On the floor and the beam, gymnastics jumps are about height, flexibility, extension, form and speed. While the floor and the beam have some spring action, most of the height actually comes from the gymnast's power. The list of jumps landed in competition continues to grow as the difficulty and creativity of the sport increase, but all jumps begin from the same skill types.
Hops, Leaps and Jumps
Although hops, leaps and jumps might sound like the same thing, they are not. The difference lies in the footing. In a hop, you take off from one foot and land on that same foot, the same way you do as a young child in hopscotch. In a leap, you also take off from one foot but land on the opposite foot. Covering the most distance, leaps are a common way to travel the balance beam. When you jump, both feet leave the ground at the same time, as in jumping on a trampoline.