SPOTTING IS CRUCIAL WHEN LEARNING NEW STUNTS OR PERFORMING DIFFICULT ONES. IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT SPOTTING IS ONLY EFFECTIVE WHEN IT IS DONE PROPERLY
- Always remember to protect the neck, back, and head from injury.
- The bases are the primary spotters for their flyers, so spotters should only assist bases if needed.
- Spotters in the stunt should aid the bases with dismounts when they are being learned.
- The main goal is to catch or support the flyer or bases if the stunt should start to fall.
- A spotter is in constant contact with the bases and the flyer.
- A spotter is in constant contact the the stunt until it is mastered and whenever possible thereafter.
- If a spotter is unable to touch the person being spotted, the spotter will stand close enough to catch the stunt.
Common Ways to Spot:
- At the waist.
- At the waist and upper arm.
- At the hand and upper arm.
- Supporting armpits.
- The “sea of hands” technique.
Remember, spotters must always be aware. The base may need extra support or spotting.
M.A.C. regulations state that a spotter is required for the following stunts:
- Russian Lifts
- Dead-man Lifts
- Triple Base Straddle Lifts
You do not need a spotter for the following stunts:
- Thigh Stands
- Shoulder Sits
- Pony Sits
- Shoulder Stands
- Half-extensions only require a third if you toss down from the stunt, or if your third is going to step under the stunt.