How to Spot on the Trampoline
Spotting someone on the trampoline begins with safety rules, as it is easy to fall forward or backward while tumbling on the trampoline. Learn how to spot flips and turns on the trampoline with advice from an experienced gymnastics coach in this free video on gymnastics techniques.
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Hi there my name is Lisa. I'm here from World of Gymnastics in Woodstock, Georgia. We coach gymnastics. We also have cheerleading here at our campus and then there's swimming across the street. So we have a family feel in our campus. So now we're talking about how to spot on the trampoline. The first thing we're going to do is teach our kids the safety rules of the trampoline. When, if Bren were to fall the thing we don't want her doing is falling on straight arms. We don't want to hurt any arm muscles and if she falls backwards we definitely don't want her arms backwards. So because a trampoline is so bouncy the chances of falling forward or backward are even greater so we first want to teach Bren how to do a safety roll if she falls backwards. So Bren can you fall backwards on to your back and do a safety roll? So she is going to roll on to her back instead of falling. That way she won't reach behind her with her arms. The same thing if she falls forward. We almost want her to tuck her head and do a forward roll. That way she doesn't fall on her arms. The next step I'm going to have Selena come up with Ms. Megan and Ms. Meagan is going to make sure her hands are on her at all times. Because Selena is obviously going to weight less than your coaches you want to make sure that they know that you could double bounce them so you need to be very careful you don't buckle the kid's knees. So you want to jump and bounce with them instead of against them. So they're going to jump at the same time. They're just working on getting their timing together. So Meagan is going to have Selena jump and stop several times before they ever try to do tricks. Very good and then once they add a trick I'm going to have Taylor come on up. Once they start adding a trick it's up to the coach if they want them to jump or if they want them to stand stationary. It all depends on how comfortable you are spotting and how much the child is going to weigh. So this is an example of a stationary spot. Megan is just going to make sure that at the landing her hands are on her at all times because she is going to bounce just like that so it's a good thing that Meagan had her arm on her and could catch her. Now we're going to also show you this jumping bounce. So Meagan is going to keep her hands on her as they bounce together and she's going to grab her as she lands. This just insures safety that the child doesn't go flying off the trampoline but do remember they are going to bounce the coach as well. So you need to be prepared and when you land you want to bend your knees so that you can absorb the shock of that bounce.