Safe Spotting

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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

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Spotting Essentials:

  1. Always remember to protect the neck, back, and head from injury.
  2. The bases are the primary spotters for their flyers, so spotters should only assist bases if needed.
  3. Spotters in the stunt should aid the bases with dismounts when they are being learned.
  4. The main goal is to catch or support the flyer or bases if the stunt should start to fall.

 

Hands-On Spotting:

  • 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:

  • Chairs
  • Torches
  • 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.

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