When stunting in cheerleading, it’s never easy to hit a perfect stunt every time. That’s why you need to make adjustments in your stunt, especially for flyers. Here are some tips to help flyers adjust in a stunt.
1. Don’t jerk it – If your positioning is off, don’t jerk your body into position. You need to make subtle adjustments. If you jerk too fast it will throw your bases off and could cause you to have a serious fall.
2. Squeeze in position – When you adjust into position, do it by squeezing your body into position. This movement will not be as noticeable, and it will not jerk the stunt around. A lot of flyers want to lean this way or that, but that will make the stunt wobble which makes it not look very good and possibly cause it to fall.
3. Don’t drop your form – Make sure you are not adjusting your form to adjust in stunt. So if you are holding a stretch, you should not let go of your stretch to get into placement. Instead hold your form and squeeze you’re foot/body into the position it needs to be in.
4. Stay tight – Stay tight as much as possible. It will make it easier for you and your base to make adjustment.
5. Little movements – Always make sure little movements are made for adjustments. Any big movements look bad and could cause you to fall.
6. Fight for it -If something feels wrong, then fight it through and continue to make adjustments. Even if it’s the base, don’t give up.
7. Don’t bail out – Don’t come out of the stunt by bailing. This will make you fall faster and could lead to serious injury for you and any of your bases.
8. Lift up – Lift your entire body up with your chin, head, and chest. This will help to center the stunt.
9. Concentrate on your technique – Finally, remember your technique. If you realize that you are holding a stunt wrong or that you are positioned incorrectly, then make the correct technical adjustment as subtle as you can.