Are you having difficulty with your cheerleading basket tosses and need help learning how to load a basket. Here are some tips to help.
1. Bases need to get low – When starting a basket, make sure the bases get nice and low so that the flyer does not have to work so hard getting into it.
2. Flier needs to jump -The flyer needs to give a good jump off of the ground so that she gets up and over the bases. If not then her weight will fall to the back of the basket and timing will be off (or she will just fall off the back).
3. Flier needs to push and hold oneself – Again as the flyer jumps into the basket she needs to also push off of the bases’ shoulders and hold oneself up. This will take her weight off of the bases hands which will make it easier for them to throw her.
4. Spotter needs to help – The spotter needs to take part and help the flyer into the basket. They should also be there as support just in case timing is off. At that point the spotter can make any adjustment to save the basket by lifting the flyer in the direction that she needs to go.
5. Flier needs to watch their feet placement -Make sure the flyer places her feet in center of the basket on the balls of her feet. Any poor placement in any direction will cause the weight to be uneven causing it to be thrown in that direction.
6. Flier needs to know where to look – After placing her feet in the basket, the flyer needs to lift her chin and keep her head up as the bases through. This will keep her weight from falling forward and set her up for a nice ride as the bases throw.
7. Bases need to meet with the flier as she loads up – As the flyer loads up, the bases need to meet the flyer’s feet gently rather than just wait for the flyer’s feet to pounce. This will improve timing, power, and flow to the basket.
8. Bases need to watch their stance – Just make sure that the base’s stance is appropriate, so that the flyer can hold herself up and load correctly into it.