LEVEL 1 GENERAL TUMBLING

A. All tumbling must originate from and land on the performing surface.

Clarification: A tumbler may rebound from his/her feet into a stunt transition. If the rebound from the tumbling pass involves hip-over-head rotation, then the tumbler/top person must be caught and stopped in a non-inverted position before continuing into the hip-over-head transition or stunt.

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.

Exception: Rebounding to a prone position (½ twist to stomach) in a stunt is allowed in Level 1.

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

Clarification: An individual may jump (rebound) over another individual.

C. Tumbling while holding or in contact with any prop is not allowed.

D. Dive rolls are not allowed.

E. 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

A. Skills must involve constant physical contact with the performing surface.

Exception: Block cartwheels and round offs are allowed.

B. Forward and backward rolls, front and back walkovers, and handstands are allowed.

C. Cartwheels and round offs are allowed.

D. No tumbling is allowed in immediate combination after a round off. If tumbling does occur after a round off a clear and distinct pause must immediately follow a round off or round off rebound.

E. Front and back handsprings are not allowed.

LEVEL 1 STUNTS

A. Spotters

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.

Clarification 2: If the primary bases squat, go to their knees or drop the overall height of the stunt while extending their arms (excluding floor stunts), this skill would be considered extended and therefore illegal, regardless of the back spot’s positioning.

Exception: Shoulder sits/straddles & T-Lifts and stunts with up to a ½ twist transition where the top person starts and ends on the performance surface and is only supported at the waist, do not require a spotter.

2. A spotter is required for each top person in a floor stunt.

Clarification: The spotter may grab the top person’s waist in a floor stunt.

B. Stunt Levels

1. Single leg stunts are only allowed at waist level.

Exception 1: Prep level single leg stunts are allowed if the top person is connected to someone standing on the performance surface, which must be a separate person other than the base(s) or spotter. The connection must be hand/arm to hand/arm and must be made prior to initiating the single leg prep level stunt.

Exception 2: A walk up shoulder stand is legal in level 1 if both hands of the top person are in contact with both hands of the base until both feet of the top person are placed on the shoulders of the base.

2. Stunts above prep level are not allowed. A stunt may not pass above prep level.

Clarification: Taking the top person above the head of the bases would be illegal.

C. Twisting stunts 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 with a stationary top person, then they may continue to walk the stunt in additional rotation.

Exception 1: Rebounding to a prone position (½ twist to stomach) in a stunt is allowed in Level 1.

Exception 2: ½ Wrap around stunts are legal in Level 1.

Exception 3: Up to a ½ twist is allowed if the top person starts and ends on performance surface and is only supported at the waist and does not require an additional spotter.

D. 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.

E. Free flipping or assisted flipping stunts and transitions are not allowed.

F. No stunt, pyramid, or individual may move over or under another separate stunt, pyramid or individual.

Clarification: This pertains to an athlete’s torso moving over or under the torso of another athlete; not the arms or legs.

Clarification: A top person may not pass over or under the torso of another top person regardless if the stunt or pyramid is separate or not.

Example: A shoulder sit walking under prep is illegal.

Exception: An individual may jump over another individual.

G. Single based split catches are not allowed.

H. Single based stunts with multiple top persons are not allowed.

I. 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.

J. L1 Stunts-Inversions

1. Inversions are not allowed.

Clarification: All inverted athletes must maintain contact with the performance surface (see tumbling L1 tumbling rules).

Example: A supported handstand on the performance surface is not considered a stunt but is a legal inversion.

K. 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

A. Pyramids must follow Level 1 “Stunts” and “Dismounts” rules and are allowed up to 2 high.

1. Single based or assisted single based EXTENDED stunts are not allowed in Tiny, Mini and Youth divisions.

B. Top person must receive primary support from a base.

Clarification: Anytime a top person is released by the bases during a pyramid transition, the top person must land in a cradle or dismount to the performing surface and must follow the L1 dismount rules.

C. Two leg stunts:

1. Two leg extended stunts must be braced by a top person at prep level or below with hand-arm connection only.

a. The connection must be made prior to initiating the two leg extended stunt.

b. Prep level top person bracers must have both feet in bases’ hands.

Exception: Prep level top persons 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.

2. Two leg extended stunts may not brace or be braced by other extended stunts.

D. Single Leg Stunts

1. Prep level single leg stunts must be braced by at least one person at prep level or below with hand-arm connection only.

a. The connection must be made prior to initiating the single leg prep level stunt.

b. 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.

2. Extended single leg stunts are not allowed.

E. No stunt, pyramid, or individual may move over or under another separate stunt, pyramid or individual.

Clarification: A top person may not pass over or under the torso of another top person regardless if the stunt or pyramid is separate or not.

Example: A shoulder sit walking under a prep is illegal.

 

LEVEL 1 DISMOUNTS

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

A. Cradles from single based stunts must have a spotter with at least one hand-arm supporting the waist to shoulder region to protect the head and shoulder area through the cradle.

B. Cradles from multi-based stunts must have two catchers and a 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.

C. Dismounts must return to original base(s).

Exception: dismounts to the performing surface must be assisted by either an original base and/or spotter.

Exception: straight drops or small hop offs, with no additional skills, from waist level or below are the only dismounts allowed to the performing surface without assistance.

Clarification: An individual may not land on the performing surface from above waist level without assistance.

D. Only straight pop downs and basic straight cradles are allowed.

E. Twisting dismounts (including ¼ turns) are not allowed.

F. 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.

G. No dismounts are allowed from skills 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.

H. No free flipping or assisted flipping dismounts allowed.

I. Dismounts may not intentionally travel.

J. Top persons in dismounts may not come in contact with each other while released from the bases.

K. Tension drops/rolls of any kind are not allowed.

 

LEVEL 1 TOSSES

A. No tosses allowed.

Clarification: This includes “Sponge” (also known as Load In or Squish) tosses.

Clarification: All waist level cradles are illegal