- Thanks for joining us! See you next year on January 25th!
- Have you wondered how teams are judged? See our informational video on our Links Page.
- Check out the new 2012-2013 NFHS Rules on our Links page.
Thanks for attending our 2013 event. Join us next year on January 25, 2014 for GRC!
Greater Rochester Cheerleading and Dance Championships
Elite 8, Individual Winners, Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to our Elite 8, Individual Winners and Scholarship Winners!
Gates Chili Varsity
Greece Arcadia JV
Greece Athena Varsity
Penfield Dance Team
Senior Individual/Junior Individual
Julie Caruso (Sr) Gates Chili
Gina Ceneviva (Jr) Avon
Ashley Elliot, LeRoy (GRC Memorial Scholarship)
Kathleen "KC" Wolf, Spencerport (Sister Marlene McQueeney Memorial Scholarship)
Final Results for 2013
January 27, 2013
Congratulations to all of the teams who competed yesterday! Our results can be found on our Handouts page!
Response to a Parent's Letter
This is in response to an email that we received and thought it was important to share our response.
I want to thank you for your letter. We know how hard all of the teams work to ready themselves for any competition. We are honored that teams choose our competition to attend. We train our judges prior to the competition at a separate meeting in November and actually discussed in detail this year that judges leave their biases of teams at the doors, to come in accepting each teams routine with a clean slate, even if they have had the opportunity to judge the team in the past or in this competition season. In order for a judge to be chosen to participate at GRC, they must have a credentialed background in cheerleading/coaching. If they are not up to the task, they are not accepted to judge or are not asked to participate in the following year.
It is difficult for spectators to understand and appreciate what goes into scoring teams. At Greater Rochester, we have a panel of 5 judges. I am attaching our score sheets so you can see all of the areas they judge upon. The lowest score of the panel is thrown out, so a team can receive a total of 360 as their top score. The stunting category is only 10 points of each panel judge's score. So out of that 360, you have 40 points allocated to stunts. If you have a team who does many stunts in a variety of ways and does miss some of their stunts, they will lose points from the panel. But the panel must also be cognizant of the multiple times they stunt, the overall technique and something else at our competition, the difficulty of the stunts (multiple body positions, inversions, dismounts). Judges must assess the other categories separately on the score sheet. They cannot let any one category influence how they score the other categories. They must take into account each part of a team's routine, not just the stunting. So a team may receive higher scores in all of the other categories, as our scoring process allows for the holistic look at their routine giving them credit for the other areas in technique and difficulty in their performance.
Another set of judges has the responsibility of assessing deductions on falls, bobbles, transition difficulties, etc. They are the point deduction judges. We have a set of Requirements/Criteria judges that look to be sure a team has met the requirements of the level they have chosen to compete within (Novice, Intermediate or Advanced). Lastly, we have three Safety/Violations judges that look at whether the team is following the National Federation of High School Sports Guidelines/Rules for Cheerleading. They are trained specifically in that area and assess deductions to teams who violate rules of that governing body.
We know how difficult it is as a spectator and more importantly a parent, to watch a routine and think that because something goes wrong with the routine, the team is immediately out of placement. But, there are so many things that go into that score that produce the placements of the teams in each division. We appreciate you taking the time to contact us. It is extremely important that we hear the kudos to our competition and also the concerns. It is the only way we can make the experience for the teams the best it can possibly be. Our committee takes this job seriously and I will share your concerns with not only our committee, but the judges who participated yesterday. Thank you on behalf of all the committee members and the judges for taking the time to express those concerns.
Sign Our Guestbook!
Look on the right hand side of this page under our logo and our web address, you will find our Guest Book. Click on it and leave us a message! We would love to hear from you!
Paper Moon Productions Official Videographers of GRC!
GRC welcomes Paper Moon Productions as our official videographer for the 36th anniversary event. Click to download the order form. DVD's will be available at the event or full event DVD's can be ordered and mailed. Find the ordering information on the HANDOUTS page.
Magic Moments Photography for Competition action shots
Be sure to visit Magic Moments Photography for your team photos and action shots from our official team and action photographers at Magic Moments Photography
Our Warm Up Area is National Federation Approved!
November 11, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 14, 2011) — The new high school spirit rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee at its January 8-10 meeting minimize the risk potential created by certain performance surfaces, props or stunts. The changes, which were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors, will take effect with the 2011-12 school year.
One of the most significant changes deals with allowable stunts on a basketball court or track. Changes to Rules 2-6-7, 2-9-7 and 2-10-2 require that any airborne twisting tumbling skills, basket tosses, elevator tosses or similar multi-base tosses and twisting dismounts take place only on grass (real or artificial) or a mat.
Similarly, twisting during quick/load-in tosses is restricted to grass (real or artificial) or a mat per changes made to Rule 2-10-7.
GREATER ROCHESTER CHEERLEADING AND DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS' WARM UP AREA IS THE TURF FLOOR THAT IS USED FOR THE ROCHESTER KNIGHTHAWKS PROFESSIONAL LACROSSE TEAM!
Did you ever wonder how teams are evaluated at GRC?
Check out the link to our informational video on our links page!
Over 30,000 cheerleaders, both boys and girls, have competed over the past three decades at the annual late-January Championship, which includes a Senior Individual Competition (initiated in 1982), where 12th graders display their talent separate from their squad performances. In 1990, the Sister Marlene McQueeney Memorial Scholarship was instituted for a graduating senior cheerleader with at least a 3.50 GPA.
Val Snelgrove (Greece Olympia H.S. coach) and Debbie Smith (Edison Tech coach) began the Championship in 1978 under the name of The Monroe County Cheerleading Championship, with 30 squads (350 individuals) competing at Greece Athena. Cheryl Johnson (Greece Olympia JV coach) replaced Smith as co-Director in 1984; and, because of the need for more space (50 squads a year competing), the event was moved to SUNY Brockport in 1988 and renamed The Greater Rochester Cheerleading Championship.
In 1990, due to overflow numbers of competitors and spectators, the Championship moved to its present location at Blue Cross Arena (then known as the Rochester War Memorial). On its 15th annniversary in 1992, the event honored Bishop Kearney H.S. as its "Team of the Decade" for its many Championship successes. The 1994 competition was the Championship's first year with over 1000 cheerleaders and included 70 squads, 90 Senior Individual Competitors, and a most-gratifying 2,600 spectators.
We've continued to grow and evolve into a nationally recognized competition. We expect to have over 1,800 cheerleaders and dancers this year as well as close to 5,000 spectators!
Cheryl Johnson - Co-Director
Val Snelgrove - Co-Director
Do You Need a Second Set of Eyes to Look at Your Routine or help with your tryouts?
Liberty Cheer has a staff of professionals (judges and former coaches) who can look at your routine and give help in the area of transitions, choreography, stunting and safety. Give us a call and we will set an appointment to come to your practice. We can help judge your tryouts!
One hour - $35.00
Two hours -$50.00
Three hours - $65.00
Plus gas mileage will be figured round trip per cost of gasoline on that day. You will be informed of total fees prior to the practice. Fees are due at time of service. Checks can be made out to the consultant or cash may be rendered.
Contact us at 585-225-2388 or email email@example.com
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