Rebounderz Franchise and Development, Inc. is committed to be the leader in innovations for the indoor trampoline arena industry. By providing our customers with new cutting edge innovations, we are able to provide a safer and more enjoyable overall experience for our guests. Rebounderz Franchise and Development was founded on these principles and uses them as a guideline from initial construction to facility operation. The largest safety innovation that was developed by Rebounderz Franchise and Development, Inc. is our patented exoskeleton created by our Founder/CEO Mark Gurley.
The Exoskeleton is the first indoor trampoline arena to hold a patent in the United States (U.S. Patent # 8,657,696, U.S. Patent #8,764,575, and U.S. Patent #9,149,674.) and enjoys all the legal protections that status confers.
For many years, indoor trampoline arenas were comprised of multiple trampolines tied together to form one larger structure. This design allowed the individual trampolines to shift during usage, resulting in an unstable and ultimately unsafe jumping platform.
Mark Gurley saw this safety hazard and devised a way to create one solid structure fastened to the foundation of the building for Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena, which he named the Exoskeleton. The Exoskeleton frame was specifically engineered so motion from one trampoline bed would not transfer to any adjacent trampoline beds.
The structure is held together with high grade nuts and bolts and undergoes thorough routine inspections to make sure its structural integrity does not falter.
Early indoor trampoline arenas used two trampolines, one overlapping the other, to form their corner sections. This design was not structurally sound and left many opportunities for guests to fall between the two trampolines and get injured. Rebounderz was the first indoor trampoline arena to integrate a corner section into the frame of our trampoline arenas. This triangular corner section was specifically engineered to connect the two corner trampoline beds together to form one solid structure.
Trampoline Wall Angle
During the early years of the indoor trampoline arena industry, Rebounderz identified the inclines used in wall trampolines were too steep to safely use while jumping. We analyzed this information when designing our Exoskeleton, specifically calculated the angle for the wall trampolines, and constructed the Exoskeleton so the trajectory of guests on and off of the wall provides the safest environment possible.
Rebounderz was the first in the industry to use a redundant double bed system for our trampoline arenas. This double bed system provided an additional layer of protection for our guests from puncturing a hole through the trampoline beds and coming in contact with the ground.
If one layer of a trampoline bed fails due to wear, the second trampoline bed can pick up the slack. Once one of the trampoline beds has been deemed unusable, it is promptly replaced with replacement beds stored onsite.
The red lines around the perimeters of our trampoline beds are called “Joshua Lines”, which serve as a visual reminder to guests of the springs at the edges of each bed.
Jumping near the perimeter of a trampoline bed creates more tension on the springs, resulting in a less forgiving jump experience than one in the middle of the trampoline bed. By adding the red lines to the trampoline bed, guests can easily focus on jumping in the middle of the trampoline bed instead of landing on the edge.
Not only are they instructed to stay inside the red lines while jumping during the instructional video they are required to watch before entering the jumper, they also have a visual reminder to offer a safer jump experience.
The industry standard for all indoor trampoline arenas stated that 1” – 2” of foam padding over the frame of the trampoline arena was sufficient to protect guests from injury. Rebounderz decided to surpass that requirement and use 3” – 6” foam instead. The additional thickness in the foam padding further reduced the amount and severity of injuries. Furthermore, the foam padding where the wall and floor trampolines meet is cut at an angle to blend the two trampoline beds together and is 17” thick at its center. This smooth transition between the two trampoline beds was designed to reduce the chance of injury.
Detached Foam Pit
Rebounderz was the first to recognize that foam pits integrated into a trampoline did not provide adequate protection for older guests; these foam pits were quickly limited for smaller jumper use only. In order to provide the older guests with the same jumping experience, we developed a dedicated detached foam pit. The deck of our foam pit sits 6’ off the ground with the trampoline bed suspended 3’ off of the ground. The foam pit is then filled with 8” x 8” foam blocks to cushion guests as they jump into the pit.
Secured Trampoline Walls
Rebounderz uses double-backed catch netting behind every trampoline wall on its trampoline arenas. In the very unlikely event that a wall or a bed should fail, guests will be safely caught by the netting.
Jump Socks and Guest Safety
Rather than to allow guests to needlessly place themselves at risk, Rebounderz provides a wide range of safety measures to ensure that all guests are knowledgeable and protected. Guests wear Rebounderz Grip Socks, footwear with grip-pad soles similar to the type gymnasts use, so their feet grab tightly to each trampoline mat every time they jump. Additionally, Rebounderz guests are required to view an instructional safety video, which covers a variety of rules and jumping “best practices”.
Having a properly trained staff is crucial to the success of Rebounderz. Jumper Referees undergo training to help aid guests in basic jumping techniques and to stop any dangerous behavior. Rebounderz referees are trained to spot guests double bouncing each other, guests running or playing tag on the Jumper, and guests trying to perform tricks past their experience level. The addition of these Jumper Referees helped reduce the amount of injuries, resulting in a safer experience for all of our guests.