- Trampoline History -
Spurred by a recent decision made by the United States Gymnastics Federation (USGF) to exclude trampoline from sanctioned collegiate gymnastics competitions, George Nissen, on October 11, 1970, assembled a select group of thirty-three US trampoline and tumbling coaches. This group collaborated on the formation of a new organization. One that would support, develop and promote the sport of trampoline through age-group programming and competitions, while continuing to allow the AAU to remain the governing organization for the sport.
|Jeff Austin addressing attendees at the organizational meeting - 1970|
The founders adopted the name: United States Trampoline Association, and set out goals to foster improved competition for trampolinists throughout the United States, to establish safe and uniform standards for competition and provide sound lines of communication for coaches, judges and teachers.
The group then agreed to hold their first annual National Trampoline Clinic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on December 27-30, 1970. In addition, Temporary officers were appointed to serve until the first, formal organizational meeting to be held December 27, 1970 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
- President: Jeff Austin, Gymnastics Coach, Triton College, River Grove, Ill.
- Secretary: Milt Davis, US Chairman AAU Trampoline Committee, Memphis, Tenn.
- Executive Director: Ron Munn, Ohio District Sales Manager, Nissen Corporation
Temporary officers: Milt Davis, Jeff Austin and Ron Munn - 1970
The United States Trampoline Association became a reality and was officially formed on December 27, 1970 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. An important note to include was the impressive presentation made by Vern Dietrich, Geneva, Ohio arguing why the sport of tumbling should be included in the organization’s constitution. Vern’s impassioned points swayed the membership to agree, and tumbling was included; with the organization changing its name to the United States Trampoline & Tumbling Association.
- President - Jeff Austin, Coach at Triton, Illinois
- Vice President - Newt Loken, Coach at University of Michigan
- Sec-Treasurer - Ron Munn, Columbus, Ohio
Note: Later in 1971, the U.S.T.A. announced a change to the concept of the Griswold-Nissen Cup, designating it as an award given to an outstanding single clinic participant rather than serve as the generic name for the age-group competition held during the final days of the clinic.
|1971 - Jack Leonard is the first recipient of the Griswold-Nissen Cup|
|L-R: Larry Griswold, Paul Luxon and George Nissen|
1972 Griswold-Nissen Cup
Page 2 - 1972 USTA Clinic:
|World trampoline champions David Jacobs (photo on left) and Gary Erwin (photo on right) provide trampoline instruction at the clinic.|
|USTA Clinic coaches and participants - - 1973, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Photo courtesy Jim Bertz)|
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