A trust exercise
with many variants, all having the main goal in common of catching a deliberately falling
person, to reaffirm the trust of the falling
person in the person(s) that is catching/supposed to catch him/her. Used regularly in teen
retreats, Christian youth
meetings, small groups, ropes
courses, etc. Featured in the movie Mean Girls during the "attitude makeover" scene, and in season 5 of HBO drama The Wire.
are at least 3 kinds
of trust falls
Standing (also called
the trust lean): Both people are standing, standing some distance away. The person
in front (the faller) falls and the person behind
(the spotter) catches them. Either
the spotter can catch the faller by his/her armpits, or (if they
are close enough) the spotter can put his/her hands on the faller's back to stop his/her fall.
kneeling: The faller stands, but there
are two spotters behind
the faller on one knee. The spotters
catch the faller with
their hands raised behind
the faller's back.
3. Group: There
are different variants of this, but the most known is this: The faller stands on the edge of an elevated plane, like a table, with
a group of spotters
him or her in 2 lines
side. The spotters
hold their arms outstretched as they
catch the faller.