NFHS Rule Changes 2018-2019

You may use http://ghsacheerleading.com/?page_id=9 and www.cheerrules.org for more video references of legal and illegal stunts. Please note that High to High and High to Low Releases are legal with AACCA but are not legal for NFHS. Teams liability insurance only covers NFHS rules in NYS.

3-3-2 - LEGAL - While this meets the NFHS definition of an extended stunt, we will be taking into account the "Lowest point of support". If the lowest point of support is below the top of the bases head, it will NOT be considered an EXTENDED stunt. For Video example see #252, #253, & #254 at http://ghsacheerleading.com/?page_id=9


 

3-3-5 - LEGAL - Please note the 2 changes in this section 3-3-5(b) and 3-3-5(g) that requires 3 people must be involved with the toss and catch of the top person and the new catchers must be in place and not involved with any other skill.


 

3-3-6(b) - LEGAL - No longer requires a base or spotter to be in a position to protect the head/neck of flyer.


3-3-6(b) - LEGAL - No longer requires a base or spotter to be in a position to protect the head/neck of flyer. The definition of suspended roll no longer requires the bases to be upright, which allows for the base laying on the ground.


 

3-3-6(b) - LEGAL - No longer requires a base or spotter to be in a position to protect the head/neck of flyer. They could also perform this without the hands to hands contact as upper body contact is also no longer required. The definition of suspended roll no longer requires the bases to be upright, which allows for the base laying on the ground.


 

3-3-6(b) - LEGAL - No longer requires a base or spotter to be in a position to protect the head/neck of flyer. They could also perform this without the hands to hands contact as upper body contact is also no longer required.


 

3-3-6(b) - LEGAL - Last year the second cartwheel was illegal. Now legal because it no longer requires a base or spotter to be in a position to protect the head/neck of flyer.


 

3-3-6(b) - LEGAL - Upper body contact is no longer required.


 

3-3-6(c) - LEGAL - Suspended rolls no longer require 2 hands of contact.


 

3-5-5 - LEGAL - Braced releases to new catchers is now allowed.

NFHS Definitions Clarifications

To help everyone understand the differences between Braced Flips, Braced Rolls, and Suspended Rolls here are some video examples of each below. Click on each link to view. DO NOT PAY ATTENTION TO THE TITLES OF THE YOUTUBE VIDEOS AS SOME ARE LABELED INCORRECTLY. 

Braced Flip Ex 1

Braced Flip Ex 2

Braced Flip Ex 3

Braced Flip Ex 4

Braced Flip Ex 5

Braced Flip Ex 6

Braced Roll Ex 1

Braced Roll Ex 2

Suspended Roll Ex 1

Suspended Roll Ex 2

Suspended Roll Ex 3

NYSCJA Safety Reporting

NYSCJA Rules Infraction Reporting Form

  • Safety judges are required to report all warnings and safety infractions within 3 days of the competition.
  • Only Violations and warnings that actually occurred during the performance need to be reported. Warnings/violations given in the warm-up area are for the benefit of the individual team so they have the opportunity to avoid the deduction on the mat.
  • All submitted infractions and warnings can be found on the NYSCJA Judges and NYSPHSAA Committee Only page

Safety Rulings

Submission for Safety Rulings - Chain of Command

Coaches

  • It is the responsibility of all coaches to read, know, and understand the information presented in the NFHS Spirit Rules Book.

  • All safety questions should be sent directly to the Local Chapter Rules Interpreter (See Section Rules Interpreter Contact Sheet)

    • If your local chapter does not have an assigned Rules Interpreter questions should be sent directly to the State Rules Interpreter. Email: rulesinterpreter.nyscja@gmail.com

  • Before you contact a rules interpreter for a legality question, please check the NYSCJA Safety Web page for all current rulings.

  • In most cases, questions about legality should be accompanied by a Video

  • In the Videos,

    • Athletes should be in practice clothes that do not identify their school and be sure not to have any identifying features in the background of the video to the school or section.

    • Videos should be filmed on a smartphone, horizontally for HD clarity

    • Coaches should not involve any athletes in the video who are not allowed to have their images published on the internet via the school’s FERPA list. It is the coach's responsibility to make sure these requirements are met.

    • Please indicate if you approve your video being put on the state website.

  • If your team gets a violation at a competition and the coach does not know how to resolve the issue it is their responsibility to contact their local chapter rules interpreter for clarification. A video may be required for a final ruling.

  • If your team gets a warning at a competition, it is the coach’s responsibility to check into the issue and contact their section local chapter rules interpreter to get a ruling, if necessary.

 

Local Chapter Rules Interpreters

  • It is the responsibility of all local rules interpreters to read, know, and understand the information presented in the NFHS Spirit Rules Book.

  • If you cannot make a ruling with 100% confidence you should forward to the State Rules Interpreter. Email: rulesinterpreter.nyscja@gmail.com

  • If you make a ruling, please forward that video & ruling to the state rules interpreter to be published on the state webpage. Please note whether the coach has approved the video to be published and all participants are eligible for public posting of their image.

  • It is your responsibility to check the state reporting site each week to make sure your assigned safety judges have posted their violations/warnings from competitions within 3 days and contact them if they have not reported. If a safety judge is not consistently reporting, please contact the state rules interpreter.


Safety Judges

  • It is the responsibility of all safety judges to read, know, and understand the information presented in the NFHS Spirit Rules Book.

  • All safety questions should be sent directly to the Local Chapter Rules Interpreter (See Local Chapter Rules Interpreter Contact Sheet)

    • If your local chapter does not have an assigned Rules Interpreter questions should be sent directly to the State Rules Interpreter.

  • It is your responsibility to submit all warnings and violations to the NYSCJA Safety Submission Webpage within 3 days of a competition. Any judges who do not report on a regular basis could be removed from safety judging.
  • As NFHS leaves some discretion and interpretation up to the states you may only contact your local rules interpreter or the state rules interpreter. You may not contact NFHS, AACCA, or any other individual for rulings or interpretations.   

 

Public State Safety Rulings & Videos

Submitted Videos that have been approved for public viewing by the coach will be posted here.

3.3.6(c) - Legal - This stunt meets all of the requirements of 3.3.6(c) - https://youtu.be/_z9tJosPXMo

3.5.5 - Legal - Both braced release transitions meet the requirements of 3.5.5. The quarter turn release is specifically allowed by 3.5.5(e) - https://youtu.be/ChCl-Juiims

Clarification: The only skills that require a mat are

  • 3.4.11 single based one arm extended stunts
  • 3.5.3(a) a toss
  • 3.8.6 airborne twisting tumbling

Clarification: Although they are commonly referred to at "Front Spots" this individual does not meet the definition of a spotter. They are actually a base. Therefore, the rules that restrict what a spotter can/can't do while stunting do not apply to this individual.  

For many video examples of Legal and Illegal Stunts go to Cheerrules.org

Cheer Hair

Inappropriate Hair (violation) - although the hair is pulled off of the athletes face her hair is so long that it will get in the way of stunting

 


Warning - beware that hair secured high on the athletes head have a tendency to flip over into the eyes of the athlete, which would warrant a violation

 


Appropriate Hair - the hair is secured out of the face and the rest is shoulder length or shorter