Stunt: The Breakdown

By: Peyton Lawson

What is it?

STUNT is a spring sport that Wake County implemented in the spring of 2015. It’s similar to cheerleading but more straightforward without all of the flashy dances and motions. Two teams are doing the same routine at the same time and the team that does it better gets the point.

How is it set up?

The set up is as follows: 54 ft x 42 ft area consisting of nine non-spring, carpet-bonded, foam-mat panels with a minimum 1-3/8 in. thickness, referred to as a competition floor. Each mat panel, 6 ft x 42 ft in size, is connected along its seams using a 4 in. wide Velcro strips.

Who is involved?

Teams consist of 5 different positions: main bases, secondary bases, flyers, back spots, and tumblers. There’s a scoreboard and officials with whistles.

How does a team get possession?

A coin flip determines possession; the winning team has the option to defer possession to the second half. There are four quarters in a stunt match. The team with possession picks which level will be completed. A team gains or keeps possession if they win the round. In the case of a tie, possession switches.

What else do I need to know?

There are six levels of each quarter that increase in difficulty.  Partner stunts, pyramids & tosses, group jumps & tumbling, and team performance are the four quarters.The winning team receives 1 point; the losing team receives 0 points; 1 point is awarded to each team in the case of a tie. Forfeit is also possible if a team does not have the skill to complete the level or strategically wishes to have possession and does not feel confident they will win the level. No points are awarded if a team fails at the level (i.e.significant falls).

What does each quarter look like?

1st Quarter: Partner Stunts

The are 6 different partner stunts taught prior to the start of the season. During first quarter, four of the six stunts are called. Each routine has 9 complete “8” counts of partner stunt skills. Partner stunts consist of one stunt group–this includes two bases, a flyer, and a backspot.

2nd Quarter: Pyramids and Tosses

Pyramids and tosses are similar to partner stunts in that there are 4 of 6 levels called and 9 complete “8” counts. Pyramids involve more than one stunt group.

3rd Quarter: Tumbling

Basically, tumbling is a combination of jumps and tumblings skills. Once again, 4 of 6 levels are called and each level has 9 complete “8” counts.

4th Quarter: Combination Routines

    This quarter is the most difficult to understand because it’s a combination of the previous 3 levels. For this quarter, 3 of the 6 levels are called. For example, if a team calls level 4, both teams would consecutively do the level 4 partner stunt, level 4 pyramid, and level 4 tumbling. 3 points are possible for each team for each level during this quarter

Anything else?

In the state of NC, season schedules are random. Playoffs occur after the season. Oh, and by the way, collegiate STUNT is very real and very competitive.


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