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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.




Jul 20, 2016 - High School Coaches' Clinic

Strength in Unity Because Together We Shine

2016 Cheerleading Coaches’ Clinic



For: High School Cheerleading Coaches


Where: Sandy Creek Central School

            124 Salisbury Street 

            Sandy Creek NY 13145


When: Saturday August 27th


Cost: $10- a portion of this will go towards the Section III Scholarship fund.  Please pay at door at check-in. Cash or check made out to Tanya VanOrnum.



Register by contacting Tanya VanOrnum by August 19th at tvanornu@sccs.cnyric.org or 

(315) 529-8750.  Please provide the following information:



Phone Number:

School affiliation:






Check in at 9:45AM outside HS Gym

Begin in HS GYM


10AM opening remarks

10:15- 11AM -- Ali Ruperd: Rubric and New NFHS Updates

11AM- Noon—NNY All Star Team with Jennifer Dindl: Stunt Demos

Noon- 12:25—Jennifer Spaulding: School Spirit


Transition to café


12:30- Lunch will be provided: Subs, Drinks, Potato Chips (Please let me know if you have any special dietary needs.)


12:50- 1:20- Keynote Speaker- AVON Coach Shaun Loomis

1:30- 2:00Valarie  KampffYMCA Tumbling Instructor: Tumbling Drills and Progressions

2:05- 2:30- Jennifer Spaulding- Building a Team Culture 

2:30- 3PM- Michael Stevens-Strengthening your relationship with the School Athletic Director and Administration


Jul 19, 2016 - Baldwinsville Looking for JV & Varsity Cheer Coaches

Baldwinsville Central School Is looking for a JV & a Varsity Cheer Coach.

if you are interested or know someone who may be, please contact Baldwinsville AD, Chris Campoleita at ccampoleita@bville.org or 638-6053

Jul 19, 2016 - Coach Clinic

Save the Date! 

Sandy Creek High School will host a coach clinic with stunt demos and rubric review & more

Saturday August 27, 2016 from 10am - 3pm at Sandy Creek

$10 fee & a portion of that will go towards the Section III scholarship fund.  

More info & registration form will follow.

Jul 19, 2016 - 2016-2017 NYSPHSAA Cheer Rubric

The new 2016-2017 Rubrics have been released.

The Committee voted 6-2 to adopt the attached document.  It can be shared with your sections.  


 NYSPHSAA Cheerleading Rubric 2016-17 (1).pdf 

Jun 9, 2016 - CNS to Host UCA Cheer Stunt Camp


Below is a downloadable flyer for a UCA Stunt Day Camp to be held this August at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

Teams and Partner Stunt Groups Welcome, All ages and ability levels,

Pre-Registration Required




When:  Aug. 19-20th, 2016, 10:00am to 5:00pm

Cost:  Sutdents $100, Coaches $55 (if you would like a coaches packet)


if you are unable to download flyer - contact: Casey Risi, UCA NY/NJ State Director, at crisi@varsity.com for information and registration

May 16, 2016 - NYSPHSAA April Meeting highlights

Below are the notes from the NYSPHSAA Cheerleading meeting on April 15th. Due to state testing, Nina was unable to attend. Tanya attended and served as the "voice" for Section 3. Please understand that she was in contact all day long and anything that needed to be voted on we discussed prior to section 3 weighing in.  While we do not have a formal rubric yet for the 2016-2017 season the highlighted bullets are ones we felt needed to be put out ahead of time. 


NYSPHSSA Notes April 15

• Discussed the year—biggest concerns was lack of consistency in judging.  Other concerns: Lack of judges, video review, skills sheets. • Reason the judging was inconsistent: some sections didn’t use the turnkey training and the presentation they were supposed to.  This was discovered in the middle of the winter season.  Some judges did viewing parties and watched DVD multiple times. • Judges’ meeting was planned for April 15 to work on inconsistencies, look at safety violations, will be offering panel training in AM and safety training in PM so judges can be more specifically trained, hoping to do everything at training including tests, need to do follow-up with weaker judges, work harder on not being biased towards style—if you can’t do that you should not judge. • NFHS test will open July 9. • Target dates for training Aug/Sept • Changes for structure of event- Division 1 and2, etc vs. A-D, Coed possible split D1-D2- will be discussed at later date so a change could possibly be proposed May 2017. • Alissa Pecchio from Section 1 will be Modified Rep and working with Todd for Modified rules • Game Day/ Stunt in Fall was discussed to be piloted in Fall 2017 by volunteer schools. • Alternates were discussed—must be present at competition but do not have to be on the competition floor!

Proposals that passed through committee:

• Move to the request that we use 4+ 1 judges instead of current 3+1—2 judges on Tumbling/Jumps, 2 judges on Pyramids/Stunts, and 1 safety.  Comments also were made that a head judge would be beneficial. • Tabled Video Assessment—Varsity Media does have ability to do Video Instant Replay.  Headsets for safety and head judges should be available for use at States. • Switching panels at States from Preliminary to Finals. • Skills sheet subcommittee was formed so skill sheets can be filled out prior to competition. • Stunt groups/Individuals should be in shorts/shirts and not representing schools at competitions was discussed • Voice and Leading Rubric—Cheer must be minimum of 15 seconds and scored out of 0 to 6 points, 0-2, 2-4, 4-6  • Dance minimum of three 8-counts • Rubric will now have a .1 added to distinguish where team are scoring in ranges

(0-2, 2.1-4, 4.1-6, etc)

• Tosses removed from Pyramids and will be added within the stunt rubrics—subcommittee –Alice, Cherie, Patty—send suggestions • Recycled Tumbling for majority removed from rubric—subcommittee – Tanya, Nina, Michelle • Tumbling removed from Jump rubric which will be re-worked so a quad with another series of jumps will be worth 8-10.  Rubric will be 0-2, 2.1-4, 4.1-6, 6.1-8, 8.1-10

Mar 7, 2016 - NYS Cheerleading Championship Results

Congratulations on a great season to Belleville Henderson, Chittenango, Hannibal, Copenhagen, Sandy Creek, West Genesee and Cicero-North Syracuse who represented Section III at the Inaugural NYS Championship.

Below are the final results of the Championship round at Saturday's Championship.

Division D1 - Small
5th - Wantaugh
4th - Greece Athena
3rd - Rocky Point
2nd - New Rochelle
NYS D1 Small Champion - Penfield

Division D2 - Small
5th -Lewiston Parker
4th - Livonia
3rd - Scotia
2nd - Perry
NYS D2 Small Champion - Avon

Division D2 - Large
5th - Mohanesen
4th - Geneva
3rd - Chenango Valley
2nd - Bethpage
NYS D2 Large Champion - Pearl River

Division D1 - Large
5th - Plainedge
4th - West Seneca West
3rd - Sachem East
2nd - Cicero-North Syracuse
NYS D1 Large Champion - Fairport

Co-Ed Division
5th -Guilderland
4th - Maine Endwell
3rd - John Jay Fishkill East
2nd - Webster Schroeder
NYS Co-Ed Champion - Mount Sinai 


For complete results and scores from both the Preliminary round and the Championship Final Round of Saturday's event - please see 


check out the pictures and posts of the event on Facebook at the NYSPHSAA Cheer page also


there is also a highlight video of the event done by VARSITY MEDIA - the official NYSPHAA videographer of the NYSPHSAA Cheerleading Championship at https://Vimeo.com/158073078

Upcoming Games
Looking Ahead

Coaches' Clinic 9:45am-3pm
Saturday, Aug 27th
Contact: Tanya VanOrnum & see "news" on main page for registration & contact info
Sandy Creek High School

Fall Season 2016

9th Annual Section III Fall Cheerleading Championship (Varsity Teams Only)
Saturday, Oct 29th
High School -TBA - possibly Central Square

Winter Season 2016-2017

24th Annual Section III Winter Cheerleading Championship (Varsity Teams Only)
Saturday, Feb 11th
see 2016-17 Winter Championship tab on left side of main home page for downloadable registration & info
North Area High School- TBA

Events & Clinics

Falltastic Cheer Competition (open competition)
Saturday, Oct 15th
Contact Dianna Johnson or see Area Competitions & Events Registrations tab for forms & info
South Jefferson High School

Fall/Winter Season 2017-2018
No upcoming games...

Events from Prior Years
No upcoming games...