SAFETY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF CHEERLEADING. AS A COACH, YOU ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR EACH MEMBER OF YOUR TEAM
Smart Rules To Follow:
- Pick a safe hazard-free area for stunting.
- Use safety mats,especially when teaching new stunts.
- Give clear instruction about the stunt that you will be doing.
- Always instruct how to get down before you being a stunt.
- Ensure maximum concentration, by eliminating as many distractions as possible.
- Have only one person in the stunt in control.
- Spotters are extremely important!
- Attentiveness is important.
- Master basic stunts before progression.
- Always inform your team of the consequences of a team member falling and hitting the floor.
Selecting the proper space for stunting:
- A non-hazardous area or the gymnasium.
- Mats are the preferred surface, but they are not always available. Talk to your advisor about getting proper mats to practice on.
- If mats are unavailable, stunt on a dry, flat, grassy, clear area.
- If only the gym floor is available, use extra spotters.
Never perform stunts without an appropriate amount of spotters. Place two spotters at the back of an extension and one in the front when learning a stunt. The spotters’ main focus of attention should be to support or to catch stunts that may be in trouble. The head, neck, and back are the most crucial areas of the body. they must be protected at all times. If the stunt falls, these areas should never hit the floor. Keeping the communication between all participants is essential. There should be no excess talking.