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
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.
Front Shoulder Sit Dismount
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The base will release their hold on the flyer's thighs and bring their hands out and to the side of the flyer's legs. Once in that position, the base will signal the flyer to bring their arms down by tapping her legs.
After the base has securely gripped both of the flyer's hands, the base should lunge forward, then dip. The base will hold the lunge position until the end of the dismount.
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
The base's arms will be bent during the dip, and pushing their arms up at the height of the pop is crucial to helping the flyer gain enough height to complete the dismount.
Once the flyer is in the air, the base will lead the flyer down to the ground by keeping a firm grip on the flyer's hands and pulling their arms up and forward as the flyer goes over their head. The base's arms should stay slightly bent through this part of the dismount.
The base may dip slightly and/or bend their head if needed so that the flyer has enough room to clear the base's head.
As the flyer reaches the ground, the base should bend their knees 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 her legs forward, while bringing her arms down.
After gripping both of the base's hands, the flyer should shift their body weight to the bases.
Once those main hand grips are secure, the base will dip slightly, then release the flyer by popping her up and off their shoulders. The flyer should keep her elbows locked during the pop up, and her arms should stay tight and strong throughout the dismount.
In addition to the pop off, the flyer will need to let the base push her up with her arms to get enough height to clear the base's head.
At the height of the pop, the flyer should swing her legs in front of her torso and over the base's head. Swinging her legs forward will allow her to push slightly away from and in front of the base, so that she can give herself enough room to land in front of the base.
The flyer should bring her feet together once she has cleared the base, so that she lands with both feet at the same time. Like with most landings, the flyer should bend her knees to absorb the shock of the landing.
Once the flyer has landed and is stable, the base will release her and the entire group will face forward with their feet together and their arms at their side.
The spotter does not need to touch the flyer in this stunt. The spotter should stand in a position that will allow them to quickly step in if needed, and help call out the stunt.
For more advanced stunt groups, the base can alternately place their hands on the flyer's hips and guide them down that way. In that move, the flyer's hands should go on their hips during the dismount.
Are you looking for a beginner's dismount? Check out the How To Perform A Back Shoulder Sit Dismount for Cheerleading article