The back walkover is a skill allowed at USASF Levels 1 to 5.
Injury prevention must be a priority for coaches and administrators worldwide. It's always important to follow safety regulations, require recognized progressions, use appropriate safety equipment, and ensure that athletes are prepared both mentally and physically for the moves they are attempting. Safety regulations for all-star cheerleading are determined by the United States All Star Federation (USASF), an organization offering regulations, credentials for coaches and varying levels of competition.
Level 1 tumbling is the most basic of all of the levels. This level contains the foundational skills necessary to advance to higher levels. In Level 1, athletes mat perform forward rolls, backward rolls, cartwheels, roundoffs, back walkovers and front walkovers. Tumbling must begin and end on the performing surface. Tumbling may not pass over, under or through another individual, stunt or prop, or be assisted by another member of the team or a coach. Athletes may not hold or be in contact with any prop -- including poms -- while tumbling, this is true for all subsequent levels as well.
Level 2 tumbling has the same basic rules as Level 1. In Level 2, athletes may perform single standing back handsprings. These may not be in immediate combination with a jump, but may be preceded by a back walkover. Series back handsprings are only allowed following a roundoff during running tumbling. Flips or aerials and twisting maneuvers are not allowed at this level.
Level 3 tumbling, as with previous levels, must begin and end on the floor and may not pass through, over or under a prop, stunt, or individual. Athletes also may not come into contact with props during tumbling. In Level 3, athletes may perform dive rolls that are not arched or in a swan position. Series standing back handsprings are allowed, but standing flips, such as back tucks, are not. Flips are allowed in running tumbling, but no further tumbling is allowed after the flip. For example, a roundoff-back tuck-back handspring would be illegal, while a roundoff-back handspring-back tuck would be legal.
Tumbling must still originate and end on the performing surface. Standing flips and flips preceded by a standing back handspring are allowed in Level 4. Jumps may not be in immediate combination with a standing flip, for example, standing back tuck-toe touch is illegal. Flip to flip combinations, such as back tuck-punch front, are also not allowed. Running tumbling may include up to one flipping rotation and no twisting rotations. The only exception to this is that aerial cartwheels and Onodis are allowed.
Level 5, as with all USASF levels, requires that all tumbling begin and end on the performing surface. Dive rolls may not be arched or twisting. Tumbling for Level 5 may include skills with up to one flipping and two twisting rotations, but these skills may not be immediately followed by a twisting skill. Standing tumbling skills involving two twists must be preceded by at least two non-twisting skills, for example two back handsprings.
Level 6 tumbling follows the same restrictions as tumbling at Level 5.