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2024-2025 Application to Host

Below you'll find the link for the Application to Host. Please read through the detailed guidelines and requirements. The deadline for submissions is June 5th.

Thinking About Competing? 

Resources for competing in Washington State 

Programs wanting to compete in Washington will follow the NFHS spirit rules for cheerleading and will use the WSCCA/WSCJA high school score sheets for all qualifying events. 

The competition season in Washington starts in November with WIAA qualifying events hosted by high schools around the state. These qualifying competitions will be held up to two weeks before WIAA State Championships for High Schools.

As for Recreational, Junior High /Middle School and JV teams, they are invited to compete at these competitions as well. The WSCCA hosts the Junior State Championships as a culminating event for Recreational, Junior High/Middle school and JV teams. There are no pre- qualification requirements for this competition.​

Programs wishing to extend their season can attend Regional and National Competitions as well. National companies will offer other opportunities for competitions throughout the year. ( Please note that every competition company has their own rules, score sheets and fees)

Schedule is subject to change due unforeseen circumstances.

Week
Date
Title
School
Location
Competition Director
Contact
Website
Week 1
November 4, 2023
Bow Up at the Tuk Classic
Foster High School
WEST
Tracy Robnett
trob_007@yahoo.com
https://www.bowup.tukwila.us/home
Week 2
November 11, 2023
Comp in the Swamp
Decatur High School
WEST
Angelica Ho
decaturcheerleading@yahoo.com
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdDbQpU7LHRoTVu3Ro0_pz3Q5Zdsq3hygSbP741k05WK4ZkNA/viewform
Week 3
November 18, 2023
Blue Fusion (formerly Pride a Palooza )
Rogers High School
WEST
Tanica Wittig
bellarmineprepcheer@gmail.com
https://forms.gle/FKUz4uyVzAWD1nM96
Week 4
December 2, 2023
Jungle Jam
Auburn Mountainview High School
WEST
Shana Biggs
sbiggs@auburn.wednet.edu
https://sites.google.com/view/jungle-jam/home
Week 4
December 2, 2023
Hanford Holiday Classic
Hanford High School
EAST
Kathey Hatfield
khatfield@psd1.org
https://forms.gle/YtmJGSb9WNaaBAju6
Week 5
December 9, 2023
Spokane Showdown
Mead High School
EAST
Katherine Melka
katherine.melka@mead354.org
https://forms.gle/dhmbU5UMBDixAyJ59
Week 5
December 9, 2023
Spirit of Northshore
Bothell High School
WEST
Dana Dietz
ddietz.bhs@gmail.com
http://www.spiritofnorthshorecheercompetition.com
Week 6
December 16, 2023
Carnival Classic
North Thurston High School
WEST
Tia Kutz
http://Tkutz@nthurston.k12.wa.us
http://thecarnivalclassic.com
Week 6
December 16, 2023
Eastside Cheer Classic
Ferris High School
EAST
Emily Schutz
EmilySc@spokaneschools.org
https://forms.gle/YV8itA1s2qDEbnd87
Week 7
January 6, 2024
Battle at the Lake
Moses Lake High School
EAST
Mikey Carlile
mikeyblaine@msn.com
https://forms.gle/3JoQVBZE5qiXbDkQ7
Week 7
January 6, 2024
Harbor Cheerfest
Gig Harbor High School
WEST
Laura Nation/Kathy Crowley
crowleyk@psd401.net
http://harborcheerfest.com/home
Week 8
January 13, 2024
Wintercheer Classic
Skyline High School
WEST
Stephania Gullikson
gulliksons2@issaquah.wednet.edu
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lf85DMJa_bdVEtBAlExz4YEW15Ne_Io0Q6ZcNls8WE8/viewform?ts=65147a65&edit_requested=truehttp://Winter Cheer Registration (google.com)
Week 8
January 13, 2024
Battle in the Desert
Hanford High School
EAST
Kathey Hatfield
khatfield@psd1.org
https://forms.gle/2UhkhLBjbfKTyjbe9
Week 9
January 20, 2024
Sunnyside Showdown Eastside Last Chance
Sunnyside Showdown
EAST
Alejandra Ramos
alejandra.ramos@sunnysideschools.org
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeAbL7VxT7-UaDuTVl6DC1DpHUnKDE9p9Lp75O4WGZ3YQ3PAA/viewform
Week 9
January 20, 2024
Last Chance Qualifier for High Schools / WSCCA Championships for JV teams
Tahoma High School
WEST
WSCCA (Dana Dietz)
info@wscca.org
https://forms.gle/ruZ9CJ5Ht8UYaXvy8
Week 9
January 21, 2024
WSCCA Junior High, Middle School & Recreational State Championships
Tahoma High School
WEST
WSCCA (Dana Dietz)
info@wscca.org
https://forms.gle/dLnKURXSk5pybgNKA
Week 10
February 3, 2024
WIAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Battle Ground High School
SOUTH
WIAA (Cindy Adsit)
cadsit@wiaa.com
Week 10
February 2, 2024
WIAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Battle Ground High School
SOUTH
WIAA (Cindy Adsit)
cadsit@wiaa.com
Tumbling Ratio Table
Schedule
Competing in WA State
Categories
Qualifying for WIAA State
High School Divisions
WSCCA Jr State
Rec Middle S, JV Divisions
Scoresheets and Rubrics
Tech and Penalty Appeal Form
Deductions

COMPETITION RESOURCES:  

Programs wanting to compete in Washington will follow the NFHS spirit rules for cheerleading and will use the WSCCA/WSCJA high school score sheets for all qualifying events. 

The competition season in Washington starts in November with WIAA qualifying events hosted by high schools around the state. These qualifying competitions will be held up to two weeks before WIAA State Championships for High Schools.

Coaches Please make sure your read all the Scoresheets, Rubrics and Ratios for the categories you would like to compete in before making your competition routine. 

As for Recreational, Junior High /Middle School and JV teams, they are invited to compete at these competitions as well. The WSCCA hosts the Junior State Championships as a culminating event for Recreational, Junior High/Middle school and JV teams. There are no pre- qualification requirements for this competition.​

Programs wishing to extend their season can attend Regional and National Competitions as well. National companies will offer other opportunities for competitions throughout the year. ( Please note that every competition company has their own rules, score sheets and fees)

RULES AND REGULATIONS 

REQUIREMENTS FOR  COACHES (BOTH VOLUNTEER AND PAID)

Follow the NFHS Spirit Rules book for safety regulations issued by the National Federation of High School Associations. NFHS Spirit Rule Books are available in the NFHS Rules App and printed versions at: https://www.nfhs.org/resources/publications/

Receive “Hands on” stunt Certification is REQUIRED  for all cheer coaches and volunteers. The Washington State Cheer Coaches Association must approve the Safety certification program. Coaches must be recertified every two (2) years with “hands on” training. Stunt certification classes can be found here: 

 

Because WIAA requires assistant coaches to be at least 19 years of age, certificates for completing a stunt certification clinic and passing the test will be issued only to individuals who are at least 19 years of age. Additionally, you must pay the registration fee ($50 by credit card), complete the clinic and pass the required test before receiving your certification document (via e-mail) following your clinic date. The only acceptable method of payment is by credit card and must be prior to attending the clinic. Any coach who fails to pay on the day of the clinic will not be allowed to participate in the certification.

Every team must have a stunt certified coach on site during practice and/or competitions for athletes' to be eligible to stunt.

 

All Coaches and Volunteers must pass a background check to have contact with athletes.

 

Coaches should maintain up to date CPR and First Aid Training

 

High School Coaches must Receive (30) clock/educational hours within your first 3 years. (PNW Coaches Conference is a great place to receive those hours)

All Recreational Coaches are encouraged to seek additional Coaches training. 

Safety and technical violations may result in penalties and points deducted from your performance score. Penalties may be appealed up to 20 minutes from the time of notification. 

Programs wanting to compete in Washington will follow the NFHS spirit rules for cheerleading and will use the WSCCA/WSCJA high school score sheets. As well as a few additional WSCCA requirements.

Music guidelines are available at (WIAA)

ADDITIONAL COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS FOR RECREATIONAL TEAMS:

All recreational teams must provide a letter, on letterhead, from the overseeing director of their program.

 

1. This letter must include confirmation that all Coaches and Volunteers who will be collaborating with their team have current Hands on Stunt certification, and passed a background check.

USA Cheer Membership (professional Membership or Higher)

Washington State Patrol online background checks

2. Please include the full names of those coaches and volunteers. (Any coaches or volunteers that are not listed will not be allowed in the warm up or TEAM only areas) There is limited space in the warm up areas and only 2 Coaches of the participating team will be allowed in the warm up areas.

3. All Recreational cheerleaders will be required to fill out a participation waiver for competitions.

COMPETITION COSTS for WSCCA QUALIFYING EVENTS 2023-2024

$200 per routine for Recreational

$100 per routine for High School, Junior Varsity, Middle School, Jr High

COMPETITION CATEGORIES : 

TRADITIONAL : performance competition routines, both tumbling and non-tumbling must include both a music portion and a cheer portion.

Routine Max: 2 minutes 30 seconds (150 seconds)

Music Max: 1 minute :30 seconds 

The 54’ x 42’ cheer mat area represents the performance boundary area for the Tumbling, Non-tumbling categories.

STOMP ROUTINE : Stomp and Shake Cheerleading has its own style and culture. During these routines teams will utilize traditional cheerleading arm motions combined with creative and rhythmic beats, in their dance and cheer portions of the routine. Expect to see upbeat tempo changes as well as non traditional cheer movements.

Routine Max: three (3:00) minutes (there is no music time limit for the Stomp category.)

The basketball court boundary lines represent the performance boundary for the Stomp routine. The Stomp category will have (3) three mats that will be centered horizontally on the Court.

GAME DAY ROUTINE: Teams will demonstrate SITUATIONAL SIDELINE, CROWD LEADING Cheer and FIGHT SONG in this routine 

Routine Max: three (3:00) minutes (there is no music time limit for the Game Day category.)

The 54’ x 42’ cheer mat area represents the performance boundary area for Game Day Routine.

GAME DAY RULES:

Teams should demonstrate spirit and enthusiasm while entering the performance floor and before the music begins.

The use of crowd leading tools such as signs, poms, flags and/or megaphones is required.

Each section should have a beginning and end. Note: Spirited crowd leading interaction between each section is encouraged to continue the game day feel. Stunts are not allowed as a transition before/between sections, this would include the team’s entry to the floor and any time prior to starting the performance.

 

The INCORPORATION of stunts and or tumbling is required in the : SITUATIONAL SIDELINE, CROWD LEADING Cheer and FIGHT SONG.

 

Game Day Skill Restrictions:

No tosses (basket, sponge or elevator) are allowed.

No inversions are allowed.

No twisting released dismounts are allowed.

No running tumbling is allowed.

Stunts are not allowed during the team’s entry to the floor or any time prior to starting the performance.

Single leg stunts are limited to liberties and liberty hitches.

Standing tumbling is limited to one tumbling skill and a back tuck is the most elite tumbling skill allowed. Examples: Rippled single back handsprings would be allowed. Jump tumble (single skill) would be allowed. Standing full is not allowed..

In between elements, teams must always return to the performance surface. Teams may kick, jump or tumble but may NOT stunt.

During the Band Chant, only kicks and jumps are permitted.

THE GAME DAY CATEGORY MUST FOLLOW THIS ORDER: BAND CHANT, SITUATIONAL SIDELINE, CROWD LEADING Cheer, FIGHT SONG

BAND CHANT: should have an emphasis on crowd appeal and practicality. Squads should utilize spirit raising props and focus on creative movements such as level changes or ripples, execution of the material and encouraging the crowd to participate.– No stunting or tumbling is permitted, however jumps and kicks are allowed.

SITUATIONAL SIDELINE: Following the band chant, the announcer will give squads a game scenario indicating an offense or defense situation. Teams should show their definitive understanding of the situation with an offensive or defensive crowd-leading response.. 

 

SITUATIONAL CUES 

OFFENSE SIDELINE:

"And that's another... first down for the home team."

The home team takes control of the ball on their own 25 yard line.

"What a catch! That sets our team up in the red zone ready to score."

"It's 1st and 10 for the home team."

"It's a close game and our home team is driving down the field for a score.

DEFENSE SIDELINE:

It’s 3rd down for the D, get on your feet and make some noise.

"Our team needs a big stop here"

"Let's push 'em back defense!"

"The home team is digging in to get the stop on our own goal line."

"Our team needs to make a stop here to seal the win."

"After that turnover, our team needs to make a defensive stand."

Situational Cues process for State

Teams will not have advance notice of their cues

The list provided by WSCCA (above) will be used

The announcer will announce a team’s cue following their Band Dance.

A prepared schedule with a script will be provided for the announcer.

CROWD LEADING Cheer : Following the Sideline, Crowd Leading can include a cheer reflective of a timeout, general sideline / spell-out or other cheer material with minimal words, inciting a response and encouraging a crowd to yell along. Teams are required to incorporate spirit props and practical skills (stunts and/or tumbling, if the division allows).

FIGHT SONG: The final element should reflect your school’s traditional Fight Song. Fight Song incorporation is limited to three (3) consecutive 8-counts of stunts and/or tumbling. Counting will begin with the initiation of a skill and continue until either the incorporation is complete or the end of the 3rd 8-count. (If the Fight Song repeats, the incorporation will only be permitted both times if the skills are repeated exactly the same.).Squads should utilize spirit raising props and add creative movements such as level changes or ripples as well. For teams that do not have an official Fight Song, it is recommended to use a second selection of band chant music.

Teams may add up to 1 (one) mascot in their Game Day Routine. The mascot must meet all the eligibility requirements as the athletes. The mascot must enter the floor with the team and should be used to raise crowd energy and participation. The mascot is not allowed to be involved in any stunts / technical skills and or tumbling and should position themselves away from skills being performed. The mascot will not count towards the total number or gender

WIAA State Event Format :

 

To qualify for the WIAA High School State Cheerleading Championships:

  • The team must have performed in at least ten (10) school events, such as school assemblies, sideline cheerleading, half-time performances, pep rallies, etc.

  • The team must have participated in at least one (1) WIAA, WSCCA or school-sponsored competition.

    • The team can qualify for WIAA State competition in one of two ways:1) Must have scored at least 59 as a minimum qualifying score in the non-tumbling divisions or 65 as a minimum qualifying score in the tumbling, stomp and game day divisions (whole numbers only; there will be no rounding of decimals) after all deductions (based upon the cumulative scores awarded by the four judges) in the competition, or.

    • .Receive one (1) of the top fifty scores of all performances during the competition season. 

  • NFHS Spirit rules will be strictly enforced in all categories.

  • At the WIAA state event all classifications will be combined. (i.e. 1A, 2A etc.)

  • Every effort will be made to schedule the teams that qualify in two (2) or three (3) categories to compete on the same day (either Friday or Saturday, in order to minimize the requirement for overnight lodging.)

  • A Program may enter only one (1) team in each category and a maximum of three (3) categories.

  • Each student may participate in tumbling or non-tumbling, but not in both, as well as stomp or game day.

  • Teams may add up to 1 (one) mascot in their Game Day Routine. The mascot must meet all the eligibility requirements as the athletes. The mascot must enter the floor with the team and should be used to raise crowd energy and participation. The mascot in not allowed to be involved in any stunts / technical skills and or tumbling and should position themselves away from skills being performed. The mascot will not count towards the total number or gender of participants allowed in the division.

  • 11.0        AWARDS:  A minimum of four (4) schools must compete in a category in order for a first place trophy to be awarded. 

  •                 11.1        If less than four (4) teams qualify in a given category or division, a first place trophy will be awarded if a team achieves at least the average of the first place scores in all divisions within the categories listed below.

  •                                 11.1.1    For teams in a Non-Tumbling or Stomp category, the average of the first place scores in all other Non-Tumbling and Stomp categories will determine the minimum scores that must be earned for a first place trophy.

  •                                 11.1.2    For teams in a Tumbling or Game Day category, the average of the first place scores in all other Tumbling and Game Day categories will determine the minimum scores that must be earned for a first place trophy.

  •                 11.2        A second place certificate will be awarded if five (5) to eight (8) schools compete in a category.

  •                 11.3        A third place certificate will be awarded if nine (9) to twelve (12) schools compete in a category.

  •                 11.4        A fourth place certificate will be awarded if thirteen (13) to sixteen (16) schools compete in a category.

  • Music Guidelines 

Once qualified, refer to the WIAA SOP's for event information.

High School Divisions are determined by WIAA

At the WIAA state event all classifications will be combined. (i.e. 1A, 2A etc.)

Division

Varsity small: 12 and under participants

Varsity medium: 13 - 19 participants

Varsity Large: 20 - 32 participants

Coed tumbling and game day divisions only: three (3) or more males

Categories

Traditional - Tumbling

Traditional - Non-Tumbling

Game Day

Stomp

Scoring

Four (4) WOA/WSCJA judges plus two (2) safety/technical judges will judge each routine. Judges will be positioned on one side of the facility. Points deducted for any safety violations will be subtracted from the final score. Skills are categorized into Low, Average, and High brackets with minimum ratio and execution requirements. It is important to familiarize yourself with the scoring rubric, ratio tables, and scoresheet for your category.

 

Recreational -Middle School-High School JV Division

Recreational & Junior divisions are determined by WSCCA.

2023-2024 RECREATIONAL AGE DIVISIONS​

 

The age grid provides a list of divisions that may be offered by a competition director. A competition

Director does not have to offer every category or division listed, and may combine categories.

TUMBLING & NON-TUMBLING CATEGORIES

Traditional Tumbling and Non-Tumbling categories are separated into age divisions and categories.

Divisions -Birth Year- Gender- Team Size

   JUNIOR DIVISIONS

  • Middle School/Junior High - Female/Male 5-36 Athletes

  • High School JV-Female/Male 5-36 Athletes

  • (If a Junior Varsity and Varsity combine/share athletes they must compete in the Varsity Divisions)

 

  • Each student may participate in tumbling or non-tumbling, but not in both, as well as stomp or game day.

  • Cross overs are not allowed between the tumbling and non-tumbling divisions

  • NFHS Spirit rules will be strictly enforced in all categories.

  • Teams may add up to 1 (one) mascot in their Game Day Routine. The mascot must meet all the eligibility requirements as the athletes. The mascot must enter the floor with the team and should be used to raise crowd energy and participation. The mascot is not allowed to be involved in any stunts / technical skills and or tumbling and should position themselves away from skills being performed. The mascot will not count towards the total number or gender of participants allowed in the division.

Music Guidelines: COMING SOON 

 

2024-2025 the age requirement for Senior division will be 10-18yrs.

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2023-2024 RECREATIONAL GAME DAY DIVISIONS

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RECREATIONAL GAME DAY DIVISIONS WILL BE COMBINED AS LISTED  IF THERE ARE NOT 3 TEAMS IN EACH DIVISION 

  • 8-12 yrs 

  • 14-18 yrs 

  • Middle School/Junior High - Female/Male 5-36 Athletes

  • High School JV-Female/Male 5-36 Athletes

  • ( If a Junior Varsity and Varsity combine/share athletes they must compete in the Varsity Divisions)

WSCCA Junior State Championships

 

The WSCCA hosts the Junior State Championships as a culminating event for Recreational, Junior High/Middle school and JV teams.

There are no pre- qualification requirements for this competition.​

Stomp

  • Music Scoresheet

  • Cheer Scoresheet

  • CURRENTLY BEING REVISED 

Stunt Legality Video Submission Form
Cheer skills definitions Videos
Judge Training Packets
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