Everyone in a stunt group has a role. No one is passive when it comes to stunts, baskets, or pyramids…including flyers.
During my cheer career, I stunted with girls that were 85lbs and girls that were 150lbs. Funny thing…just because you’re small, doesn’t mean you are easy to put in the air.
The challenge comes with stability. Imagine trying to hold a broomstick straight up and down…doesn’t take much effort, even from the least experienced broomstick holder.
NOW…imagine I hand you a rope and say, “hold this rope straight up in the air.” I’ll give you a second to imagine this…
Yes, a rope. No, it doesn’t stand up. You’re right. That’s why I chose a rope as the metaphor. Stop getting off track…just think about a rope standing up…exactly, won’t work…
Here’s why; the rope is LOOSE, not stable. Just like a lazy flyer. If you are a flyer, you have a duty to your bases or partner to be as tight as possible so that they can put you where they need to during a skill. Also, if a stunt or pyramid is wobbling, it is much easier to correct one thing (bases moving you) vs. correcting two things (you trying to move yourself and the bases trying to move you).
There are skills that require you to move more and have a more dynamic role in the stunt or pyramid, but the common thread in ALL skills for a flyer comes back to two words…
If there is a stunt or skill that involves changing body positions (lib, hitch, stretch, twisting, flipping, etc.) you can still have the focus of staying tight and in control. This goes from the load in all the way through the cradle. Each piece is just as important as the others.