How To Do An Extension Stunt In Cheerleading
This is a popular intermediate stunt in multiple-base stunting, so here VideoJug show you how to perform the extension with cradle dismount stunt.
Step 1: One Foot Load
In the one foot load, both bases face each other. They should be spaced shoulder width apart, hips and shoulders aligned, backs straight. The main base grips the flyer's foot in a standard prep grip. The assisting base waits for the flyers' foot to land in their hands. The spotter is behind the flyer's legs shoulder width apart, holding the flyer's waist. The flyer places her hands on the bases' shoulders and shifts her weight to her arms. The flyer keeps one foot on the ground and places the other in the main bases hands.
Step 2: Sinking Down
All stunts are done on counts, and it's the spotter that keeps the beat. But to really succeed in the extension, timing is critical. The flyer rises on the balls of their feet and sinks down, ready to jump into the bases hands on the next count. The bases stay in position waiting for the flyer's feet to land in their hands. The spotter maintains a grasp on the flyer's waist, following the movement of the flyer.
Step 3: Going Up
The flyer places her feet in the bases' hands. She has to keep her bottom up, above her knees, while the bases sink down. The flyer then pushes off! with her arms, and extends and locks her legs. The flyer must keep her body tight the entire time to make the extension hit! The bases catch the flyer's feet, sinking down and use their legs as their power source. Then, simultaneously, they extend their arms and push the flyer upward! The spotter continues to follow the flyer's path, helping to toss the flyer upward. Once in the air, the flyer reaches for the flyer's ankles to help stabilize them.
Step 4: Press Up
The flyer stays tight with their legs locked out and eyes focused on the horizon, and hits a motion such as a high V. The bases arms and legs are locked out straight as they hold the flyer above their heads. The spotter holds on tightly to the flyer's ankles and pulls upwards. This helps take some of the weight off the bases.
Step 5: The Cradle Dismount
The intermediate way to get out of an extension is to cradle out. The flyer snaps their arms from a high V to a "clean" position by their sides. The flyer pulls their chest upward, arches their back slightly and into a layout position. Just before the flyer lands in the bases' arms they snap their legs into a pike position. The bases keep their hands in blades after the toss, ready to catch the flyer in an alternating "criss cross" pattern. The back arms of the bases catch the flyer's lower back and their front arms catch underneath the flyer's thighs. They have to catch the flyer high in the air, or she could hit the ground. The spotter keeps her arms up in blades after the toss, and catches the flyer under her arms. Your squad just executed an extension with a cradle dismount!