Category Archives: Level 4

Clarification – L4 Helicopter Tosses

The correct answer to the L4 Helicopter Tosses quiz is both are Legal in Level 4. The part of the rule bolded below makes people question where the catchers need to be positioned.

…must be caught by at least 3 catchers, one of which is positioned at head and shoulder area of the top.

The official interpretation is both the base in blue and the base in yellow cover this requirement by being positioned at or above the waist of the top person and catching with one of their hands or arms above her waist.

This ruling and explanation are based on the 2016-17 version of the rules dated August 31, 2016.

Clarification – Over/Under Stunt

The correct answer to the Over/Under Stunt quiz is No, the stunt doesn’t break the over/under rule. Although the video shows torsos passing over and under each other, they are both part of the same stunt so it’s not a stunt, pyramid, or individual moving over or under another separate stunt, pyramid or individual, emphasis on separate.

Stunt Over/Under Rule:

No stunt, pyramid, or individual may move over or under another separate stunt, pyramid or individual. Clarification: This pertains to an athlete’s torso moving over or under the torso of another athlete; not the arms or legs.

Clarification – Cartwheel Off Shoulder Sit II

The correct answer to the second Cartwheel Off Shoulder Sit quiz is the skill is first legal in Youth 5. Although Level 4 allows downward inversions from prep level, they also require 3 catchers (Stunts J2). Youth 5, Restricted 5, Level 5, and Level 6 do not require 3 catchers for downward inversions from prep level, making the correct answer Youth 5.

Clarification – Cartwheel Off Shoulder Sit

The correct answer to the Cartwheel Off Shoulder Sit quiz is the skill is first legal in Level 4. Levels 1 and 2 do not allow downward inversions. Level 3 allows downward inversions, but only from waist level or below. The starting point of this downward inversion is a shoulder sit, which is defined as prep level in the glossary, and downward inversions from prep level start being allowed in Level 4.

Clarification – Half Up Extension II

The correct answer to the Half Up Extension II quiz is the skill in the video is first legal in Level 6. Levels 1-5 require a spotter for extended stunts and no one in the video meets the definition of spotter. The athletes on the side are under the top’s feet, making them bases. The athlete starting behind the top person is in front of the top person while the stunt is up, which doesn’t meet the definition of spotter.

Clarification – Half Up Extension

The correct answer to the Half Up Extension quiz is the skill in the video is first legal in Level 6. Levels 1-5 require a spotter for extended stunts and no one in the video meets the definition of spotter. The 2 athletes on the side have their hands under separate feet of the top person, making them both bases. The remaining person on the ground is not to the back or side as required by the definition of spotter.

Clarification – Twisting from Side

The correct answer to the Twisting from Side quiz is first legal in Level 4. The skill is a 1 3/4 twisting cradle from a 2 leg stunt which is not allowed in Level 3 per Dismounts E and is allowed in Level 4 per Dismounts D. The updated definition of stunt makes it clear a stunt with the top person not being supported under any foot is considered a 2 leg stunt.

Clarification – 1/4 Turn T-Jump Back Handspring

This clarification is a follow up to one of our earlier quizzes about 1/4 Turn T-Jump Back Handsprings. Most voters were correct in stating this is legal starting in Level 2. To get to this answer you’ll need to know a standing back handspring is legal in Level 2 and look at a couple glossary definitions.

I believe most people calling this combination illegal in Level 2 would point to Standing Tumbling C:

Jump skills in immediate combination with handspring(s) are not allowed.

To determine if this rule applies we need to determine if a 1/4 turn T-Jump is a “Jump Skill”. The definition of Jump Skill is:

A skill which involves a change in body position during a jump. i.e. toe touch, pike, etc…

That definition addresses the T-Jump part, but not the 1/4 turn part. The 1/4 turn part is addressed in the definition of “Jump Turn”, which states:

Any turn that is added to a jump. A “straight jump” with a turn does not make the jump a “jump skill”.

This definition clearly states the turn alone does not make it a Jump Skill, making it so Standing Tumbling C doesn’t apply, leading to the skill being legal. A similar process would lead to a 1/4 Turn T-Jump Back Tuck being legal in Level 4.

Note – The information in this article is based on the August 27, 2015 release of the rules.

Clarification – Cradle with “Spotter Grip”

This clarification is a follow up to one of our earlier quizzes about cradling from a prep with what has become known as the “Spotter Grip”. The results to that quiz showed most voters selecting Level 2, followed by the second most voters selecting Level 6, the correct answer.

Previously, the male having his front hand under the foot and back hand on the back of the ankle, aka the “spotter grip”, would have met the definition of spotter. The updated definition of spotter makes both supporting athletes bases, leaving the stunt without a spotter, making the stunt (prior to the cradle) illegal in Level 1 (L1 Stunts A1). The stunt (prior to the cradle) is legal in Level 2 and higher as prep level stunts don’t require spotters in these levels.

Since the stunt is a multi-base stunt, the cradle must follow the multi-based stunt cradle rule for Levels 1-5 (Dismounts B), which requires 2 catchers and a spotter. The cradle as performed in the video does not follow this rule, making it illegal in Levels 1-5. Level 6 doesn’t have a similar multi-based stunt dismount rule, making the cradle legal in Level 6.

Clarification – Back Handspring Ups

Back Handspring Ups to extended level, as shown in the video below, are first legal in Level 4. In Level 3 you can neither release from an inverted position (L3 Stunts I2) nor release to an extended position (L3 Stunts I3), but both of these restrictions are loosened in Level 4. Level 4 allows release moves from an inverted position (L4 Stunts I2) and release moves to extended position from waist level or below (L4 Stunts I4), therefore Back Handspring Ups to extended position are allowed in Level 4. Please keep in mind release moves to extended level may not twist in Level 4, so please don’t perform a twisting variation of the skill in the video.

Note – The information in this article is based on the August 27, 2015 release of the rules.