Category Archives: Level 5

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 – Pyramid Arabians

This clarification is a follow up to one of our earlier quizzes about Pyramid Arabians.

The skill is first legal in Level 5. In Level 4 it’s clear the skill is illegal for not having 2 bracers (L4 Pyramids H1). In Youth 5 and Restricted 5 the skill is illegal for being a pyramid inversion with a twist (Pyramids E2). The argument against that being the correct call is the skill twists, then flips, but doesn’t do both at the same time.

The counter to that argument is both the twist and flip occur during the pyramid release move and the rules limits the release skills to 1 1/4 flip with 0 twist. The alternate counter is if the skills are truly separated enough to be considered 2 separate skills while released from the bases, it would be a 2 1/2 high pyramid and illegal (Pyramids B).

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.

Clarification – Release Moves

The definition of Release Move has been updated this year and now applies to Stunts and Pyramids alike. The updated definition is:

When the top person becomes free of contact with all people on the performing surface; see “Free Release Move”

This definition means skills including a pyramid leap frog and a braced flip are release moves. Even with the top person remaining in contact with a bracer the skill is a release move if the top person is not in contact with anyone on the performing surface.

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

Clarification – Show and Go with “Spotter Grip”

The USASF Rules Glossary received a significant upgrade this summer and is now included as part of the Rules PDF file. Within that upgrade the definition of spotter has been updated and now states (in part):

The spotter:

May not be considered both a base and the required spotter at the same time.

Example: In a two leg stunt, the base of one of the legs is not allowed to also be considered the required spotter (regardless of the grip).

This update makes the show and go in the video below ILLEGAL in Levels 1-5 for not having the required spotter. The male base in the video placing his back hand on the back of the top person’s ankle no longer allows him to be considered the spotter. The skill would need an additional person meeting the definition of spotter to be legal in Levels 2-5. It would need to stay at prep level or lower and have an additional person meeting the definition of spotter to be legal in Level 1.

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