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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.




Jun 26, 2015 - AACCA Certification & NYS Rubric Training Class offered in Section III

August 15th, 2015, Section 3 is offering the AACCA Safety Certification Class. This is a REQUIRED course as per NYSPHSAA if you are going to be considered a competitive cheer program.

The cost is $75 and the State Cheerleading Coordinator Michele Ziegler will be coming to us to teach it!

We will also be offering our Rubric Training class to go over any changes to the NYSPHSAA Cheerleading Scoring System! This class offers a chance to ask questions prior to the start of the season and get a clear understanding of the expectations.

Registration/Contact Info & Costs:  2015-16Section3Cheer-rubricclass.docx 

Apr 9, 2015 - 2015 NFHS Spirit Rules Released!

NFHS releases the 2015 Rules.

Here is a link to the changes for 2015. 


Apr 7, 2015 - Section III March 9 - Meeting Notes

The following items were noted at the March 9th meeting of the Section III Cheer Committee.  The competitions that were known/presented as of that date are listed under the Game Schedule tab of this website.

 Reminder:  Cheerleading is now a sport in NYS, beginning with Fall 2015 - Remind your A.D. to order your 2015-2016 NFHS Spirit Rules Book! - Make sure you have all your required classes to be a certified coach!

Under NYSPHSAA rules, tryouts for Fall Teams may not be chosen until August 17th, 2015

An officials’ organization for judges will be developed in NYS—looking for more judges that aren’t currently coaching.

  • Section 3 will be adding a coaches’ time to review the score ranges your team is placing in prior to awards at a side table with a separate committee member. 
  • A 5 point penalty will be assessed at Section 3 on your team for any coach who demonstrates unsportsmanship like behavior or conduct or approaches a judge at the competition.  (Unanimously passed)
  • NYS Score sheets will be revised and streamlined and skills will be listed out more completely in the stunting and pyramid sections.   Sectional Competition will remain in Divisions AA through D.  In order to qualify for NYS Championship, teams will need to win their division or “qualify” with an established process that will be worked out this Fall.
  • In July, an email address will be shared with coaches so they may contact safety judges and send videos to check on concerns/questions/legalities. 
  • Tryouts for Fall Cheerleading cannot be conducted until August 17th.
  • States will be held at the SRC Arena March 5th with a cross section of judges from across the 12 sections of NYS.


Mar 3, 2015 - Section III Cheer Committee Meeting

Section III coaches are invited to attend the next Section III Cheerleading Committee meeting, along with the committee for the end of season meeting. We will be discussing updates And requirements from NYS regarding cheerleading and new breakdowns for competition divisions for the 2015-2016 school year.

Meeting will be at the Section III office on March 9, 2015 at 7pm.  

Feb 7, 2015 - Winter Cheerleading Sectional Champions Crowned

Congratulations to the newly crowned Section III Cheerleading Champions of Winter 2014-2015!!

Champion Team Pics are posted in the Photo Gallery

Section III Winter Cheerleading Sectional Champions - Team Divisions

Class AA Champion – Cicero-North Syracuse High School

Class A Champion – Chittenango High School

Class B Champion – Phoenix High School

Class C Champion – Bishop Grimes High School

Class D Champion – Copenhagen High School

Complete results of the day are listed under the Winter 2014-15 Section III Championship tab

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


Upcoming Games
Looking Ahead

Section III Cheer Committee Meeting
Monday, Aug 10th
7:00 PM
Section III Office Conference Room

Fall Season 2015

8th Annual Section III Fall Cheerleading Championship (Varsity Teams Only)
Saturday, Nov 7th
South Jefferson High School

Winter Season 2015-2016

23rd Annual Section III Winter Cheerleading Championship (Varsity Teams Only)
Saturday, Feb 27th
when available - see 2015-16 Winter Championship tab on left side of main home page for downloadable registration & info
TBD - Utica area host needed

Events & Clinics

NNY Falltastic Cheer Competition (open competition)
Saturday, Oct 17th
Contact Dianna Johnson or see Area Competitions & Events Registrations tab for forms & info
South Jefferson High School

Fall/Winter Season 2016-2017
No upcoming games...

Events from Prior Years
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