Competitive Cheerleading


IHSA Administrator

Susie Knoblauch

IHSA State Series Programs
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Cheer Rules

For a resource of current cheerleading safety rules for high school cheerleading please refer to:

For consistent application of the NFHS Spirit Rules Book, the following web site has been developed to provide interpretations on NFHS Spirit Rules.

The American Association of Cheerleading Coaches & Administrators (AACCA) provides a resource for coaches under the AACCA’s Safety Channel. Coaches can browse through featured videos of stunts and read AACCA and NFHS safety interpretations.


Illinois Cheerleading Coaches Association

Illinois Spirit Officials Association

IHSA Tournament Photography by VIP: View and Order Photos

State Final Competition

Sectionals: Sat., Jan. 28, 2017

State Finals: Fri.-Sat., Feb. 3-4, 2017

Site: U.S. Cellular Coliseum, Bloomington | Directions | Parking
| U.S. Cellular Patron Information and Services
Tickets: $10 per session | Friday Tickets | Saturday Tickets
Lodging: Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau  Hotel Listings
Streaming: NFHS Network  -  Order DVD
Television: State Final recap show on CSN Chicago
Apparel & Souvenirs
: Minerva
Watch: Live on | Finals rebroadcast on CSN Chicago
Preview: IHSAState



On June 14, the IHSA Board of Directors approved added the following language to the 2016-17 IHSA Cheer and Dance Terms and Conditions.

"The Association assumes no responsibility for the payment of copyright, royalty, or any other fees connected to the performances of any material in the cheer/dance competitive series."

Rationale: The additional language is intended to assure that the music used at competitions is in compliance with U.S. copyright law.

Additional resources from NFHS

Music Copyright Guidelines PowerPoint

NFHS 2016-17 Cheerleading Rules Changes

NFHS 2016-17 Spirit Rules Changes

NFHS 2016-17 Spirit Rules Corrections

NFHS 2016-17 Spirit Points of Emphasis

State Final Performance Order

A team's performance order in the state final preliminary round can be determined as soon as the sectional results are official. The following formula is used to determine the performance order for the state final:
1. Each sectional is randomly assigned a letter code (A to E) by the IHSA Office.
2. Each team’s performance order within a particular division is determined by the sectional code and the place the team won at the sectional tournament, according to the table below.
3. In case of a tie for 5th place at a sectional, an additional entry will be added at the end of the order.
4. In case of a tie for any other place at a sectional, the teams will perform in the opposite order in the state finals. For example, at sectional A, two teams tie for 2nd (and 3rd) place. In the chart, the order assigned to A-2 is #14. The order assigned to A-3 is #18. Whichever team went first in the sectional is assigned order #18. The other team is assigned order #14.
Link to Schematic

ICCA Spring Coaches Conference

March 10 & 11, 2017

Basketball Sideline Rules

As a reminder, NFHS Spirit Rule 2-1-10 prohibits spirit teams from coming on the playing area/floor during a 30 second time out in a basketball game. 

Risk Minimization Key Focus of High School Spirit Rules Changes

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee revised several rules for the 2016-17 season, all of which focused on minimizing risk to participants.

NFHS News Release

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