Most parents and athletes quickly learn how overwhelming a meet can be. The prep work, arrival, flight times, and rules are a lot of information to get right. This page is here to help dissect the typical meet flow to help you and your athlete understand what a meet is like
You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations. It is also your choice how long you choose to stay and when you leave. We always try to have a team dinner at some point during the competition weekend. Taylor will typically try to schedule it for the night before the competition.
Boys: Step-in or compression shirt, with or without sleeves, and must be skin tight. Shorts must be a single color and no more than a 5” inseam. Trampoline pants of a single color may be worn on trampoline. White foot covering, trampoline shoes, of no more than ankle length is allowed.
Girls: Leotard with or without sleeves. Shorts are allowed as long as they are skin tight, and either black or a color that matches their leotard. White foot covering, trampoline shoes, of no more than ankle length is allowed.
Warm ups: Airborne team jacket or Airborne sweatshirt. Black pants. Level 8+ will wear either a practice leo or competition leotard for training sessions.
Hair: Long hair must be secured tight to the head (male and female). If hair is long enough, it must be secured in a tight bun or braid, or a ponytail for shorter hair.
Jewelry: No hard jewelry is allowed.
Wrap/Tape: Must be tan, black, or white.
You will arrive depending on what time your child's events are. If your kids event is the first flight of the day, arrive 30-45 minutes before your scheduled event time and head straight back to staging. The rest of the day, you should be in the event center at least an hour before your event. Head back to staging at least 30 minutes before your event.
The competitions can be behind or 30 minutes early. You need to be prepared if your flight gets called earlier than your scheduled event time.
This is probably the hardest thing to get an understanding of for meets. Prior to the meet, the coach (Taylor Miller) should have the flight schedule and she is very good about sharing this with TeamSnap.
A flight is the group of athletes that are competing against each other during their event competition time. A flight is no bigger than 12 athletes. These groups are made up of all the kids that are the same age and level. There could be multiple flights that are the same age and level group. All of the flights together will make the overalls, this is everyone who is that age and level.
Staging is the area where your kid will go before each of their events to warm up. They should arrive 30-45 minutes before each of their events. This is where they will stretch and do light warm ups to get prepared for their event. This is also where they will check into their flights and be placed in the order that they will compete in. Athletes are not allowed back in staging if you are not there to warm up for an event. They must wait in the stands until it is time for their event.
Once everyone in staging is lined up and the judges are ready, a staging worker will walk the flight to their event. The flight will first present to the judges by either standing in front of the judges table, or the judge will come up to the flight line. This is to ensure everyone is in the correct order and competition ready. Each flight eceives a certain amount of touches, this is their time to warm up their passes/routines. Whatever they do during this time does not count towards their score. Typically they will receive 2 touches per event. The optional levels may get more. Once everyone takes their touches, it will be time to compete. Once it is your athletes turn to compete, they will stand facing the judges waiting for the head judge to say their name and salute them. Once the athlete salutes back, they can start their routine. Once they finish their routine, they will hold for the appropriate time then turn to salute the judge one more time.
If they have 2 passes, everyone will compete their first pass then go through the line again to compete their second pass.
Each athlete will get up to 2 runs per event (depending on level). Scoring is done when the judges have deducted any points and have conferred. Once the judges have conferred, the score is usually posted on a large monitor near the judges table. The score doesn't stay on the screen for very long so you need to be paying close attention. Some meets have a website where the scores are entered. Only a small number of these sites are updated in real time, usually you will have to visit the site the next day to see the scores for your athlete. Scores are ALWAYS posted by flight time of the event and the athletes name
The only lunch provided at meets are for the judges, and they usually have a 30 minute break during the meet to eat. You need to plan ahead to ensure you are able to provide food for your athlete as some venues have concessions and some do not
Once everyone in the flight has competed, the judges will get all the scores together and gather the medals or ribbons. You will receive your award based on how you finished.
If there are more than one flight, they might also give out overall awards. This happens once everyone who is competing in the same age and level has all finished competing. Typically, they will only give out another medal to the top three overalls. At bigger competitions, they may place the top 10.
Once your athlete has completed all of their flights for all events, they are done and can leave. It is always a good idea to have your athlete check in with the coach (Taylor will be on the meet floor the entire time) to make sure there is nothing else they need to do before you leave.