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Iowa High School Athletic Association




Iowa High School Cheerleading Championships

Iowa 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
Admission: $8


- ATTENTION if you ordered pictures from State Competition: If you have pictures from Tim McConnell that are blurry or not high quality, please contact him for replacement pictures.

Helpful links for coaches:

SIGNATURE VERIFICATION SHEET - Coach and AD/Principal must read this information and sign off on its accuracy.

Click here for the 2nd Informational Mailing
Click here for a map of the main seating at Jacobson Exhibition Hall
Click here for a map of the warm up area Jacobson Exhibition Hall
Click here for a map of the Varied Industries Building
Click here for a map of the Walnut Building (station 5)
Click here for a map of the fairgrounds
Click here for Bus Parking & Fair Grounds Map
Click here for National Anthem Vocalist Application
Click here to submit an application for our NEW "Student Athlete Achievement Award" at the State Competition

Tim McConnell Photography:
-Click here to order pictures

Mr. Video:
-Click here to order your DVD
-Click here for Mr. Video Order information
-Click here for Mr. Video specials

2013 Information

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 Cheer/Dance Division:

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
Other: Stepping on items on the mat (signs, poms, hair bows) - 5 points

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

Championship Divisions


  • 2 ½ minute, choreographed routine (max 90 sec. Music)

All Cheer/Dance 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
    • 17-25 participants
  • Open Divisions
    • Small Squad
      • school size is not involved
      • maximum of 8 participants (this is for a school who usually cheers with 8 or fewer cheerleaders.  (see “Integrity Clause”)
    • Co-ed Division 
      • Up to 25 members
      • Coed teams must have at least one male to participate


* 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 allowed.
  • There will be no leading of cheers, jumps, or dance.
  • Teams may be any combination of males and/or females
  • 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 team.
  • TIME:  One minute

Click here to view the rubric. NOTE: Double downs are no longer legal in this routine.  New rubric posted!


1. Participants will make their entrance from the left side of the competition area.
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 strips).
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 announced.
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 point deduction
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.

1. The National Federation Spirit Rules and the ICCA/IHSAA Rules must be followed.
2. No music may be used during the time out.
3. Each team’s presentation must include both a cheer and chants/traditional yell.
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

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 Federation.
4. Jumps, stunts, and tumbling will not be scored separately or for difficulty. They will only be assessed in terms of enhancing crowd involvement.

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

Score Sheet

Integrity Clause

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.  


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