Cheer Blog Updates
Congratulations to all of the teams that participated in the 2013-2014 KHSAA Competitive Cheer Championships. Your support of the teams and the event was outstanding. The new venue was also well received. You can relive the event through the KHSAA website (www.khsaa.org).
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• You can also order DVD copies of the event using the following link:
We are excited about this weekend’s competitive cheer championships in Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. To help coaches prepare, here are a few reminders:
1) Please review the Participant Information Manual, Order of Appearance and Station-by-Station grids located on the KHSAA website:
2) Team check-in will be located on the back side of Alltech Arena in the North Exhibit Hall. It will be marked accordingly. Please check in per the time schedule.
3) There is no coaches meeting. You will be given a one page sheet of any final updates to instructions or information upon your arrival.
4) Score Sheets will be available following the competition in the holding area.
5) Teams are admitted as a group in uniform. You will receive up to 4 armbands for your alternates and 4 armbands for coach/floor level access. These are the only folks admitted to the warm-up [...]
12/09/13 – Boys Sweet 16® Press Conference Tuesday; Competitive Cheer Championships Saturday; Football Championship Review
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 9, 2013
Press Conference Called For Tuesday Regarding Boys’ Sweet 16®
The KHSAA will hold a press conference at the Association’s headquarters on Tuesday afternoon regarding the future of the Boys’ Sweet Sixteen®. The press conference will begin at 12:15 p.m. with remarks from the Association and iHigh.com. The press conference will be streamed live at KHSAA.org.
KHSAA Competitive Cheer Championships This Saturday At Alltech Arena
The second annual KHSAA Competitive Cheer Championships will take place this Saturday at Alltech Arena in Lexington. Doors open to the fans at 9 a.m., with the competition beginning at 10 a.m. with the All-Girls’ Small and All-Girls’ Medium divisions. The All-Girls’ Large and All-Girls’ Super-Large Divisions will begin at 2 p.m., with the day’s events concluding with the Coed Division at 6 p.m. An awards presentation will immediately follow each competition [...]
KHSAA Partners With First String Media, PrepSpin.com For Enhanced Web Streaming Network
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 3, 2013
Through a new venture launched prior to the start of the 2013-14 season, the KHSAA has transitioned its online video broadcast network (KHSAA.tv) to an internal operation through a new partnership with First String Media and PrepSpin.com. After outsourcing its championship webcasts in previous seasons, this year’s championship events will feature live video streaming and highlight packages produced internally through the new partnership. Live video streaming, archived broadcasts and highlight packages will remain free of charge through the Association’s website.
KHSAA.org will remain the exclusive home for live video streaming of KHSAA Championship events, with live championship coverage of 11 events, and post-event highlight packages provided for six other sports and sport-activities. Live video streaming will be available for a total of 41 games during the 2013-14 season through [...]
Updated commemorative copies of each completed KHSAA fall championship event are now available for on-demand printing through TheBookPatch.com. Full color and black-and-white versions of this year’s championship programs (Golf, Cross Country, Soccer and Volleyball) are all available for purchase.
Commemorative editions of each championship program from the 2012-13 season are also available through TheBookPatch.com, along with the 2013-14 KHSAA Events Calendar and 2013-14 Handbook.
A complete list of KHSAA programs available for sale can be found at:
The 2013 KHSAA Competitive Cheer State Championships competition schedule has been posted on the Association website. To view the schedule, use the link below. A detailed order of appearance by regions will be done by random draw and posted at a later date.
• The Divisions of Teams listing may viewed:
• Your roster should have already been entered online through the KHSAA website. This reminder that rosters will be closed and locked Oct. 26. Please include all names of your squad (including alternates in the event of injury or other situation).
Squad Divisions for the upcoming KHSAA Competitive Cheer Region and State Championships have been posted on the website. To view, please click the link below.
Region Competitions are Oct. 26-Dec. 8
State Competition is Dec. 14, Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington
Attention Cheer Coaches:
An e-mail was sent today (Sept. 16) with instructions for your school principal or athletic director to respond to the KHSAA Competitive Cheer Squad Division Declaration Survey. Please get with your administrators regarding your school’s response with regard to participation in KHSAA Region and State Competitions.
Deadline for response is Oct. 1. No adjustments will be made to squad divisions following the Oct. 1 deadline. Keep in mind that if you have a injury and are not able to replace the injured member, you will still compete in the same division, just with less participants.
Also note that following the Oct. 1 deadline, withdrawal from KHSAA Region or State for any reason will result in no out-of-state travel for squads and include a fine under Bylaw 27.
Following the deadline, the squads by division will be posted on the KHSAA website.
Coach and Judge information for the 2013-14 Competitive Cheer season has been updated and posted on the KHSAA website. Please use the link below to view the various documents.
Go to the Cheer Judges Information Link
Please note the following correction we received from the NFHS regarding the 2013-14 NFHS Spirit Rules Book:
*2.5.2 SITUATION A: A top person: (a) in a prep performs a back arch to the floor and ends in a handstand. Both bases maintain contact with her upper body; (b) in a cradle performs a back walkover to the floor. Both bases maintain contact with her upper body. RULING: (a) illegal; (b) legal. COMMENT: (a) is illegal because the top person begins at prep level and ends on the performing surface.
Coaches and Judges please update accordingly.
KAPOS will again be conducting a Coaches Conference. This year’s event will be Saturday, Aug. 17 at the KHSAA Office in Lexington. For more details and registration information, use the below link.
Information on licensing as a Competitive Cheer Judge for 2013-14 has been posted on the KHSAA website as well as training information. Please review the link below for more information.
A reminder of important dates for the 2013-2014 school year with regard to Competitive Cheer:
July 15 – First Official Practice for Fall
Oct. 1 – Deadline to declare Squad Division
Oct. 26-Dec. 7 – Region Competition Window
Dec. 14 – KHSAA State Competition – AllTech Arena, Ky. Horse Park
Below is a link to the listing of Regional Competition Dates, Sites, Managers. Please refer to this document throughout the summer and fall as we update it with information as we receive it regarding regional competitions.
The KHSAA Board of Control, at its meeting Monday, approved important dates and the State Competition date and site for the 2013-14 school year with regard to Competitive Cheer. The following was finalized at the meeting:
- Oct. 1 – Deadline to Designate Division
- Oct. 26‐Dec. 7 – Regional Competitions
- Dec. 14 – State Competition at Alltech Arena, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington
KHSAA Advisory Committee members will be conducting a Regional meeting to set the date/site for each regional event. The Board approved the second weekend of December as the date and Alltech Arena as the site also for 2014 and 2015. Securing a site where a traditional, yearly, corresponding date for State was key in the decision to allow for schools to schedule regional events and assist with those that travel out of state.
The following is a reminder of previous Board action for 2013-14:
One-Classification with the following divisions:
All‐Girls’ Divisions (Schools [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2013
After reviewing the 2013 KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16®, the Board of Control voted today in favor of a proposal to move the championship games of the boys’ and girls’ Sweet 16® to Sunday starting in 2014. The format change allows for the semifinals to be conducted as a standalone event on Saturday, and gives the participants more time to prepare and recuperate leading up to the championship game.
“We examined the format of our basketball tournaments from a number of different perspectives, and in the end, felt like it was time to move the championship game to Sunday. Separating the championship game from the semifinals, really makes an event out of the Saturday games for those final four teams,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “We think the added rest leading up to the championship game will not only benefit the health and safety of the students, it [...]
Relive moments from this year’s KHSAA Competitive Cheer Competition. Photos are posted online and may be purchased at khsaaphotos.org
Please make sure you have re-reviewed information on the KHSAA website regarding this weekend’s Competitive Cheer State Championships.
While some forecasts call for the potential of weather issues, the Cheer event is scheduled to be conducted with no plans for delay or rescheduling. If there are any change in plans, the KHSAA website will be updated accordingly.
Please read the State Instructions and review the time schedule, order of appearance, detailed station-by-station time schedule, parking map, team entry and coaches meeting times. There were no changes to any of the schedules.
COACHES/TEAM ADMISSION REMINDER
One coach and two assistant coaches will receive a wristband upon checking in at the Team Entrance Gate. This is the maximum number of coaches that will be admitted as well as permitted back in the warm-up room and on floor when the team competes. (No additional sound/music people, managers, etc.)
Your squad must enter as a group. We will admit the total for [...]
02/18/13 – KHSAA Competitive Cheer & Pannell Swim Shop/KHSAA Swimming & Diving Championships This Week
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 18, 2013
PANNELL SWIM SHOP/KHSAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEK IN LOUISVILLE
The 2013 Pannell Swim Shop/KHSAA Swimming and Diving State Championships will be held this week (Feb. 21-23) at the Ralph Wright Natatorium on the campus of the University of Louisville.
Tickets to the event are $10 per person for each session, with the exception of the opening session on Thursday night ($5 per person). Ralph Wright Natatorium has a seating capacity of 500 people for each session of the meet. Due to the limited seating capacity, fans are encouraged to arrive early to purchase tickets. Each customer will only be allowed to purchase a ticket for those persons in line, with kids 10-and-under admitted for free. At the conclusion of each session, spectators will be required to vacate the seating area.
Tickets will go sale Thursday, Feb. 21 at 4:30 p.m. for Session One (Girls’ Diving [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2013
The KHSAA Board of Control approved new alignments for Basketball Region I and all eight Wrestling regions during its January meeting at the KHSAA office on Monday.
Following the consolidation of schools in McCracken County, KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett and area Board of Control members met with representatives from the first region in Mayfield. With all Region I schools in attendance, the feedback from the meeting was to realign within the region, and not bring additional teams into the region. Three options for realignment were presented following the meeting in Mayfield. On Monday, the Board voted to approve Option A for the 20013-14 season (detailed below), which will also be applied to baseball, softball, soccer and volleyball:
District 1 – Carlisle County, Fulton City, Fulton County, Hickman County
District 2 – Ballard Memorial, Graves County, Mayfield
District 3 – Community Christian, McCracken County, Paducah Tilghman, St. Mary[...]
The KHSAA Board of Control, at its January meeting, eliminated the two class format system with regard to competitive cheer beginning with the 2013-14 school year.
Squad divisions will continue to be the following in the all-girls category: Small (6-12); Medium (13-16); Large (17-20); Super-Large (21-24).
Coed will be offered with a minimum of 6 (two boys/four girls or four boys/two girls) and maximum of 24, of which at least two shall be boys.
This action comes based upon participation by the membership during the 2012-2013 school year. There were over 104 divisions within the two class, five division system, that either had no entry in a division (50) or just had one squad (54), creating an automatic qualifier (providing successful regional participation) to the state competition.
10 a.m. ET, Friday, 1/25/13
In the interest of everyone’s safety and out of an abundance of caution, the State Competitive Cheer Championships have been postponed and will NOT be held on Saturday, January 26. The competition is being rescheduled for SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 at Bowling Green. More details will be forthcoming.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 22, 2013
INAUGURAL KHSAA COMPETITIVE CHEER CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS SATURDAY IN BOWLING GREEN
The inaugural KHSAA Competitive Cheer Championships will take place Saturday, Jan. 26 at E.A. Diddle Arena on the campus of Western Kentucky University. Divisions have been created for all-girls and coed competition, with the winning school in each division at the regional level advancing to the State competition.
Doors open to the fans at 7 a.m., with the competition beginning at 8 a.m. with the Class 1A Small/Class 2A Medium Divisions. The Class 2A Large/Class 2A Super-Large Divisions will compete at 11 a.m., followed by the Class 2A Small/Class 1A Medium Divisions at 2 p.m., the Class 1A Large/Class 2A Coed Divisions at 5 p.m., and the Class 1A Coed/Class 1A Super-Large Divisions at 7:30 p.m. An awards presentation will follow each competition block.
Tickets to the event are $10 per person, with kids 10 & under [...]
01/7/13 – Heflin Named NFHS National Coach of the Year, First Basketball Stats, KHSAA Competitive Cheer Championships
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 7, 2013
NFHS NAMES LONE OAK’S LARRY HEFLIN ONE OF 22 NATIONAL COACHES OF THE YEAR
Lone Oak High School girls tennis coach Larry Heflin has been named one of 22 National Coaches of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) for the 2011-12 academic year. In 40 years as head coach, Heflin has guided Lone Oak to more state championships (11) than any other girls program in the state, the last of which came in 2012.
In addition to his 11 state titles, Heflin has led Lone Oak to eight runner-up finishes, helping him garner a spot in the USTA Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2006, he was given the Garnis Martin Outstanding Coach of the Year award by the Kentucky High School Athletic Director’s Association and the Kentucky High School Coaches Association. He was previously named the National High [...]
A tentative time schedule for the 2013 KHSAA Competitive Cheer Championships has been set. Go to the link below to view the information.
The Holiday Inn-University Plaza in Bowling Green is the Headquarters Hotel for the 2013 KHSAA State Competitive Cheer Championships. Click the link below to make your hotel reservations. A block of rooms has been held for participating teams.
Please note the competitive cheer division listing has been revised and posted on the KHSAA website. Adjustments were made based upon documented human error by Athletic/School administration in completing the survey or failure to initially respond. Adjustments were not (and will not be) considered due to injuries or other changes in squad size. Schools will compete in the division at both Region and State as listed.
Also, please note that Region 9 has voted and requested to the KHSAA that the Regional Competition be moved from Montgomery County to Conner High School. This request has been approved with the competition date remaining Jan. 19.
This is a reminder to cheer coaches to check with your Athletic Director to make sure your cheer team rosters are entered online through the KHSAA website. We ask that rosters be entered by Dec. 1 as we prepare for regional competitions. Please have any individual that could represent your school entered online (in the event you want to switch out a member due to injury, etc.). Rosters will be locked down Dec. 15 and no names may be added. If you are entering two teams in competition, make sure all names are entered. Athletic Directors enter cheer rosters the same as any other roster – using the “Schools Log-in” link on the KHSAA website.
This is a reminder to Competitive Cheer coaches and Administrators. The Commissioner sent out a notice to Athletic Directors and Principals a survey whereby schools are required to designate participation in the upcoming KHSAA Competitive Cheer postseason. Coaches should communicate with the Administrators to make sure the survey has been responded to correctly. This final survey will be binding and schools will required to compete in the division in the postseason based upon the response. Deadline is Nov. 15.
Also, a reminder that out-of-state travel must be sanctioned by the KHSAA. You can submit your request by e-mail to email@example.com. Please included date, site, host and official name of event.
As we have previously published and shared in the rules clinics, travel out of state is to be approved/sanctioned by the KHSAA office. Schools may simply e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) the information which should include the date, site, host and name of competition. Schools travelling out of state are required to participate in the KHSAA region/state competitions and adhere to NFHS Rules in those out of state travel competitions.
We had received an inquiry concerning Cheer squads participating in showcases and does this count toward the season limitation of 3 competitions. Here is the interpretation on involvement:
Squads may participate in Showcases/Exhibitions if the involvement is merely to have the routine judged. If any type of awards (dance medals, jump awards, etc.) are presented this is considered a competition and would count toward your three limit.
Please contact the KHSAA office with any questions.
We have received questions regarding the requirement of participation in the KHSAA Region/State Competitions in order to have out-of-state travel sanctioned and approved by our office. Below is a Q/A that should help address the situation. However, always feel free to contact our office on any competitive cheer question.
Q – Both our Junior Varsity and Varsity squads seek out-of-state travel sanction/approval by KHSAA. Do both squads have to compete in the KHSAA postseason (Region and State) to meet the requirement?
A – The Varsity squad is required to participate in the KHSAA Region/State for any travel (Varsity or Junior Varsity) to be approved/sanctioned by the KHSAA Office.
For Example: Varsity School A participates in both KHSAA Region and State, then both Junior Varsity and Varsity would be meet the requirement and be eligible for out-of-state travel to be sanction/approved by the KHSAA.
The KHSAA will conduct its final Competitive Cheer Judge’s Training Session on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. at Thomas Nelson High School in Bardstown. For those who have not yet attended a session, the late fee is $50 will be charged. Anyone that has previously attended a training and wants to retake the course there is no charge, however registration is required. Go to the link below for additional information.
We received a clarification from NFHS regarding braced forward/backward flips in a pyramid. In three of the four judges training sessions, the question was with regard to 2.5.7 and does each bracer have to have a separate spotter. The bracer in the middle can brace 2 flips and still be considered a separate spotter for each side. Below is an example of the question we received and at the time, it was interpreted that it would not be legal. Upon the clarification, this is permitted and legal.
While conducting our Cheer Judge’s Training ….there was a slide within the NFHS Rules Clinic (including the online) ….that appeared to in conflict. Since, we have received the following interpretation from the NFHS one the Points of Emphasis with regard to surfaces:
The beginning statement “Technical skills should not be performed on concrete, asphalt, wet or uneven surfaces or surfaces with obstructions” appears to be in conflict with the next sentence which talks to single twists to a cradle or twisting during quick tosses (which would both be considered technical skills) and indicates that they are not limited grass, mats or rubberized tracks. What the paragraph is attempting to say is:
Because of the characteristics of hard surfaces like concrete and asphalt, technical skills should not be performed on these surfaces. In addition, technical skills should not be performed on wet or uneven surfaces or surfaces with obstructions as these surfaces are not [...]
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the District Court’s decision in Biediger vs. Quinnipiac University. In significant part, the appellate court accepted the lower court’s finding that cheerleading, as it was conducted at Quinnipiac University, was not a sport for purposes of meeting Title IX requirements. Click here for more information.
KHSAA Cheer Judges Training Information is now online, including forms and dates! Head over to Competitive Cheer – General information to learn more!
The registration form for the KHSAA Competitive Cheer Judges training sessions has been posted on the KHSAA website. Use the link below for more information.
Dates for the 2012-2013 KHSAA Competitive Cheer Judges Training have been set.
Aug. 11 – Rowan County Board of Education
Aug. 18 – Caldwell County High School
Aug. 19 – Bullitt Central High School
Aug. 25 – KHSAA Office
For more information go to the link below:
As always, check back often as we continue to work to finalize details for the 2012-2013 Competitive Cheer season!
NFHS Announces 2012-13 Cheer/Spirit Rule Changes, led by eliminate of double twists to cradle and more alignment with AACA rules.
Click Here for More Information
1) We are in the final stages of having our score sheet for next year. Our Rules and Judges Committee has met once to work on a draft and has one more meeting to finalize the document. Once finalized, we will post on the KHSAA website as quickly as possible.
2) Our Regional Site Selection Committee will be meeting with you locally soon (if they haven’t already) to begin working to select a Regional Competition Manager and a date/site. The window for Regional Competition is Dec. 1-Jan. 19. Schools will have to declare to the KHSAA office by Nov. 15 what Division (Small, Medium, Large, Super-Large, Coed) they will compete in at Region/State. We will post the Regions Dates/Sites once finalized. We realize there are some outside competition dates set, but priority should be the KHSAA Regional Competition.
3) Reminder that you need to make sure your Athletic Director [...]