What is Recreation Cheerleading?

The Washington Recreational Cheer Programs 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.



The purpose of recreational cheer is to provide the entire youth community interested in a positive cheer experience at an appropriate level. It is expected that recreational cheer programs will offer participants the opportunity to have fun while increasing their physical fitness, learning new cheerleading skills, and learning teamwork, fair play, leadership, sportsmanship, time-management skills, cooperation, trust, and regard for others.



The WSCCA Competition Divisions for Rec State 2020 are as follows:


  • Mini - Age 8 and under

  • Mini Non-Tumbling - Age 8 and under

  • Youth - Age 12 and under

  • Youth Non-Tumbling - Age 12 and under

  • Junior - Age 14 and under

  • Junior Non-Tumbling - Age 14 and under

  • Senior - Age 18 and under

  • Senior Non-Tumbling - Age 18 and under

  • Game Day - Age 18 and under 

  • Stomp - Age 18 and under

  • All-Star Crossover (3 or more USASF-registered athletes on the team) - Age 18 and under


An athlete's age for the 2019-2020 season is determined by their age on August 31, 2019.

The WSCCA Rec division follows the NFHS rules and uses the Washington High School score sheets by WSCJA. Competition routines 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). No crossovers are allowed during competition and a maximum of 32 athletes may compete on the floor at one time.  

All recreational teams will need to provide a letter, on letterhead, from the overseeing director of their league (City administration, Pop Warner, YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Junior Football League, etc.) that proves legitimacy of the organization.


Hi, my name is Anne Christiansen and I am your Recreational Cheer Director. Currently I am the head coach for Eastside Dream Elite cheerleading recreational program offered through the Bellevue Parks & Community Services Department. I coach five teams with Eastside Dream Elite including a Cheer Ability squad for people with developmental disabilities. 

When I'm not coaching cheerleading, I'm a stay-at-home mom to twin boys, Cory and Derek.  My husband and I enjoy traveling in our free time.

I'm passionate about recreational cheer. I'm happy to be able to work with the many fantastic rec coaches in the state as we continue to promote the growth of rec cheer in Washington.

  • 2009 WSCJA Veteran Judge of the Year

  • 2010 WSCCA Rec Coach of the Year

  • 2015 WSCCA Rec Coach of the Year

  • 2015 WSCCA Rec Program of the Year

  • 2017 WSCCA Hall of Fame Inductee 

Competition Basics



Competition season generally starts in mid-November and goes through January or February. Most competitions in our area offer rec divisions, and if they don't, competition directors are usually open to adding a rec division if requested. You can find a list of upcoming competitions on our competitions page.


The WSCCA Rec division follows the NFHS rules for cheerleading and uses the high school score sheets. If you don’t have a rules book you can get one at www.nfhs.com.


Please make sure you become very familiar with the score sheets and you design your routine so as to maximize points. The score sheets are the same as the high school score sheets and can be found at the Washington State Cheer Judges Association website, www.wscja.com.


The format for rec routines generally looks like the high school competition routines. Routines need to include both cheer and music portions. The music portion cannot exceed 1:30 and the total time cannot exceed 2:30.