BASIC STRUT VIDEOS
T STRUT VIDEOS
- Stand in order to side of floor.
- Enter to corner on judge’s right when prompted, baton in right hand.
- Complete 16 counts, starting with left foot on heavy beat of music, remaining in time and step with the music throughout.
- Knees to be raised to 90 degree angle with hip and floor, with pointed toes, landing on the ball of the foot, and continuing to heel.
- Both arms swing straight to shoulder level in opposition to leg, with fingers in free hand closed
- Turns completed to the athletes left on counts 15 and 16 by rotating on ball of foot rather than walking or marching around the corner.
- All 4 sides of 16 counts to be completed around the judge regardless of being visible to judge.
ADVANCED BASIC STRUT
- Baton and body is the same strut as Basic strut, however, athlete takes floor individually, with judge sitting at the top.
- A ‘T’ pattern is completed with 16 counts to front, 8 to judges right, 16 across the front to judges left, 8 across the front to judges right – to meet the original end of the first 16, and 16 facing away from judge completing the strut to the front.
MILITARY STRUT VIDEOS
RETRACED 'L' VIDEOS
Performed as basic strut with exceptions listed below:
- Left hand remains on hip throughout, right hand holds ball of baton and complets an ‘eye-nose’ movement on the left foot to floor and completing ‘eye-hip’ movement with right foot to floor.
Higher placings are awarded to athletes of level C and up, 8 years and older who show excellence demonstrating the following:
- Knees flexed to 90 degrees to hip, with foot extended beyond
- Loops on pattern with straight arms on the turns (one in front of head and one behind)
ADVANCED MILITARY STRUT
- Baton and body is the same strut as Military strut, however, athlete takes floor individually, with judge sitting at the top.
- An ‘L’ pattern is completed and reversed with 16 counts to front, 8 to judges right, 8 across the front to judges left, 8 across the front to judges right – to meet the original end of the first 16, and 16 facing away from judge completing the strut to the front.
- Loops and leg extensions are required in retraced L.
FANCY STRUT VIDEOS
ADVANCED FANCY VIDEOS
Athletes start with a pose of their choice.
The athlete then executes 16 counts of a fancy strut, completing a left turn by counts 15/16. Forward movement continues.
Athlete must perform moves that they can perform with correct technique as no credit will be given for moves performed with poor technique.
Athletes competing in 0-4yrs division must have all of the following moves:
· Airplane turn
· Step hop
Athletes competing in 5-8yrs division must perform all of the above moves but must also include a leap.
Athletes 9 years and older may use any combination of body movements. All athletes should display good body technique, good follow through and sequencing should be used to move from one element to the next. Staging should be considered when creating a fancy strut.
Athlete must maintain correct posture through strut, i.e. stomach in, shoulders down an
back, chin up and back straight.
Gymnastic moves such as cartwheels, walkovers and illusions are NOT permitted
Athlete may use horizontal and vertical baton handling but twirling is limited to ONE revolution of the Baton only. No tosses are permitted.
Athletes should try to combine body and baton to good effect using various head and arm movements to add interest to the strut. Avoid excess repetition of elements.
Athlete should control all body movements and avoid jerky movements, athlete should try to be balletic and graceful in appearance.
Athletes should maintain a pleasant and natural expression and make eye contact with the judge.
Advanced Fancy Strut is a fancy strut performed in a freestyle floor pattern. The athlete must therefore display the same technique as fancy strut.
This strut is executed using 48 counts, counting in time with the music. All athletes must count in time with music or the judge may disqualify them for incorrect counts.
Athletes should strive to cover all four quadrants of the area in allotted counts, bearing in mind the athletes age and height. Floor coverage should be logical and smooth.
Athletes must emphasise body technique combining full hand moves. Twirling is limited to one revolution flourishes at a time. Lobs are permitted. Only a one revolution trick is acceptable once throughout the routine. Otherwise, the baton does not leave the athlete’s hand.
Illusions and gymnastic moves are permitted.
Intentional placement of the baton on the floor is permitted, but unintentional contact with the floor will be considered a drop and the athlete will be disqualified.