2018-2019 4 Hour CHEER JUDGES CLINIC Return To Play (RTP) Protocol An athlete removed from a contest that shows signs/symptoms of a concussion shall be immediately evaluated by an appropriate health care professional. If no
appropriate health care professional with training in evaluation of head injuries is available, the athlete shall not be allowed to RTP. Return To Play (RTP) Protocol Appropriate Health Care Professional with training of head injuries Medical Doctor (MD) Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) Physician Assistant (PA-C) Registered Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC/R) Know Your Rule Books Nation Federation Spirit Rules WVSSAC Cheer Manual & Forms National Federation Rules RULE 1 Terms and Definitions, p.8-11
Terms used to describe stunts and tumbling RULE 2 General Risk Management, p. 12-15 RULE 3 Cheerleading Risk Management, p.15-32 > Divided into Sections and Articles and Situation Rulings > Each Section is followed by Situations that might occur along with ruling, comments and rationale RULE 4 Dance/Drill/Pom Risk management PHOTOGRAPHS Illustrate the rules p.51-81
the NF Cheer Manual & Forms CHEER MANUAL Rules & Regulations Governing All Schools p.3-14 Section V WVSSAC Rules Additions and Modifications to NFHS p.9-14 Middle School/Ninth Grade team Specific Rules p. 15-19 Competition Policies p.20-27 Section II Regional/State Policies p.23-24 Section III Competition Rules p.24-27
Judging Information p. 28-35 Pictures w/Terms p. 36-46 CHEER FORMS -- Listed individually on Cheer page What Makes a Stunt LEGAL? 1. Follows the NF rule 2. Follows the Cheer Manual Modification(s) 3. Follows all spotting rules NEW/REVISED RULES
NF Rule 1 - Definitions Head Spin - A skill in which a person balances on their head while rotating on the performing surface. Head Springs - A tumbling skill in which a person places both hands and their head on the performing surface, pushes off with the hands while flipping the legs overhead and landing on their feet. Headstand - A skill in which a person balances on their head on the performing surface. WV MODIFICATION- Head spin, Head Springs, and Headstands in which the hands are used or not used will be
illegal for all cheer squads in WV. www.nfhs.org Definitions: Non-release Stunt A stunt in which contact is maintained between a top person and a person on the performing surface. Release Transition/Release Pyramid Transition A top person changes from one stunt to another (including loading positions) during a temporary loss of physical contact with all personnel on the performing surface. Shoulder stand - A top person stands on a base's
shoulders. Suspended Roll: A stunt in which base(s) or post(s) hold a top person's hand(s)/arm(s) while the top person performs continuous hip-over-head rotation. www.nfhs.org Definitions: Swedish Fall A stunt in which the top person in a prone position supports her own upper body by placing her hands on the shoulders of a base while her lower body is supported by another base's extended arms.
www.nfhs.org Section 1 (Pg 15) 3-1-11 Apparel / Accessories (New) ART. 11 For religious reasons, in the event there is documented evidence provided to the state association that a participant may not expose his/her uncovered head, the state association may approve a covering or wrap which is not abrasive, hard or
dangerous to any other participant and which is attached in such a way it is unlikely to come off during performance. Section 2 (Pg 17) 3-2-8 STUNTING PERSONNEL ART. 8 A spotter is required for tosses to single base shoulder stands and single base prep-level
stunts in which the foot/feet of the top person are in the hands of the base. www.nfhs.org 3-2-8 Must have a hands on spotter to be legal in WV. ILLEGAL FOR WV MIDDLE SCHOOL
www.nfhs.org WV Modification-Middle Schools require a hands on spotter and a free standing spotter Section 3 INVERSIONS (Pg 19) 3-3-5b Braced Flips ART. 5bThere must be three people involved in the toss and catch of the top person either as a base or spotter. (2 bases and a spotter)
ILLEGAL FOR WV MIDDLE SCHOOLS www.nfhs.org Section 3 INVERSIONS REMINDER: WV MODIFICATION: 3-5-5 In braced pyramid flips, the bracers may only brace one top person who is flipping. ILLEGAL FOR WV MIDDLE SCHOOLS
www.nfhs.org Section 3 INVERSIONS (Pg 19) 3-3-5g (New) ART. 5g When the catchers are not the original bases, the new catchers are in place when the flip is initiated, remain close to the original bases and are not part of any other skill. NOTE: This stunt requires 14 participants so this skill could not be used
in our regional or state or stand alone competitions. This may be used in situations where 14 or more participants are used with the exception of a foldover which would only require 8 participants for this. ILLEGAL FOR WV MIDDLE SCHOOLS www.nfhs.org Section 3 (Pg 19) 3-3-6a1 a. Inversions may release to the
following provided there is a spotter: ART. 6a1 Non-inverted dismounts with no more than a turn. Clarifies that inversions may release into non-inverted dismounts. www.nfhs.org www.nfhs.org Section 3 (Pg 19)
3-3-6b Inversions ART. 6b In inversions where the base of support begins and remains below prep level at least one person shall maintain contact with the top person until the top person is no longer inverted or his/her hands are on the performing surface. ILLEGAL FOR WV MIDDLE SCHOOLS www.nfhs.org
3-3-6b Inversions Section 3 (Pg 19) ILLEGAL FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLS NF 3-3-6b WV MODIFICATION- participants may only perform one cartwheel on the performing surface (no double
cartwheels allowed) www.nfhs.org 3-3-6B ILLEGAL FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLS NF 3-3-6B-WV Modification Top persons feet performing the straddle roll must be below knee level before the roll is initiated.
www.nfhs.org 3-3-6b Reminder: WV Modification in pictures one and two the assist must be above the bra line. ILLEGAL FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLS www.nfhs.org
WV ADDITIONS CHEER MANUAL 1. Uniforms shall be functional and meet the schools approval. Uniforms and practice apparel must also be safe and conducive to safe physical activity. All midriffs and torsos (front and back) must be covered. Uniforms must have a standard front and back neckline (v-neck, scoop or square). One cutout is permitted as long as it is above the legal neckline. Sheer material is not permitted on the torso. See pictures pg. 47 (Uniforms and appearance).
WV ADDITIONS CHEER MANUAL 2. Note: Beginning 2019-2020 school year, all schools will only be permitted to wear boy briefs. The skirt must fully cover the hips and fall a minimum of 2 below the boycut briefs. When skorts are worn the inseam must be a minimum of 3. No lycra shorts or capris are permitted as
part of the uniform. WV ADDITIONS CHEER MANUAL 3. hair ties, hair bows(patches and lettering must be attached with stitches that completely encompass the edges of the patch or lettering), WV CHEER MANUAL DEFINITIONS MODIFICATIONS Bracer NF Definition WV Modification - A top person who stabilizes and/or assists another top person and must not be higher
than prep level. Flatback Definition WV Modification - a stunt in which a top person is in a face- up, horizontal position with hips and shoulders in alignment. Sponge Definition WV Modification - The base(s) absorb(s) a top persons downward momentum to push/lift the top person into position for the next stunt/ skill. Swan Dive Definition WV Modification - A top person released from a stunt by base(s) and is caught in a prone position. This includes cradles on the stomach and side. WV ModificationIllegal. Flatback and Superman stunts may originate no higher than the prep
WV MODIFICATIONS WV CHEER MANUAL DEFINITIONS MODIFICATIONS Head spin NF Definition WV Modification-A skill in which a person balances on his or her head while rotating on the performing surface. WV Modification-Illegal. Headspring NF Definition WV Modification-a tumbling skill in which a person places both hands and his or her head on the performing surface, pushes off with hands while flipping the legs overhead and landing on his or her feet. WV Modification-Illegal.
Headstand NF Definition WV Modification -A skill in which a person balances on his or her head on the performing surface. WV ModificationIllegal. Release Transition/Release Pyramid transition NF Definition WV Modification- A top person changes from one stunt to another (including loading position) during a temporary loss of physical contact with all personnel on the performing surface, WV Modification- transitions must have a hands-on back spotter for the top person(s), unless the transition
NF RULES WV MODIFICATIONS NF 3-2-1(b) WV Modification - A base must not hold objects or props. NF 3-2-5 Spotting WV Modification-In stunts that require a spotter, the spotter must be a hands on spotter. (see D. Spotting pages 12 and 13) NF 3-2-7 WV Modification-the spotter is required for all extended stunts and transitions that pass through the extended level.
NF 3-3-3(a) WV Modification- If the top person is released from the bases, the bracer(s) must have two bases. NF 3-3-4(b) WV Modification-The bracer(s) have two bases and a spotter. Exception: braced foldover. NF 3-3-5 WV Modification-In braced pyramid flips, the bracers may only brace a one top person who is flipping. NF 3-3-6 WV Modification - Suspended rolls may not be performed over a post, base or spotter. Suspended rolls or Chorus line flips may not be initiated from the back of another participant. Suspended rolls or Chorus line flips may not land in a seat drop. NF 3-3-6B WV Modification- participants may only perform one cartwheel on the performing surface (no double cartwheels allowed) NF 3-3-6B-WV Modification Top persons feet performing the straddle roll must be
below knee level of bases before it is initiated. NF RULES WV MODIFICATIONS NF 3-3-7 WV Modification - An inverted top person shall not hold any objects. NF 3-4-2 WV Modification - A participant may not move under or be under a partner stunt or pyramid. No exceptions.
NF 3-4-3 WV Modification - In braced stunts and pyramids that do not flip, at least one bracer must be at shoulder height or below. One extended stunt may not brace or connect with another extended stunt. [Exceptions: 1. The following extended stunts may brace any other extended stunt, except during release transitions (Chair, Multi- based flatback, Multi-based straddle lift), 2. Double-based extensions may only brace other double-based extensions.
NF 3-4-9 WV Modification - Up & Overs must have a continuous hands-on back spotter if/when the top person passes through the extended level. NF RULES WV MODIFICATIONS
NF3-5-3 WV Modification - Basket Tosses performed on any surface are illegal for all cheer squads in WV. Any toss from a stunt below prep level is considered a basket toss. NF 3-5-5(c) WV Modification-Exception: Flap Jack and like stunts must have double based preps with a spotter as
bracers. NF 3-8-2 WV Modification- Tumbling while holding props is not permitted N0 Exceptions. NF 3-8-6 Airborne Twisting Tumbling Skills WV Modification - With the exception of aerials, cartwheels and round-offs, all are illegal in WV on any surface. 3-8-8 WV Modification-Headstands, headsprings and head spins in which the hands are used or not used will be illegal for all cheer squads in WV. NF RULES WV MODIFICATIONS
NF 3-9-1 Knee Drops WV Modification - Drops that go directly to the thighs, splits, knees, or seat on the performing surface are illegal unless most of the weight is first borne on the hands. It is highly recommended that any stunt that may be questionable as to legality OR any stunt to which a creative element has been added, be videoed and emailed to Carol Hostuttler for an interpretation. Do this prior to its practice or performance. Middle/ 9 Grade CM All stunts in a pyramid with the base
ADDITIONS th II-D of support above prep level that is braced by a double base, spotted prep require only a back hands-on spotter. (no free standing spotter) II-F All one-man stunts require a hands-on back spotter and a free standing spotter (4) AND if cradled require 2 catchers, a back hands-on spotter and a free standing
spotter (5). H. Middle/ 9th Grade CM ADDITIONS DISMOUNTS 1. All cradles from a two legged prep that DO NOT include any skill require two catchers and a back hands-on spotter.
[No free spot needed] 2. All other cradles require 2 catchers, a head and shoulders back hands on spotter AND a free standing spotter. [5 participants] 3. All twisting cradles from any height must have a back handson spotter and a free standing spotter. [5 participants] 4. All straight down dismounts from prep level or above must have 2 people assisting. Middle/ 9 Grade WV MODIFICATIONS
th NF 3-3-1 thru 3-3-8 Inversions-WV MODIFICATIONNO STUNT INVERSIONS WILL BE PERMITTED. NO EXCEPTIONS No backwalkovers out of cradles.No handstands to load or shoulder sit No Forward suspended rolls Situations affected by WV 3-1-1 B (c) Uniforms and Appearance
Modifications 3-1-4 (e) Uniforms and Appearance 3-1-7 (b) Uniforms and Appearance 3-2-1 (b) Spotting 3-2-5 A Spotting 3-2-5 C -- Spotting 3-2-7 (b) Spotting 3-3-1 Basket Toss 3-3-4 B (b) Bracers in a flip pyramid 3-3-6 A Forward Suspended Roll (FSR) 3-3-6 B- Shall maintain contact until no longer inverted
Situations affected by WV Modifications 3-3-6 D-Only 3 people may execute a chorus line flip 3-3-6 E Spotting 3-3-7 A Holding Signs 3-3-7 B Holding Signs 3-4-3 A (c,d) Connected/Braced Extended Stunts 3-4-4 B (b) Fall from extension to Superman 3-5-2 Basket Toss 3-8-2 (e) Holding Poms 3-8-8-headstands, head flips and head spins
3-9-1 B (a) Drops NF Picture Pages/ WV Modifications 52 Holding pom (picture 3) 53 No Hands-on spot (picture 5) 54 No Hands-on spot (picture 4) 55 Spot not above bra line (picture 5) 57 No Hands-on spot (picture 5) 58 bottom pictures WV- bracers need a spotter (picture 4-5-6) 59-bottom pictures WV-bracers need a spotter (picture 4-5-6) 60 Bracing two tops flipping WV-allows only one top flipping (p1-5)
64 Spot not above the bra line (picture 1-2-3) 68 Single legged extended stunt connected/bracing other extended stunts (pictures 4-5-6-7) at bottom only extended extensions allowed 70 Back spot needed at extended position (picture 2) top 77 Back spot needed on one-man cradles (picture 4) bottom 79 No tumbling while holding objects (bottom pictures) 80 All illegal WV modification headstands, headspin and headspring COMPETITION Cheer Manual portion
_____ PENCILS _____ CLIP BOARD COMPETITION -Outlines High School Regional/State - Form C2A (Contact Info), p.6 and Form C2B (Narrative) CF p.7 Other Competitions for High School and Middle School Form C3 p. 8 and Form C2B, p.7 Follow format of the Cheer Narrative Sample CF p.3.
Include the words to the technical cheer Use terminology found in Rule 1 of NF Rule Book and Cheer Manual (pictures) Send videos to Carol not Cindy FORM C2A FORM C2B PENALT
Violation of ANY rule from the NF Spirit rule book or IES WV Cheer Manual = 20 point deduction Pom/Hair Piece Rule EXCEPTION Incidental Touch Rule EXCEPTION Two Jump Rule EXCEPTION Stunt or Tumbling Bobble 1-5 Stunt or Tumbling Falls 6-10 TECHNICAL/SAFETY JUDGE DEDUCTIONS
THE FOLLOWING PENALTY POINTS SHALL BE DEDUCTED FROM THE TOTAL SCORE: Stunts Bobbles 1-5 points Early out 5 points Falls 6-10 points Base to knee(s) 6 points Base to seat 8 points Base to back 10 points Flyer (free) falls
10 points Time violation 20 points (per violation) Rule violation 20 points (per violation) Pom/hair piece/device violation 5-10 points Step on w/no slip/fall 5 points Step on w/slip6-9 points Step on w/fall 10 points Technical Cheer One jump omitted 5 points Two jumps omitted 10 points Incidental Touching Rule 1-10 points Touch 1-5 points
Touch w/fall 6-10points SCRIPTING FORM SCRIPTING SHEET EXAMPLES OF DEDUCTIONS: HOW MANY POINTS SHOULD BE DEDUCTED? EXAMPLES OF DEDUCTIONS: HOW MANY POINTS SHOULD BE DEDUCTED?
Rules of Emphasis Entering/exiting the performance area during any part of the performance of other squads is illegal. P. 22 Moves that involve pelvic thrust(s) are illegal. P.23 Mention of past honors/awards either audible or visually for the entire routine is prohibited. P.23 COMPETITION - Word rules -Technical & Open CM Technical Requirements Cheer words shall only refer to the performing squads
own school and/or mascot in positive terms. Prohibitions No cheer words that refer directly or indirectly to any person(s), group, mascot, or school that is not part of the performing squads or that refer to past honors, awards or past placements. Open Prohibitions No cheer words or words in the music that refer directly or indirectly to any person(s), group, mascot, or school that is not part of the performing squads. -- No cheer words or words in the music that refer directly or indirectly to sex, drugs or alcohol or words that refer to past honors, awards or past placements.
51 CHEER MANUAL B.2.a (2) In the dance incorporation, there must be a minimum of 8 consecutive 8-counts of full squad dance in order to earn any of the possible points. (See Cheer Manual for components of dance, and the Score Sheet CJ-2 for point value.) The rule of thumb is that to earn any of the possible 8 points for dance, any tumbling or stunting skills mentioned in the NFHS Spirit Rules Book and the WVSSAC Cheer Manual may not be incorporated into the dance. You can refer Modifications and Degree of Difficulty page in the Cheer Manual (the possible mentions are not just limited
to these pages.) Head Safety Judge Duties Head Safety Judge Will: Attend the meeting for the regional tournament directors Review the narratives for the region, marking anything that is questionable. Meet with CAROL to review the narratives of each school Arrive at venue 1 hours before start of competition to asses
the venue and meet with other safety and table judges Assign assistants duties of uniform or safety check Conduct safety check of squads with one assistant and fill out, with scripting, any violations, Form CJ-6, giving the copy to the coach, keep the original NO COACHES MEETING TECHNICAL PORTION Prior to arm drop, NO synchronized team motions, i.e. stomping, kneeling, salutes, commands, etc. Head safety judge will signal designated cheerleader to begin routine
30-40 seconds 2 different jumps NO touching, stunts, pyramids, tumbling, bracing, or use of music TECHNIC AL To begin the TECHNICAL portion on the signal from the safety judge, the right arm is extended beside head. Time begins when the hand is slapped down to the side
After Technical Cheerleaders will remain on the floor to be judged May move to place poms and/or to new formation Safety judges will record time; reset watch for open routine Safety judges will record any violations or penalties on script sheet To Begin OPEN To begin the OPEN - on the signal from the safety judge, the right arm is extended beside head to signal the
coach that squad is ready to begin. Arm remains extended until start of routine. The time will begin with the first word, motion, or the beginning of the music. OPEN ROUTINE Must not exceed 2 minutes 30 seconds No voice-overs on cheers Poms are the only props allowed (after technical) Music used at the discretion of the team Only one start & stop permitted when using music
Music started by coaches only Eight, 8-counts of consecutive full squad dance = any of the 8 points possible for dance Time stops when all cheerleaders return to the cheer surface after the last motion, word, or note of music Head Safety & Safety Head Safety & Safety Judge Will: Judge
Duties Script violations & penalties, number of 8-counts in the dance, number each stunt series and indicate right, center or left Record times on script sheet Confer with assistants [Head Safety Judge] Relay to table judges if # of 8-count threshold in dance has been met. [Head Safety Judge] Record violations & penalties on score sheet. Violations must be documented. (See form CMF CJ1) [Head Safety Judge] Gather all table judges score sheets & check for correct scoring & signature [Head Safety Judge]
Hand safety and table judges score sheets and Form CJ-6 to the runner [Head safety Judge] Head Safety Judge Duties (Contd) In Tabulation Room Head Safety Judge Will: Check & sign off on Master Score Sheets (CMF-CJ3), Tabulators Check List (CMF-CJ4), & Announcement Forms Announcement forms are released to the tournament director for publication
Questions about SAFETY?? Call or email CAROL Phone: 304-694-2159 [email protected] NOTE: MY E-MAIL SIGN MAY APPEAR LIKE THIS AND THE B REPRESENTS MY MOTHER.
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