Transitions Tosses and Dismounts

Updated Tuesday February 17, 2015 by Chris Hillson.

Transitions, Tosses, and Dismounts

Basket toss

A basket toss is an advanced stunt in which the bases propel the flyer upwards (10-30+ feet) from the loading position. It is a toss by a maximum of four bases of a top straight up in the air so the flyer can perform a trick (toe touch, ball-out, kiss-out, pretty girl, twist, tuck, kick twist down, pike, etc.) and then land back in a cradle position. It gets its name from the basket, or square, the bases get from locking wrists. The basket is assembled by each base grabbing their own right wrist with their left hand, then using their right hand to grab each others' left wrist. The flyer, with some assistance from the back spot, will place her feet on the square created to minimize pressure. There will also be a front spot (pumper) which places hands under the stunt and helps to toss the flyer into the air. The bases dip, stand up, dip again, and then throw using all of their power. 

Basket Toss variations include: 

Simple Ride-Up usually the first basket toss ever practiced. The flyer's legs remain together like in a cradle, but the arms can go anyway such as in a "touch down" motion, pointing up/at the crowd, or blowing a kiss.

Tuck while in the air the flyer will perform a tuck (front or back) then pop into cradle.

Toe Touch During the basket toss, when the flyer is thrown into the air she stays in the "pencil" position. Once starting to fall, she does the toe touch jump, quickly pops back into pencil, and then into the cradle.

Pretty Girl/Show off When in the air, the flyer will do her legs like in a Liberty and put one hand on her waist and one behind her head, laying down.

Kick twist When starting to fall, the flyer will kick one leg up then twist her body into a cradle. The flyer may twist however many times she wishes, the more the more advanced.


Dismounts return the flyer to the floor or complete a stunt.


Almost like a basket toss except hands are in formation of a prep or extension.

Pop Cradle or Cradle Out

Dismount from a stunt in which the base/bases toss the flyer straight up from a stationary stunt then catch the flyer in a seated position pike-like position.  

Teddy Bear

The bases have the flyer in a Prep. They dip (the flyer sits, or bends her body in half, and ends up in a straddle position) and with one hand catch the flyer's thigh. With the other hand they catch the flyer's foot. The back uses the same motions she would in a sponge. 

Squish (or Sponge)

Two bases will each hold a different foot of a flyer at their waist level. The flyer is squatted down so the flyer is not taller than the bases. This is how the flyer loads in to the stunt, before jumping and pushing off the bases shoulders, and the bases drive their arms upwards and extend the flyer. Also called a Sponge, load, or Scrunch in some regions. 

Retake or Double Take

When a stunt is extended in the air, and then goes back down into a load-in position placing both feet in the bases hands, if previously in a one-footed stunt, and being pushed back upwards into another stunt. 

Show and go

Two bases will each hold a different foot of a flyer and bring it up to a full extension. The flyer only stays up for two counts and returns back into a squish position. Also known as 'fake-outs' or 'flashes'. Depending on the stunt, the flyer can throw any number of tricks in a show and go. If loading in with both feet, most times the flyer will "show" a Cupie, and after reloading, come back up to a Cupie in either a prep or extension level. Another variation is the one-legged show and go, where a flyer starts as if in a one-legged stunt, and "shows" one leg kicked up to the heel stretch position (without grabbing the ankle or instep). As this variation is brought back down, the flyer brings in her leg from the flash and reloads in either a two or one legged sponge, "going" back up to prep or extension level. 


When a flyer switches the foot being stood on in mid air after being popped by bases. College cheerleaders doing as flipping transition 

Full Down (Twist Cradle)

Full Down is a variation on a pop cradle. It is a dismount from a stunt in which the base/bases toss the flyer straight up from a stationary stunt, the flyer does a 360 degree turn in the air, and then the bases catch her in a cradle position. Called a Single Down, Single, or Full Down in some Regions.

Double down (Double Twist Cradle)

Double down is a variation on a pop cradle. The same as a full twist cradle, but two 360 degree turns are completed before cradling. There are also increasing numbers of twist downs possible, often as many as five, witnessed especially when four males are basing a basket toss. 

Leap Frog or popcorn

This is usually a transition where the bases "hop" top person over the back spots head and catch her in either a crouch position or cradle.


A Reload is a transition that connects two stunts when a flyer cradles out of the first stunt, and the bases dip and pop the flyer back into a load position. A similar stunt is a barrel role.  A Reload can sometimes called a 'cradle pop'. 

Barrel Roll

Seated in a pike position, as if she had just cradled out, the bases toss the flyer, she lays flat and does a 360 degree spin in the air. 

360 up

A variation on the double take in which the flyer does a full turn in the air to the right in between stunts while staying in contact with the bases. Also called a Full up in some regions. 


Rewind is a dismount where the flyer does a full turn to the left in a standing position while having her right foot in contact with the bases. 

Dead man

When the flyer falls backwards or forwards out of a stunt where 3 or 4 people catch the flyer and could possibly push the flyer back up to the bases hands.


Swedish Falls

Center bases face each other, legs shoulder width apart, arms straight and hands on each other's shoulders, a flyer stands behind each base, facing the bases' backs. Flyers place hands on bases' shoulders, each flyer has a second base. These bases squat in between the other base and the flyer. They hold the flyers' waist, third base holds the flyers upstage leg--one hand on her thigh and the other on her ankle. 

On 1, 2, down, up, the flyer bends her knees and jumps. The second and third bases lift the flyer up, fully extending their arms. The flyer's arms are also fully extended. The center bases have the flyers' weight on their shoulders. They support each other to maintain balance. Both flyers lift their downstage leg (the base is only holding the upstage leg). The second and third bases lower the flyer on the dismount.  This can also be executed with only one base lifting, rather than two.