General Information

All-Star Teams 

School and Recreational Teams

Dance Teams

 

 

General Information

I. COMPETITION AREA

  1. Performance area for athletes will be a 54' x 42' russian baltic birch plywood with palmer power steel springs.
  2. Signs or props may be placed or dropped outside the competition area by a team member who must remain inside the competition area.

II. RIGHT TO COMBINE/SPLIT DIVISIONS

  1. Spirit Solutions reserves the right to add, combine, delete or split divisions as well as to move teams to the appropriate divisions.
  2. Refer to the divisions list for further explanation of possible splits.

III. SPORTSMANSHIP

  1. All participants agree to conduct themselves in a manner displaying good sportsmanship throughout the competition with positive presentation upon entry and exit from the performance area as well as throughout the routine.
  2. The gym owner, advisor and/or coach of each team is responsible for seeing that team members, coaches, parents and other persons affiliated with the team conduct themselves accordingly. Severe cases of unsportsmanlike conduct are grounds for disqualification.

IV. CHOREOGRAPHY AND MUSIC

  1. Choreography and music must be appropriate for family viewing and listening. All profanity and inappropriate language must be eliminated from your music. A safety judge will assess a 5 point penalty per occurrence for inappropriate choreography, music or language.
  2. Music should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the registered event.  The mp3 file name should be your Team Name and Division.  Your music will be waiting for you at the sound table.  You will be able to hear your music on a small speaker at the sound table before it is played for the competition.  A CD, digital music player or USB drive can be used to play your music from.
  3. One representative from each team or individual competitor will be responsible for running your music during the competition. This person must remain at the sound table throughout the performance.

V. INTERRUPTION OF PERFORMANCE

 

A. UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES

  1. If, in the opinion of the competition officials, a team’s routine is interrupted because of failure of the competition equipment, facilities, or other factors attributable to the competition rather than the team, the team affected should STOP the routine.
  2. The team will perform the routine again in its entirety, but will be evaluated ONLY from the point where the interruption occurred. The degree and effect of the interruption will be determined by the competition officials.

B. FAULT OF TEAM

  1. In the event a team’s routine is interrupted because of failure of the team’s own equipment, the team must either continue the routine or withdraw from the competition.
  2. The competition officials will determine if the team will be allowed to perform at a later time. If decided by officials, the team will perform the routine again in its entirety, but will be evaluated ONLY from the point where the interruption occurred.

C. INJURY

  1. All coaches should have an emergency response plan in the event of an injury.  Participants must be made aware of these procedures.
  2. Competition officials reserve the right to stop the routine if an injury occurs.
  3. The competition officials will determine if the team will be allowed to perform at a later time. If decided by officials, the team will perform the routine again in its entirety, but will be evaluated ONLY from the point where the interruption occurred.
  4. An injured athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion (such as loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion, or balance problems) may not return to the competition area until cleared by an appropriate medical professional.

VI. SCORING

  1. Spirit Solutions scoring system contains several skill sections which allow scores to be given for both difficulty and execution. Sample score sheets for all-star teams, individuals, school/recreational teams, dance teams, as well as, possible deductions can be found under the “Downloads” tab.
  2. Score sheets will be available only to gym owners, advisors or coaches at the conclusion of each award ceremony.
  3. In the event of a tie, the highest score in the Performance category will determine the winner.  If the tie remains in effect because of identical scores in the Performance category, a judges’ ballot will break the tie.

VII. FINALITY OF DECISIONS

  1. By participating in a Spirit Solutions competition, each team agrees that the decisions by the judges will be final and results may ONLY be reviewed for clarification.
  2. Each team acknowledges the necessity for the judges to make prompt and fair decisions in this competition and each team therefore expressly waives any legal, equitable, administrative or procedural review of such decisions.


All-Star Teams

All-Star teams will follow the USASF/IASF Safety Guidelines. 

 

The U.S. All Star Federation Cheer and Dance Safety Rules, Glossary and associated Age Grids (collectively the “USASF Rules Documents”) are available within online member profiles for use by USASF members.

 

 

 Members may access the Rules by taking the following steps:

  1. Log into USASF Member Profile
  2. In the top right hand corner, look for your company name and a drop-down menu that links to the rules.
  3. You will be able to view, download and/or print a PDF version of the rules.

 

  

School and Recreational Teams

School and Recreational teams will follow the AACCA Safety Rules.  Go to http://www.aacca.org for Cheer Rules and Glossary.

 

A)   SCHOOL TEAM GUIDELINES

1.  All members of the cheerleading squad must be current members of the official school spirit squad and must attend the school they are representing. (Exception: this will not preclude participation from sister schools for same gender schools as long as they are official members of the squad.)

2.  Individuals are not permitted to compete on two School Teams, but are permitted on both a School Team and an All-Star Team at the same event.

 

B)   RECREATIONAL TEAM GUIDELINES

1.   Recreational teams are non-school affiliated teams that cheer for an organized sport or are affiliated with a recreational facility and participate in/cheer for community event(s).  Competitive only youth programs would follow the All-Star Rules and Guidelines. Recreational divisions are determined by the age of the oldest team member.

 

C)    TIME LIMITATIONS

1.   The total routine time for School and Recreational teams cannot exceed 2 minutes and 30 seconds.  Timing will begin with the first movement, voice, or note of music, whichever comes first.

2.   All organized introductions (tumbling, entrances, chants, spell-outs, etc.) are considered part of the routine and are timed as part of the performance. There should not be any organized exits or other activities after the official ending of the routine.

3.   School and Recreational routines may be choreographed to all music or may contain a cheer and/or chant. Words may also be used with music or during the musical portion of the routine. The time given to the cheer/chant portion is completely up to the team/coach.

 

Dance Teams

 

Dance teams will follow the USASF Safety Guidelines. Go to http://usasf.net/safety/dance/rules for Dance Rules and Glossary.

 

Copies of these guidelines should be distributed to all squad members and any administrators involved with the cheerleading program. All guidelines should be understood and accepted by all parties involved in the cheerleading program including advisors, coaches, assistants, squad members, parents, and administrators. Note: The above safety guidelines are general in nature and are not intended to cover all circumstances. All cheerleading gymnastics including tumbling, partner stunts, pyramids and jumps should be carefully reviewed and supervised by a qualified adult advisor or coach. Cheerleading jumps, gymnastics and stunts may involve height and inversion of the body and there is an inherent risk of injury involved with any athletic activity. While the use of these guidelines will help minimize the risk of injury, Spirit Solutions makes no warranties or representations, either expressed or implied, that the above guidelines will prevent injuries to individual participants.

 

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