Cheerleading requires a great deal of stamina and strength. It is physically demanding and the advanced cheerleading stunts that some squads are doing pose some danger to the group. Safety measures must always be followed when one or more participants are thrown into the air. A secure and safe landing or catcher that is able to withstand the force is crucial. Some of the most advanced stunts include Swedish falls, basket toss, and basket toss with twist.
Positions for Stunting
- •FLYER - other names include top person, climber, mounter
- •BASE - other names include bottom person, primary & secondary
- •BACK SPOTTER - other names include back base, third man, third base, scoop
- •FRONT SPOTTER - other names include fronter, front base, fourth base, alternate base
Basic Rules for Stunting
- •No one should talk while stunting except coach or back spotter
- •The back spotter is the most important person in all stunts. They should be aggressive, smart, and as tall as possible.
- •The back spottere calls everything while stunting. (What stunt is being performed, when to start, when to break, when to cradle, etc)
- •Every stunt should be done to counts for timing purposes.
- •Flyers should know how to fall. Bases should know how to catch.
- •Everyone should know what position they are and what their job will be during the stunt. They should realize that each position is important.
- •Flyers should not let their feet go more then shoulder width apart.
- •Bases should stand no further apart then the width of the flyer's shoulders.
Pointers on Cradles
- •Starting from an elevator (extension prep) use counts so that everyone moves at the same time. The back spottere calls: "Ready - 1 - 2- down - up - catch - and - out".
- •The flyer can do arm movements in a number of different ways.
- 1. They can start in a High V and on the pop reach arms up to a touchdown in blades.
- 2. They can start in a High V and on the pop bring arms down to the legs in front. In the air the body should stay straight or in a slight arch. Feet should be pointed and stay down until right before the catch. Upon landing in the cradle, the flyer's arm should hit a T motion. This will allow the third base to scoop and hold higher.
- •The bases should dip together on the down and pop up on the up. After they catch they should stop the flyer at chest height and bend the knees to cushion the catch. Be sure the bases do not lean forward as they catch. They should not let the flyer's bottom go lower than their waist. The third base holds ankles of the flyer and throws from the ankle on up. As the third base throws she should reach up, hands in blades until the flyer comes down scooping the flyer into her chest. Be sure she does not hit the flyer in the face with her hands as the flyer comes down.
- •All the bases should watch the flyer at all times in case she starts to fall or lean in one direction.
- •The back spotter holds the front wrist of the bases. They can help even out a bad pop as the bases dip and throw. The fourth base catches the feet at the ankles on the cradle. She should turn and hit the out positions.