A twist in a cheerleading stunt is also called a full. The United States All Star Federation, or USASF, defines a full as a 360-degree twisting rotation. A twist in cheerleading stunts can be done as a full down cradle, or dismount, from a stunt where the flyer completes a full twist before being caught in a pike sit in the arms of her bases; or a full basket toss, where the flyer is thrown high above her base group and completes a full twist before being caught in a cradle position. According to the USASF, full twist cradles and baskets are legal from two-leg stunts at Level 3 and above. Full twist cradles from one leg stunts are allowed at Level 4 and above.
Begin with the stunt group either in a stunt, such as an extended or a liberty, or in a basket toss load.
Wait for the bases to pop the cradle or throw the basket. If preparing to cradle, keep arms in a high V.
Stay tight throughout the entire cradle or toss. Ride the pop or throw to its peak, or the point where it cannot go any higher.
Initiate the twist at the peak of the ride by pulling your arms into your chest, lifting and pulling your right hip up and over to the left and turning your head to look left.
Keep your eyes open as you follow through the twist, spotting the ceiling as you finish one complete rotation.
Open up for the cradle catch when you spot the ceiling. Keep your body tight and only release your arms to assist your bases in the catch by catching yourself on their shoulders.
- Don't throw your head to initiate or complete the twist as it will slow your rotation.
- Be careful not to jump around or throw your shoulders as this will cause you to travel.