Snap That Basket

Master the toe touch basket with this tutorial

TTBT Toe Touch

No matter how many types of baskets there are or how many new ones are created, you just can’t beat a clean, snappy toe touch. It is one of the most common USASF Level 3 baskets and also one of the most impressive.

The toe touch basket is a basket toss where the flyer stays in the ‘banana’ body shape which she shot out of the basket into until she hits the top of the basket where she executes a quick, snappy toe touch.

**Note: This tutorial is not a replacement for training by a certified, insured coach. Always stunt under the supervision of a qualified coach, using the appropriate safety equipment.​​**

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Step 1: The Set


Bases: The bases face each other, standing in a straddle with their backs straight and their hips lowered. They put their hands in a basket grip to create a platform for the flyer to stand on. They should lower this platform by extending their arms and squatting further, if necessary, to allow the flyer to load.

Back Spot: The back spot stands directly behind the flyer and grasps her waist. The back spot will place his right foot forward to allow him to get closer into the stunt.

Flyer: The flyer stands directly behind the basket platform raised on her left toes with her right foot in the basket. She braces herself by placing her hands on her bases’ shoulders.

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Step 2: The Load


Bases: The bases rise and dip with the motion of the flyer and lower if necessary to allow the flyer to bring her left foot into the basket.

Back Spot: The back spot also follows the flyer’s movement, but also helps to lift the flyer into the basket before placing his hands either under the basket platform or under the flyer’s hips to aid in the throw.

Flyer: The flyer jumps up, straightening her arms to hold herself up in the basket and places her left foot on the platform. She keeps her hips high, her chest lifted, and looks upward.

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Step 3: The Throw

TTBT Throw

Bases: The bases naturally absorb the flyer as she loads in and use this as a sponge before lifting their arms upward quickly. Their arms should reach full height before they release their hands and flick their wrists causing the flyer to be thrown high into the air. To add to the power and height of the toss, they can jump slightly off of the ground.

Back Spot: The back spot aids in the toss by powering the throw from under the platform and breaking through at the extension of the arms to add more power to the wrist flick. If the back spot is bracing from under the hips, he should step into the stunt so that he is nearly under the flyer’s hips and can drive the flyer upward without pushing her forward.

Flyer: The flyer must keep her arms tight through the sponge and then push off as the basket is thrown. She should aim to fly straight up into the air by jumping off of the platform at the height of the toss and continuing to look up.

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Step 4: The Shoot

TTBT Shoot

Bases & Back Spot: The bases and back spot should keep their arms stretched upward to anticipate catching the flyer.

Flyer: The flyer should continue to ride the toss to it’s full height. She should remain in a tight, ‘banana’ body position throughout the ride with her back gently arched, her chest up, and her arms and legs extended and held slightly back to create the shape of a banana with her body.

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Step 5: The Toe Touch

TTBT Toe Touch

Bases & Back Spot: Remain in position to catch the flyer when she descends.

Flyer: When the flyer feels that she has reached the top, or peak, of the basket, she should pull her body into a tight toe touch, being careful not to drop her chest or tip backward. Immediately after hitting the toe touch, the flyer should snap back into the straight body position.

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Step 6: The Arch


Bases & Back Spot: Remain in position to catch the flyer when she descends.

Flyer: The flyer should arch her back a bit more when she reaches the peak of the toss. The peak is the point where she stops traveling up and begins to come back down.

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Steps 7 & 8: The Pike & Catch

TTBT Catch

Step 7: The Pike

Bases & Back Spot: As above. The back spot in particular should pay attention to the flyer's head, neck, and shoulders to make certain they are not tipping back, which would increase the likelihood of injury.

Flyer: The flyer begins to pull herself into a v-sit position as she prepares to be caught.

Step 8: The Catch

Bases & Back Spot: The bases and back spot should grab the flyer as soon as they can and pull her to a safe, high cradle position. Catching the flyer high will allow them to better control the impact of the landing. They should absorb her weight with bent knees and straight backs.

Flyer: The flyer should land in the cradle in a strong v-sit position with her chest and legs held up. She can either catch herself on the bases shoulders or land with her arms outstretched and tightly held to the front of her body.