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...
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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.
Aug 13, 2014 - IMPORTANT 2014-15 INFO !!!
WELCOME BACK COACHES AND CHEERLEADERS !!!
IMPORTANT UPDATES TO COACHING & COMPETING REQUIREMENTS for 2014-2015.
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.
GOOD LUCK WITH THE START OF YOUR FALL SEASON 2014!
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
PLEASE NOTE - CLINIC CANCELLATION
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.
Q – What is the difference between Traditional Cheerleading and Competitive Cheerleading? Will schools be able to just have traditional cheerleading?
Q – Will coaches have to be certified to coach competitive cheerleading?
A – 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.
Q – Will teams be able to be selected in the Spring for the following year?
A – 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.
Q – 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.
Q – Can teams bring in experts to work with the Competitive Cheerleading squads?
A – 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.
Q – Can teams travel out of state or host out of state teams for competitions?
A – 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.
Q – Will student athletes and teams have to have a minimum number of practices before competing in a competition?
Q – Will there be a State Championship for Competitive Cheerleading? How will teams qualify? What will be the divisions?
Q – Will the Selection Classification process be used for Competitive Cheerleading?
A – 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.
Q – Will Competitive Cheerleading teams be eligible for the NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete program?
A – As a recognized sport, Competitive Cheerleading squads will be eligible for the scholar athlete program and state scholar athlete championship.
Q – When will the SED and NYSPHSAA rules and regulations be fully enforced for the schools of the NYSPHSAA?
Q – Who can I contact as a coach or athletic director to give my input on the direction of Competitive Cheerleading?
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 email@example.com 518.690.0771 Todd Nelson, NYSPHSAA Assistant Director firstname.lastname@example.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 Risi, State Director 866.541.6763 email@example.com or uca.varsity.com
Kristin Duschen, West Genesee Varsity Coach firstname.lastname@example.org
Register through the Camillus Parks and Recreation:
A 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, 2014 • LOCATION: Camillus Middle School • TIME: 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!
May 22, 2014 - Clinic info from Empire All-Starz
Summer Pop-Warner Cheer and Dance Clinics!
Learn from the best! The areas only All-Star Cheerleading Facility!
The areas only USASF / ACCA Certified Instructors and Pop Warner Judges!
Sunday June 15th 10AM - 12PM
Sunday July 13th 10AM-12PM
Saturday August 2nd 12:30PM-2:30PM
Dance, Cheer, Stunting and Tumbling – All 4 all 3 days!
Only $8.00/Athlete per day! Register for all 3 and save!
Summer Pop-Warner / High School - Cheer and Dance COACHES CLINIC!
If you are new to the Pop-Warner Cheer and Dance program you need this training session!
If you are brand new to coaching at the Varsity Level you also need this training!
Learn proper stunting and tumbling techniques and how to teach them from beginner to advanced!
Learn how to plan and run practices and how to make the best use of Assistant Coaches!
Plus lots more! Learn from the best – Over 30 years combined coaching experience who have performed and competed at every level; Pop Warner, High School, College and All-Star! Ask questions to a top Safety Judge at the Pop Warner Level!
Monday June 23rd 6:00-8:00PM
Monday July 14th 6:00-8:00PM
$30.00/Coach and 1 Assistant Coach for free!
Text 315-368-7415 to Reserve Spots today!
May 22, 2014 - Results from NYSPHSAA cheer committee May Meeting
To keep you up to date with NYSPHSAA cheer requirements.......results from the May meeting.
Cheerleading as a sport will officially begin with the winter sports season of 2014-2015.
The following requirements, along with any that are determined/defined at a mid-June meeting, will go before the Central Committee for final approval in July.
Coaches would need AACCA certification, First Aid/ CPR & AED training, concussion course, School violence & Prevention, and Child Abuse in order to coach. (AACCA course locations can be found on line, and may also be taken online at AACCA.org)
(Teams must hold tryouts within the defined winter season for winter 2014-15. So if you normally choose your teams for the year in spring or summer and carry through for winter, you must wait and choose your winter team at the start of the winter season, just like other sports in your district (basketball teams, hockey, etc)
It is still being discussed whether there will be separate Fall & Winter cheer seasons. For the moment things begin with Winter only.
Teams would be required to hold 10 practices prior to their first event (game, competition). Each athlete on that team, must participate in at least 8 of those practices before they can participate in an event.
Two types of cheer teams for schools, Competitive and Traditional. Competitive cheer, will be any team that stunts, tumbles, etc (our normal current cheer) -whether they attend competition or not - and MUST have a certified coach. The Traditional type of team can only do traditional style cheer - no stunting or tumbling allowed, and doesn't require coach certification.
Be prepared - Division changes are being discussed and will change one again. They are looking at a non-class based format, but based on school enrollment (yet to be further discussed in June) with divisions by team size. It is anticipated that the Section III cheerleading committee will move to follow these guidelines by implementing competition changes at the beginning of the school year, so that teams are adjusted by mid-year when the winter requirements go into effect.
Changes to competition routine format have not been discussed and are anticipated to remain the same.
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