COMPETITION RESOURCES
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Resources for competing in Washington State. 

Competitive cheerleading is an exciting experience for athletes, coaches, and families.  To ensure a fun and successful season, take the time to learn the ins and outs of competing in Washington State.

Cost

Rules and Regulations

Categories & Divisions

Scoring

Qualifying for WIAA High School State Championships

WSCCA Championships for Recreational, High School JV, Middle School/Junior High Teams

Thinking about competing?
2022-2023 Washington Competition Schedule

Schedule is subject to change due to COVID or other unforeseen circumstances.

Week
Date
Title
School
Location
Competition Director
Contact
Website
Week 1
November 5th 2022
Seahawk Cheer Challenge
Peninsula High School
WEST
Kathy Crowley
crowleyk@psd401.net
Week 2
November 12th 2022
Bow Up at the Tuk Classic
Foster High School
WEST
Tracy Robnett
tracy.robnett@rentonschools.us
https://www.bowup.tukwila.us/home
Week 2
November 12th 2022
Carnival Classic
River Ridge High School
WEST
Tia Kutz
Tkutz@nthurston.k12.wa.us
http://Thecarnivalclassic.com
Week 3
November 19th 2022
Pride - A - Palooza
Bellarmine Prep School
WEST
Tanica Wittig
tanica.wittig@gmail.com
Week 4
December 3rd 2022
Spirit of Northshore
Bothell High School
WEST
Dana Dietz
ddietz.bhs@gmail.com
http://www.spiritofnorthshorecheercompetition.com
Week 5
December 10th 2022
Jungle Jam
Auburn Mountainview High School
WEST
Shana Biggs
sbiggs@auburn.wednet.edu
https://sites.google.com/view/jungle-jam/home
Week 5
December 10th 2022
Hanford Holiday Classic
Hanford High School
EAST
Kathey Hatfield
khatfield@psd1.org
https://forms.office.com/r/AE2CWmbqA1
Week 6
December 17th 2022
Comp in the Swamp
Decatur High School
WEST
Angelica Ho
decaturcheerleading@yahoo.com
Week 6
December 17th 2022
Eastside Cheer Classic
Ferris High School
EAST
Emily Schutz
EmilySc@spokaneschools.org
Week 7
January 7th 2023
Harbor Cheerfest
Gig Harbor High School
WEST
Laura Nation/Kathy Crowley
crowleyk@psd401.net
http://harborcheerfest.com/home
Week 7
January 7th 2023
Battle at the Lake
Moses Lake High School
EAST
Mikey Carlile
mikeyblaine@msn.com
Week 8
January 14th 2023
Wintercheer Classic
Skyline High School
WEST
Stephania Gullikson
gulliksons2@issaquah.wednet.edu
Week 8
January 14th 2023
Battle in the Desert
Hanford High School
EAST
Kathey Hatfield
khatfield@psd1.org
https://forms.office.com/r/hHrsbDKUsj
Week 9
January 21st 2023
WSCCA Championships
Tahoma High School
WEST
WSCCA (Dana Dietz)
info@wscca.org
Week 9
January 21st 2023
Eastside Last Chance
Moses Lake High School
EAST
Mikey Carlile
mikeyblaine@msn.com
Week 10
February 3rd & 4th 2023
WIAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Battle Ground High School
SOUTH
WIAA (Cindy Adsit)
cadsit@wiaa.com
https://www.wiaa.com/subcontent.aspx?SecID=324
Competing in Washington State

Competition Costs 22-23

  • $100 per routine for High Schools (V, JV), Middle School, Jr High (up to 3 WIAA qualifying routines)

  • $200 per routine for Rec.

Rules and Regulations

Competition safety is regulated by the National Federation of High School Associations. NFHS Spirit Rule Books are available in eBook and printed versions at: https://www.nfhs.org/resources/publications/. If you have questions regarding if a stunt is legal you can email ucarules@varsity.com

  • 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. 

 

​Stunt Certification is required for cheer coaches who intend to have their cheer squad(s) perform stunts. The certification program must be approved by either the Washington State Cheer Coaches Association or the WIAA. Coaches must be recertified every three (3) years.

Categories: 

  • Traditional performance competition routines both tumbling and non-tumbling should include both a music portion and a cheer portion (total time must not exceed 2:30 with a maximum music time of 1:30). The 54’ x 42’ cheer mat area represents the performance boundary area for the Tumbling, Non-tumbling categories.

  • Game Day routines are limited to of 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. The Game Day routine must follow this order:

    • BAND CHANT

    • SITUATIONAL SIDELINE

    • CROWDLEADING

    • FIGHT SONG

 

  • Stomp routines are limited to of 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 has (3) three mats that will be centered horizontally along the side line. 

High School Divisions

High school divisions are determined by WIAA. At the WIAA state event all classifications will be combined. 

A school may enter one team in each category, for up to three (3) categories. Athletes may crossover to compete in Traditional, Game Day, and Stomp categories but may not crossover between Traditional - Tumbling and Traditional Non-Tumbling.

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

Category

  • Traditional - Tumbling

  • Traditional - Non-Tumbling

  • Game Day

  • Stomp

Recreational Cheer - Middle School - High School JV

Recreational divisions are determined by WSCCA. Traditional categories are separated into age divisions. An athlete's age for the season is determined by their age on August 31, of that year.

Traditional Tumbling & Non-Tumbling  Categories

Age Divisions

  • Senior:  18yrs and under

  • Junior:  14yrs and under

  • Youth:  12yrs and under

  • Mini:  8yrs and under

  • All-Star crossover (no more than 3 USASF registered athletes can be registered on a team

  • Middle School

  • High School JV

Game Day & Stomp Categories

Age Divisions

  • 5 - 18 yrs

  • Middle School

  • High School JV

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.

Rubric and scoresheets for Traditional, Game Day & Stomp have been updated as of 02/20/2021. 

Qualifying for WIAA High School State Championships

To qualify for the WIAA High School State Cheerleading Championships:

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

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

  3. 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...

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

Once qualified, refer to the WIAA Bound for State Regulations for event information.

WSCCA Championships
  • The squad must be non-school affiliated teams that are attached to a bona fide City Parks Department, Boys & Girls Club, Pop Warner program, recreational association or youth sports program.

  • Recreational squads MUST NOT be formed solely for the purpose of competition. Recreational programs must include a sideline squad that cheers for an organized sport.  A letter of affiliation is required on letterhead from the overseeing director of their league (City administration, Pop Warner, YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Junior Football League, etc.) that proves the legitimacy of the organization.

  • Affiliated High School JV, Middle School or Junior High teams. 

 

Qualification is not required for teams to compete in the WSCCA Championships.

For more event information visit our Championships page!