- A braced forward or backward flip in a pyramid is allowed provided all of the following conditions are met:
- The top person maintains continuous hand-to-hand/arm contact with a separate bracer on each side.
- The bracers must be in double based shoulder stands or elevator preps (no single base, shoulder sit or thigh stand bracers).
- Each bracer has a separate spotter.
- The bases remain stationary except as necessary for safety adjustments.
- The top person has at least two bases and a separate spotter.
- The top person is limited to one and one quarter (1 ¼) flipping rotations
- The top person is not allowed to twist.
- The top person is caught by the original bases in a loading position, stunt or cradle.
Comments: This is a new skill for high school cheerleading. Be sure to practice the proper progressions for this skill including having solid prep bracers, practicing braced flips on the performing surface, and simple up/down releases and catches. In order to keep from being illegally inverted themselves, the bracers should be careful to bend their legs instead of bending over at the waist
Q1: I only have have 11 on my team. Can we do a braced flip?
No. A braced flip requires three under the top person (4 total) and both bracers must be in elevator preps with spotters (4 total each) for a minimum of 12.
Q2: Can a prep be a bracer for two suspended flips? We have a bracer prep, flipping prep, bracer prep, flipping prep and a bracer prep where the middle bracer is bracing both of the flips.
Yes, they can. The rule is that each person flipping must have two bracers. (see video below)
Q3: Can you explain the start and end position a flyer must be to do a backflip in a pyramid?
They can be in nearly any legal position to start: load-in with both feet, basket load-in position, one foot on the ground, both feet on the ground, flatback, prep, extended liberty, etc.
They can be in any of those positions to end other than with both feet coming to the ground. So they could go back to a cradle, stunt or loading position (both feet or one foot in the hands, the other going to the performing surface).
Q4: Can a double based prep without a back spot be a bracer for a back flip in the middle of a pyramid?
No. Every bracer must have a spotter.
Loading position, Back Flip to Cradle: Legal
Ball-back, Front Flip to Ball-Back: Legal
Braced Flip From Pike – Backspot Holds Ankle: Legal
Two braced flips using three bracers: Legal
Braced Flip with Single Based Bracers: Illegal
Comments: If the bracers were both in double base preps with spots, this would be a legal pyramid. The braced flip can start from the ground and can land in a stunt.
Side Sumi/Front and Back Bracers: Illegal
Comments: The rule only allows “front and back” flips, and requires that the top person have bracers “on each side”. This illegal version performs a sideways flip, and the bracers are in front and back.