Tag Archives: Pyramids

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.

Quiz – Pyramid Arabians

This week’s quiz is about Pyramid Arabians, shown in the video below. The quiz will be open through Friday. Be sure to check out last week’s quiz update with the answer and results.

This quiz closed on October 3rd. See below for the answer and results.

Answers & Results

The correct answer for this quiz is Level 5.  The poll results were:

  • Level 4 – 19 Votes
  • Youth Restricted 5 – 10 Votes
  • Junior/Senior Restricted 5 – 24 Votes
  • Level 5 – 95 Votes
  • Level 6 – 2 Votes

The explanation is available here.

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.

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.

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.