We were at an out of state/region meet this weekend when I saw a spotting technique that I have never seen before so I wanted to ask here to see if this is a common technique or if it is truly as unusual as I found it. The male coach was spotting handspring vaults by putting his back on the lip of the vault table (not sure what it's really called but it is the vertical part). Then he would kind of hunker down and it looked like he had wedged himself between the springboard and the vault. His girls would run toward him, hit the springboard, and as they sailed over him, he would kind of toss them over his head. Is this a common technique? Is there a benefit to doing it this way rather than standing beside the vault? Is it a gender/size thing?