How To Do Cheerleading Stunt Dismounts: The Pop Down

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Coordinating the count series, timing and motions of a cheerleading stunt is only the beginning of mastering a move. Once the flyer is in position for the stunt, what next? Well, she needs to be able to come back down to the ground safely, and the dismount should be performed as cleanly as the stunt itself. For beginners, a good basic dismount to learn is the pop down. Though a basic dismount, the pop down still requires 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. 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 Pop Down Dismount From A Thigh Stand Click above to view large image Bases The bases will remain in lunge position until the flyer has landed. The bases must keep their eyes up, on the flyer, at all times during any stunt or dismount. 3 Both bases should remove their outside hands from the flyer’s feet and reach up with their palms up to receive the flyer’s hands. Once the main hand grips are secure, the entire stunt group will dip slightly. As the group rises up from the dip, the left base should release the flyer’s thigh and raise her arm to place her hand (thumb out) at about the flyer’s elbow. Simultaneously, the bases will release the flyer by popping her up slightly. As the flyer is being released, the right base will release the flyer’s thigh and bring her arm up to catch the flyer’s bicep as she is landing to help stabilize her. Once the flyer has landed and is stable, the bases release her arms and the entire group faces forward with the feet together and their arms at their side. Flyer The flyer should stay tight and keep her legs locked during this dismount. When the stunt group is ready to dismount, the flyer should lean forward slightly from her waist, without bending her knees, and bring her arms down to the “T” position, where the bases will lock hands with her. Once those main hand grips are secure, the bases and spotter will dip the flyer slightly, then release her by popping her up. During the release, the flyer will get additional support and stabilization from the bases as they release her thighs and grip her biceps. As the flyer is being released, she should push her ankles together so that she’ll land with her feet together. She should bend her knees when she lands to absorb the shock of the landing. Once the flyer has landed and is stable, the bases and spotter will release her and the entire group faces forward with the feet together and their arms at their side. Spotter The spotter will help guide the flyer down. Once the main hand grips between the bases and the flyer are secure, the spotter should follow the movements of the bases as they dip the flyer slightly, 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 the feet together and their arms at their side. How To Perform A Pop Down Dismount From A Basic Extension Click above to view large image Bases The bases must keep their eyes up, on the flyer, at all times during any stunt or dismount. The bases should lower the flyer back into the elevator position by dropping their hands down to their shoulders or chins. Next, the bases will shift the flyer’s weight to their back hands and their front hands will reach up, with their palms up, to receive the flyer’s hands. This should be done one base at a time, to maximize the flyer’s stability. Once those main hand grips are secure, the bases and spotter will dip the flyer slightly, then release her letting go of her feet. During the release, the bases should step out slightly with their outside foot, to position themselves in the best way to support the flyer. The bases should raise their now free inside arm up and grip the flyer’s bicep as she is coming down. Once the flyer has landed and is stable, the bases release her arms and the entire group faces forward with the feet together and their arms at their side. Flyer The flyer should lean forward from the waist, without bending her legs and keeping her head straight, and begin to bring her arms down. The flyer needs to maintain a tight core throughout the dismount. The flyer will grasp the bases’ hands, one at a time, as they reach up. The flyer should keep her head up and continue to look outward. Once those main hand grips are secure, the bases and spotter will dip the flyer slightly, then release her letting go of her feet. During the release, flyer will bring her arms out into a “T” position and push her ankles together. The flyer should land with her feet together and bend her knees when she lands to absorb the shock of the landing. She should also use the support that she is getting from the bases and spotter to help reduce some of the weight of the landing. Once the flyer has landed and is stable, the bases and spotter release the flyer and the entire group faces forward with the feet together and their arms at their side. Spotter The spotter will help guide the flyer down. Once the main hand grips between the bases and the flyer are secure, the spotter should follow the movements of the bases as they dip the flyer slightly, and prepare to take on more weight when the flyer is released. As the bases release the flyer’s feet, the spotter should reach up and grip the flyer’s waist. As the flyer is landing, the spotter should help stabilize her and absorb some of the impact of the landing by bending their knees. The spotter may choose to keep their hands on the flyer’s ankles until the flyer is released. If so, it is important for the spotter to remember to pull their arms up and out when they release the flyer’s ankles so that they don’t hit the flyer. The should also help the flyer get her feet together by pushing her ankles together. Once the flyer has landed and is stable, the spotter can release her waist and the entire group faces forward with the feet together and their arms at their side. An alternate way to do a basic dismount is to adjust the way the feet come down. By having the flyer step down with one foot first, and then the other, the dismount would become a walk down. In a walk down, the flyer’s feet meet and come together on the ground.

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