Back to Sit Transition

Being able to transition from your Back-Flying position to your neutral Sit-Flying position is an integral part of your Free flying abilities. The Back-to-Sit transition is a key component to learning the neutral, stable Sit-Fly position.

It is common that during the early stages of learning the neutral Sit-Fly position, your Instructor will also teach you this transition as a way of regaining a vertical position after recovering to your Back-Fly. This transition also comes into play as you move from Back-Flying to standing up to Walk on the net.

Prior to learning this transition, you will need to:

  • Be proficient in your neutral Back-Flying position
  • Be proficient in the 8 points of motion at the same wind speed you are learning to Sit-Fly
  • Have knowledge and feeling of the basic Sit-Flying position


The primary objectives are to be able to safely and successfully begin in a neutral Back-Flying position off the net at a similar wind speed that you are learning to sit fly at, while transitioning from your Back-Fly position through a 90º forward rotation up to a neutral Sit-Flying position.


  • Begin in a neutral Back-Fly position off the net and in the center of the tunnel
  • Initiate the transition by first driving your heels down toward the net. This will allow the lower body to descend to start the rotation.
  • Keep your hips bent at all times during the transition so that the angle between your thighs and your torso remains 90º
  • As you lower your heels, rotate your head back and press your arms back to create lift at your upper body
  • Once you become vertical, assume the neutral Sit-Flying position and continually adjust that position as necessary to avoid over-rotating the transition
  • Avoid straightening your legs or standing up at any time during or after completing the transition, as this can initiate rapid unwanted movement

Check In

  • Were you able to maintain stability throughout the entire transition?
  • Were you able to transition without standing or creating any movement?
  • Are you able to perform the transition at slow and fast wind speed?

Visit the IBA Skills page to download the full lesson plan and to find post-flight evaluation questions and suggestions.

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