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It’s that time again.

Firstly: what is the name of the type of baja that uses the backspot as the bracer? The rules say bajas (with a single, separate bracer) are legal now, but I could swear I’ve been seeing the backspot one for years in HS.

What’s a “side somi” in stunting? AACCA rules say it’s legal now along with prep-level bajas, but does not define it. Not even on the NFHS site. Google results only gives tumbling videos.

Thanks.
 
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It’s that time again.

Firstly: what is the name of the type of baja that uses the backspot as the bracer? The rules say bajas (with a single, separate bracer) are legal now, but I could swear I’ve been seeing the backspot one for years in HS.

What’s a “side somi” in stunting? AACCA rules say it’s legal now along with prep-level bajas, but does not define it. Not even on the NFHS site. Google results only gives tumbling videos.

Thanks.

To me, the baja is the one with the backspot at the bracer. They've been legal for a long time, so I'm not sure what that is referring to. Could it be that backspot is the separate bracer and the bases are the catchers at head and neck?

The side somi is the side flip that a lot of people are doing in pyramids right now. They start in a sponge, a prep behind them grabs waist and they do a side flip. It lands back in sponge. Since flips can be single braced, these are now legal. Personally, I think they are usually pretty awkward looking and hard to make clean, but people want alternatives to regular flips so that's where they go with it.
 
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To me, the baja is the one with the backspot at the bracer. They've been legal for a long time, so I'm not sure what that is referring to. Could it be that backspot is the separate bracer and the bases are the catchers at head and neck?

The side somi is the side flip that a lot of people are doing in pyramids right now. They start in a sponge, a prep behind them grabs waist and they do a side flip. It lands back in sponge. Since flips can be single braced, these are now legal. Personally, I think they are usually pretty awkward looking and hard to make clean, but people want alternatives to regular flips so that's where they go with it.

They are pretty awkward looking. I think that’s why they didn’t last long in AS. I understand it’s a very different look from what we’ve been allowed to do in the past and that people want to take advantage of that, but it’s almost not even worth it. It’s one of those stunts where everything has to come to a standstill before execution, thereby eating up lots of counts and ruining the momentum.

Same thing with “inverted stunts involving spinning to extended - 1 bracer.” There’s really no doing that without it looking super questionable. We just do it without the spinning and opt for the cleanliness. It’s not as difficult, but it looks so much better.
 
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It’s that time again.

Firstly: what is the name of the type of baja that uses the backspot as the bracer? The rules say bajas (with a single, separate bracer) are legal now, but I could swear I’ve been seeing the backspot one for years in HS.

What’s a “side somi” in stunting? AACCA rules say it’s legal now along with prep-level bajas, but does not define it. Not even on the NFHS site. Google results only gives tumbling videos.

Thanks.

the baja reference you are citing from the rules is referring to the “pyramid flip” baja that was made legal this year by allowing flips with a single bracer at prep level as long as there is hand/arm-to-hand/arm contact on both sides.

same for the “Side somi” this can now be done with a single bracer holding the waist of the top from behind so long as the top holds onto the bracer’s wrist creating the requisite hand/arm-to-hand/arm contact
 
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What’s the deal with the time allowed for flyers to switch arms if she’s being braced from the side during a high/high full around tick? During braced rotations like these, there’s always that small gap when the primary flyer has to release from the bracer to switch arms. How long can that gap be?

Also, if you were to brace the same stunt from behind while the bracer is at prep level and the flyer is extended, does the bracer just hold onto the waist? Seems like the height disparity would be awkward.

Thanks all. Unfortunately I just can’t seem to find an example of this particular stunt in the HS realm. Everyone either goes low or stays high but doesn’t rotate.
 
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