Tag Archives: Level 4

Clarification – L4 Prep Liberty to Pancake

The correct answer to the L4 Prep Liberty to Pancake quiz is the skill is Illegal in Level 4 as performed. The skill is a downward inversion passing above prep level, which is not allowed per Stunts J2, Clarification 1. The exception

“Exception: Two leg “Pancake” stunts must start at shoulder level or below and are allowed to immediately pass through the extended position during the skill.”

does not apply because the skill is not a two leg stunt for the entire transition. Specifically the skill is not a two leg stunt at initiation, which is the bottom of the dip, instead it becomes a two leg stunt during the transition. The glossary definition of Pancake is

A downward inversion stunt in which both of the top person’s legs/feet remain in the grip of a base(s) while performing a fold over/pike forward rotation to be caught on the top person’s back.

Quiz – L4 Prep Liberty to Pancake

For this week’s quiz we’re looking at Level 4 Pancakes. The quiz will be open until Friday.

This quiz has closed. See below for the answer and results.

Answers & Results

The correct answer to the Prep Release to Prone quiz is the skill is Not Legal in Any Level. The poll results were:

  • Legal in Level 4 – 163 Votes
  • Illegal in Level 4 – 172 Votes

The explanation is available here.

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

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.

Quiz – L4 Helicopter Tosses

For this week’s quiz we’re heading to Level 4. The quiz will be open until Friday. Be sure to check out the last quiz updated with the answer and results.

This quiz has closed. See below for the answer and results.

Answers & Results

The correct answer is both helicopters are Legal in Level 4. The poll results were:

  • Only the 1st is Legal in Level 4 – 36 Votes
  • Only the 2nd is Legal in Level 4 – 134 Votes
  • Both are Legal in Level 4 – 114 Votes
  • Both are Illegal in Level 4 – 27 Votes

The explanation is available here.

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

Jump Skills to Tumbling

In Level 2, jump skills in immediate combination with handspring(s) are not allowed and in Level 4 jump skills are not allowed in immediate combination with a standing flip. Non skilled jumps, such as a T-Jump, in combination with a tumbling skill do not break this rule, making the triple toe touch, t-jump, back handspring in the video legal in Level 2 and replacing the back handspring with a back tuck legal in Level 4. If you aren’t sure whether or not a jump would be considered a skilled jump, don’t do it.

Over/Under Rules

The moving over, under, or through a stunt, pyramid, individual, or prop rules, collectively referred to as the “Over/Under” rules, are only applicable when passing over or under a torso. They do not apply to only passing over arms or legs. This means you can punch front over a leg without violating this rule. The tumbling restrictions regarding Over/Under are the same for all levels, including Level 6, stating:

Tumbling over, under, or through a stunt, individual, or prop, is not allowed.

The stunt and pyramid restrictions differ by level, and don’t exist for Level 5.

No stunt, pyramid, or individual may move over or under another separate stunt, pyramid or individual. – Levels 1-3

No stunt or pyramid may move over or under another separate stunt or pyramid. – Level 4

Levels 1-3 can’t move Over/Under anything separate, but Level 4 can move Over/Under a separate individual. Please note use of the word “Separate” in the rules above because that is what makes some skills, leap frogs being an example, possible. A leap frog stunt passes over a torso, but since the top person is connected to the person they pass over, it’s not a separate stunt or individual so the rule doesn’t apply. The same concept applies to leap frog pyramids in higher levels.

Legal L4 Pancake Example

Here is an example of a LEGAL Pancake in Level 4. Although the transition passes above prep level, it starts as a 2 leg, prep level stunt and a base maintains contact with both legs throughout the transition. In addition, the top person rotates through inverted enough to finish in a non-inverted position.

Safety Judges are instructed to look at the base’s arms to determine if the skill is legal.
LEGAL – Continuous motion of the base’s arms is legal.
ILLEGAL – Stalling above the head makes this a downward inversion from extended level and a level 5 skill.

If the safety judge was to only watch the top person, most of these skills would appear illegal.

Video courtesy of Champion Allstars

Early Releases in Pyramids & Stunts

The most frequent violations so far this season have been related to early releases during pyramid release moves. When we refer to “Early Releases” we are saying the bracer and top person are not maintaining contact with each other. This year that requirement was made more strict and more objective than it was last season. It now says:

Clarification: Contact must be made with a base on the performing surface BEFORE contact with the bracer(s) is lost.

Stated another way this means the top person must be in contact with the required bracer(s) or someone on the ground at all times. (Exceptions to this must follow Stunt Release Move, Dismounts, or Toss rules). This applies to all pyramid release moves from Level 3 and up. It also applies to pyramid release moves with and without inversions.

For stunts we often see early releases during leap frog transitions in Level 2 and suspended forward rolls in Level 3. The early releases are due to the person initially holding the hands of the top person letting go early so they can catch the top’s seat or under the top’s arms, as they would in a standard cradle. If the top person is released during a leap frog in Level 2, the transition becomes a release move and illegal. If the top is released during a suspended forward roll in Level 3, the transition becomes a free flip and illegal.