State Championships

Contact: Kenna Johnson
phone: 515-250-8968
address: 1800 North 8th Ave, Winterset, IA 50273

State Championships

Jacobson Exhibition Center

Iowa High School State Cheerleading Championships

Saturday, November 6, 2021: Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

Band Chant Music

#1: “Magic

#2: “Hang 10”

Information for Coaches

NEW Information About All ICCA Events:

  • All coaches (head and assistants) must be on the membership registration list to participate in ICCA events.  This includes volunteer and junior high coaches.
  • Every coach must take the rules meeting and the concussion video to participate in ICCA events.
  • No choreographers will be allowed in the warm up area of the State Championships.  If this is violated the team will receive a sportsmanship violation.
  • Any cheerleader involved in a college cheer program many not participate in an ICCA event. (All State Tryouts/All State, State Championships, Honor Squad, All-Stars, Special Olympics, Shrine Bowl (juniors only), Academic Scholarships, and Fall Clinics.)

Important State Championship Information: (Link Coming Soon)

Coaches of teams are required to take the Online Rules Meeting (August 2 – August 31, 2021) and Concussion Video Training through the National Federation website. Both must be completed before registering teams for the Championships.  See State Championship General Information for more details


Registration Dates:  Online registration. Registration opens August 10 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on September 24, 2021.

Important Dates

August 2 – August 31, 2021:  Online Spirit Rules Meeting
All coaches and choreographers participating in ICCA EVENTS:  State Championships, Honor Squad and All-State Tryouts must complete the AUGUST ONLINE RULES MEETING.
September 24, 2021:  DEADLINE for ONLINE ICCA Event Registration:  State Championships, Honor Squad and All-State Tryouts.  The registration process must be done online.  No other registration is allowed.
October 1, 2021:  Deadline for mailing entry fees and ICCA Event Registration paperwork.


Tentative Morning Schedule as of October 13, 2021

Tentative Afternoon Schedule as of October 13, 2021

Attendance Information

All performances at the Championships will be held in the Jacobson Exhibition Center.

Jacobson Building:  Doors will open 45 minutes before the Championships begin. Times to be determined.

Admission: $10.00 (under school age children admitted free). Tickets can be purchased at the Jacobson Center (west end). Spectators should be stamped at the main entrance if leaving and coming back.

Pass Gate Admittance Information: (Posted October 17, 2021)

Bus Parking Map for State Cheer

Bus Drivers: The area typically used for bus parking is under construction, so busses will not be able to park there. See the map for recommended parking. (Fairgrounds staff calls is the “mid-way lot.”)

Apparel, Photography & Videography Order Info

2021 State Championship Apparel
All apparel can be purchased at a lesser cost by ordering ahead of time rather than purchasing the day of the State Championships. The apparel store opens in August.

Pre-paid team pictures and live action shots purchased ahead of time will receive a 25% discount.  Live action shots will be taken of those teams who have pre-ordered at least one CD of the shots.  No action shots will be taken of teams who have not pre-purchased at least one CD. Just click on the link below and order.

Picture Form: All cheerleaders must fill out this form. Coaches need to show completed forms at check-in.

Tim McConnell Photography – coming soon

DVD Order Form – Mr. Video – coming soon

USA Cheer Music Copyrights Educational Initiative

IMPORTANT: The Iowa Cheerleading Coaches Association has received information from the National Federation regarding the playing of copyrighted music at any school cheer event. Copyright laws need to be followed, because they are the law.

ALL COACHES will be required to provide a proof of purchase for the music they will be using for the 2021 State Cheerleading Championships.

Questions about Music Royalty Rights may be directed to: Kenna Johnson at

Please click this link and follow the rules regarding the playing of copyrighted music for the protection of cheerleaders and cheer coaches in EVERY high school.

Music Copyright Licensing Compliance Form 

Helpful Links

Medical Release Form

How to ask a Rules Question

National Anthem Vocalist Application

Team Size by Divisions

*Cheerleaders MAY NOT BE ENTERED in both the Cheer Dance AND Time Out divisions. Coaches, enter cheerleaders in EITHER Cheer Dance OR Time Out.


(1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A teams may have one male, coed teams may have an unlimited number of males)

1A – up to 12 team members
2A – up to 12 team members
3A – up to 16 team members
4A – up to 20 team members
Coed – up to 25 team members


Any combination of male/female members

1A – up to 16 team members
2A – up to 16 team members
3A – up to 25 team members
4A – up to 25 team members


Group Stunt – up to five female team members
Coed Group Stunt – up to three team members, one male/female couple plus one designated spotter

Please Note

  • 2021 Online Spirit Rules Meeting will open August 2 and close at midnight on August 31, 2021. ALL COACHES in ICCA Events of All-State tryouts, State Championships and Honor Squad must take this rules meeting. Coaches must also take the National Federation Concussion Video. Print the certificate at the end to send with ICCA registration paperwork.
  •  2021 ICCA Event Registration opens August 10 and closes at midnight on September 24. Register your school early for your school’s payment processing.
  • ICCA Event Mailing Fees Deadline: October 1, 2021.]
  • Reminder: Choreographers will NOT be allowed to go through the warm up at the State Championships. Schools allowing their choreographer to go through the warm up area is subject to a sportsmanship penalty.
  • Cheer Music Copyrights Information

2021 In-Person State Championship Rubrics

Cheer Dance Information & Rubrics

Stunt Group & Coed Stunt Group Rubric

Time Out Rubrics

2021 Virtual State Championship Rubrics

2021 Championship Definitions and Scoring

School Fight Song Rubric #1

School Fight Song Rubric #2

Band Chant Rubric #1

Band Chant Rubric #2

Point Deduction and Safety Information for All Divisions

Point Deduction and Safety Information for All Divisions

For Questions regarding RULES, e-mail Erin Taylor at

Championships Cancellation Policy

If the State Championships need to be delayed or cancelled (i.e., severe weather), the ICCA Executive Directors will be the ones to delay/cancel the ICCA State Cheerleading Championships after consulting with the Executive Board.  No refunds will be given if the Championships are cancelled. Also, no refunds will be given if the Championships are held and a school chooses not to attend and/or is unable to attend.