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Section III Cheerleading

WELCOME TO THE SECTION III CHEERLEADING WEBSITE, run by the Section III Cheerleading Committee

Local Competitions are listed under the Schedule Tab - more are being added as we receive info...

Keep checking back !!

We plan for this site to be information central for all Section III Cheer Programs.

Coaches - we want to keep you informed and in contact with each other, so fill out our coach update form so we have your correct contact info!

If you are hosting a High School competition - get us your dates and attach your registration forms and info. and we'll post it ASAP, to help get the word out.




Nov 17, 2014 - NYS Cheer teams can only attend NYS Sanctioned events

Now that Cheerleading is considered a sport, any competitions attended must be a NYS sanctioned event.

All competitions hosted by a NYS high school are considered sanctioned.

Any competition/event hosted by anyone other than a high school, within or outside NYS is not sanctioned, unless the vendor or event has gone through the sanctioning process.

Below is a link for the sanctioning form, if you need an event sanctioned.


Nov 12, 2014 - LATEST NYSPHSAA Regulations for Cheerleading as a sport in NYS

The following information is important for all teams to follow with the implementation of Cheerleading as a Sport beginning this Winter Season 2014-2015.  the courses required for coaches and when they need to be completed are also within the information.  Below the information is a link to a downloadable sheet of all this information.

Competitive Cheerleading - Full Implementation

Winter 2014-2015 Season


In an effort to assist NYSPHSAA member schools with questions and concern pertaining to competitive cheerleading, please reference the topics and information included in this document. For additional information, please contact Todd Nelson, NYSPHSAA Assistant Director, at: tnelson@nysphsaa.org/518-690-0771

Traditional Cheer vs. Competitive Cheer:

Any Cheerleading Squad that stunts or tumbles (see definitions below, as per AACCA) will be considered a Competitive Cheer Squad and would be subject to all SED and NYSPHSAA rules and regulations. A team that does not stunt and tumble would be a traditional squad and NOT subject to SED and NYSPHSAA rules and regulations.

Stunt: One or more persons supporting one or more top persons off of the ground.

Tumbling: Gymnastic skills that begin and end on the performing surface, including rolls, inverted extended skills (cartwheels, handstands, walkovers, handsprings, etc.), aerials, twists and flips.

NOTE: Jumps, leaps and side rolls on the performing surface are not considered to be tumbling.


NYSED Regulations:

All SED regulations (Age, Grade, Bona Fide Student, Duration of Competition, Health Exam, etc.) will be followed along with the regulations listed below:

Mixed Competition: Schools with Competitive Cheer squads will be required to follow the mixed competition guidelines. Darryl Daily verbally confirmed this at the Executive Committee meeting.

Selection Classification: Schools with Competitive Cheer squads will use the Girls Gymnastic standards to Selectively Classify students in grades 7 and 8 to the High School Level. Daryl Daily verbally confirmed this at the Executive Committee meeting.

Coaching Certification: All Competitive Cheerleading coaches will have to have the following to be certified coaches for the 2014-15 winter season as per SED regulations:

All non-certified teacher coaches will have to apply for a temporary coaching certificate. Any outside clinician that works with a team more than 5 days during the season will also have to apply for a temporary coaching certificate.

First Aid and CPR/AED


 Child Abuse Course  

Violence Prevention Course

Concussion Management Course

DASA Training (if applying for a temporary coaching license)

AACCA Safety Course (NYSPHSAA Regulation)

All non-PE coaches will have to begin to take the three required courses (Philosophy and Principles of Coaching (2nd year), Theories and Techniques (by 5th year) and Health Science (by 5th year).


NYSPHSAA General Eligibility:

All current NYSPHSAA eligibility rules will be enforced for all Competitive Cheerleading Squads. Two of those regulations are highlighted below:

Note: The transfer rule will not be in effect for the 2014-2015 winter season since Competitive Cheerleading was not a recognized sport during the 2013-2014 school year.

Dual Season Participation: The Executive Committee approved that Competitive Cheerleading squads and team members may compete in both the Fall and Winter Competitive Cheer seasons. The NYSPHSAA will only have a Championship event during the Winter season.

Interstate Sanctioning:   Teams will have to follow the sanctioning process if they are attending an out of state event or hosting an event that has out of state schools competing. NY Schools may only compete against member/approved schools.

NYSPHSAA Competition Standards:   Sections should be prepared to vote on the following Competition Standards for the sport of competitive cheerleading at the October Executive Committee meeting.

Minimum Practice Requirement: 10 team/8 individual

Representation:  minimum of 2 required competitions before post season. Note:  The 2014-2015 NYSPHSAA Invitational(s) will not be considered post-season.

Maximum number of Contests: 12

Nights Rest: 1 night per competition. Note: Cheering or performing during a sport event is not considered competition.  

Spirit Standards: NFHS Spirit Rule Book

Limitations per Day: 1 competition per day

Competition Standards: Routine – 2 minutes and 30 seconds must include Cheer and Dance 

Judges: Minimum of 3 judges and 1 safety judge per competition. For the 2014-2015 season schools and sections will negotiate with local judges on the stipend to be paid for competitions. A state Cheerleading Judges Association is being formed and will be in place for the 2015-2016 school year. Once local chapters are formed they will negotiate with the section to establish a fee.


 NYSPHSAA 2014-2015 Cheerleading Invitational:

The NYSPHSAA will host three invitational events during the winter 2014-2015 season. These events are considered regular season events and not post season events.

February 21, 2015 – Albany (Section 2) area (tentative)

February 28, 2015 – Long Island (Section 8/11) area (tentative)

March 7, 2015 – Rochester Institute of Technology (Section 5) – Confirmed

NYSPHSAA 2015-2016 Cheerleading Championship:

A NYSPHSAA Championship Event for the Winter 2015-2016 school year will be held. Teams would qualify for the championship event through a Sectional qualifier. An RFP will be sent to all sections and any section wishing to bid on the 2015-2016 Competitive Cheerleading Championship may wish to do so.

Qualifying Process: Each Section would send the winner of each class to the Championship event. A maximum of 10% of the teams competing in each class would qualify for the championship event. A Section could be more restrictive and only send the winner of each class to the championship event.

Divisions and Classes: Schools will be divided based on school enrollment numbers. Division I (750 and up) and Division II (749 and down). In each Division there will be a small squad class (5 to 16 competitors on the mat) and a large squad class (17 to 32 competitors on the mat). There will be one class of a co-ed division (at least one male competitor on the mat). Sections and local organizers are not obligated to use these divisions unless they are qualifying for the State Championship.


 Downloadable file of the above information:  http://d6nuj45qr4kz7.cloudfront.net/files_public/3/3007/files/Miscellaneous/CompetitiveCheerleading-UpdateOctober2014.pdf



Congratulations to the newly crowned Section III Cheerleading Champions of Fall 2014!!

Champion Team Pics are posted in the Photo Gallery

Section III Fall Cheerleading Championship 2014 - RESULTS  -

 Sectional Champions - Team Divisions

Class AA Champion – Cicero-North Syracuse High School

Class A Champion – Indian River High School

Class B Champion – Phoenix High School

Class C Champion – General Brown High School

Class D Champion – Bishop Grimes High School

Complete results of the day are listed under the Fall 2014 Section IIi Championship tab

Oct 3, 2014 - LATEST SCORE SHEETS & RUBRICS now available

Section III Teams/Coaches -

The latest Rubrics, Score Sheets & Penalty information for Section III & NYSPHSAA events have just been uploaded on October 3rd. 

Please check them out before you compete so you aren't caught unaware !

Sep 16, 2014 - NYS Judge Certification Course Registration


For those interested in judging Cheerleading in NYS for Sectional and  NYSPHSAA invitational or other sponsored events - you must attend a judges certification for this year - even if you took the course last year. The Syracuse class will be on September 30th at West Genesee High School in classroom B237 from 5:30-8:30pm.

New this year will be an online exam that you will take. You will be given the username and password that evening for the course!   There are also Rochester/Buffalo & Albany dates if people cannot make this night! 

See Downloadable Registration Form below.

 REGISTRATION FORM for NYSPHSAA CHEER JUDGE TRAINING COURSE:     http://d6nuj45qr4kz7.cloudfront.net/files_public/3/3007/files/Miscellaneous/NYSPHSAA_Cheer_Judges_Training.docx

Aug 13, 2014 - IMPORTANT 2014-15 INFO !!!



PLAN AHEAD - you don't want to be caught off-guard - the following info is required for the Winter Season of THIS YEAR 2014-15 for competitive cheer teams.  If you plan to do ANY tumbling (forward rolls/cartwheels- anything) or ANY stunting at games - even if you don't plan to compete your team at all - YOU ARE CONSIDERED A COMPETITIVE CHEER TEAM.

There are required courses that cheer coaches must now take in order to coach cheerleading in NYS.  These courses must be started - and some have to be completed prior to coaching a competitive team in the Winter 2014-15 season. For a few of the courses, you must have begun the series of certain classes, but have a few years to complete them.  PLEASE check with your Athletic Department/Director to find out details and get started! 

Also - be specific on your registration & certificates with your full name & mark for Cheerleading.  Processing may be delayed or not counted at all to the correct person if you do not use the same full name on all of your certifications so they all match!  Especially with the NYS teach accounts.

Courses required are:  First Aid for Coaches - Concussion Course (NFHS online) -  CPR - NYS Child Abuse Class - Philosophies & Principles of Coaching/Athletics - and coaches must be fingerprinted.  There is also a DASA course through the NYS Ed. (Dignity for all Students Act) and coaches must also be AACCA Certified (may be done online at AACCA.org)  some coaching courses are available through BOCES, or area colleges, which can be expensive but a few schools have personnel who teach some courses at a much more cost effective rate for you/them - check with your Athletic Departments.

Please note - there is a FREE DASA course being held this Saturday, August 16th, 2014 at NY Mills at 9am.  Contact the Section III office or NY Mills for info and registration

NEW COMPETITION CRITERIA - go into effect for this 2014-2015 WINTER SEASON - a team MUST participate in 2 prior competitions in order to attend the Section III Championship and/or the NYS Invitational.  Section III will not require this for the Fall Championship this year, but it will go into effect for this Winter and all Fall and Winter Section III Championships after the Fall 2014 season.  NOTE - FALL Competitions do not count towards winter season participation - competition attendance must be IN season.

this also means that all team members must have competed in 2 competitions prior to attending Section III or NYS Invitational - so moving up an athlete to replace an injured member is only allowed if that athlete has participated in 2 competitions prior.  While moving up a JV athlete is allowed - but only if that JV athlete has competed 2x (games do not count -  only competitions - and JV competitions are acceptable)

Also - Teams must have 10 Team practices prior to their first event (competition or game).  An individual athlete must be in attendance at at minimum 8 of those 10 team practices or they cannot participate in any events until the 8 practice minimum is met.


Aug 7, 2014 - 2014 Scoring Rubric for Competitive Cheer

The new rubrics for competitive cheerleading in 2014 have been released by the NYSPHSAA.  Section III will be using these criteria in their events so be familiar with them to maximize your teams scores for their ability.

There will be a review/discussion of them for coaches on Tuesday Aug. 12th, 2014 at the Section III office, conference room at 6pm.

The new rubrics are available for download at the tab on the left side of this home page under 2014 Scoring Sheets/Rubrics 

Upcoming Games
Events & Clinics

Starfest Cheerleading Competition 2015, hosted by CNS Cheerleaders
Saturday, Jan 31st
contact Danielle Licata - email: Dlicata@nscsd.org or Melissa Vangel email: mschumacker28@gmail.com & see registration info posted under the Area Competitions tab on our homepage
North Syracuse Junior High School

Fall Season 2014
No upcoming games...

Winter Season 2014-2015

22nd Annual Section III Winter Cheerleading Championship (Varsity Teams Only)
Saturday, Feb 7th
see 2014-15 Winter Championship tab on left side of main home page for downloadable registration & info
Chittenango High School

Looking Ahead
No upcoming games...

Fall/Winter Season 2015-16
No upcoming games...

Events from Prior Years
No upcoming games...