World’s First 3D Trampoline Simulator 

Guest post by Greg Roe

GRT’s PRO Flipper

Trampoline and Gymnastics ‘Jump’ into Esports! 

GRT Pro Flipper is a brand new Mobile Trampoline Simulator that takes trampoline to the next level. All other trampoline-based apps on the App stores are all based on simpler 2D game play that is known as “Button Mashing” where complex skills are simplified into a combination of buttons being pressed in a pattern that does not truly match what a trampolinist actually does in the air at the Olympics. 

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Developed by Greg Roe,  the Freestyle Trampoline Association (FTA), an internationally recognized acrobatic sports platform, Pro Flipper is already turning heads internationally. When the FTA announced they were going to bring acrobatics into the Esports Industry, the Global Esports Federation (GEF) quickly made the FTA an official Federation Member with their eyes set on putting it in the Olympics in years to come. 

Esports as an industry is trying to get into the Olympics after a huge Boom during Covid and in the Tokyo Olympics they launched the Olympic Virtual Series which debuted a few real-life sports games as a test run which means Esports is taking a huge step forward on the world’s largest sports stage. With it, the FTA believes their Mobile 3D Trampoline Simulator can officially bring acrobatics into this booming industry. 

Traditionally most Esports are Battle-Royale or First Person Shooter based games. The Olympics is currently only accepting games that are based on real-world sports such as Cycling and Rowing. This puts the FTA is a great position to be pioneers of both the acrobatic industry by creating an entirely new “Freestyle” discipline as well as the Esports industry all in one swoop. 

The FTA has already created dozens of acrobatic Esports teams in Pro Flipper and have started test-running smaller Esports competitions in cooperation with their live events. The FTA has made it clear that they plan on using video games to inspire non-acrobats to embrace acrobatics through playing their various games and simulators. With multiplayer, live updated leader boards and expansion into Snowboarding, Ski, Wakeboarding and even Wind Tunnel Flying, the FTA plans on creating the first ever Extreme Sports Training Grounds all within the app in years to come and eventually take the mobile game to console. 

“We already work with Snowboard Germany, Ski Canada, Wakeboard Germany, Sweden, Wind Tunnel Flyers in Poland and of course the Nitro Circus athletes. Why Not create a trampoline-based training tool and virtual world for all these sports? That is what Freestyle is about, including all new-aged sports so they can all learn from each other.” – Greg Roe

The FTA also claims that the simulator will help expand the acrobatic market. There are many members of society who would love to jump on a trampoline or swing around a high bar but for one reason or another are unable to do so. The FTA  believes that opening up acrobatics to Esports fans will be a great way to target individuals who normally do not get to experience flips and spins on a daily basis. The FTA will be developing many educational programs within the various acrobatic apps that can be used as an educational tool for real live sports as well.

Spatial Awareness is a huge component of acrobatics and that was highlighted during Simone’s issues at the past Olympics which has shown the entire acrobatic industry, that previously focused primarily on mechanics, that the psychological aspect of the sport plays a much bigger role than many believe. Using a trampoline simulator before training, after training and even during training provides athletes with brain training that stimulates the areas of the brain that deal with processing projectile motion and space and time. 

With Pro Flipper, athletes can literally test out new body movements, trajectories and go through many different positions that are Traditional and Freestyle in nature to compare the results on the avatar. This gives the athletes a safe testing ground for new skills first and foremost as well as gives athletes a way to mentally go through repetitions to better solidify the mental circuits that activate when actually doing acrobatics. 

Research from Temple University(1) show that video games help individuals increase their spatial mapping and leads to improved performance in Maths, Sciences and technology fields which help individuals achieve life success, not just in the gym but in their careers. There are many articles discussing the benefits of virtual simulation on actual physical performance which is why pilots and Astronauts will train in simulators. Why wouldn’t Traditional athletes?

The FTA has created an entire online training program for athletes and coaches based around the 3D Simulator and you can get access to it by subscribing to their website below. 

With many great in-game updates to come, new game concepts and many great partners all over the world, the FTA is young but hungry association who is one to watch for in years to come in both the Esports industry and the Freestyle Acrobatic Industry. 

Pro Flipper Website: www.GRTproflipper.com

Download Pro Flipper On Itunes

Full: https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/grt-pro-flipper/id1571755042

Demo: https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/grt-pro-flipper-demo/id1572060118

Download Pro Flipper On Android:

Demo: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.GRT.ProFlipperDemo

Full: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.GRT.ProFlipper

Research: 

  1. David H. Uttal, Nathaniel G. Meadow, Elizabeth Tipton, Linda L. Hand, Alison R. Alden, Christopher Warren, Nora S. Newcombe. The Malleability of Spatial Skills: A Meta-Analysis of Training StudiesPsychological Bulletin, 2012; DOI: 10.1037/a0028446

Jackson Payne’s new APP

Jackson was one of the gymnast who retired rather than training another year in hopes of getting one of the two AA spots available from PanAm Championships.

He had represented Canada over 50 times in more than 20 countries

Now the father of two young children, Jackson launched an APP in his home town of Edmonton.

It’s called Deeleeo. Delivery simplified. Use it to send a package, or earn money by making deliveries.

Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

Yurchenko analysis

Using 3D Gym from FB-Curves WAG app.

Click PLAY or watch it on Instagram.

Ella Douglas interview

In appreciation of LGBTQ Pride Month, June in the USA, I’m linking to an entertaining interview on the Half In, Half Out LGBTQ+ Podcast.

Listen to out Canadian gymnast Ella Douglas who was Co-Captain of the MSU team in 2020, her Senior year.

Ella was totally accepted by her team after announcing her girlfriend. Coaches, friends, everyone.

Ella will be a volunteer coach with MSU next year now that she’s graduated.

Of course there have been other Lesbian WAG gymnasts in College Gymnastics. And some have been open with that to friends and teammates while still competing.

Click through to listen.

Dave Holcomb – New Normal when you reopen

Dave is one of the leaders I’ve followed on how to reopen safely.

Dealing with parents is his main challenge right now.

For example, parent viewing.  He’s asking parents to watch on their phones using an app called Spot TV.  It’s a partner program with their club’s Jackrabbit software.

On spotting, Dave is aware of clubs offering classes with no spotting.

His club is going to require coaches who spot to wear masks when they do.  In addition, his staff can wear masks whenever they wish.

Also, parents will fill out an additional release form confirming they allow coaches to spot their child.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (43min). There are a few sections of frozen video, including the last few minutes – the usual technical glitches.

related – Buckeye’s reopening after COVID-19

Gymnastics Australia COVID-19 reopening

Frank Sahlein shared a document from Gymnastics Australia:

PREPARATION OF TRAINING/ COMPETITION ENVIRONMENTS

Once gymnastics clubs are provided with the endorsement to resume gymnastics activities in any capacity, the following specific factors for a safe resumption of training and participation should be considered …

Program Scheduling

  • How can training be staggered to minimise numbers and reduce contact?
  • Modifying training times so that there are less people present at one time
  • Scheduling adequate venue and equipment cleaning time between sessions.

Cleaning

  • Bathrooms/change rooms, kitchens, and entrance foyer

  • What is the protocol and frequency of cleaning shared facilities?

  • Treatment of surfaces

    • –  A single deep clean will not provide any ongoing protection

    • –  Use a product with residual viricidal activity to inactivate viruses

    • –  Diluted bleach solution for non-porous surfaces (70% alcohol solution or diluted bleach solution) is effective on non-porous surfaces.

    • –  Surfaces such vinyl mat coverings, high touch areas (doorknobs, benches, etc) require regular mechanical wiping.

    • –  Some cleaning solutions may cause skin irritation, so take care to use gloves when cleaning, and wipe mats again with damp cloth (water) for surfaces that have greater contact area (e.g. children lying on mats).

That’s a short excerpt.

Read the entire document.

One recommendation new to me was this:

Gymnastics Australia recommends that all its members download the Australian Government COVID-19 contact tracing app (COVIDSafe).

France partners with FB Curves 3D Gym

Search for the free app (MAG or WAG) to see samples. From there you can decide whether to purchase the PAID version.

Click PLAY or watch it on Twitter.

3D Gym from FB-Curves – DEDUCTIONS

These come from the 3D Gym from FB-Curves app — I believe. Click through this Twitter thread to see more.

Former French gymnast Fabien BOUGAS developed this software. Male Artistic Gymnastics elements in 3D.

There is a version (only  45 skills) available free for iOS devices. You can pay to upgrade to the full version.

Click PLAY or watch a sample on YouTube.

 

Fujitsu “judging support system” at Worlds 2019

The system uses 3D laser scanner sensors to capture the gymnasts’ movements in real time, providing two million shots per second on areas such as arm or leg bend angles, angles of elevation and height of particular moves.

This is then compared to a database of existing recognised moves and routines to hopefully provide a more accurate picture of an athlete’s routine for the judges. …

The technology is now planned to be deployed at the forthcoming Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, held from October 4th-13th  in Stuttgart, Germany, with further tests planned as Fujtisu aims to get it included at Tokyo 2020.

Tech Radar 

GymCastic reported that FIG plans to test the technology on 2 WAG apparatus, 3 MAG apparatus in Stuttgart.

Thanks @usgymie