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09/25/20 – Cheer Guidance Clarifications

September 25, 2020 Cheer Blog Updates


The KHSAA office has received several inquiries about the segments outlined in the Return to Competition document for Cheer. As a reminder, returning to stunt is broken into Segments. 

  • Segment 1: September 21 through October 4
  • Segment 2: October 5 through October 18
  • Segment 3: October 19 and beyond

It is important to note that any activity during the first segment (September 21 – October 4) is limited to the third level of USA Cheer resumption (Contact) phases. Inquiries into the office mostly surrounded the first portion of that phase: Partner stunts may begin but shall not exceed two per group/unit with one spotter. This limits any stunting in Segment 1 to single base stunts. Keep in mind, each pair (with its spotter) shall be at least 6 feet apart, but preferably 10 feet apart if possible from other stunt units with no mixing of stunt personnel between groups. Stunts may only dismount by returning to a load-in position or a “pop-down” dismount. Any twisting during partner stunts shall be limited to ¼-up or ½-up to prep, OR ¼-up or ½-up to extended. A reminder that the following skills are not permitted during this segment regardless of surface: Basket tosses, elevator/sponge tosses, and other similar multi-base tosses. 

Also, all participants, unless executing currently permitted stunts and stunting, shall continue to wear mask/face covering unless medically waivered during practices, particularly indoor practices.

Please send any additional inquiries to Assistant Commissioner Sarah Bridenbaugh ( 


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The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 280 member schools both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 215 state championships to 51 teams and 164 individuals in 13 sports and 6 sport-activities, funds catastrophic insurance coverage for its more than 106,000 rostered member school student-athletes, provides coaching education and sports safety programs for more than 12,000 coaches, and licenses and facilitates the distribution of training material for over 4,000 contest officials.

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