Aside from questions of whether coaches should “stand there” or not, if & when they do, it is imperative that they actually be ready to spot
While all good coaches should be able to spot, when necessary, it is a matter of fine judgement when it is best to spot and when it is not.
Here is some very specific advice on coaching twisting and one method of learning to spot fulls.
Subject: Spotting the Twisting Direction Dear Coach, The question is what side do you spot a full, that twists to the right and a full that twists to the left? (Now when we say twists to the right, we mean the right shoulder leads us backwards and the left shoulder follows. Additionally when we say […]
Spotting: Spotting or to “spot” someone in gymnastics means to physically assist them in safely completing a skill. The amount of spot can range from cueing the gymnast to completely carrying the gymnast through the motion. A spot can be used to reduce risk of injury, or to ensure proper technique or body positioning. Spotting […]
Spotting Belt: A spotting belt is a belt that a gymnast wears to which is attached to ropes or cables that are attached to pulleys connected to the ceiling or a tower. This device allows a coach to support a gymnast when working multiple flipping or twisting skills in a situation when a hand spot […]