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| "I'm a
spotter on my squad, and I always have been, for the 7 years
I've been a cheerleader. It's because I've always been so tall.
I feel that spotting is really important, but it's also really
hard to do it right. More than likely, the spotter is the one
that has to save a falling flyer."
Being a spotter (sometimes called third base or scoop) in Cheerleading
is no easy task. The responsibility of preventing injury to the flyer
rests on the spotter's shoulders or rather in their arms. A spotter should
always be in contact with the performing surface and should be an alert,
fast thinking, aggressive, and preferably taller person. They are also
usually the person that calls everything in a stunt.
A spotter assists the
flyer into the stunt but is not the primary support. They help steady
or balance the stunt and most importantly, help to catch the flyer, if
she falls, so as to prevent injury. Their role in stunting is huge and
should never be taken lightly.
Abilities and Tips on Spotting
- Attentive - A spotter
has to pay attention to what is going on. They should not be easily
distracted or lose their concentration.
- Fast Thinking
- A spotter must be able to react quickly to any situation.
- A spotter can help in teaching the flyer by building up their confidence
and trust. If the flyer knows she will be caught, she can focus more
on her flying technique.
- As with all positions in stunting, the timing of the spotter has to
- Spotters have to know how to save a stunt and not be afraid to do
- A spotter can not have any fear of catching the flyer or of being
hurt by doing so. If anyone is to hit the ground, it should be the spotter.
- Keep Your
Eyes on the Flyer - Unless a spotter has to check a grip, their eyes
should be on the flyer at all times.
Contact with Flyer - Whenever possible the spotter should keep in contact
with the flyer. This not only helps balance the stunt, but it will make
the flyer feel more confident and secure.
- Know How
to Catch - If the flyer should happen to fall, the spotter should know
how to catch her head and neck first. By catching the head and neck,
the spotter can prevent the most serious of injuries. The spotter (and
bases) should also catch the flyer at the highest point possible. This
helps slow her descent.
As you can
see, it takes a very special person to fill the position of spotter and
the importance of this position should never be underestimated.
Visit the About Cheerleading
forum and tell us what your position is and why you think it's important
or just read what other Cheerleaders have to say about flying, basing
Cheerleading Forum - What's Your Position?
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