The USASF released several documents for the 2013-14, including the updated rules and age grid.
You will notice that there are 2 different sets of USASF Rules. First is the “mark-up” set that will include the different items that have strikethroughs in them due to rewording, deleting or clarifications. The second set is the “cleaned up” set of rules that we will use for the 2013-14 season.
You will see plenty of “Red Bold” print in the new rules which indicates clarifications, rewording and modifications from the Rules Committee. Here is a list of SOME of the changes:
- Level 1 extensions no longer need two bracers. They only require a single bracer.
- “No tosses” in Level one was being interpreted in two different ways. A sponge toss was viewed by some as a legal cradle and not a toss. Sponge tosses are now listed as illegal so we can all be under the same interpretation on this issue.
- In Level 3 it is now legal to do backward suspended rolls with extended arms. See rules for more info.
- In Level 4 it is now legal for the bases to extend their arms while performing a pancake transition. This skill is completely illegal in L3. See both L3 and 4 for further details.
- In Level 5 it is now legal to do a handspring >handspring>full>handspring >double. See L5 for more details.
- In all levels that allow Pyramid Release Moves, contact must be made with a base on the performing surface before contact is lost with the bracer(s). This is not a new rule. The rule have always stated that contact must be “maintained”, however, this new clarification gives a clear guideline for interpretation.
- You will notice that L6 is crossed out on both documents. NO, we haven’t eliminated L6. I had to let that be known before social media blows up. We are putting a group together to more closely align L6 with college rules. NO, we will not be following all of the college rules. We are just trying to align these two sets of rules because of the high crossover with college cheerleaders.
- The Medium Co-ed max of 6 males has now been raised to 8 via the member coaches vote in January.
- The International Age for IO5 and IO5 Co-ed has been changed from 15 and older to 14 and older to align the U.S. age restrictions with the International teams.
- The age cutoff date for International teams only has been changed to “calendar year of competition”. See Age Grid for more details.
The announcement and links to the new documents can be found on USASFRules.com.
The voting slate of proposed rules changes for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons is now available on USASFRules.com. Issues are:
- Increase number of males allowed in Senior Medium Coed from 6 to 8.
- If the number of males on Sr Md Coed is increased (vote #1) from 6 to 8; then, also increase the total number of athletes on a Sr Md Coed team from 30 to 36.
- Allow release moves in L4 that land in extended position to start from prep level or below and permit ¼ twist to include side facing stunts such as scorpions.
- Allow up to 1 ¼ backward free flipping mounts in Sr Level 5 and Open International 5 only.
- Allowing a tumbler, in Sr 5 and Open International 5 and 6, to rebound WITH hip overhead rotation into a stunt transition.
AACCA updated the college rules, effective immediately. The changes prohibit no-hand back handspring entries into stunts and clarify the spotter rule for towers.
College Cheerleading Rules Updated
AACCA has published the 2012-2013 College Rules and Jim Lord has published a summary on CheerRules.com.
2012-13 College Rules (PDF)
The final 2012-2013 USASF Age Grid for cheer teams is now posted at USASFrules.com following a USASF Board of Directors vote to keep the Age Grid as previously posted. “In the USASF’s position as the governing body for All Star, we have the responsibility to do not only what is right for the industry, but also what is consistent with prior rulings,” says Jim Chadwick, USASF Chairman. “This Board decision does not change the US Age Grid, keeping it consistent with the grid that had already been established and in line with the industry consensus in the US for appropriate ages for each division,” he continues.
Two issues were discussed by the Board: 1) The bottom age for Senior teams Levels 1-4 (and Sr 5 Restricted), and 2) The bottom age of the International Open 5 divisions. The Age Grid establishes 10 (as of August 31, 2012) as the bottom age for competitors in Senior teams and 15 (as of August 31, 2012) as the bottom age for competitors in International Open Level 5.
“US teams that will be competing for bids to The Cheerleading Worlds will follow the IASF Age Grid after they have received their bid to Worlds and use “the year of competition” as the age cutoff,” explains Mike Burgess, USASF Board Member and Rules Committee Chair. “This allows them to adjust their rosters (after they receive a bid) to include 14 year old competitors on International Open Level 5 teams at the 2013 Worlds only,” he continues.
To view the Age Grid, click here.
For questions and clarifications, please contact Les Stella: Les.Stella@gmail.com