Usually when young people fly off trampolines and nearly collide, they are admonished by their mothers and told to be more careful.
But with the University of Maryland Gymkana Troupe, those near collisions are part of the show and the fun.
The troupe of more than 60 University of Maryland, College Park, students will perform a free show of novelty and circus acts and gymnastics routines on Wednesday night at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.
The troupe began in 1946 and has been performing on almost an annual basis at Hagerstown Community College for several years, said Scott Welsh, director and head coach. One of the troupe's early leaders, the late George Kramer, lived in the Hagerstown area, Welsh said. Kramer died in 1998.
Acts include having members jump off two trampolines and just miss each other as they criss-cross paths in midair while doing handsprings, roundoffs or flips over a vault box, Welsh said.