The shoulder sit stunt
and dismount are basic cheerleading skills, but still require strength, agility, skill and trust among squad members
. Members of cheerleading stunt groups need to have a fitness and strengthening routine
to keep their bodies and muscles conditioned for the demands of stunting. Stunts and dismounts should only be performed under proper, trained supervision to ensure the safety
of everyone. Proper cheerleading practice wear and shoes
must be worn at all times when practicing stunts.
Before any group attempts a stunt or dismount, they should discuss and decide on a standard count series. Each and every stunt and dismount a group performs should be done on counts, and it is typically the responsibility of the spotter to keep the beat and call it out. Timing is critical in stunting and dismounting, and new teams need to practice their timing as much as they practice their actual stunts.
How To Perform A Back Shoulder Sit Dismount
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The base will bring one hand under the flyer's thigh and bring it in front of the flyer's leg. Once in that position, the base will signal the flyer to bring one arm down by tapping her leg.
Once the base has the flyer's hand securely gripped, the base should repeat those steps with their other arm. As the base secures their grip on the flyer's hands, they should also be preparing to take on the flyer's weight. This weight should be held in their shoulders.
After the base has securely gripped both of the flyer's hands, the base will dip slightly. As the base rises from the dip, they should give the flyer a powerful pop off of their shoulders. The base should concentrate on pushing the flyer upwards, not backwards.
Keeping their arms tight and strong, the base will lead the flyer down to the ground by keeping a firm grip on the flyer's hands.
As the flyer reaches the ground, the base should bend their knees slightly to help absorb some of the impact.
Once the flyer has landed and is stable the base should release her hands and the entire group should face forward with their feet together and their arms at their sides.
Once the base taps the flyer's thigh, the flyer should release her feet from behind the base's back and extend them forward.
After gripping both of the base's hands, the flyer should shift their body weight to the base's hands.
Once those main hand grips are secure, the base and spotter will dip slightly, then release the flyer by popping her up and off the base's shoulders. The flyer should keep her elbows locked during the pop up.
As the flyer is being released, she should swing her legs behind her torso. Swinging her legs back will allow her to push slightly away from the base, so that she can give herself enough room to land behind her base.
The flyer should bring her feet together so that she lands with both feet at the same time, and bend her knees to absorb the shock of the landing.
Once the flyer has landed and is stable, the base and spotter will release her and the entire group will face forward with their feet together and their arms at their side.
The spotter will help guide the flyer down by keeping her hands on the flyer's waist throughout the dismount.
Once the main hand grips between the bases and the flyer are secure, the spotter should follow the movements of the base as she dips, and prepare to take on more weight when the flyer is released.
As the flyer is coming down, the spotter should help stabilize her and absorb some of the impact of the landing by bending their knees.
Once the flyer has landed and is stable, the spotter can release her waist and the entire group faces forward with their feet together and their arms at their side.
If your squad is ready for something a little more challenging, check out the step-by-step illustrated guide How To Perform A Front Shoulder Sit Dismount for Cheerleading!