Trampoline Insurance

Navigating a New Insurance Landscape in BC

ALERT: All published information pertaining to the below-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 below-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.

During the transition, Gymnastics BC developed and released the following resources to support club operations in complying with the changes effective July 1, 2019:

  • Newsletters including updates and clarifications,
  • FAQ’s to help guide staff and participants 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 accordingly. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Overview

The insurance limitations on trampoline usage took effect on July 1, 2019. 

An Extraordinary General Meeting was held on July 19, 2019 to vote on an insurance fee levy additional to the membership fees approved at the 2018 AGM. 
 
The purpose of the EGM was to consider an ordinary resolution to approve an insurance levy for the 2019-2020 season (beginning September 1, 2019).
 
The ordinary resolution was approved as presented, and the insurance levy will be added to the membership fees approved at the 2018 AGM. A summary of the approved fee structure is available here

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.

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

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

The Gymnastics BC insurance policy will no longer permit trampoline use during unstructured programs, including birthday parties, drop-in sessions, and drop-in day camps and parkour programs.

 

Trampolines may be used in structured recreational and competitive programs under proper coaching supervision, providing all insurance 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

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.

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

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

Yes, beat boards are permitted.

Yes, rod floors are permitted.

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

When the trampoline limitations apply, covering a trampoline device with a mat or air track still does not permit you to use the trampoline device, for rebounding or non-rebounding activities.

At this time, the quality of the trampoline bed (i.e. competitive trampoline bed vs backyard trampoline bed) does not change or alter the trampoline limitation.

Structured recreational programs (considered regularly scheduled programs over multiple weeks or multiple days in one week that teach progressive skill development) may use trampoline devices, however this area of programming comes with a liability sub-limit of $500,000 per occurrence with an annual total combined limit across all Gymnastics BC member clubs of $1,000,000 (recommended coverage is minimum $5,000,000).

Supervision

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

Competitive Trampoline Programs:

All competitive trampoline programs must be taught by a NCCP Level 2 Trampoline certified coach. There are no exceptions.

Recreational Trampoline Programs:

  • NCCP Foundations Trampoline trained coaches can teach non-inverted skills, if they are *indirectly supervised by a NCCP Level 2 Trampoline certified coach.
  • NCCP Level 2 Trampoline trained coaches can teach inverted skills and supervise other groups until December 31, 2019. As of January 1, 2020, they will have to be indirectly supervised by a NCCP level 2 Trampoline certified coach. 
  • NCCP Level 2 Trampoline certified coaches can teach inverted skills on the trampoline and indirectly supervise other coaches. 
  • If a club does not have a NCCP Level 2 Trampoline certified coach (or trained until December 31, 2019) in the gym, then trampolines are not permitted. They can be coaching their own group, but must be aware and able to observe the activities taking place on the trampoline devices they are supervising. Coaches (NCCP) trained or certified (any level) in Artistic Gymnastics CANNOT teach or supervise recreational trampoline programs. This includes coaches who are Artistic Foundations, Comp 1, Comp 2, Level 3 or Level 4. 

Trampoline used in any Artistic Competitive or Recreational programs:

  • NCCP Foundations Artistic trained or certified coaches are not certified to teach any skills on the trampoline (including non-inversions).
  • NCCP Artistic Comp 1, 2 or 3 (or Level 2, 3 or 4 under the old NCCP) certified coaches with a minimum of Gymnastics Foundations Trampoline trained status (or the Level 1 Trampoline Technical course under the old NCCP), can use the trampoline as a teaching tool (for single saltos and aerial skills to supervise a group doing non-inverted skills).

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

  • 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).

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.

Yes, there is no written rule about the number of apparatus a coach can be responsible for. Gymnastics BC offers athlete to coach ratios.

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.

The NCCP Level 2 Trampoline certified 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.

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.

Programming

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.

  • Structured programs: These are regularly scheduled programs occurring over multiple weeks or multiple days in one week that teach progressive skill development. If an activity is run as a structured recreational program and all policy requirements are adhered to, trampolines may be used.
  • Unstructured programs: These are programs that do not fit into the ‘structured programs’ category. 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.

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

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

A drop-in day camp is unstructured and does not teach progressive skill development.

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

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

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

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

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.

Please have the user group complete the Request for User Group to Conduct Cross-Training Activities 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 as additional insured, 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.

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.

Field Trip/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 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.

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.

A drop-in day camp is unstructured and does not teach progressive skill development.

 

A gymnastics camp takes place over multiple days in one week and is a structured gymnastics training camp progressing on skills. 

Definitions

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.

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

A coach who has completed all required training (NCCP 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.

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

 

Example #1: A NCCP Gymnastics Foundation “in training” coach has completed some of the required components (introduction, theory or discipline-specific components).

Example #2: A NCCP Gymnastics Foundations “trained” coach has completed the 3 components: introduction, theory and a discipline-specific components.

Example #3: A NCCP Level 2 Trampoline “trained” coach has completed the Level 2 Technical course and Competition 1 Theory components.

Example #4: To be Certified, an NCCP Level 2 Trampoline coach must have completed the Level 2 Technical course, Competition 1 theory component and have submitted 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. Until December 31, 2019, a trained NCCP Level 2 Trampoline coach will be allowed to indirectly supervise trampoline activities (while they are completing themselves the 150 practical hours).

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. 

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

In the context of the new trampoline insurance limitations, an NCCP Level 2 Trampoline certified coach (or Level 2 Trampoline trained coach until December 31, 2019) must be present in the gym if any trampoline devices are being used. NCCP Level 2 trampoline certified coaches are permitted to coach their own group. If NCCP Level 2 trampoline certified coaches are supervising other groups, they must be aware and able to observe the groups (including the group’s coach and participants) on trampoline devices.

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

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.y.

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 $5 million 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’ (Gymnastics Foundations or Level 1 certified, 19 years or older, and valid GBC approved first aid certification) who is a current member of the club, to ensure that gym rules are being properly followed

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
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