Now that the basics of safety have been covered it is time to stunt! There are three basic positions in stunts. Flyer (top person), base (bottom person), and spotters. Each play an important role in the stunt. Not one person has the best job.
The Base: Bases are the bottoms of stunts. This job is extremely important. The flyer needs to trust the bases she will be flying on. Without this trust, stunts will not fly to full capability. It is important that all bases understand the need for this trust. Here are some basic rules that bases should follow. 1) Lift up with legs and arms. Do not use the back. This will put a lot of strain on it. Make sure to have a nice line. The knees should be slightly bent, arms tucked close to the body, and the back straight. Do not lean towards the flyer, this will cause the use of the back.
2) When double base stunting stay close together. Although the flyers job is to suck in her legs, the bases need to help. When the flyer goes up and sucks in, the bases goal should be not to move. This means starting so you form a gap about shoulder width of the flyer . If the bases are too far apart the whole stunt will move during transition. This looks very sloppy.
3) Always be prepared to catch the flyer. Yes there are spotters who are supposed to do. However, three people catching is much better than just one catching. Even when a stunt always seems to hit, be
prepared. It only takes one fall for a serious accident to occur.
The Flyer: The flyer is the top person in stunts. Sounds like a lot of fun right? It can be, but it can also be scary and intimidating. A flyer needs to have a lot of confidence with herself and stunting partners. Here are some things flyers should remember.
1) Always stay tight. This is the first rule of flying. When going up or coming down stay tight! If scared, instead of getting flimsy and loose think scared stiff! This will make the flyer a lot safer, even if a stunt falls. The bases will have a solid body to catch.
2) Use your arms. Many flyers tend to drop themselves into their bases arms. They expect the bases to do all the work. The best flyers are able to hold all of their weight. Try doing push-ups, and lifting light weights to improve your arms strength. To test if a flyer can hold her own weight do the following drill. With a pair of bases, have them stand shoulder width apart of the flyer. Jump up as with the same technique a used for extensions. However, stop when the feet are over the bases hands. The flyer should be able to hold herself up for at least 10-15 seconds.
3) Suck up and in. When flying, it is important have to stay tight and suck the body in and up. This means, when going up in a stunt, raise up through the shoulders helping the bases. Also, suck the legs together. This well help from pushing the bases outward.
4) Once you are up in the stunt show spirit. Do the best job possible get the crowd involved. Eye contact and smiling will help lure them in. Also, remember to keep motions sharp, as if they are being done on the ground
The Spotter: Spotters have a huge part in stunting. The spotters need to help brace the bases, catch the flyer if falling, and help sturdy the stunt in any way possible. The spotter needs to know how to help save things. In order to accomplish this the spotter must be aware of what is happening at all times. Being a spotter is a difficult position.There is very little time to think. Here are some tips if you are the spotter.
1) Do not be afraid to catch. Remember that the flyer needs to trust the spotter Spotters need to catch flyers every time a stunt comes down. It is not possible to be afraid of getting hurt over the flyer. Here is a simple rule to follow. The spotter always hit the ground before the flyer.
2) Always look up, during transition stunts this becomes a little more difficult. There are times when checking a grip is important. As a basic rule, do not take the eyes off of the flyer. This will give the ability to see if the flyer is falling at all times.
3) Keep hands on the flyer whenever possible. This constant contact will help brace the stunt, and give the flyer a sense of security.
3) When a stunt is falling try to catch the head and neck first. Scooping under the arms is usually a great way to do this. By protecting the head and neck, the spotter is decreasing the chance of a permanent injury to the flyer.
Extra Group work is very important when stunting. Remember stunting is a team effort. Not everyone can fly, base, or spot. The coach will decided who he/she feels is best for each position in each stunt. Take the task given and soar with it!