So you are having difficulty throwing a high basket toss on your cheerleading team? Here are some tips for the flyer, bases, front spot and bask spot to help get your toss higher:
1. Hold yourself up (flyer) – As you jump into a basket, make sure you hold your own weight up by holding yourself up on the bases’ shoulders by pushing straight down (not out). This will keep your weight off of the bases’ hands which will make it easier for them to throw you. If your arms are bent, then you are not holding your weight.
2. Hold your weight up (flyer) – You also need to hold your knees up as you load into the basket keeping more weight off of the bases’ hands. To know for sure if you are doing it right, practice loading in. Have the bases remove their hands. If your feet and body are in the same position, then you are doing it correctly. If your arms bend, legs fall, and/or body falls then you are doing it wrong.
3. Resist as they throw (flyer) -As the bases are throwing you, do you ball up or keep your position. If you ball up then you are absorbing the bases’ throw. Make sure you resist through the throw so that the bases actually have something to throw, otherwise you will ball up and the throw will go nowhere.
4. Stay tight (flyer) – Stay tight so that the bases don’t have to fight you through the throw. You will also be able to ride higher and fight any air resistance.
5. Ride to the top (flyer) – Ride all the way to the top (or right before) and don’t pull your skill too early.
6. Wait for the flyer (bases) – Let the flyer jump in so that you are not fight them in the basket.
7. Dip together (bases) – Dipping together will keep the flyer’s weight evenly distributed.
8. Keep Timing (bases) – Keep your timing through the throw and don’t slow down. Anything else will slow your throw down.
9. Use your Legs (bases) – The legs are the strongest group of muscles in the body, so use them.
10. Don’t use your back (bases) – Throw with your legs and NOT with your back.
11. Jump as you throw (bases) – If your bases think of jumping as they throw, then they will be more inclined to use their legs to the maximum potential.
12. Extend your arms (bases) – Finishing the throw with your arms by extending them will only get the basket even higher.
13. Use 2 hands (font spot/back spot ) – Put 2 hands underneath the basket and actually throw will both. Some spotters only throw with their strong arm and use their other as a guide.
14. Keep the bases together (front spot/back spot) – If the timing is off, make sure you are evening them out.
15. Actually throw (front spot/back spot) – Make sure you are actually throwing as a spotter. Really you are a 3rd base.
16. Throw up (front spot/back spot) – Throw the flyer up, NOT toward you. As many spotters throw, they have a tendency to pull the basket towards them which causes the flyer’s feet to be pull right from under them.