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CHEERLEADING COMPETITION RULES

CHEERLEADING TEAM - COMPETITION GUIDE OVERVIEW

Each squad will perform a (2.5) two and a

half minute routine utilising jumps, dance,

cheers, creativity, transitions, etc.

Guidelines for your routine are listed below. Strict compliance with all rules is required. If you have

any questions contact the BCA Office.

1) TIME: Routine maximum time limit is two and a half (2.5) minutes. Timing begins on the first

beat of music, voices in unison, or choreographed movement, after your team is announced on

the floor.

2) BEGINNING OF ROUTINE: Routine must begin within the approx. 40' x 40' performance area.

You will be allowed to set up poms & signs prior to your start. You may not begin your routine in a pyramid or stunt.

3) MUSIC AND DANCE: Music and dance suggested time limit is 1 minute 15 seconds. Your music can be in segments throughout your routine or played at one time. You may use ĎAll Musicí but would have to vocalise over your music. Cheering skills may be incorporated with the music; however, only your actual dance will be scored in the dance category. You are required to bring two (2) cassette tapes or CD's of your music - the one you will use and a backup. A representative of your squad must start and stop your music.

4) PERFORMANCE AREA: You are not allowed outside the approx. 40' x 40' performance area

after you begin your routine. The performance area is marked.

5) BACKUP SPOTTERS: Members of your competing squad must fulfil all spotting requirements as listed in these guidelines.

6) PROPS: Signs, megaphones, and poms are the only props that are allowed. Mini-tramps are not allowed. All signs must evoke a crowd response using words.

7) ENDING OF ROUTINE: Timing will stop when your squad comes to a complete final stationary position or final beat of music. Failing to make the end of your routine clear may result in additional time being deducted.

8) POINT DEDUCTIONS: A penalty will be deducted from your final score for each rule infraction. The amount of the penalty depends on the severity of the infraction.

DANCE TEAM - COMPETITION GUIDE

Each team will perform a two and a half (2.5) minute

routine using various styles of dance, such as pom, high kick, funk/hip hop, jazz, novelty, prop, etc. (Ballet, tap and baton are not allowed.) Guidelines for your routine are listed below. Strict compliance with all rules is required. If you have any questions contact the BCA Office.

1) TIME: Routine maximum time limit is two and a half (2.5) minutes. Timing begins on the first

beat of music or choreographed movement after your team is announced on the floor.

2) BEGINNING OF ROUTINE: Routine must begin within the approx. 40' x 40' performance area.

You will be allowed to set up props prior to your start.

3) MUSIC: Music must be recorded on continuous, high quality audio cassette tape, or CD. Tapes must be cued to start of music. You are required to bring two (2) cassette tapes or CD's of your music - one you will use and one for backup. A representative of your squad must start and stop your music.

4) PERFORMANCE AREA: You are not allowed outside of the performance area after you begin your routine. The performance area is approximately 40' x 40' marked on the floor.

5) DROPS: Knee, front, seat, thigh, and split drops are prohibited unless most of the weight is first borne on the hands / feet to break the impact of the drop.

6) PROPS: Props that can be carried by the performers may be used. Scenery props are not allowed. Routines may not include any props that must be cleaned up following the performance, or that may become a safety risk.

7) TUMBLING: Tumbling and/or overhead lifts are prohibited.

8) VOICES: Talking is allowed. Singing is not allowed.

9) ENDING OF ROUTINE: Timing will stop when your squad comes to a complete final stationary position or final beat of music. Failing to make the end of your routine clear may result in additional time being deducted.

10) POINT DEDUCTIONS: A penalty will be deducted from your final score for each rule infraction. The amount of the penalty depends on the severity of the infraction.

PARTNER STUNT - COMPETITION GUIDE

1) TIME: Routine maximum time limit is (1.5) one and a half minutes. Timing begins on the first

beat of music or choreographed movement after your team is announced on the floor.

2) BEGINNING OF ROUTINE: Routine must begin within the approx. 40' x 40' performance area.

You may not begin your routine in a pyramid or stunt.

3) MUSIC: Routines must include only music in their presentation. You are required to bring two

(2) cassette tapes or CD's of your music - the one you will use and a backup. A representative

of your squad must start and stop your music.

4) VOCALS: No cheer or sideline chants, jumps, dance or tumbling are permitted. Spontaneous

vocals soliciting crowd response are acceptable.

5) PERFORMANCE AREA: You are not allowed outside the approx. 40' x 40' performance area after you begin your routine. The performance area is marked.

6) PROPS: No additional Props are permitted.

7) ENDING OF ROUTINE: Timing will stop when your squad comes to a complete final stationary position or final beat of music. Failing to make the end of your routine clear may result in additional time being deducted.

8) POINT DEDUCTIONS: A penalty will be deducted from your final score for each rule infraction. The amount of the penalty depends on the severity of the infraction.

Ages ranges as per regular BCA Cheerleading Peewee Junior and Senior Divisions. Sample score forms are on the BCA web site

INDIVIDUAL (Solo) - COMPETITION GUIDE

Each participant will perform a 1 1/2 minute routine that

includes any combination of cheers, chants, dance /

fight song, jumps, tumbling, and spirit.

1) TIME: Routine time limit is 1 1/2 (1.5) minutes maximum. Timing begins on the first beat of music or choreographed movement after you are announced on the floor.

2) BEGINNING OF ROUTINE: Routine must begin within the performance area. You will be allowed to set up poms or megaphones prior to your start.

3) MUSIC: Suggested music time limit is 1 minute. Your music can be in segments throughout your routine or played at one time. You may use ĎAll Musicí but would have to vocalise over your music. You are required to bring two (2) cassette tapes or CD's of your music - one you will use and one for backup. A representative from your squad must start and stop your music.

4) PERFORMANCE AREA: You are not allowed outside the approx. 40' x 40' performance area after you begin your routine.

5) PROPS: Megaphones and poms are the only props allowed

6) ENDING OF ROUTINE: Timing will stop when you come to a complete final stationary position or final beat of music. Failing to make the end of your routine clear may result in additional time being deducted.

7) POINT DEDUCTIONS: A penalty will be deducted from your final score for each rule infraction. The amount of the penalty depends on the severity of the infraction.

Due to schedule constraints, each club may enter one Solo per cheer division entered, on a first

come first served basis, until all available solo schedule slots are filled.

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