Acro Jams: Manners and Common Courtesies
There are a few special things to consider at Acro Jams to respect each person's space, possessions, and preferences. Failing to follow these can cause friction and/or cause people not to play with you. Please tell the jam organizers or Acro teachers if you feel someone has crossed the line with you or if you have an issue you cannot resolve.
- Come prepared. If you don't have a yoga mat, bring a beach blanket or a towel. Bring warm clothes as it can get breezy and chilly in the shade. Bring water.
- Respect NO. If someone does not want to do something, respect their wishes. Encouraging people to try new things is fine, but let them make the decision.
- Snacks for snackers. If you eat the snacks, consider bringing something to share.
- Respect possessions. If you use someone's yoga mat, want to look at a manual, want to use the slack line, ASK FIRST.
- Musical mats. While it is common to play musical mats during jams, if you didn't bring a mat and someone else did, respect that they may want it back at some point. If some has put their mat carefully on a tarp, do not take it off the tarp and put it on the grass. Wipe off any mud/debris you track onto it.
- Amuse yourself. While people at the jam regularly help newbies, everyone wants a chance to play at their own level. Respect that. You can learn a lot watching people do things and asking questions. You can always do the Drills or work on the stuff suggested in Suggestions for Newbies
- Base/Flyer Courtesy: Flyers help bases down to the mat and up from the mat at the beginning and end of a session together. If you don't get into the habit of doing this, you risk being thought rude if you go to some of the big Acro fests. Anyone will be happy to show you how to do this. This is also at the beginning and end of many Acro videos.