Issues and Recommendations
1. While recognizing the benefits of athletic competition,
(Appendix B) the primary function of a cheerleading program is to support
interschool athletics and to uphold, reflect and project the goals of the school
Schools should guard against excessive focus on
competition and limit participation in competitive events to 3-4 times
annually. Competitions should only be pursued if responsibilities in
academics are met and the role of the support group is satisfied.
The cheerleading program should encourage and promote
sportsmanship and ethical conduct consistent with educational mission and
goals of the school.
2. A cheerleader's first responsibility is to his/her
academic program. The educational process should not be compromised by
participating in cheerleading.
Contact Time - Time required of cheerleaders for
practice, games, and cheerleading competitions should be regulated to
minimize interference with their opportunities to acquire a quality
education consistent with the opportunities of the general student body.
Cheerleading practice time should be consistent with
other extracurricular activities (band, drama, other athletic teams, etc.).
Practice/contact time demands must be scheduled to
allow the participants ample time to participate in family and other
activities and to cheer at ever-increasing athletic events. Schools should
provide a set time period for cheerleading during the school day and limit
after school practice to one hour daily (no weekends).
Summer should be relatively practice free with a
maximum of one day a week with several weeks designated as "no
practice" dates. Time allocated should include specific hours for
conditioning and days for attendance at summer training camps.
3. The Institution should adopt a rigorous safety program
including a coaches' education program, adequate practice location, access to
the school's conditioning facilities and athletic trainers, and access to
outside training when needed.
4. The athleticism involved in modern cheerleading
requires that the institution must match the development of cheerleading
Coaches should receive training from qualified
Cheerleading coaches should be familiar with the
contents of the AACCA Cheerleading Safety Manual and limit the squads'
activities according to the National Federation of State High School
Associations Spirit Rule Book
Coaches should provide constant supervision for all
5. If "outside" coaches (non-district employees)
are paid for competitive routines, thorough background checks should be
conducted on the character and technical knowledge of such persons, and
compensation provided should be in compliance with the institution's established
financial controls and policies.
6. If schools participate in competitive events, they
should adhere to the following requirements:
The competition safety standards should meet minimum
AACCA (Appendix C) and National Federation requirements (see page 64-72)
National Federation Spirit Rule Book).
When traveling to and from competitions, squads
should follow the approved travel policies of the institution.
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