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11/25/19 – State Competitive Cheer and Dance Coaching Credentials

November 25, 2019 Cheer Blog Updates


The KHSAA wanted to remind Superintendents, Principals, Athletic Directors and Coaches about gaining access to the coaches’ box at the state championships for Competitive Cheer and Dance.

Coaches’ certifications will be checked in order to obtain a coaching credential or complimentary access.

  • Coaches need to be Bylaw 25 certified and be sure all requirements are up to date.
  • This requirement includes being current on the rules clinic, sports safety course and a valid date entered for the expiration of CPR certification.
  • As a reminder, a maximum of four (4) certified coaches, including assistants, choreographers, etc. are permitted inside the box. 
  • If your school has more than four (4) certified coaches listed in the KHSAA database, those coaches will only be granted complimentary admission to the venue, but are not permitted on the competition floor in the box. 

Please be sure to contact Assistant Commissioner Sarah Bridenbaugh ( for questions concerning Competitive Cheer and Assistant Commissioner Michael Barren ( for questions pertaining to Dance. 



About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association

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.

The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to


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