Video:Safety Tips for Stuntingwith Jayne Shalkowski
Cheerleading stunts need to be performed carefully to ensure the cheerleaders' safety. Check out these safety tips for stunting.See Transcript
Transcript:Safety Tips for Stunting
Hi my name is Jayne Shalkowski, I'm the coach at Montclair State University cheerleaders. I'm here at Just Cheer Gym to do a cheerleading video for About.com on safety and spotting and stunts.
Practice Stunting on the Floor
At Montclair State we believe in perfecting a stunt before progression so that our stunts are safe.
Girls if you could do the prep please: Ready ... 1 - 2.
We want everyone to perfect their stunt so that they can move on and feel that they are doing it safely.
Use Cheerleading Spotters for Stunts
If you notice we have what is called "four corner spotting." We have a spotter at each side of the stunt so that if the girl tilts sideways, forwards or backwards, she will be able to be caught by an extra spotter.
So the girls are up in a prep position right now: their bases are secure, their backspots are looking up at their head and shoulder area and we have four corner spotting.
Safely Cradle the Top Cheerleader
When the stunt is completed, we do what is called a cradle, we make sure that everybody is aware that the flyer will be cradled and everybody's looking up at her head and shoulders. Ready... 1- 2. Upon cradling they will be caught by their bases and their backspots and at that point the four corner spotters job has been completed: 1-2 .... and 1-2.
So in conclusion, as has been demonstrated by my two stunt groups, that's how we have safety in spotting and stunting.
For further information, please feel free to go onto About.com.