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					        WVWYFCC
           2008
Articles of Understanding
       Cheerleading
 Rules and Regulations
       (Revised: May 2008)
General Rules (apply for season, as well as competition)

A)    All squads must abide by the WVWYFCC AGE RULES as stated in the bylaws.
B)    The league or host team must hire Judges. The Judges must be certified and board
      approved for the league competition. The league will pay the fee.
C)    Each squad must have their spotters for any stunt performed. Additional spotters who
      are not team members must be used as long as no hands on contact with team members
      is made, except in the case of a fall that could result in an injury.
D)    Judges hold the right to give a 10-point penalty if “C” is misused or non-member
      spotters interfere in any way. This may result in a forfeit if all officials agree.
E)    One member of each team shall pick a number. Participation will follow the number
      selected in the following event order: DRILL TEAM, D-TEAM, C-TEAM, B-TEAM and
      A-TEAM.
F)    All head advisors shall meet with the judges at least one hour before the start of the
      competition. The hosting team will have judges demonstrate any controversial stunts,
      jumps, etc.
G)    No professional props are allowed. Props may be made and must be carried on and off
      the field by a team member. Pom Poms, Megaphones and Signs may be used for cheers
      only, except D-Squad. (The D-Squad coaches or Jr. Advisors may carry the signs on the
      field and place them.) The only non-professional props that are allowed are: GLOVES,
      HATS, POM POMS, MEGAPHONES, or SIGNS. This excludes drill teams.
H)    Each team must perform in cheerleading uniforms only, no special outfits. Squad
      sneaker styles should coordinate.
I)    There will be no organized exits or other activities after the official ending of the
      routines. All introduction tumbling, entrance, chants, spell-outs, etc., is considered part
      of the presentation and is timed as part of the dance routine.
J)    All participating teams will pay $3.00 per participant to the WVWYFCC to help cover
      the cost of expenses for the league competition.
K)    Award trophies will be given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place in each category. Individual
      ribbons will also be given for these places. Each participant will receive a participation
      medallion/ribbon.
L)    All squads will show respect for all other team members, either on their own team or
      other teams. Teams that fail to do so will be asked to leave and forfeit all earned awards.
M)    Any squad with less than 6 cheerleaders can move up as many cheerleaders from their
      younger squads they need. A parent must sign a release form indicating their 7, 9 or 11
      year old cheerleader has permission to move up to the next level. They must be a last
      year cheerleader for that squad, and they can only cheer for the team they moved up to.
N)    Any squad must compete if they have 6 or more members. Less than 5 can compete,
      with no fine.

Presentation (cheerleaders are to express cheerleading techniques
with style and flair)
A)    Drill is half time type routine, (2 ½ - 3 ½ minutes), performed to music.
B)      Drill teams may use pom-poms, flags, ribbons or gloves, but are not required to use
        anything. Handmade props/signs are allowed, but only carried on and off the field by a
        team member.
C)      Movements are fluid, synchronized, and/or continuous. Movements are often
        repetitious, but much less rigid than those used in the sideline dance. Judging is based
        on synchronization, formation, quality of execution, communication with eye contact,
        facial expression, etc., balance, rhythm, and over-all effect.
D)      No speaking, pyramids, stunts, gymnastics, cheers and/or cheerleading jumps are
        permitted. Failure to follow this rule will result in a FIVE POINT PER JUDGE
        PENALTY. (TOTAL PENALTY: 15 POINTS).
E)      There will only be one drill team per town. You may use any squad, individuals, or any
        combination of all four squads.
F)      Drill time will begin when the music starts.
G)      A FIVE POINT PER JUDGE PENALTY if the team is over the time limit.
H)      TWO (2) CDS, clearly marked with Drill Team and town name, along with a team write-
        up must be presented to the hosting team at the judges meeting.
I)      Each team must perform in cheer uniform only, no special outfits. You must wear the
        same uniform that is used on the field for the half-time routine at your games.
J)      Teams banners will be permitted on the field during the routine. A team member or the
        mascot must carry the banner on and off the field.

D-Team
Presentation must include the following:
A)      HELLO CHEER using the town name or nickname.
B)      SIDELINE DANCE defined as a short dance showing cheerleading technique only.
C)      Advisors may lead their squad onto the field and place them in their position.
D)      Time limit (Minimum 1 Minute to Maximum 1 ½ Minute).
E)      Stunts are permitted. (Possible build to no higher than a thigh stand, base should
        maintain two feet on ground, with a continuous hands-on back spotter. Or, cheerleader
        can position one foot on ground and one foot on the back of another cheerleader
        kneeling on all fours.)
F)      No silks or any other special props are allowed.
G)      TWO (2) CDS, clearly marked with D-Squad and town name, along with a team write-up
        must be presented to the hosting team at the judges meeting.
H)      Failure to present their performance in exact order as stated above will result in
        withdrawal of the entire team.

A-Team* B-Team* C-Team
Presentation must include the following:
A)      HELLO CHEER using the town name or nickname.
B)      CHANT CHEER – cheer repeating minimum three times.
C)      HOMETOWN CHEER – cheer of squad’s choice. (Must have town/mascot name.)
D)      SIDELINE DANCE is optional and is defined as a short dance showing cheerleading
        technique.
E)    Sideline Dance Time Limits: C-Team (Minimum 1 ½ Minutes to Maximum 2 Minutes),
      C-Team may perform single foot stunts at waist level only, below prep level.
      B and A-Team (Minimum 1 ½ Minutes to Maximum 2 Minutes), B-Team may perform
      Step-Up Stunts, but no twisting dismounts. B-Team may perform full extensions with
      constant hands-on spotters. Single footed stunts may be performed at prep level only.
      A-Team may perform moving transitions. However, release moves are not allowed.
F)    If a team exceeds the time limit, 5 points per judge penalty will be assessed for each
      violation. Maximum of 15 points.
G)    Gymnastics, Stunts, Pyramids and Jumps are allowed.
H)    No silks or any other special props are allowed.
I)    TWO (2) CDS, clearly marked with A, B, or C-Squad and town name, along with a team
      write-up must be presented to the hosting team at the judges meeting.
J)    Failure to present their performances in exact order above will result in withdrawal of
      the entire team.

Interruption of Performances
A)    If in the opinion of the tournament officials, a squad’s routine is interrupted due to the
      failure of the facility’s equipment, rather than the squad’s error, the squad will be
      allowed to begin again.
B)    The tournament officials reserve the right to stop the routine due to an injury, if it is
      necessary.

Specific Safety Regulations (applies for the season, as well as
competition)

A)     D-Team is allowed gymnastics and minimal building. *See D-Team.
B)     C-Team is allowed to build up to no higher than shoulder level, prep level. No extended
       stunts allowed. This is defined as the base (bottom person) having two feet on the
       ground. The climber or flyer (top person) should be no more than shoulder sit or half-
       extension (prep).
     a) A stunt may not be held at, or pass through an extended position.
     b) You may not tumble over or under partner stunts OR pyramids OR over or under
         individuals BUT can go through individuals.
     c) No inverted stunts permitted at C-Team level.
C)     B-Team is allowed to build up to two high. This is defined as the base (bottom person)
       to have two feet on the ground. Builds higher than shoulder stand must have a
       continuous (hands on) spotter for each person.
     a) Basket tosses must be made from ground level only. The original two bases and an
         additional spotter must catch dismounts to a cradle position. You may not jump, flip,
         or dive over or under individuals from basket tosses. Straight rides only, with arm
         motions and facial expressions.
     b) Suspended rolls (where the person flipping is continually holding the base’s hands) are
         allowed as long as the bases have their feet on the ground and the flyer is at a thigh
         stand or lower.
     c) No twist cradles or any other tricks allowed at B-Team level.
     d) No single based stunts allowed at B-Team level, except shoulder stands, pop-offs only.
         No spotter needed below prep level.
     e) You may not tumble over or under partner stunts or pyramids OR over or under
         individuals BUT you can go through individuals.
     f) Single footed stunts should not pass through shoulder level (prep).
     g) Inverted stunts are only allowed at prep level or lower. Example: handstand to
         shoulder sit.
D)     A-Team is allowed to build up to two high. This is defined as the base having two feet on
       the ground. Builds higher than shoulder stand must have a continuous (hands on)
       spotter for each person. Transitions can move at prep level or lower and may not
       involve change bases.
     a) Performing moving pyramids and stunts are allowed.
     b) Basket tosses must be made from the ground level only. The original two bases plus
         an additional spotter must catch dismounts to a cradle position. You may not jump,
         flip or dive under individuals from a basket toss. Only one trick permitted while
         tossing.
     c) Suspended rolls (where the person flipping is continually holding the base’s hand) are
         allowed as long as the bases have their feet on the ground. This may be performed at
         prep level or lower.
     d) Inverted stunts are only allowed at prep level or lower. Example: handstand to
         shoulder sit.
     e) Transitional pyramids may be performed as long as someone at prep level or lower
         braces the connecting stunts and the base maintains constant contact with the flyer
         while transitioning.
     f) Cradle dismounts from double-based partner stunts and pyramids over shoulder level
         must use three catchers (bases and spotter). Cradle dismounts from single based
         partner stunts over shoulder level must use three catchers (bases and spotter). One at
         head and neck.
     g) You may not tumble over or under partner stunts or pyramids OR over or under
         individuals BUT you can go through individuals.
     h) Cradles – one twisting rotation from two-footed stunts. Only straight cradles from
         one-footed stunts.
E)     Prohibited: The following are prohibited on all levels: Vaults over, under or through
       partner stunts or pyramids; helicopter tosses; dive rolls defined as a forward roll where
       the feet leave the ground before your hands reach the ground; triple full twist; single
       based split catchers; knee drops; front, back or side tension rolls; forward three quarter
       flip to a seat; free falling flips; the use of mini trampolines; springboards or any type of
       height increasing apparatus.
F)     General Safety
     a) Any squad building over the height limit, performing illegal stunts or tumbling skills,
         or not providing the proper spotter may be disqualified, if judges are in agreement.
         Adult spotters are mandatory for all levels, of at least one person. Advisors and/or Jr.
         Advisors are permitted to spot (no hands on).
     b) Any violations during the regular season will be subject to a hearing before the Board
         of Directors with penalties to be assessed by the Executive Board.
     c) Prompting by advisors is not allowed. Advisors will have a designated area to stand when their
         team is performing.
How to Handle Procedural Questions
A) Only the Head Advisor of the town should address problems with the penalty judge
   immediately after the conclusion of the competition. The penalty judge should remain until
   the end of the competition. All decisions by him/her are final.
B) All towns need to review score sheets prior to leaving the competition. They need to address
   the hosting town with any questions/problems they have with the final score tallies.
C) Questions concerning the final score or squad ranking must be handled executively by the
   advisors of the squad and should be directed to the WVWYFCC c/o the President. This must
   be done in writing within FIVE DAYS after the return of the score sheets.

Scores and Rankings

A) A judge’s score sheets are for the executive use of each particular judge. Each judge has the
   responsibility and authority to review and submit the tally of the squads, his/her final score
   and ranking of the squads. Each team will add cover sheet with the total scores of each team.
   The tally person must be a Board Member of that team.

Judges Criteria

A) Sheets used by the judges to score squads in the competition will be distributed to each of the
   teams prior to the start of the season. *See attached score sheet.
B) Judges need to initial each score sheet, legibly.
C) One (1) Penalty Judge – handles safety violations and comments.
D) Three (3) Judges – will watch the routine only.
E) If a judge misses a score, the other two judges scores should be averaged together to make up
   the missing score.
F) The hosting team must have a representative at the judging table to check over the score
   sheets for missed scores. If an average is needed, it should be averaged and highlighted prior
   to sending it to the tally table. (Example: Scores 6 and 8, average 7.)

Bylaws

A) Cheerleading shall abide by the same by-laws set forth by the WVWYFCC.
B) Exceptions to the by-laws:
       a)     Cheerleaders may practice all year round, as long as insurance coverage allows.
       b)     Cheerleading teams may participate in off-season parades.
       c)     Cheerleading teams may attend PAID cheer camps, any conference sponsored
              UCA camps/seminars.
       d)     Notification of any conference competitions (teams in the WVWYFCC) must be
              submitted prior to the event.

Coaches Drills & Skills Clinic
At least one advisor/coach (over the age of 18), at every level, must attend the Coaches Drills &
Skills Clinic prior to the start of the season.
It is mandatory for the head coaches to attend the Coaches Drills & Skills Clinic. We plan to have
two separate dates available. Failure to attend one of these clinics will result in revocation of
coaching responsibilities.


Attendance at Conference Meetings

At least one advisor/coach (over the age of 18) must attend the monthly conference meeting for
the cheerleading advisors. If they do not send a representative, that town will be fined $10.00,
which must be paid to WVWYFCC.

Disqualifications

Any squad that does not adhere to the terms and procedures of these “Articles of Understanding”
will be disqualified from the competition and will automatically forfeit any right to prizes or
awards presented by the WVWYFCC competition officials. All teams within the league must
abide to these rules.

Individual Jumps/Tumbles Routine: (Optional at Competitions)

A)      Individual cheerleaders from A, B, C and D-Teams will be permitted to enter the
        Individual Jumps/Tumbles Routine. They will be judged and awarded a medallion for
        1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Place Categories.

B)      The Individual Jumps/Tumbles Routine will be performed after each Squad completes
        their competition requirements. Example: (Between Performances). After D-Teams
        Competition ends, but before C-Team Competition begins.

WVWYFCC League Towns/Team Nicknames/Colors:

      1. Dallas (Jr. Mounts) – Columbia Blue, Navy Blue & White
      2. Duryea (Wildcats) – Royal Blue & White
      3. Edwardsville/Larksville (Ed/Lark Hurricanes) – Green, Orange & White
      4. Exeter (Panthers) – Maroon & Gold
      5. Forty Fort (Flyers) – Red, Black & White
      6. Kingston (Huskies) – Maroon, Gray & White
      7. Kingston Township (Raiders) – White, Black & Silver
      8. Plymouth (Shawnee Indians) – Red, Black & White
      9. Swoyersville (Sailors) – Blue & White
      10. Back Mountain (Bobcats) – Teal, Black & White
      11.
                                               JUDGES INITIALS: ______

TOWN NAME: ____________________ SQUAD: A B C D

CATEGORY:            DRILL / HELLO / CHANT / HOMETOWN / DANCE

PRESENTATION OF MATERIAL

Voice (5 Points Total)   1 2 3 4 5
Enthusiasm/Smiles (5 Points Total)             1 2 3 4 5
                                                                 Sub-Total______

CHEERLEADING SKILLS

Sharp Motion Placement (10 Points Total)    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Stunts/Pyramids (10 Points Total)    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Jumps/Tumbles (10 Points Total)     1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
                                                      Sub-Total______

EXECUTION OF MATERIAL

Synchronization (10 Points Total)    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Formations/Spacing (10 Points Total)     1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
                                                      Sub-Total______

OVERALL EFFECT

Difficulty (10 Points Total)          1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Choreography/Creativity (10 Points Total)               1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Crowd Appeal (10 Points Total)             1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
(Signs, poms, level changes, ripples, transitions, crowd involvement)
Perfection of Routine (10 Points Total)              1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
                                                                  Sub-Total______

                                         TOTAL SCORE: _____________
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COMMENTS:




DATE: _________
HOST TEAM: _______________

				
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