We take safety seriously, so should you!
Participation in a workshop/class/convention includes practicing challenging physical tricks and poses. We would like to stress that doing acro includes a risk of injury. Although our classes are led by trained and experienced teachers and are held in reasonable conditions for training, only you know your own abilities and limitations and you have sole responsibility to act accordingly. You are not required to do any trick or pose which seems too dangerous for you or above your abilities. In addition, we recommend all those who practice acrobalance get personal insurance for sport injuries or accidents.
On arrival, you will be asked to sign this text:
I hereby declare that:
- I am mentally and physically able to participate in this event.
- I know that practicing acrobalance incurs a risk of physical injury.
- I take personal responsibility over my body and I am committed to training with awareness and according to the instructions of the teacher/trainer.
- I understand that in case of injury during the class, responsibility does not fall on "Acro-Israel", unless it has been proven that the teacher/trainer acted with gross negligence.
I am aware of the following rules:
- No training without a spotter.
- No training outside the designated area.
- During class, I must adhere to the instructions.
- No training under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- If I have a medical issue, I am required to inform the teacher of it at the beginning of the class.
- I am committed to training responsibly!
- Injury report form - for learning and improving
Eleven tips on safety and spotting
- Making a safe(r) environment. We can’t prevent every injury. But we can minimize the chances of getting hurt by acting responsibly and collaboratively.
- Being responsible means working together. Working safely is BOTH a personal responsibility and a community effort. The culture and habits we promote as a group will ultimately affect everyone. Therefore, while in a jam, follow the guidelines and play safe. If that seems unreasonable to you, go practice on your own where nobody will tell you what to do.
- Who needs spotting? Not every trick needs spotting, nor can a spotter help make everything perfectly safe. Here are a few guidelines to understand when you DO need spotting:
- You and or your partner are beginners. There is so much that you simply don't know… work in a group of 3 or 4. Its fun and you can learn loads together.
- You or your partner have never done this trick before. You simply can't tell how things will go wrong.
- Dynamic tricks. If its not working 100% of the time (yet), and sometimes falls awkwardly...
- Almost any trick with the flyer's head downwards. Unless you are very proficient and have done it many times safely.
- Any time the flyer feels uncomfortable. Bases, don't try to convince them its not necessary – its their neck they're risking! Building confidence takes time.
- Three types of spotting: which does your partnership need right now?
- Helping: Assisting the trick during the learning phase
- Securing: Hands on but not helping, making sure its safe
- Standby: Hands off, but ready to catch if necessary.
- Do you understand? Make sure you are all on the same page, speaking the same language and everyone knows what the trick is and what the exit/dismount is.
- Is the spotter qualified? Check that he/she is tall enough and/or large enough and/or has the skill to spot you safely. If they say 'sorry, I don't feel comfortable spotting this', find someone else.
- Where is the danger? Assess together where you think the trick may fall and be dangerous. This could well change during a dynamic trick, so the spotter needs to know the various positions to be in, from start to finish. If the trick could fall badly in more than one direction – you need more than one spotter!
- Which part to spot? Agree on the body-part that the spotter is going to spot – usually hips, shoulders, upper arms (rarely legs).
- Stay over center! The base is the first spotter and should always be prepared to catch and break a fall. Its usually a good idea for the spotter to keep the flyer over the base's center.
- Catch what you can! When things go wrong, just do your best to save the day, even if its not the classic hold. With time you will make better and better choices, even in split second decisions.
- Spotting is not everything. Preventing injuries is not all about spotting. Training safely is influenced just as much by the following:
- חימום לפני אימון – מתיחות וגם תנועה דינמית
- להיות בראש צלול במהלך התרגול
- לעבוד ברמת הקושי המתאימה לכם כזוג
- לפרק תרגילים קשים ומורכבים לחלקים קטנים ומובנים יותר
- לעשות תרגילי הכנה לפני התרגיל המלא
- לעבוד ביחסי גודל סבירים (בסיס גדול יותר מהפלייר)
- להכיר את הגבולות שלכם (עייפות, עצבים, אגו)
- בריאות הנפשית והמנטלית שלך גם חשובה!
We support a culture of consent
believing that all participants should only do acro when they are fully conscious and consensual about who they are partnering with, what trick they are doing and who is spotting (if they feel spotting is necessary). Nobody should be pressured into doing something they don't want to do.
Ms. Liya Mairson is our contact person is you have a complaint of sexual harassment or any type of bullying during our events. You may contact her by email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or by phone: 052-689-1181