Competitive Cheerleading


IHSA Administrator

Shaunda Brown

IHSA State Series Programs
are available from

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 Cheer Coaches Conference

Illinois Spirit Officials Association

IHSA Tournament Photography by VIP: View and Order Photos

State Final Competition

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
Lodging: Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau  Hotel Listings
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."

Music copyright law has been in effect for 40 years and the additional language is intended to educates coaches that they need to assure that the music they use is in compliance with U.S. copyright law.

Additional resources can be located at:

At Normal West High School
October 10, 2016
Information and Registration Form


10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM (please note extended time)

We are excited to announce this year’s key note speaker is Justin Carrier (Vice President of NCA/NDA and Varsity All Star)
Registration, check in, visit vendors and continental breakfast from 9:00- 10:00 AM, lunch served at noon

Below are a few of the topics that will be included.
Registration form is attached.

·Difficulty and/or flip cards or any other ideas
·The 30 pt. difference between transitions, spacing and staging
·Team Uniformity
·Musicality or Choreography
·You Make the Call
·2016-2017 NFHS Rules changes

·Rules Interpretation and Stunt Trouble Shooting (Live Demo)
·Understanding the Scoresheet
·Skills Rubric breakdown
·Maximizing the scoresheet- non rubric categories
·Elite Stunt Analysis
·Let’s get Social- How to use social media to your advantage

If you are no longer coaching please share with your AD or new coach.

Hope to see everyone!

Christine DiVenti
Head Cheerleading Coach
Oak Forest High School

NFHS 2016-17 Rules Changes—Cheerleading

State Final Performance Order

Each Sectional was randomly assigned a letter code (A to E) prior to the start of the State Series: A: Joliet (West)-1, B: Lake Zurich-1 and Triad-2 C: Mahomet-Seymour, D: Triad-1 and Lake Zurich-2, E: DeKalb. Each team’s State performance order within a particular division will be determined by the place the team wins at the Sectional tournament, according the terms and conditions. Please see the linked document for additional information.

30 Second Time Outs

As a reminder, NFHS Spirit Rules (rule 2-1-10) prohibit spirit teams from coming on the playing area/floor during a 30 second or less time out in a basketball game. Basketball officials should work with game administration in the enforcement of this rule.

2015-16 NFHS Spirit Rules Book Corrections

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 2015-16 season, all of which focused on minimizing risk to participants.

NFHS News Release
Spirit Rules Changes

Purchase your copy of the NFHS Spirit Rulebook at