Written by: Coach Sari
A dismount is the way a stunt is completed or how the Flyers come down. There are numerous dismounts and you can make your own variations by adding a twist or tumbling skill like a flip. Here are some of the basic and most popular dismounts:
Hands Dismount: This is usually done by beginners in the Double Thigh Stand or Prep.
· The Bases take their outside hands and hold the hands of the Flyer. As the Flyer jumps down, the Bases catch her under her armpits with their other hands. For an example, please click on DOUBLE THIGH STAND STUNT.
Shove drop: This is also called a shove wrap. For an example, please click on PREP SHOVE DROP.
• Bases will shove the flyers feet together. As the Bases drop the Flyer, the Bases will catch her as the wrap their arms around her waist.
• The Flyer will have arms extended in front of her to hold the Front Spotter’s hands and squeeze everything together and stay in an up right position.
• The Back spot should hold on to flyer the entire time as she comes down.
• The Front spot will grab the flyers hands and help down.
Cradle: This is an advanced dismount and has several variations like a single or double twist. For detailed video examples, please click on CHEERLEADING CRADLE.
• Bases will dip when the back spot calls "cradle! 1, 2". On the "1" you dip with your legs the same way built the stunt. On "2" you will toss the Flyer. The reason for counting is so that you and the other base can toss the flyer at the same time. After you toss, leave your arms in the air and catch your flyer. Make sure to keep your back straight or you will end up hitting heads with your other base. Absorb the catch by bending your knees.
• The Flyer will start with hands in a High V and stay very tight. As you are tossed stretch your body like you are reaching for the sky. The second you feel like you are on your way down, slap you hands to your sides and pike your legs slightly in front of you.
• The Back spot will help toss and look to slide their arms under the Flyer’s armpits.
• The Front spot should help toss the Flyer and then move to the side to catch the flyers feet. Remember, if you do not move you will get kicked in the face.
Full down: This is a cradle with 1 full twist.
• Base, Backspot, and Frontspot will do the same as the cradle
• Flyer does exactly the same thing as in the cradle but instead of slapping your hands straight down, you will pull your arms and hands to the left. Also you will look to the left because looking over your shoulder
will help you spin.
Double down: This is a cradle with 2 full twists.
• Base, Back spot, and Front spot again will do the same as a cradle.
• The Flyer will do the same as in the full down but this time pull harder and don't open up after you go around once. Stay tight to continue spinning for a second revolution.