NCASB Cheerleading Rules

Revised Winter 2013

RULE 1 GENERAL INFORMATION
RULE 2 TEAM COMPETITION
RULE 3 JUDGING
RULE 4 OUTSTANDING CHEERLEADER COMPETITION
RULE 5 SCORING and FINAL RESULTS
RULE 6 AWARDS
RULE 7 ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT

Addendum

1) Cheerleading Clinic
The NCASB Cheerleading Rules listed on the NCASB.org website shall be considered an addendum to the National Federation Spirit Book. All cheerleading coaches should have a National Federation Spirit Book in hand.

RULE 1 GENERAL INFORMATION

SECTION 1 General Information

Article 1. A Cheerleading Director shall be appointed by the President of the NCASB at the tournament in January, unless otherwise changed by Constitution/Bylaws.
Article 2. All safety rules of the National Federation will be followed. It is strongly recommend that all cheerleading coaches obtain rules from the National Federation. These are available from each State Activities Association.

SECTION 2 Games Committee

Article 1. A games committee will consist of the Cheerleading Director, Host cheerleader coach, and next year’s host cheerleader coach. If anyone of these is not available the Cheerleading Director may appoint a suitable substitute. They will make interpretations, judgments, enforce rules and act on all protests.

Article 2. Two members of games committee will be at warm-up practice to check up on legality of moves, equipment and number of competitors.

SECTION 3 Athlete Checks

Article 1. Teams shall be checked for all jewelry, hair length, and nail length and for other violations of the rules, no later than 30 minutes prior to competition. Teams will be penalized or disqualified for rule violations.

RULE 2 TEAM COMPETITION

SECTION 1 General Requirements

Article 1. There shall be no division according to school size, enrollment or eligibility.

Article 2. Any rule or procedure changes should be presented and voted on at Cheerleading Coaches meeting held prior to each Cheerleading Conference Competition. New rules and/or rule changes may be submitted to the AD for approval at the Swim/Forensics Conference, Track Conference or annual AD Conference in time for implementation at the beginning of the next school year. All approved changes will be sent to all conference schools by the Cheerleading Director.

Article 3. A squad will consist of a maximum of ten cheerleaders.

Article 4. Squads will not be discriminated against by sex, color, handicap, creed or religious beliefs.

Article 5. Crowd involvement will be allowed for the team competition.

Note: Crowd involvement is not allowed in Outstanding Cheerleader competition.

SECTION 2. Team Competition Cheer

Article 1. Must be a cheer.

Article 2. Is selected by each participating school.

Article 3. Will be limited to 3 minutes.

Article 4. Will be performed only one time.

Article 5. The Competition Cheer must be performed within the boundaries of the competition mat. The competition mat will be a single official size wrestling mat. In the case that more than one mat is attached to another the adjoining side(s) will be clearly marked with contrasting tape placed over rope.

SECTION 3 Safety

Article 1. Specific state safety rules will be adhered to while in various states. It will be the responsibility of the host cheerleading coach to inform the Cheerleading Director of any state specific safety rules, which might supersede Federation rules. The Director will inform the conference coaches by Nov 1st of such rules.

Article 2. Any special mounts, skills, etc., may be used within the National Federation, host state association, local state association and NCASB rules.

Note: In accordance with National Federation rules, no mounts over two people high will be permitted.

Article 3. Basket Tosses are not allowed.

Article 4. Spotting must be done with only the cheerleaders performing in the cheer competitions. No outside spotters are allowed. This includes coaches, alternates, etc.

SECTION 4 Commands

Article 1. Command Sequence
Once the squad is ready: “You may quietly set up.”
When all timers, judges, etc. are ready: “State ready?” (Example; “Utah ready?”).
Team response: Example- “Utah ready”.
The time will begin with the command: “You may begin.”
Time will stop when the last cheerleader leaves the mat.
Note: Chants, cheers, etc. are permissible in the competition cheer, but, they will be timed within the 3 minutes.

SECTION 5 Props and Music

Article 1. Only the following props will be adhered: Pompons, signs on poster boards not to exceed 28 x 22 INCHES, and megaphones. Gloves, tights, panty hose, buttons, jewelry, pins, and hats are not permitted to be worn by the cheerleaders.

Article 2. Music is optional. The music portion of the routine can be no longer than one-half of the total presentation.

Article 3. Music tapes/cd’s or other electronic devices, for both the team and outstanding competitions, will be given to the host coach, labeled with team name and the length of time of music, during the cheerleading coaches meeting prior to competition. Music will be timed prior to practice. If there is a discrepancy in the time that is labeled and the host schools timing of music, the state will be notified prior to or at practice before competition. During competition, the total time of routines will be timed. During tallying, music time will be subtracted from the total routine time to assess any penalty. The music tapes turned in at the coaches meeting will be kept and used during competition and the scheduled practice.

Article 4. Each team is responsible for having a spare copy of their music to use for non-scheduled practice. Tapes /cd’s or other electronic devices will be returned with tally and score sheets.

Article 5. The host school will provide a Technical Official, to help with the operation of the equipment as needed. The Technical Official will also make a judgment if there is a problem – either mechanical or human error. In the case of mechanical or human error the music will be re-started for the performing team.

SECTION 6 Order

Article 1. The order of competition will be drawn by lot (number). The lot drawing will take place at the coaches meeting prior to competition.

Article 2. The Director of Cheerleading will be responsible for drawing up score sheets and tally ballots for competition.

Article 3. There will be a 10-minute break between the Outstanding Cheerleader and Team Competition cheers. Judges will leave the gym during this time.

Article 4. Cheerleaders may chant or cheer as they approach and leave the mat but it will be included in their 3 minutes. Chants or cheers may also be included in the Team COMPETITION cheer but will be timed in their 3 minutes. Cheerleaders should remain quiet and poised while on deck or while setting up until given the instruction, “You may begin”.

 

 

RULE 3 JUDGING

SECTION 1 General Requirements

Article 1. All National Federation, host state association, local state association and NCASB rules must be followed. If not, teams will be disqualified from competition.

Article 2. Judging shall be done by outside judges. Recommended suggestion; college cheerleaders, college or high school cheerleader coaches. A panel of a minimum of 5-7 judges selected from the above list is suggested.

Article 3. The Director of Cheerleading will meet with the cheer judges prior to the competition to make any clarification about rules, ballots or scoring procedures. The Director of Cheerleading shall remind judges of blindness and other handicapping conditions and their manifestations and to look at the team as a whole.

Article 4. During the scoring, the judges will be scattered throughout the bleachers. Judges are to leave the gym during the 10-minute break between the team competition and outstanding cheerleader performances.

SECTION 2 Areas of Judging and Scoring

Article 1. Judges shall rate both the Outstanding Cheerleader cheer and the Team cheer on a numerical scale from 5.0 to .5, with 5.0 being the highest score in each of the five areas listed.

1) Execution and technique, 2) Rhythm, 3) Creativity , 4) Appearance, 5) Enthusiasm and Spirit

Article 2. A five (5) team point deduction will occur if:
A. Any member of the cheering squad leaves the area of competition as designated by the official wrestling mat.
B. The performance exceeds three (3)minutes. (No penalty is assessed for a routine shorter than 3 minutes).
C. If the musical portion exceeds more than one-half of the total presentation.

 

Article 3. Cheer squads will be disqualified for:
A. Having more than 10 cheerleaders on the competition mat.
B. Performing any illegal mounts, spotting or tosses.
C. Gaining assistance by anyone other than a member of the cheer squad for purposes of orientation or spotting.
D. The performance exceeds four (4) minutes
E. Failure to follow all National Federation, host state association, local state association and NCASB rules which result in disqualification.

 

RULE 4 OUTSTANDING CHEERLEADER COMPETITION

SECTION 1 General Requirements

Article 1. There shall be no division according to school size, enrollment or eligibility.

Article 2. Each school selects their own candidate in any manner they choose from the varsity squad.

Article 3. Outstanding cheerleaders shall follow the same time requirements as the team competition of a maximum of three minutes; music may be one half of the total time of the competition.

Article 4. The outstanding Cheerleader competition will PRECEED the cheer squad competition.

SECTION 2 Outstanding Competition Cheer

Article 1. Cheerleaders, may chant or cheer as they approach and leave the mat but it will be included in 3 minutes. Cheerleaders should remain quiet and poised while on deck or while setting up until given the instruction, “You may begin”.

Article 2. The outstanding Cheerleader candidates will give a brief introductory speech that may include name, grade, school, age, and name of cheer. Pom-poms, signs, dance and music are allowed.

Article 3. The same outside judges of the cheer squad competition will also judge the outstanding Cheerleader competition.

Article 4. Crowd involvement is not allowed during outstanding cheer competition.

Article 5. Outstanding Cheerleaders will be judged in the same areas using the same numerical scale as outlined in Rule 4, Section 2, Article 1.

SECTION 3 ORDER

Article 1. The order of competition will be drawn by lot (number). The lot drawing will take place at the coaches meeting prior to competition.

Article 2. The Director of Cheerleading will be responsible for drawing up ballots for competition.

Article 3. There will be a 10-minute break between the Outstanding Cheer and Team Competition cheers. Judges will leave the gym during this time.

RULE 5 SCORING and FINAL RESULTS

SECTION 1 Scoring and Final Results

Article 1. The Director of Cheerleading, or in the absence of, a designee of the director, will collect all ballots and designate three (3) non-coaching persons to tally all ballots.

Article 2. All ballots must show the judge’s number (not name) in the upper right-hand corner of the ballot.

Article 3. The official ballots sheets will be copied and tallied individually by the three persons selected to tally. One person shall be designated to compare for correct scoring of all tally sheets. The results will be placed on an official single tally sheet and presented to the Director of Cheerleading. Also, all work sheets will and must be turned in to the Director of Cheerleading.

Article 4. The host team will have 30 minutes to provide results (ballots, tally sheets, and final results).

Article 5. Coaches shall have one hour (60 minutes) from the time the official results are posted and/or distributed to file any protest with the NCASB Cheerleading Director.

RULE 6 AWARDS

SECTION 1 Team Competition

Article 1. Team trophies shall be given for the first four places.

Article 2. Trophies shall be traditional NCASB design and are paid for by NCASB treasury.

Article 3. Individual Awards: (A) First, 2nd, 3rd, 4th place squad members earn medals.

Article 4. All Cheerleader awards will be presented by the host school cheerleading coach and the NCASB Cheerleader Director.

SECTION 2 Outstanding Cheerleader

Article 1. The Outstanding Cheerleader will receive a plaque that will be theirs to keep. The engraving will be the responsibility of their school.

Article 2. There shall be three runners-up. Each will receive a small megaphone pin ordered by the Cheerleading Director and paid for by the NCASB treasury.

SECTION 3 Spirit Awards

Article 1. One (1) team shall be recognized as Spirit Leaders. Ballots designating each teams selection for “Spirit Award” (1 per team), will be collected at a time designated by the Cheerleading Director. The vote should be for the team showing the most enthusiasm and sportsmanship throughout the entire tournament. The Spirit Award Paddle will be presented at a time designated by the Cheerleading Director.

Article 2. The Spirit Award Paddle will be presented at a time designated by the Cheerleading Director.

SECTION 4 Mascots

Article 1. Mascots will be recognized as Spirit Leaders. Ballots designating each teams selection for “Most Spirited Mascot” (1 per team), will be collected at a time designated by the Cheerleading Director. The vote should be for the mascot showing the most enthusiasm and sportsmanship throughout the entire tournament.

Article 2. The most spirited mascot will be recognized at a time designated by the Cheerleading Director.

Article 3. Mascots are NOT allowed in the competition phase of the tournament. Mascots shall stay in the seating area during team and outstanding cheerleader competition.

RULE 7 ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT

SECTION 1 DUAL SENSORY IMPAIRMENTS

Article 1. Cheerleaders who are totally blind and have a diagnosed and documented hearing loss at 40 dB or greater, aided (audiogram must be on file before championships) may use a personal device (including, but not limited to, a microphone, orientation aid, or a vibrating metronome) which compensates for their additional disability, yet not aiding nor interfering with any other member of the squad (participation as a base or flyer when using an additional adaptive accessory is prohibited) in order to allow that individual’s complete and safe participation with the rest of their squad.

Addendum

1) CHEERLEADING CLINIC

Article 1. A cheerleading clinic conducted by high school or college cheerleaders, or a specialist in the field, may be provided by the host school. This is determined by time allotted in the schedule.

Article 2. The host school may host a brief cheerleading clinic focusing on a specific skill. Included but not limited to various types of mounts, jumps, crowd pleasers, skits and pompon routines.

Article 3. In the event that either the pep rally or the clinic is held prior to the competition, the cheerleading squads will not be allowed to perform any part of their competition cheer while the judges are present. This includes the performance by the outstanding cheerleader.