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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.




Aug 4, 2015 - Meeting reminders & Important info for Those wishing to Judge

 Coaches & Current/Future Judges! This is a reminder and a notice about 2 meetings for Section III committee members and anyone wishing to be a judge in Section III or at cheer events in NYS.

The Pre-season meeting for the Section III cheer committee is Monday August 10th at 7pm at the Section III office ( 4983 Brittonfield Parwkay, E.Syracuse) - all coaches are welcome and we are always looking for new reps for leagues if you might be interested. Prior to that meeting- at 6pm, there will be a meeting for anyone wishing to be a judge - see the following additional info. ---------------
For those who may be interested in judging/officiating or becoming an official/judge......

Section 3 will be forming a local chapter for it's officials. Under that state regulations now, we have to organize ourselves under a local chapter.  In order to get started, rhere will be a meeting to go over the changes and expectations for officials.  It will be Monday August 10th from 6-7pm at the Section III office. 
 There is going to be an annual training for officials as well as an online test through the NFHS. If you are interested in judging events this year the online NFHS test and class are mandatory. There will be a fee for the course as well as annual dues to be paid for the local chapter. 

The NFHS testing period will be from August 10-28. If you are interested in taking this test, we will provide you with the NFHS book to help you through the exam. The cost for the book and this portion of the test will be $10. This can be paid at the August 10th meeting. 

Upon completion of that exam, there will be a face to face training held in September. This training and exam will cost $75 which will include your annual dues to the local chapter and also the fees that the local chapter has to pay to the state for each member. 

Jul 30, 2015 - 2015-2016 NYSPHSAA Cheerleading Rubrics

Scoring Rubrics for the 2015-2016 Season have been released by the NYSPHSAA

Downloadable Rubrics:   2015-16NYSPHSAACheerleadingRubric.pdf 

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

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
No upcoming games...