Competitive Cheerleading


IHSA Administrator

Shaunda Brown

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 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


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