are defined as any rebounding apparatus that uses any form of bed-type surface, attached to a frame by springs or bungee cords; this includes, but is not limited to, competition trampolines, backyard trampolines, mini-trampolines, double-mini-trampolines, tumble tramps and fitness trampolines.

> Are clubs allowed to use springfree trampolines, fitness trampolines or trampolines with a bungee cord system?

No, these are all categorized as trampolines and have the same limitations.

> Are clubs still allowed to use air tracks?

Yes, inflatable devices (such as ‘air tracks’) are permitted.

> Are clubs still allowed to use beat boards?

Yes, beat boards are permitted.

> Are clubs still allowed to use rod floors?

Yes, rod floors are permitted.

> How does this affect pits that have a trampoline bed?

They are not set on a spring; they are considered a foam pit and therefore are permitted.

> Can we place safety mats on top of a tumble tramp or trampoline and use it that way?

No. The trampoline may not be used in any capacity.

> If clubs change the trampoline bed to one that is less performing, can the limitations be removed?

At this time, the type of trampoline bed that is being used does not alter the limitation.


Supervision

> Who can teach on, or supervise a trampoline activity?

All programs that use a trampoline must follow the same rules.

 

At ALL TIMES, when a trampoline is used, there must be at least an NCCP Level 2 Trampoline certified (or trained until Dec 31, 2019) coach teaching or providing  *indirect supervision. Coaches who have NCCP Level 2 Technical (or Competition 1 trained) in Artistic Gymnastics can use the trampoline as a teaching tool (for single saltos and aerial skills and to supervise a group doing non-inverted skills) as long as the coach has taken the Gymnastics Foundations Trampoline course (or the Level 1 Trampoline Technical course under the old NCCP).

 

Coaches who are trained in Gymnastics Foundations Artistic are not certified to teach any skills on the trampoline (including non-inversions).

 

This requirement is applied to all programs; recreational, developmental, competitive or interclub--in artistic, trampoline or any other gymnastics discipline-based program

> What is the minimum NCCP certification required to teach trampoline?
  • NCCP Foundations Trampoline trained coaches can teach non-inverted skills, if they are indirectly supervised by an NCCP Level 2 Trampoline Certified coach.
  • NCCP Level 2 Trampoline Trained coaches can teach inverted skills, if they are indirectly supervised by an NCCP Level 2 Trampoline certified coach.
  • NCCP Level 2 Trampoline Certified coaches can teach inverted skills on the trampoline and indirectly supervise other coaches.
  • NCCP Foundations Artistic trained or certified coaches CANNOT teach trampoline.
  • NCCP Artistic Comp 1, 2 or 3 coaches must be supervised by a Level 2 Trampoline Certified coach in order to teach skills on trampoline (even if the trampoline is only used as a training aid for artistic programs).
> What is the difference between an NCCP Level 2 Trampoline Certified vs Trained coach? Are we allowed to have a Level 2 Trained Coach as the supervisor?

Only *NCCP Level 2 Trampoline Certified (or trained until December 31, 2019) coaches can *indirectly supervise trampoline classes.

 

An NCCP Level 2 Trained Trampoline coach has completed:

  • an NCCP Level 2 Technical Trampoline course AND

  • an NCCP Level 2 (or Comp 1) Theory course.

 

To be Certified, an NCCP Level 2 Trampoline coach must complete AND submit their NCCP Level 2 Trampoline Practical form which requires a minimum of 150 hours of coaching Level 2 trampoline, completed after attendance at a Level 2 Technical Trampoline course.

 

Once the Gymnastics Canada Competition 1 Trampoline course is fully operational, the Level 2 trampoline certification will be replaced by the Competition 1 Trampoline certification. To be certified, a Competition 1 Trampoline coach will have to complete:

  • Competition 1 Trampoline course AND

  • Competition 1 Trampoline evaluation, completed by a Competition 1 Trampoline Coach Evaluator.

> Can one Level 2 certified coach supervise two trampolines that are side by side?

Yes, there is no written rule about the number of apparatus a coach can be responsible for.  Gymnastics BC offers athlete to coach ratios (competitive is recommended at 6-12:1, with higher level athletes needing to be at the smaller end of the scale).

> Is the Artistic Level 3 certification still transferable to a Level 2 Trampoline certification? And are they qualified to be a Level 2 supervising coach?

No a Level 3 Artistic certified coach is not qualified to be a Level 2 supervising coach. Level 3 Artistic certification has never granted an NCCP Level 2 Trampoline certification.

> What will the responsibilities of the Level 2 Trampoline certified coach be on the floor?

The Level 2 Certified Trampoline coach can be indirectly supervising the activities taking place on the trampolines.  This means they can be coaching their own group, but must be aware and able to observe the activities taking place on the trampolines.

> Will Gym BC be offering more Level 2 Trampoline courses? How can we help with this at the club level?

There are a limited number of Course Conductors (5) available to teach the Level 2 Trampoline Technical course in BC.  There is a module in the Level 2 course that requires the use of an overhead spotting belt system. To our knowledge there are only eight (8) gyms in BC with this rigging over their trampoline (one in Zone 1, two in Zone 2, one in Zone 8 and four in Zones 3, 4 + 5).  Courses work best with clubs that have at least 2 trampolines (one with belt) and 1 Double Mini-Tramp. A maximum of 12 participants can attend a course with these parameters.

Gymnastics BC can offer courses as gym and Course Conductor availability is known to us.

 
> What if my club does not have an NCCP Level 2 trained or certified coach present and working in the gym as of July 1, 2019? (6/25/19)

Your club is not permitted to use any trampoline devices, for any activities.


Programming

> Is trampoline use still permitted during parkour classes?

Gymnastics BC (GBC) received clarification from its insurance provider confirming that there are limitations on the use of trampoline devices during recreational parkour classes. 

GBC is currently working to provide information to the insurance company in order to demonstrate that the use of a trampoline device in a recreational parkour class is very similar to structured trampoline or artistic recreational classes.

Until further notice, clubs must not use trampoline devices in recreational parkour classes. Any injuries sustained on trampoline devices during parkour classes are not currently covered under the Gymnastics BC insurance policy.

> What is the difference between a ‘structured’ program and an ‘unstructured’ program?

Structured programs are defined as regularly scheduled programs over multiple weeks or multiple days in one week that teach progressive skill development.

Unstructured programs are not regularly scheduled and do not teach progressive skill development.

 
> Are we liable if a drop in/birthday/drop-in day camp participant disregards the rules and steps onto a trampoline and injures themselves?

Yes, clubs are liable if an above noted participant uses the trampoline. It is the duty of the club to make sure that these areas are off limits to participants and to ensure proper safety is met and protocol is being followed.

> If a birthday party participant is a registered member of the club, are they allowed to use the trampoline?

No; if they are attending the facility as a birthday party participant, the insurance limitations on trampoline usage still apply.

> Why are drop-in day camps included in the trampoline limitation?

Pending Clarification. 

> What if our field trips are run like structured programs, where we teach progressive skill development over several weeks?

Pending clarification. 

> Are we able to use inflatable bouncy castles for birthday parties or events held within the gym?

Yes, inflatables are permitted. Please follow the safety guidelines outlined on page 19 of the Safety First Manual.

> Can special needs groups use trampolines?

If the program is run as a structured recreational program and all policy requirements are adhered to, trampolines may be used. If the program is not run as a structured recreational program and/or policy requirements are not adhered to, special needs user groups are not permitted to use trampolines.

> Will aerial silks be covered under this policy?

No, aerial silks are not covered under the Gymnastics BC insurance policy.

> Are we allowed to run field trips? (6/25/19)

Yes, if the field trip is run as a structured recreational program and all requirements are met, then it is permitted. A field trip is a group that attends a GBC member club facility to receive introductory gymnastics training.

> What is considered a cross-training activity? (6/25/19)

A cross-training activity involves sporting user groups such as skiers, hockey players, snowboarders, wake boarders, divers, etc. that utilize the facility of a full member club by way of a gym facility rental to enhance their training. GBC full member club coaches are not permitted to deliver any instruction.

> How do we obtain approval for cross-training activities for sporting user groups? (6/25/19)

Please have the user group complete the cross-training request form.  This can be passed along to the user group’s insurance broker for completion. A copy of the user group’s Certificate of Insurance stating a minimum of $5 million in liability coverage and listing both Gymnastics BC and the GBC full member club, must be provided directly to the GBC full member club prior to facility use. Sporting user groups intending to cross-train athletes must employ their own coaches for activities in the GBC full member club gym facility.

> What is the difference between a ‘sporting user group’ and a ‘sport development program’? (6/25/19)

Sporting user group: A group of individuals in any sport which rents the facility to develop specific skills for the purpose of cross-training their athletes. The facility is rented with a gym attendant in place  The Sport User Group must provide a certificate of insurance naming GBC and the host club as Additional Insureds, stating they hold a minimum $5 million in liability coverage. GBC full member club coaches are not permitted to deliver any instruction to sporting user groups.

Sport development program: A group of individuals in any sport which attends a structured field trip program over multiple weeks,  or over multiple days in one week. The programs must teach progressive skill development, in order to develop fundamental movement skills through the activity of gymnastics,  for the purpose of enhancing sport development. The o Sport development program group must either register as an associate member of Gymnastics BC, and provide proof of $5M liability insurance coverage, or register the individuals as recreational members.  GBC full member club coaches are permitted to deliver instruction, providing all requirements are met.

 
> Is a sporting user group the same as an associate member? (6/25/19)

No. A sporting user group utilizes the facility by way of a gym facility rental (see definition), and does not employ GBC full member club coaches for training.

Associate members attend a structured field trip program over multiple weeks or multiple days in one week that teach progressive skill development, in order to develop fundamental movement skills through the activity of gymnastics. GBC full member club coaches are permitted to deliver instruction to associate members, providing all necessary requirements are met.


Definitions

"Trampoline"

Trampoline any rebounding apparatus that uses any form of bed-type surface, attached to a frame by springs or bungee cords; this includes, but is not limited to, competition trampolines, backyard trampolines, mini-trampolines, double-mini-trampolines, tumble tramps and fitness trampolines.

"In Training"

When an individual has completed all required training for a context.

"Trained"

When an individual has completed all required training (theory and technical workshops/courses) for any context.

Example #1: To be recognized as a "trained" NCCP Gymnastics Foundations coach, you must complete introduction, theory, and a discipline-specific component.

Example #2: To be recognized as a "trained" NCCP Level 2 Trampoline Coach, you must complete both the NCCP Level 2 Technical course and Competition 1 Theory components.

"Certified"

When an individual has completed all evaluation requirements for a context.

"Direct coaching"

A trained or certified coach is within close proximity and instructing their group of athletes.

"Indirect supervision"

In the context of new trampoline insurance limitations, a Level 2 certified trampoline coach (or Level 2 trained trampoline coach until Dec 31, 2019) is present in the gym.  They can be coaching their own group, but must be aware and able to observe the activities taking place on the trampolines.

 
"Structured programs"

Regularly-scheduled programs occurring over multiple weeks or multiple days in one week that teach progressive skill development.

"Unstructured programs"

These are programs that do not fit under the ‘structured programs’ definition. Unstructured program classes may or may not be irregularly scheduled or attended by participants. Unstructured programs do not teach progressive skill development. Examples of unstructured programs include (but are not limited to): drop-ins, and birthday parties.

"Gym facility rental" (6/25/19)

Gym rentals and lease contracts with user groups for facility use (not program services) require the following:

  • a copy of the user group’s Certificate of Insurance stating a minimum of $5M in liability coverage, and listing Gymnastics BC and the full member club as additional insured is required and must be provided directly to both the GBC full member club and Gymnastics BC prior to facility use.  

  • The club must provide a ‘gym attendant’ who is a current member of the club, to ensure that gym rules are being properly followed. 

"Associate member" (6/25/19)

A GBC associate membership is for organizations already covered under a corporate insurance plan. This organization attends a structured field trip program over multiple weeks or multiple days in one week, for a maximum of 8 visits per participant. Through the activity of gymnastics, this structured field trip must teach progressive skill development in order to help develop fundamental movement skills. Club coaches are permitted to deliver instruction, providing all requirements are met. 

Examples of such activities include (but are not limited to):

School groups

    Day cares

    All public recreation departments

    Community centres

    YM/YWCA’s

    Special needs groups


Please refer to the Club or Group Registration web page for further details.


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