When it comes to two-legged cheerleading stunts, such as an elevator prep or an extension, there are two schools of thought for the load-in. The jump-in style requires that the flyer jump up and place both feet in the hands of her bases at the same time, while the step-in means she starts with her right foot in her base’s hands then steps her left foot in for the load.
Here are the pros and cons of the two styles.
I am personally a fan of the jump-in. And here’s why.
- It’s cleaner. When done correctly it’s got a smoother look than the step-in.
- It’s better for timing. The bases receive the feet at the same time making it a little simpler for proper timing.
- The back spot can help sooner. They can grab the ankles right after the jump rather than waiting on a second leg.
- Creates better flyers. This is because they have to have great load-in technique because they don’t have the extra time or help to lean on.
- Prepares the whole group better for the timing of one-legged stunts like liberties.
But there are a few cons to this style:
- Requires a lot of your flyer. She has to have great load-in technique and be able to hold herself up.
- Requires consistency of style between all members of the stunt group.
- Leaves little room for errors of body position or timing.
While I prefer the look of the jump-in, we typically use a step-in with my squad because of some of its pros, such as:
- Better for beginner flyers. It gives them the chance to ease in and requires less of them for the load in position.
- Gives more time for adjustment in the load-in time.
- Give more hands-on attention for the flyer from the back spot, which provides a feeling of more security.
There are also some cons to the step-in style:
- It’s slower and often looks less clean.
- While it provides more time to fix mistakes, it leaves more time to make mistakes as well.
- Gives the bases less help from the back spot since more attention will need to be on the flyer in this style.
Here’s the bottom line: both styles are equally useful and acceptable. The jump in is better if you have more experienced flyers and less experienced or less strong bases, but the step-in cheerleading stunt style is better if you have more experienced bases and newer flyers. But both get the job done!