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Using the NFHS Spirit Rules Book. REMEMBER ALL provisions of the NHFS rules book apply to ALL spirit activities – practices, performances, games, competition. CONTENTS Rules Changes for 2014-15 Table of Contents Philosophy of Spirit RULE 1 – Definitions RULE 2 – Cheerleading

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using the nfhs spirit rules book
Using the NFHS Spirit Rules Book
  • REMEMBER
  • ALL provisions of the NHFS rules book apply to ALL spirit activities – practices, performances, games, competition.
  • CONTENTS
  • Rules Changes for 2014-15
  • Table of Contents
  • Philosophy of Spirit
    • RULE 1 – Definitions
    • RULE 2 – Cheerleading
    • RULE 3 – Dance/Drill/Pom
    • Situation Rulings follow each section of Rules 2 & 3.
  • Pictures
  • Points of Emphasis
  • Comments
  • Comments on the Rules
  • Appendices
  • Index
  • Rule Reference Format
  • 2-1-3:2 = Rule # 1 = Section # 3 = Article #
  • (Situation/Rulings format: 2.1.3)

Thank you to Diane Wolf and the Idaho Association for permission to use this information.

using the nfhs spirit rules book1
Using the NFHS Spirit Rules Book

Rule 1 – Definitions Pg. 7

  • RULE 1 contains terms that are specifically defined for use elsewhere in the rules book. If you don’t know what a term is in “NFHS-speak”, how can you understand the rule? Don’t overlook Rule 1!
  • RULE 2 applies primarily to cheer teams and to dance/drill & pom teams who perform partner stunts, tosses and tumbling.
  • Sections 1-General and 2-Sportsmanship apply to ALL spirit teams.
  • Section 3-Apparel/Accessories applies only to cheer teams.

Rule 3 – Dance/Drill/Pom Risk Management Pg. 30

  • RULE 3 applies primarily to dance/drill & pom teams and to cheer teams who stand/perform on props (e.g. boxes).
  • Section 1-Apparel/Accessories applies only to dance/drill/pom teams. Section 6-Assisted Inverted Floor Skills applies to ALL spirit teams.

Rule 2 – General Risk Management Pg. 10

book corrections
Book Corrections

Page 19 2.5.2 SITUATION B

A participant in a handstand on the performing surface: (b) (c) hooks her legs over the shoulders of a base and transitions to a shoulder sit without assistance. RULING is correct.

Page 19 2.5.2 SITUATION C

Participants execute chorus line flips in which: (b) (a) two performers lean…” RULING is correct.

Page 35 3.4.2 SITUATION

A top person executes a forward suspended roll to the floor from a prop. She is assisted by: RULING: (b) legal (b and (c) legal.

2014 15 major editorial changes
2014-15 Major Editorial Changes

RULE 1 – NEW & REVISED DEFINITIONS

  • Foldover Stunt: (New) “Inverted stunt in which top person bends at the waist and is caught on her/his back by multiple catchers while both of the top person’s ankles/feet remain in the grip of the base(s).” (e.g. yo-yo, pancake”, etc.)
  • Lift: (New) Dance term added to Stunt/Partner Stunt.
  • Roll: (Old Forward/Backward Roll) Now “hipover head”.
  • Suspended Roll: (Narrows the definition) Adds “uprightbase(s) or post(s)”.
  • Tumbling: (Narrows the definition) Adds “begins and ends on the performing surface”.
2014 15 major editorial changes1
2014-15 Major Editorial Changes

RULE 2

  • 2-4-5; 2-4-6SPOTTINGAdded “In stunts that require a spotter, a spotter must:” (Clarifies that spotting rules don’t apply to stunts that don’t require a spotter.)
  • SEC 5 INVERSIONS Revised Article 2; Suspended Rolls incorporated into Article 2; Braced Flips are now in Article 3.
  • 2-7-4HELICOPTERS; 2-7-5LOG ROLLS Removed NOTES that stated these stunts were exceptions to other rules. (No longer necessary)
  • 2-7-5 LOG ROLLS Added “and the top person is not in contact with another released top person”. (Clarifies that a top person in a log roll can be in contact with a bracer.)
  • 2-9-1DISMOUNTS Exception added to clarify that bases can make a quarter turn to catch a cradle; 2-9-8 clarifies that 1 ¼ twists to cradle are allowed, no matter which direction they begin.
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