Competitive Cheerleading

IHSA Administrator

Shaunda Brown

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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 Cheer Coaches Conference

Illinois Spirit Officials Association

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State Final Competition

State Finals: Fri.-Sat., Feb. 5-6, 2016

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


2015-16 NFHS Spirit Rules Book Corrections

Cheer Coaches Conference—August 9, 2015

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

Contest Limitation-6 dates

A contest is defined as any interscholastic competition, including a scrimmage, in which students representing two or more high schools participate with or against each other. By definition, a stunt group competing in a stunt group contest counts as a team contest/competition date. The by-laws state that no Competitive Cheerleading Team or member of that team, representing a member school shall, in any one season, participate on more than six (6) dates, exclusive of the IHSA series. Therefore, that competition does count as one of your 6 contest.

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