Tumbling Tulsa | Today’s topic
Hello and welcome to Tulsa tumbled talk with justice tumbling company, the one and only Tulsa tumbling show where we your Tulsa tumbling experts, answer the questions that we get from parents and athletes on a daily basis. We are your hosts, coulton cruise and rusty breath fleur, and we are the owners of justice tumbling company in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tumbling Tulsa and today’s topic, the subject of our podcast today is spotting versus no spotting
meaning, not only the difference between the two, but also how to know when you need a spot and when you’re down.
Now, believe it or not, there are actually some coaches that don’t believe in spotting it all and we’re not here to say that they’re wrong or that we’re right, Tumbling Tulsa but we are going to be going over the pros and cons of both
and we want to start by going over the three ways that you’ll be spotted for each skill.
Absolutely. So here at justice tumbling company, we have three ways to spot every skill. They always come in threes, don’t they?
That they do not. They do. Now the three ways to spot every skill. There’s a heavy spot when an athletes just starting out learning how to do the skill than a medium spot and a light spot after that, the athlete goes to throwing it by themselves.
So we’re gonna start today with the heavy spot. Tumbling Tulsa Now we’ll spot with a heavy spot whenever we’ve a never spotted you on that particular skill skill before. Even if another coach already has, um, b, we’ll spot you with the heavy spot whenever we know that you’re just learning that skill and see obviously when you ask for one rusty, how about the medium spots?
Tumbling Tulsa. The medium spot is for the athletes who are growing more comfortable with the skill. This is where all the athletes start the scope by themselves and then jump in there and let them feel that spot the way they’re used to. It’s to let the athletes start getting a little bit more comfortable with going for the scope by themselves and us being there halfway through.
And so that’s really whenever we know that an athlete is getting stronger and is able to somewhat keep the proper body positions, but may need just a little bit of help on things such as blocking off their hands in the backhand spring or a pto drive for a layout. Now, next is the light spot and we’ll spot you on a light spot only when we know you, the athlete and we know your abilities. So for a light spot you’re actually doing 95 percent of the skill. Tumbling Tulsa then the coaches only assist with the last five percent. So now some examples of the light spot or what some call a late spot is in like a backhand spring, you know you’re lightly getting touched for your legs to get over in that backhand spring or in a full, you know, we might just catch your hips to make sure that that landing is a little lighter on your knees. And this is the last step before athletes, through their skills, by themselves.
Now we go through those three so the athletes can get comfortable with the technique and the skill and their body doing that skill. Tumbling Tulsa, some athletes will be able to go straight from the light spot into throwing the skill by themselves without you there
and some athletes might be able to go from being spotted heavy to throwing it by themselves just because every athlete is different. Yeah. Some athletes after that light spot will want the coach just to stand there so they can get comfortable throwing that pass. But we don’t want the athlete to get stuck in that process of needing a coach to stand there because the whole point is to get that skill by themselves. We want our athletes to know when we say this is going to be by yourself, that we mean it because the next time is going to be when we’re off the floor and they’re doing it all by themselves. Tumbling Tulsa I constantly tell my athletes that they should be confident in themselves and not competent. Only in that coach you should have confidence in your coach and trust knowing that they’re going to catch you if you fall, but you should have enough competence in yourself so that you can slowly start to wean off that spot.
Like Colton said, every athlete is different. Somewhat really need a hands on approach. Others will be just very verbal in their coaching. We just never want to become a crutch as a coach because when that happens, the coach can almost be hurting the athletes more than helping the athlete. It’s like when it comes to riding a bike, Colton, can you ride a bike? Tumbling Tulsa I can ride a bike. When you started learning to ride a bike, did you use training wheels? I did, but it gets to a point when riding a bike that you hit a certain age that it would look kind of ridiculous if you were using training. We’ll still.
I still do. I’m just kidding. Just kidding.
Yeah. It’s just us as coaches never want to become that training wheel to where we’re on there for too long. All right, cool. Now we’re going to go over the pros and cons of spotting what are the pros of spotting Tumbling Tulsa without a doubt, the biggest pro to spotting is that as a coach, it’s our job to keep you safe while learning the new skill and you can learn without the fear of injury. Another pro is that we’re able to put you through the proper techniques by showing you exactly where your body needs to be and this is especially helpful whenever you’re trying to break bad habits and then overall just building confidence and the athlete, helping them understand what their body can do and what they’re capable of, and then unfortunately there are some cons to being spotted. Rusty. What are some of those? Some of those cons are the athlete can come, become q reliant on the coach to do anything on their own and we never want that for our athletes. Also, a big con is if done incorrectly spotting can cause injury instead of prevent injury and that’s where having a proper coach that knows what they’re doing is going to save your life. We always tell our athletes that if we’re body, we will get injured before you get injured. We will sacrifice our bodies if we have to. Alright, rusty. Tumbling Tulsa So I’ve got some questions that athletes might have that involved spotting questions hot off the press, hot off the press. Okay. So question number one is if an athlete says, I have a skill, but ask you to spot them, do they actually have that skill?
No, we run into that a lot, especially when meeting people for the first time working with an athlete. I’ll ask them what skills they have and then when it comes for them showing those skills, they always asked to be spotted. So in my mind, the athlete doesn’t truly have that skill until they’re comfortable with throwing it with a coach off the floor.
Tumbling Tulsa then second question, if the athlete does not have a backhand spring mastered, should the athlete beginning spotted on a series back handspring one, two, three, four, backhand springs
were the coaches spotting all four by four backhand springs before they even have one mastered before they even have one? Uh, some, some people might like, like that here at justice tumbling, we prefer you to have your first back handspring mastered that way you’re going to be comfortable doing whatever skill comes next after that, whether it’s series or a tech,
and we’ve gone over what mastered means for getting skills, spending a lot of work into that backhand spring, make sure that you’re doing that so that whenever you’re going on to that second backhand, spring, third, backhand spring, you’re competent and knowing that you’re able to do that
and having to be spotted on all four backhand springs. That’s how an athlete can become reliant on that coach for every skill they ever thrown. Now, Colton, same concept for texts. If an athlete has a backhand spring and is working on Tux, Tumbling Tulsa should the athlete be getting spotted on the backhand spring and the tech?
Absolutely not a so just like we talked about before, if you ever see a coach spotting multiple skills like this in a row, so like a backhand spring tuck definitely run the opposite direction. The only time I would ever say that it’s okay to be spotted on to skills or maybe three is like I’m out of a round off into a whip, into a backhand spring, and then maybe that second backhand spring or Tuck out of the whip. But excluding that, Tumbling Tulsa I would never suggest getting spotted for multiple skills ever.
Now, is there a time where athletes should ever be over spotted? And by that I mean like if you’re doing a one to 10 coming out of the backhand springs, should I as a coach bump you as high as I can?
Absolutely. Not now, over spotting is just irresponsible. It’s dangerous and it’s stupid on the coach’s part. For anybody who doesn’t know what over spotting is, it’s when a coach unrealistically lifts the athlete too high. Um, and we’ve seen this happen. It usually ends with the athlete over rotating and either landing on their tailbone or driving their heels with locked out legs into the mat. And that’s not good at all. If you see this, tell another coach, um, what’s happening? So that gets stopped immediately. All right, rusty. So, Tumbling Tulsa, so is there ever a time where us as coaches should tell a kid that will be there and spot them but not actually spot them?
Gretchen, this is a big one here at justice tumbling. We do not believe in surprise spotting kids. Tumbling Tulsa, in fact we do the opposite. I’m so surprised spotting is where if you’ve been spotting a kid on a skill and then out of nowhere you just randomly don’t touch them or move away from them. Uh, two things can happen. Either the kid can land it and they get the skill or get more confident with the skill or something or go terribly wrong and they’ll fall. But in both scenarios, the kid loses a little bit of trust for the coach.
Okay, next question. So what if the athlete asks you to just surprise them and not tell them if you’re going to spot them or not?
Um, we get asked this a lot actually. I always explain to kids if they have to have that happen, than they’re not mentally ready to be going for that skill. The athletes should know they’re doing it by themselves. We want our athletes to be strong enough in their technique to know that they can go for that school by themselves. I want that athlete to be so confident that they asked me, hey, can you just move away or not? Spot me on the next one Tumbling Tulsa.
So here at justice tumbling company, our stance on spotting is that we understand that every athlete is different, meaning some athletes that we work with will be spotted and then some won’t at all Tumbling Tulsa
and whether they’re being spotted or just coach verbally, they will hear the same thing from all the coaches at justice tumbling. We have weekly training meetings where we go over technique and spotting technique.
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