Published on November 1st, 2011 | by AC Magazine
Step by Step: Liberty Variations
by Craig Callaway
photos by Jeff Dickerson
For most team, the Liberty is one of the most sought-after skills. In competitions, it’s standard. Did you know there’s a variety of names for this skill? Here’s the most common.
These skills are legal for schools and USASF Levels 3 and up.
NOTE: If the top girl is held with her foot at chest level, in “T”’s called a torch, then these skills would be legal at USASF level 2. If held at waist level, then they are legal for USASF level 1 also.
1. POST/PEG LEG/PLATFORM
This is usually the first position learned when working on extended one-leg stunts. The top girl stands on her right leg with her feet together and her hands at her sides.
The top girl stands on her right leg with her left leg bent. Her foot is pressed to the side of her leg, with her toe pointed down towards the floor.
3. HEEL STRETCH
The top girl kicks her left leg up and catches her foot. Her arms should be in a High “V”, with one hand holding the foot from behind, grabbing in the middle of the foot.
4. FRONT STRETCH/BOW-N-ARROW
In this skill, it’s all about the flyer’s flexibility. There are four different ways to grab a Front Stretch. The first is with both hands at the ankle/foot. The second is to grab the foot in a Heel Stretch (with one hand), but with the leg straight up. The third is the standard Bow-N-Arrow grip, which is where the top girl grabs her extended left leg with her right hand, then reaches between her leg and her body to hit “T” motion with her left arm in front of the leg. The fourth way is with the same “T” motion, but the arm is behind the leg instead of in front. Again, it’s all about the leg flexibility, not the arm placement.
The top girl grabs her left leg and pulls it up behind her. If done right, it’ll look like a scorpion tail.
The top girl grabs her left leg between the ankle and the knee, then pulls up to a High “V”. The goal is to have a straight extended leg.
The top girl holds her arms in a “T” motion and extends her leg behind her. The higher the leg goes, the better it’ll look.
8. HIGH TORCH
This is basically a Liberty from a side view. The top girl turns her upper body towards the audience, in a High “V.”