Skills and Drills - Advanced Stunts

Skills and Drills - Advanced Stunts

Kick Basket

[Caution: Cheerleading gymnastics, including stunts, pyramids and tumbling, should only be performed under the supervision of a qualified adult.]

Check out Houston High School cheerleaders Audrey McCleney, Lori Vandagriff, Lauren Powell, and Samantha Abone demonstrating the proper technique of a Kick Basket Toss.

This is an advanced level basket toss skill that includes kicking your left leg up while your arms make an “L-like” motion, then snapping your legs back together for the cradle. This stunt is legal at the high school level.

This basket toss requires two tossers and a back spot. An additional tosser from the front is recommended, but not necessary.

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The top girl loads in to the basket facing to the side of the crowd, making sure to keep her shoulders, knees, and toes in a straight vertical line and her hips up.

The tossers (bases) connect hands in a standard basket grip (the front tosser, if present, places her hands underneath theirs to assist with the toss).

The back spot helps the top girl load into the basket and then reaches underneath the basket to assist with the toss as well.

Exploding with their legs and shrugging through their shoulders, the bases toss the top girl into the air.
The top girl rides up, keeping her body in a straight line.

Once the top girl reaches the top of the basket, she kicks her left leg up, while keeping the right leg straight, and brings her arms to an “L-like” motion (left arm in a punch, right arm in candlesticks).

After the kick is completed, the top girl snaps her feet back together and her arms down by her sides, remains tight, and prepares for the cradle.

The bases and back spot wait with arms extended to catch the top girl in the cradle. They remain in the same position the entire time.

The bases begin to slow the top girl into the cradle as soon as they make contact with her body. As they catch, they absorb with their legs.

The top girl pikes her body for the cradle, keeping her shoulders up and catching herself on her bases’ shoulders.