with Kenny La from Australia
Hey guys! This week we are having a look at the common mistakes during a partner stunt toss
When partner stunting with someone, whether it be the first or your 1000th session, we always need to make sure the TIMING between base & flyer and BODY POSITIONS of the flyer is on point. Below are some of the common mistakes that I’ve personally come across while training & coaching
🏃🏻♂️ BEING TOO QUICK 🏃🏻♂️
Bases standing up too quick during the toss leads to them pulling the flyer off the ground rather than tossing them. This is easily recognisable when the base pulls the flyer into their body and disrupts the straight path which the flyer was jumping in. Sometimes it can also lead to the base getting kicked in the Crown Jewels 😵. To remedy this, ensure the base goes with the flyers jump by lifting first with the arms as the flyer comes off the ground before following through with the legs and finishing the toss
🦑 FLYER’S LOOSE CENTRE 🦑
If the flyer is not keeping tension in their centre, the toss can be cut off and go forward instead of up. Generally for females, their centre of gravity is around the space between their hips. If this centre is not in line with the rest of the body (butt sticking out) the toss travels forward, feet fly out in front, coming away from the base and making it extremely hard to catch. Ensure that the flyer’s hips are rolled in or that they are ‘squeezing their butt’, their chest is up and they are keeping their weight in the bases’ wrists (don’t lean to the point where you fall backwards, just keep your weight on them). Keep this body position and tension throughout the entire toss.
😱 LEANING BACK TO CATCH 😱
This is more related to catching the stunt rather than the toss but nonetheless it is still a very common mistake made by bases. Leaning back too much to catch the stunt is detrimental not only to the stunt but also to the base’s back. Catching a stunt while leaning away puts a lot of pressure on the body’s lower back and can lead to injuries. This is a common mistake because bases are trying to ‘see the stunt/feet’. Rather than lean away, bases need to be stepping into the stunt after the toss is finished and making sure they are catching the flyer with their structure (Flyer’s body stacked on top of base’s body). Furthermore, improved thoracic mobility (more flexible shoulders) can decrease the likelihood of a base leaning back to catch the stunt
There are definitely many more errors that can occur during the toss but these 3 I feel are the most common that I have seen. A good way to avoid these errors is to film yourself from the side and not the front since it gives a much better view of what the base & flyer are doing during the toss.