Level 1 (2014-15)


General Tumbling    Standing/Running Tumbling    Stunts    Pyramids    Dismounts    Tosses

LEVEL 1 GENERAL TUMBLING

  1. All tumbling must originate from and land on the performing surface.
    Exception: Tumbler may (without hip-over-head rotation) rebound from his/her feet into a stunt transition. Rebounding to a prone position in a stunt is allowed.
    Example: Round off handspring and then a bump or contact from a base or bracer straight into a back flip would break this rule for levels 1-5. A clear separation from the tumbling to the stunt is needed to make this legal. Catching the rebound and then dipping to create the throw for the rotation is legal. This would also be true if coming from just a standing back handspring without the round off.
    Clarification: Rebounding to a prone position (½ twist to stomach) in a stunt is allowed in Level 1.
  2. Tumbling over, under, or through a stunt, individual, or prop, is not allowed.
    Clarification: An individual may jump over another individual.
  3. Tumbling while holding or in contact with any prop is not allowed.
  4. Dive rolls are not allowed.
  5. Jumps are not considered a tumbling skill from a legalities point of view. Therefore, if a jump skill is included in a tumbling pass, the jump will break up the pass.

LEVEL 1 STANDING/RUNNING TUMBLING

  1. Skills must involve constant physical contact with the performing surface. Tumbling skills must involve hand support with both hands when passing through the inverted position.
    Exception: Block cartwheels and round offs are also allowed.
  2. Forward and backward rolls, front and back walkovers, and handstands are allowed.
  3. Cartwheels and round offs are allowed.
  4. Front and back handsprings are not allowed.

LEVEL 1 STUNTS

  1. A spotter is required for each top person at prep level and above.
    Example: Suspended splits, flat-bodied positions and preps are examples of prep level stunts. Extended arm stunts that are not in the upright position (such as extended v-sits, extended flat backs, etc…) are considered prep level stunts.
    Clarification: The center base in an extended v-sit may be considered a spotter as long as they are in a position to protect the head and shoulders of the top person.
    Exception: Shoulder sits/straddles are not considered prep level stunts; and therefore, do not require a spotter.
  2. Stunt Levels
    1. Single Leg Stunt are only allowed below shoulder (prep) level.
      Clarification: If the primary bases squat, go to their knees or drop the overall height of the stunt and hold the top person at their shoulder level, this skill would be considered shoulder level and therefore illegal, regardless of the back spot’s positioning.
    2. Extended stunts are not allowed (see definition of extended stunts in glossary). A stunt may not be held at or pass through an extended position.
      Clarification: Taking the top person above the head of the bases would be illegal.
  3. Twisting mounts and transitions are allowed up to a ¼ twisting rotation by the top person in relation to the performing surface.
    Clarification: A twist performed with an additional turn by the bases performed in the same skill set, would be illegal if the resulting cumulative rotation of the top person exceeds ¼ rotations. The safety judge will use the hips of the top person to determine the amount of total rotation a top person performs in a skill set. Once a stunt is hit (i.e. prep) and the athletes show a definite and clear stop, then they may continue to walk the stunt in additional rotation.
    Clarification: Rebounding to a prone position (½ twist to stomach) in a stunt is allowed in Level 1.
  4. During transitions, at least one base must remain in contact with the top person.
    Exception: Leap frogs and leap frog variations are not allowed in L1.
  5. Free flipping or assisted flipping stunts and transitions are not allowed.
  6. No stunt, pyramid, or individual may move over or under another separate stunt, pyramid or individual.
    Example: A shoulder sit walking under prep is illegal.
    Exception: An individual may jump over another individual.
  7. Single based split catches are not allowed.
  8. ”True” (unassisted) Double Cupies are not allowed.
    Clarification: “True” (unassisted) Double Cupies are not allowed at extended, prep or below prep level.
    i.e. “True” (unassisted) Double Cupies = one base holding two top people. However, depending on the technique used, other variations of “Fake” (assisted) Double Cupies may or may not be allowed.
  9. L1 Stunts-Release Moves
    1. Release moves are not allowed other than those allowed at Level 1 in “Dismounts”.
    2. Release moves may not land in a prone or inverted position.
    3. Release moves must return to original bases.
      Clarification: An individual may not land on the performing surface without assistance.
    4. Helicopters are not allowed.
    5. A single full twisting log/barrel roll is not allowed.
    6. Release moves may not intentionally travel.
    7. Release moves may not pass over, under or through other stunts, pyramids or individuals.
  10. L1 Stunts-Inversions
    1. Inversions are not allowed.
      Clarification: All inverted athletes must maintain contact with the performance surface (see
      tumbling L1 rules).

      Example: A supported handstand on the performance surface is not considered a stunt but is a legal
      inversion.
  11. Bases may not support any weight of a top person while that base is in a backbend or inverted position.
    Clarification: A person standing on the ground is not considered a top person.

LEVEL 1 PYRAMIDS

  1. Pyramids must follow Level 1 “Stunts” and “Dismounts” rules and are allowed up to 2 high.
  2. Top person must receive primary support from a base.
  3. Two leg extended stunts:
    1. Must be braced by at least one persons at prep level or below with hand-arm connection only. The connection must be made at or below prep level.
    2. Extended stunts may not brace or be braced by other extended stunts.
  4. Prep level single leg stunts:
    1. Must be braced by at least one person at prep level or below with hand-arm connection only.
    2. If the person bracing the top person is standing on the performance surface, the bracer must be a separate person not involved with basing or spotting.
    3. The connection must be made prior to initiating the single leg prep level stunt.
    4. Prep level bracers must have both feet in bases’ hands.
      Exception: Prep level bracers do not have to have both feet in the bases’ hands if they are in a shoulder sit, flat back, straddle lift or shoulder stand.
  5. No stunt, pyramid, or individual may move over or under another separate stunt, pyramid or individual.

LEVEL 1 DISMOUNTS
Note: Movements are only considered “Dismounts” if released to a cradle or released and assisted to the performing surface.

  1. Cradles from single based stunts must have a separate spotter with at least one hand-arm supporting the waist to shoulder region to protect the head and shoulder area through the cradle.
  2. Cradles from multi-based stunts must have two catchers and a separate spotter with at least one hand-arm supporting the waist to shoulder region to protect the head and shoulder area through the cradle.
    Clarification: Sponge, Load In, Squish cradles are considered tosses and are not allowed. See Level 1 Tosses.
    Clarification: All waist level cradles are illegal.
  3. Dismounts to the performing surface, from above waist level, from stunts and pyramids must be assisted by an original base. Bases may not intentionally pop, move or toss an athlete to the performance surface without assistance. Straight drops or small hop offs, with no additional skills, from waist level or below are the only dismounts allowed to the performing surface that do not require assistance.
    Clarification: An individual may not land on the performing surface from above waist level without assistance.
  4. Only straight pop downs and basic straight cradles are allowed.
  5. Twisting dismounts (including ¼ turns) are not allowed.
  6. No stunt, pyramid, individual, or prop may move over or under a dismount, and a dismount may not be thrown over, under, or through stunts, pyramids, individuals, or props.
  7. No dismounts are allowed from stunts above prep level in pyramids.
    Clarification: An extended stunt in a pyramid must be brought down to prep level or below before it can be dismounted.
  8. No free flipping or assisted flipping dismounts allowed.
  9. Dismounts must return to original base(s).
  10. Dismounts may not intentionally travel.
  11. Top persons in dismounts may not come in contact with each other while released from the bases.
  12. Tension drops/rolls of any kind are not allowed.

LEVEL 1 TOSSES

  1. No tosses allowed.
    Clarification: This includes “Sponge” (also known as Load In or Squish) tosses.
    Clarification: All waist level cradles are illegal.

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