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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.




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 

Jul 21, 2014 - Thursday JULY 24th - CLINIC CANCELED



The coach clinic set up by SECTION III  for July 24, 2014 HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Anyone with questions should contact Nina Baker.

Jul 14, 2014 - NYSPHSAA FAQ's - May 2014




NYSPHSAA - Frequently Asked Questions – Competitive Cheerleading

Now that the Board of Regents has recognized Competitive Cheerleading as a sport the State Education Department and the NYSPHSAA will be finalizing the exact rules and regulations that will govern the sport of Competitive Cheerleading. The Cheerleading Committee will be meeting on May 20th to discuss many topics associated with cheerleading. Each Section will be represented on the committee. The Cheerleading Ad Hoc committee final report can be found at www.nysphsaa.org. Below are some questions we have received regarding how cheerleading may look as we move forward.

– What is the difference between Traditional Cheerleading and Competitive Cheerleading? Will schools be able to just have traditional cheerleading?
– Schools will be able to just offer traditional cheerleading squads. These squads will not follow the rules and regulations of SED or the NYSPHSAA. If a traditional squad incorporates stunting/tumbling into a sideline or halftime routine they will be considered a competitive cheerleading squad and will have to follow the rules and regulations of SED and NYSPHSAA. Schools can chose to be both.

– Will coaches have to be certified to coach competitive cheerleading?

– All competitive cheer squads will have to have a properly certified coach per SED regulation. All SED coaching certifications will have to be followed. Please contact your athletic administrator for the exact requirements to coach competitive cheerleading. The NYSPHSAA may also require the AACCA Safety course as well dependent upon Central Committee approval in July.

– Will teams be able to be selected in the Spring for the following year?

– When fully implemented, teams will have to be selected at the beginning of the Section established season in the same manner other sports are selected. The NYSPHSAA allows out of season activities as long as it is open to all students and it is not mandated by the coaches. Some sections and leagues can be more restrictive, please check with your athletic administrator.

– Will teams be able to compete in both the Fall and Winter seasons?

A - The NYSPHSAA Competitive Cheerleading season will be during the Winter season. The SED and the NYSPHSAA are discussing if teams will be able to compete in the Fall season at the local and sectional level. The NYSPHSAA will NOT hold any state level events in the Fall. This topic will be discussed and examined over the course of the next few months and more information will be provided when available.

– Can teams bring in experts to work with the Competitive Cheerleading squads?

– Teams can bring in clinicians to work with their teams if this is a permissible practice of the school district. Clinicians work with the teams sporadically and not on a consistent basis. Clinicians do not have to be certified to work with the teams.

– Can teams travel out of state or host out of state teams for competitions?

– Any competition that our schools participate in would have to be properly sanctioned by the NYSPHSAA office. New York schools may only compete against member/approved schools.

– Will student athletes and teams have to have a minimum number of practices before competing in a competition?
– Students and teams will have to have a minimum number of practices before competing. The Cheerleading Committee will make a recommendation to the Central Committee on what that number will be for the NYSPHSAA.

– Will there be a State Championship for Competitive Cheerleading? How will teams qualify? What will be the divisions?
– We anticipate a possible State Championship during the winter season of the 2015-2016 school year, this will be determined in the coming months following the Cheer Committee meeting and the Central Committee approval. Each section will select the teams that will qualify for the Championship. The Cheerleading Committee will recommend what the divisions will be for the championships. NYSPHSAA sponsored invitational events could continue for the 2014-2015 school year.

– Will the Selection Classification process be used for Competitive Cheerleading?

– The gymnastics standards of the Selection Classification process will be used to selectively classify 7th and 8th graders to the high school level as per SED regulations.

– Will Competitive Cheerleading teams be eligible for the NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete program?

– As a recognized sport, Competitive Cheerleading squads will be eligible for the scholar athlete program and state scholar athlete championship.

– When will the SED and NYSPHSAA rules and regulations be fully enforced for the schools of the NYSPHSAA?
– The recommendation of the Cheerleading Committee will be sent to the Central Committee in July. The State Education Department will inform NYSPHSAA of the timetable for full implementation of their rules and regulations in the coming months. It is not unforeseeable to consider the 2014-2015 school year as a transition year and full implementation for the 2015-2016 school year; again this has yet to be determined.

– Who can I contact as a coach or athletic director to give my input on the direction of Competitive Cheerleading?
– Coaches and athletic directors can contact their Section Executive Director, Section Cheerleading Representative, or the NYSPHSAA office staff. The NYSPHSAA is a membership led organization and the direction of Competitive Cheerleading will be determined by the membership of the NYSPHSAA.

Thank you all for you passion and commitment to the outstanding student athletes that participate in Competitive Cheerleading. We look forward to ensuring the safety of those student athletes and highlighting and promoting these student athletes. There are a several items that need to be addressed and developed since SED declared competitive cheerleading a sport; please know the NYSPHSAA staff is working diligently to ensure a smooth transition for its member schools during this exciting time period.


Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director rzayas@nysphsaa.org 518.690.0771 Todd Nelson, NYSPHSAA Assistant Director tnelson@nysphsaa.org 518.690.0771

May 29, 2014 - West Genesee to host UCA summer day camp


A UCA Day Camp

Syracuse, New York


Hosted by:  West Genesee High School


Contact:  Casey RisiState Director 866.541.6763    crisi@varsity.com  or  uca.varsity.com


    Kristin DuschenWest Genesee Varsity Coach    kduschen@westgenesee.org

Register through the Camillus Parks and Recreation: 


UCA Day Camp is the perfect option for cheerleaders who want to experience camp with other teams! (Individuals welcome.  Stunt groups or teams recommended)

In addition to receiving instruction on all material aspects of cheerleading including cheers, sidelines and dances, your team will be private coached and evaluated by ourtop-notch hand selected UCA staff!  Teams will also have the opportunity to participate in some of the same “extras” offered at UCA overnight camps like All-American tryouts and Camp Champs!



DATE: July 14-16, 2014LOCATION: Camillus Middle SchoolTIME: 8:00AM – 3:00pm

*Check-in/Registration begins at 7:15AM

**There will be a 1 hour lunch break as well!

PRICE: $125/cheerleader for non-residents and $115 for residents


Additional Information: For more information or further questions please call/email.  This location will offer concessions and a GREAT foundation for your team to kick-start the season!

Upcoming Games
Events & Clinics

Copenhagen Spooktacular Competition
Saturday, Oct 25th
Contact Jennifer Spaulding
Copenhagen High School

Fall Season 2014

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

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

Section III Cheer Committee Meeting
Thursday, Nov 13th
6:00 PM
Section III Office Conference Room

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

Events from Prior Years
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