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Double Twists to Cradle No Longer Permitted in High School Spirit

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (March 28, 2012) — Effective with the 2012-13 season, a double twist to a cradle (double down) no longer will be permitted in high school spirit (cheer, dance, drill, pom).

NFHS LogoThis significant risk minimization ruling was one of 19 rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee at its March 3-5 meeting in Indianapolis. The rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

With changes to Rules 2-8-9 and 2-10-2, a twist performed to a cradle must not involve more than one complete rotation except when dismounting to a cradle from a side-facing stunt or toss, which will permit 1¼ rotations. In these cases, the bases may make a one-fourth turn to catch the cradle.

“Data presented by the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee confirmed that the majority of head injuries in spirit are from body-to-body contact in stunts,” said Susan Loomis, editor of the NFHS Spirit Rules Book. “The committee recognizes that the primary body-to-body contact issues are presented during double-twisting dismounts. Prohibiting double twists to a cradle is consistent with the NFHS focus on risk minimization.

“Many of the other changes approved by the committee would be considered less restrictive and should allow for more creativity on the part of high school participants,” Loomis added.

Among those less-restrictive changes are several rules in a new section on Inversions. While allowing for more creativity and options, the committee believes these stunts do not increase risk of injury.

“These skills have been demonstrated to have a reasonable expectation for minimizing risk when given the specific limitations and conditions required for performance,” Loomis said.

Another less-restrictive change is the elimination of Rule 2-4-8, which previously required a spotter’s arms to be extended toward a top person in order to be in an alert, ready position. The committee agreed that there are a number of different ways for spotters to be alert and ready that don’t involve extending the arms and which don’t increase the risk of injury.

In other changes, the committee deleted rules regarding pendulums since they are now included in a set of rules regarding “horizontal” transitions. The rules committee also voted to allow swinging stunts to begin from below shoulder height rather than specifically from a cradle.

One change was approved by the committee in Rule 3 – Dance/Drill/Pom Risk Management. New language was added to Rule 3-4-1 which permits forward rolls from props low enough that the top person can put both hands on the performing surface before dismounting.

A number of the rules changes approved by the Spirit Rules Committee bring NFHS rules in closer alignment with the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches & Administrators (AACCA) rules. In addition, in a similar spirit of cooperation, AACCA will be revising some of its rules in other areas to align with NFHS rules.

This was the final meeting for Loomis to serve as the NFHS spirit rules consultant. She has served in that capacity since the organization moved to Indianapolis in 2000 and followed a 10-year involvement on the committee as a member and chair. Kent Summers, NFHS director of performing arts and sports, will now serve as staff liaison and rules editor.

Competitive spirit squads constitute the ninth-most popular activity for girls at the high school level, according to the 2010-11 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the NFHS, with 96,718 participants nationwide. There are also 21,487 girls who participate in dance or drill teams, according to the same survey.

The Majors 2012

The MAJORS was an event hosted by JAMfest in conjunction with JAMfest Cheer Super Nationals in Indianapolis, IN. This was the first year of the invitation only event promoted as bringing “The Best of the Best” together to compete for a trip to a JAMfest Europe in Liverpool, England.

The MajorsLarge All Girl Results

  1. Cheer Athletics 93.50
  2. Maryland Twisters 92.21
  3. Cheer Extreme 90.50
  4. FAME 89.46
  5. Maryland Marlins 87.08

Large Coed Results

  1. Cheer Extreme 92.22
  2. Cheer Athletics 90.24
  3. Top Gun 89.67
  4. ACE 89.08

The Majors

JAMfest Cheer Super Nationals 2011-12

JAMfest Cheer Super Nationals took place on January 14-15 in Indianapolis, IN. This event had 494 All*Star Cheer teams compete and was a qualifier for Cheer Worlds. Paid Bids were awarded to:

  • Jamfest Cheer Super Nationals LogoCheer Extreme “Lady X” (Senior Medium L5)
  • FCA Gems “Diamonds” (Senior Medium L5)
  • ICE Allstars “Lightning” (Senior Small Coed L5)

At Large Bids were awarded to:

  • Atlanta Jayhawks “Senior Platinum” (Senior Small Coed L5)
  • Brandon Allstars “Senior Black” (Senior Small Coed L5)
  • Central Jersey Allstars (Senior Small L5)
  • Cheer Express “Senior Silver” (Senior Small Coed L5)
  • Cheer Extreme “SSX” (Senior Small L5)
  • Maryland Twisters “Eclipse” (Senior Small L5)
  • Maryland Twisters “Reign” (Senior Medium Coed L5)
  • Prime Tyme Athletics “Nighthawks” (Senior Small Coed L5)
  • USA Wildcats “Senior Elite” (Senior Small Coed L5)

Event Page | JAMfest Cheer Super Nationals 2012 Results

The event had 494 All*Star Cheer Teams in 70 Divisions for an average of  7.06 teams per division.

All*Star Cheer By Level

  • Level 1 – 51 Teams in 8 Divisions (6.38 Average)
  • Level 2 – 125 Teams in 14 Divisions (8.93)
  • Level 3 – 121 Teams in 16 Divisions (7.56)
  • Level 4 – 88 Teams in 11 Divisions (8.00)
  • Level 4.2 – 12 Teams in 3 Divisions (4.00)
  • Restricted – 22 Teams in 5 Divisions (4.40)
  • Level 5 – 74 Teams in 12 Divisions (6.17)
  • Level 6 – 1 Team in 1 Division (1.00)

All*Star Cheer By Age

  • Tiny – 5 Teams in 1 Division (5.00 Average)
  • Mini – 36 Teams in 4 Divisions (9.00)
  • Youth – 77 Teams in 14 Divisions (5.50)
  • Junior – 120 Teams in 17 Divisions (7.06)
  • Senior – 249 Teams in 31 Divisions (8.03)
  • Open – 7 Teams in 3 Divisions (2.33)

World Spirit Federation 2011-12

World Spirit Federation’s Indy Showdown took place on December 10-11 in Indianapolis, IN. This event had 216 All*Star Cheer teams compete and was a qualifier for Cheer Worlds. Paid Bids were awarded to:

  • Green Bay Elite “Lime” (Senior Small L5)
  • GymTyme Allstars “Black” (International Coed L5)
  • Ultimate Athletics “Prodigy” (Senior Large Coed L5)

World Spirit Federation LogoAt Large Bids were awarded to:

  • American Elite “Celebrity “(Senior Medium L5)
  • A-Towne Dynasty Allstars “Legends “(Senior Large Coed L5)
  • Bowling Green Cheer Force (International Coed L5)
  • Cheer Command “Generals” (Senior Small L5)
  • GymTyme Allstars “Pink Ladies” (International L5)
  • GymTyme Allstars “Platinum” (Senior Medium Coed L5)
  • ICE Allstars “Lightning” (Senior Small Coed L5)
  • Midwest Cheer Elite “Diamondkatz” (Senior Small Coed L5)
  • Woodlands Elite “Generals” (Senior Medium L5)

Event Page | World Spriit Federation 2011 Results

The event had 216 All*Star Cheer Teams in 44 Divisions for an average of 4.91 teams per division.

All*Star Cheer By Level

  • Level 1 – 21 Teams in 6 Divisions (3.50 Average)
  • Level 2 – 57 Teams in 7 Divisions (8.14)
  • Level 3 – 43 Teams in 9 Divisions (4.78)
  • Level 4 – 34 Teams in 8 Divisions (4.25)
  • Level 4.2 – 4 Teams in 2 Divisions (2.00)
  • Restricted – 10 Teams in 2 Divisions (5.00)
  • Level 5 – 45 Teams in 9 Divisions (5.00)
  • Special Needs – 2 Teams in 1 Divisions (2.00)

All*Star Cheer By Age

  • Tiny – 1 Team in 1 Division (1.00 Average)
  • Mini – 14 Teams in 3 Divisions (4.67)
  • Youth – 38 Teams in 7 Divisions (5.43)
  • Junior – 53 Teams in 11 Divisions (4.82)
  • Senior – 103 Teams in 19 Divisions (5.42)
  • Open – 5 Teams in 2 Divisions (2.50)
  • Special Needs – 2 Teams in 1 Divisions (2.00)

The Cheerleading Agency Teams Up With Xtreme Spirit

The Cheerleading Agency, Indianapolis, IN. Teams up with Xtreme Spirit as a NEW TeamXtreme Partner Brand.

The Cheerleading Agency and Xtreme Spirit are proud to join forces to help promote quality material and exceptional recruiting for college bound cheerleaders. The Cheerleading Agency is a full service coaching & personal representation cheer agent organization. The agency utilizes its broad members and connections around the country to assist individuals seeking to cheer in college with the coach and teams. Their goal is to make sure the student and cheerleader receive a personalized plan for success in their future. The Cheerleading Agency has Agents in 50 States plus Canada as well as international connections.

Xtreme Spirit has partnered up with The Cheerleading Agency to provide quality event producing and shared facilities that will be utilized for these clinics during many of the events that Xtreme Spirit will be hosting. Xtreme Spirit is one of America’s leading Independent Event Producers who offer Championship Events ranging from Regional to International. Xtreme Spirit produces the largest events in Chicago and Wisconsin, plus attendance nation-wide is growing strongly from coast to coast. TCA and Xtreme Spirit will host 4-5 College Cheerleading Combines/Showcases during the 2011-2012 seasons. There will be one to two full days of skills testing, Scholarship Information and more. The primary purposes of the combines/showcases are to inform, educate and test athletes interested in cheering in college. These types of programs will provide a platform for athletes to exhibit skills, ask questions, and learn the requirements that universities and colleges require athletically and academically.

“We know that coming to the combine/showcase will be very beneficial to cheerleaders and coaches as they will gain knowledge of what college coaches are looking for in cheerleaders and we will help them refine their skills,” says Founder/CEO Patrick Cowherd. “If there is a cheerleader that wants to learn what it will take to succeed as a cheerleader in college, then we want to help these athletes pursue that dream. We really want to focus early on the college cheer recruitment process because April is just around the corner. We look forward to working with Xtreme Spirit in many aspects of our business from choreography to their most innovative competitions. We share the same vision on many things that need to be changed in the spirit industry. It is not every day that you get to work with such gifted and talented people like the team at Xtreme Spirit.”

“I am thrilled to work with such a beneficial organization.” says Owner of Xtreme Spirit, Dave Sewell. “The Cheerleading Agency provides that missing niche between the graduating cheerleader and the university. This partnership will help give the athletes a true experience of collegiate material in an environment that requires them to retain and impress.”

For specific information on The Cheerleading Agency, visit www.thecheerleadingagency.com and Xtreme Spirit www.xtremespirit.com.

The Cheerleading Agency Teams Up With Xtreme Spirit

Live!: Indianapolis 2011

Live! Indianapolis took place on March 12-13 in Indianapolis, IN. This event had 113 All*Star Cheer, 4 Traditional Cheer, 13 Exhibition Cheer (including 4 Special Needs), 21 All*Star Dance, and 2 Exhibition Dance (including 1 Special Needs) teams compete. This event was a qualifier for US Finals. Paid Bids were awarded to:

  • Clinton Central HS (Varsity Intermediate)
  • CYC Raiders (Mini L1)
  • CYC Raiders (Senior Pom)
  • CYC Raiders (Youth Small L2)
  • GAGE All Star Dragons “Premier” (Senior Small L4)
  • ICE “Fierce Flurries” (Youth Large L2)
  • Speed Athletics “Raptors” (Senior Coed Small L3)
  • Terre Haute All Star Cheer University (Mini L1)
  • Twist-N-Turns Comets (Senior Open Small)

Event Page

The event had 113 All*Star Cheer Teams in 26 Divisions for an average of 4.35 teams per division and 21 All*Star Dance teams in 10 divisions for an average of 2.10 teams per division.

All*Star Cheer By Level

  • Level 1 – 33 Teams in 5 Divisions (6.60 Average)
  • Level 2 – 31 Teams in 6 Divisions (5.17)
  • Level 3 – 30 Teams in 7 Divisions (4.29)
  • Level 4 – 13 Teams in 4 Divisions (3.25)
  • Level 4.2 – 1 Team in 1 Division (1.00)
  • Level 5 – 5 Teams in 3 Divisions (1.67)

All*Star Cheer By Age

  • Tiny – 7 Teams in 1 Division (7.00 Average)
  • Mini – 15 Teams in 2 Divisions (7.50)
  • Youth – 22 Teams in 4 Divisions (5.50)
  • Junior – 32 Teams in 6 Divisions (5.33)
  • Senior – 33 Teams in 11 Divisions (3.00)
  • Senior Open – 4 Teams in 2 Divisions (2.00)

JAMfest: Cheer Super Nationals 2011

JAMfest Cheer Super Nationals took place on January 15-16 in Indianapolis, IN. This event had 422 All*Star Cheer, 45 Traditional Cheer, and 13 Exhibition Cheer (including 8 Special Needs) teams compete. This event was a qualifier for Worlds & US Finals. Worlds Paid Bids were awarded to:

  • Cheer Express Allstars “Silver” (Senior Small L5)
  • Cheer Extreme Allstars (Senior Large L5)
  • Cheer Extreme Allstars (Senior Unlimited Coed L5)
  • World Cup “Suns” (Senior Small L5)

Worlds At-Large Bids were awarded to:

  • Champion All‐Stars (Senior Small L5)
  • Cheer Corp All Stars “Generals” (Senior Small L5)
  • Cheer Extreme Allstars (Senior Large Limited Coed L5)
  • Elite Cheer Inc “Stars” (Senior Small L5)
  • Fire and Ice Allstars “5 Alarm” (Senior Small L5)
  • Gage All Star Dragons “Paramount” (Senior Small L5)
  • Iowa All Stars “Blaze” (Senior Small L5)
  • Pittsburgh Pride All Stars “Glitz” (Senior Small L5)
  • Prime Tyme Athletics “Phoenix” (International Open Coed L5)
  • Star Athletics “Senior Red” (Senior Small Limited Coed L5)
  • The Matrix “Armageddon” (International Open Coed L5)
  • Ultimate Athletics “Prodigy” (Senior Semi-Limited Coed L5)

US Finals Paid Bids were awarded to:

  • Atlanta Jayhawks “Green” (Senior Small L4)
  • Cheer Extreme Allstars (Senior Large L5)
  • Desoto Starz “Black” (Senior Small L4 ‐ Small Gym)
  • FCA Gems “Emeralds” (Youth Small L2)
  • Indiana Elite “Explosion” (Mini L3)
  • Maryland Twisters All‐Stars “Supercells” (Junior Large L5)
  • Speed Athletics (Youth Small L2)
  • Terre Haute All Star Cheer University (Senior Large L2)
  • Top Gun All Stars (Senior Large Coed L3)
  • Top Gun All Stars (Senior Semi-Limited Coed L5)
  • USA Wildcats “Junior Bank” (Junior Coed L3)
  • USA Wilcats “Senior Legit Red” (Senior Large L3)
  • Vizion All Stars (Junior Large L2)
  • World Cup “Twinkles” (Youth L5)

Event Page

The event had 422 All*Star Cheer Teams in 59 Divisions for an average of 7.15 teams per division.

All*Star Cheer By Level

  • Level 1 – 41 Teams in 8 Divisions (5.13 Average)
  • Level 2 – 104 Teams in 11 Divisions (9.45)
  • Level 3 – 110 Teams in 13 Divisions (8.46)
  • Level 4 – 75 Teams in 10 Divisions (7.50)
  • Level 4.2 – 4 Teams in 1 Division (4.00)
  • Level 5 – 87 Teams in 15 Divisions (5.80)
  • Level 6 – 1 Team in 1 Division (1.00)

All*Star Cheer By Age

  • Tiny – 4 Teams in 1 Division (4.00 Average)
  • Mini – 32 Teams in 5 Divisions (6.40)
  • Youth – 70 Teams in 10 Divisions (7.00)
  • Junior – 105 Teams in 17 Divisions (6.18)
  • Senior – 188 Teams in 21 Divisions (8.95)
  • Senior Open – 16 Teams in 2 Divisions (8.00)
  • International/Open – 7 Teams in 3 Divisions (2.33)