Iowa High School Cheerleading
Cheerleading Championships 2013
When: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Where: Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines,
Jacobson Exhibition Hall and Varied Industries Building
Who: Iowa High School Cheerleaders
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The mat in the Jacobson Center is composed of seven
strips measuring 42’ x 42’. The mat in the Varied Industries Building
is composed of five strips measuring 30’ wide and 42’ long.
If you will have a Coed team, please note that
there will be additional points this year for actual Coed stunts. Make
sure you choreograph some into your routine.
Also to clarify Coed teams: A team with one boy may
choose to enter either the Coed division OR another Cheer/Dance Division
(1A, 2A, etc.) A team with at least 2 boys MUST enter the Coed Division.
Here is a breakdown on the way the teams will be scored in the
Motions, Dance, Choreography - 70 pts.
Jumps, Standing and Running Tumbling - 50 pts.
Pyramids, Tosses, Partner Stunts - 50 pts.
For Coed only ad - 10 pts.
Each Judge Overall Impression (10pts each judge) - 30 pts.
Total - 200 pts.
Total with Coed - 210 pts.
Legalities - 10 points. each
Stepping on items on the mat (signs, poms, hair bows) - 5
ICCA Scoring Grid - Pyramid, tosses, partner stunts
ICCA Scoring Grid - Jumps, standing tumbling, running tumbling
ICCA Scoring Grid - Motions, dance, choreography
ICCA Scoring Grid - Overall
Unlike the first three
sheets which will have only one judge scoring, the Overall Routine
Impression score is given by each judge for a total of 30 pts added to
the score. This final sheet not only explains the
Overall Routine Impression Score, but gives a final overview of all of
the points plus the breakdown of the deductions in the third column.
For Questions regarding RULES, e-mail
Donna McKay at
Recommendations for successfully burning your
CD for competition
2 ½ minute, choreographed routine (max 90
Divisions (except Coed) can have one male participant. A team with two
or more males MUST enter Coed.
Class 1A, 2A
Maximum of 12 participants
Class 3A, 4A
Maximum of 16 participants
Class 4A Large
school size is not involved
maximum of 8 participants (this is for
a school who usually cheers with 8 or fewer cheerleaders. (see
Up to 25 members
Coed teams must have at least one male
* There will not be a carryover of scores from
Group Stunt preliminaries to finals. All teams will start over and earn
new scores which will determine final placement.
This routine represents
a continuous flow of stunts by a five- person team accompanied by
music. Bases and flyers may switch places as long as it is the same
five members involved.
Tumbling into the stunt will be permitted
as long as it doesn’t violate NF rules. No other tumbling will be
There will be no leading of cheers, jumps,
Teams may be any combination of males
Teams registered in the Cheer/Dance
divisions or no other division will be allowed to compete in the Stunt
Group Competition. --- example #1- A girl is registered on a team for
any cheer/dance division, she may also participate in one stunt group
for her school; ex. #2- A girl’s team is not registered in any team
division for state, but her school has put together a stunt team.
A school may enter up to TWO Teams in this
division. Participants are allowed to participate on only one stunt
TIME: One minute
Click here to view the rubric. NOTE:
Double downs are no longer legal in this routine. New rubric posted!
TIME OUT CHEER DIVISION
1. Participants will make their entrance from the left side of the
2. All permitted skills (stunts, pyramids, tumbling) must be performed
on the competition mat.
3. The performance area will be a 30’ by 42’ competition mat (5 mat
4. Objects cannot be thrown outside the competition area.
5. Poms, signs, and/or megaphones need to be carried on and off the mat
in a manner similar to usage during a basketball time out.
1. Each team will perform cheers/chants not to exceed 1 minute similar
to an actual basketball time out.
2. Time will start when the buzzer sounds after your team name is
3. The buzzer will sound again when 15 seconds are left, so teams know
it’s time to finish cheer/chant and exit the floor.
4. Teams need to be off the mat at the final buzzer. Teams with the
majority of its members on the mat at the final buzzer will receive a 15
5. Teams may not set up props in advance.
6. All entrances, chants, spell-outs, etc. are considered part of the
routine and are timed as part of the performance.
ROUTINE AND JUDGING REQUIREMENTS
1. The National Federation Spirit Rules and the ICCA/IHSAA Rules must be
2. No music may be used during the time out.
3. Each team’s presentation must include both a cheer and
4. Teams should utilize all areas of their squad’s crowd-leading
strengths. Poms, signs, and/or megaphones must be used. A 5 point
deduction will be given for any props left on the mat.
5. Mascots are limited to the same props as cheerleaders and are not
allowed to stunt.
6. Judging will be based on the following criteria:
a. Effective entrance that immediately involves the crowd with a clean
exit upon completion
b. Potential for crowd response, practical/effective material, easy for
crowd to follow and participate
c. Correct motion technique and synchronization
d. Use of props enhances crowd response
e. Genuine spirit, confident, eye contact, natural smiles, creativity
f. Good volume, spirited, encouraging, natural sounding
g. Effective formations, spacing between squad members and to cover
crowd, seamless transitions
h. Overall execution and effective use of time out period.
7. Participant limitations: 1A & 2A – maximum 12 participants, 3A & 4A –
maximum 16 participants
SPECIFIC SKILL RESTRICTIONS
1. No basket or similar type tosses permitted, since they are not
allowed on basketball courts.
2. Maximum difficulty in tumbling is limited to a standing back
handspring. No running tumbling is allowed except during the entrance.
3. Skills are limited to those allowed on gym floors by the National
4. Jumps, stunts, and tumbling will not be scored separately or for
difficulty. They will only be assessed in terms of enhancing crowd
TIME OUT CHEER DIVISION
The emphasis of this new division is cheering during a basketball
timeout. The cheerleaders will lead the crowd in chants and/or cheers.
The idea is that cheer teams bring some regular chants and/or cheers
(that your home crowds love) and present them for the judges. The volume
of the crowd response will not be judged to make it fair to every school
whether they have 20 or 200 fans in attendance. However, the judges will
be looking at the potential for crowd response, as well as the squad’s
motion technique and personality.
• Poms, signs, and/or megaphones must be used to help lead the crowd.
• No music is allowed.
• Skills are limited to those allowed on gym floors by the National
Federation (no tosses).
• Maximum difficulty in tumbling is limited to a standing back
handspring. No running tumbling is allowed except during entrance.
• TIME: 1 minute
Participants: Bona fide cheerleaders cheer at all games for an entire
season; they cannot be cheerleaders who cheer now and then, step in to
stunt, or only cheer on a competition squad.
Small Team Division has been created for those schools who cheer with
8 or fewer cheerleaders on the team. This is not intended for teams
to “load” a squad and cut several cheerleaders who would normally
cheer with the squad so that their school may be more competitive.
This is for schools with limited numbers of cheerleaders on their
teams. A team that cheers with 8 cheerleaders may add
JV/sophomore/freshmen cheerleaders to a team to raise their numbers
and compete in a larger cheer/dance division.