GENERAL SAFETY RULES AND ROUTINE REQUIREMENTS

1. All athletes must be supervised during all official functions by a qualified director/coach.
2. Coaches must require proficiency before skill progression. Coaches must consider the athlete, group and team skill
levels with regard to proper performance level placement.
3. All teams, gyms, coaches and directors must have an emergency response plan in the event of an injury.
4. Athletes and coaches may not be under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, performance enhancing substances or
over-the-counter medications that would hinder the ability to supervise or execute a routine safely, while
participating in a practice or performance.
5. Athletes must practice and perform on an appropriate surface. Technical skills (stunts, pyramids, tosses or
tumbling) may not be performed on concrete, asphalt, wet or uneven surfaces or surfaces with obstructions.
6. Soft-soled shoes must be worn while competing. No dance shoes/boots, and/or gymnastics slippers (or similar)
allowed. Shoes must have a solid sole.
7. Jewelry of any kind, including but not limited to, ear, nose, tongue, belly button and facial rings, clear plastic
jewelry, bracelets, necklaces and pins on uniforms is not allowed. Jewelry must be removed and may not be taped
over. Exception: medical ID tags/bracelets.
Clarification: Rhinestones are legal when adhered to the uniform and illegal when adhered to the skin.
8. Any height increasing apparatus used to propel an athlete is not allowed. Exception: spring floor.
9. Props are not necessary for the performance of a routine. If props are used in a routine the prop must receive preapproval
from USASF, prior to use, to ensure the safety of the athletes. Flags, banners, signs, pom pons,
megaphones and pieces of cloth are the only props allowed. Props may not have sharp, unyielding, and/or pointed
edges. No prop may be weight-bearing and/or athletes are not permitted to bear weight on any prop. Props with
poles or similar support apparatus may not be used in conjunction with any kind of stunt or tumbling. All props
must be safely discarded out of harm’s way (example: throwing a hard sign across the mat from a stunt would be
illegal). Any uniform piece purposefully removed from the body and used for visual effect will be considered a prop
once it is removed from the body.
10. Supports, braces and soft casts which are unaltered from the manufacturer’s original design/production do not
require any additional padding. Supports/braces and soft casts that have been altered from the manufacturer’s
original design/production must be padded with a closed-cell, slow-recovery foam padding no less than one-half
inch thick if the participant is involved in stunts, pyramids or tosses. A participant wearing a hard cast (example:
fiberglass or plaster) or a walking boot must not be involved in stunts, pyramids, tumbling or tosses.
11. On the level grid, all skills allowed at a particular level encompass all skills allowed in the preceding level. If a skill is
not allowed in a particular level, it is also not allowed in the preceding level(s).
12. Required spotters for all skills must be your own team’s members, and be trained in proper spotting techniques.
13. Drops including but not limited to knee, seat, front, back and split drops from a jump, stunt, or inverted position
are not allowed unless the majority of the weight is first borne on the hands or feet, which breaks the impact of the
drop. Shushunovas are allowed.
Clarification: Drops that include any weight bearing contact with the hands and feet are not in clear violation of this rule.
14. Routine performance time may not exceed 2:30. Timing will begin with the first movement, voice, or note of music,
whichever comes first. Timing will end with the last movement, last voice, or note of music, whichever comes last.
Clarification: All Star Prep routines shall not exceed 2:00. Tiny Novice routines shall not exceed 1:30.
15. Athletes must have at least one foot, hand or body part (other than hair) on the performing surface when the
routine begins. Exception: Athletes may have their feet in the hands of base(s) if the base(s) hands are resting on
the performing surface.
16. The competitors who begin a routine must remain the same throughout the course of a routine. A performer is not
permitted to be “replaced” by another performer during a routine.
17. An athlete must not have gum, candy, cough drops or other such edible or non-edible items, which may cause
choking, in her/his mouth during practice and/or performance.

 

IMAGE POLICY

 

Cheer Teams
Judges reserve the right to assess warnings and/or deductions when a team’s choreography, uniform, make up, bows etc.
do not meet the standards of ‘appropriate’ as described in this policy.

COVER UP GUIDELINES
Cover Up went into effect with the 2012–‐2013 season.
Athletes with non–‐full top uniforms must wear a t–‐shirt or other suitable cover up over their uniforms unless they are
in the warm–‐up area, traveling as a group directly to or from the warm up area, or on the performance stage.

APPROPRIATE CHOREOGRAPHY
APPROPRIATE CHOREOGRAPHY went into effect with the 2012–‐2013 season.
All facets of a performance/routine, including both choreography and music selection, should be appropriate and suitable
for family viewing and listening.
Examples of inappropriate choreography may include, but are not limited to, movements such as hip thrusting and
inappropriate touching, gestures, hand/arm movements and signals, slapping, positioning of body parts and positioning to
one another. Music or words unsuitable for family listening, which includes, but is not limited, to swearwords and
connotations of any type of sexual act or behavior, drugs, explicit mention of specific parts of the body torso, and/or
violent acts or behavior are other examples of inappropriate choreography. Removing improper language or words from a
song and replacing with sound effects or other words may still constitute ‘inappropriate.’
Music or movement in which the appropriateness is questionable or with which uncertainty exists should be assumed by
the coach to be inappropriate and removed as to not put their team in an unfortunate situation.

MAKEUP AND OTHER
MAKE UP AND OTHER went into effect with the 2013–‐2014 season.
MAKEUP
Makeup should be uniform and appropriate for both the performance and the age of the athletes. Face/Eyelid
Rhinestones are not allowed. False eyelashes are allowed but may not be decorated in rhinestones or additional jewelry.
BOWS
Bows should not be excessive in size (acceptable bows are generally no more than 3” in width) and shouldn’t be a
distraction to the performance. Bows should be worn in a manner to minimize risk for the participants, should be
adequately secured and should not fall over the forehead into the participants’ eyes or block the view of the participant
while performing.

APPROPRIATE UNIFORM
APPROPRIATE UNIFORM went into effect with the 2015–‐2016 season.
GENERAL UNIFORM GUIDELINES
No risqué, sexually provocative or lingerie looking or inspired uniform or garments allowed. All uniform pieces should
adequately cover an athlete and must be secured to eliminate any possible wardrobe malfunction. Appropriate
undergarments must be worn.
In addition to the below specific guidelines, athletes must also consider that a combination of uniform pieces may also
deem a uniform appropriate or inappropriate. ALL garments must properly cover the athlete and the athlete’s
undergarments during the routine.

UNIFORM SKIRT/SHORTS GUIDELINES
When a skirt is worn as part of the uniform, briefs under the skirt are required. The skirt must fully cover the hips. The
skirt must completely cover the briefs and must fall at least 1 inch below briefs (regular and boy cut briefs). When shorts
are worn as part of the uniform, there must be a minimum of a 2” inseam.
UNIFORM TOP GUIDELINES
Uniform tops may not include an exposed midriff (including crop tops) except when worn by athletes competing in Senior
divisions. Uniform tops must be secured by straps or material over at least one shoulder or around the neck (tube tops
are not allowed).
Judges reserve the right to assess warnings and/or deductions when a team’s choreography, uniform, make up, bows etc.
do not meet the standards of ‘appropriate’ as described in this policy.

 

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