Elementary Cheerleaders

The various elementary cheerleader squads throughout the district were organized into a formal program by the OESDP in 2006, lending credibility, organization, and structure to the cheerleaders’ efforts.  Most of the teams in the Elementary Basketball League have a talented, enthusiastic cheerleader squad that gives the rallying call at each basketball game, delighting spectators with their energy and team spirit. The cheerleaders are able to display their unique talents in a competitive forum at the annual Elementary Cheerleaders Program Competition. Competition is always stiff at this event in which teams and individuals compete for trophies and the opportunity to be honored at the Elementary Basketball League/Cheerleaders Competition Championship Banquet.

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General Rules:

  • Performance Routine Divisions
      1. Lower Division (Grades 3-5)
        1. Any athlete that is in second grade or below will not be permitted to perform
        2. If the team is majority grades 3-5 and there is one student that is in grades 6-8, the team would be considered Upper.
      2. Upper Division (Grades 3-8)
        1. No high school athletes are permitted to perform with the team
        2. If the team is majority grades 3-5 and there is one student that is in grades 6-8, the team would be considered Upper.


All teams must follow USASF Cheer Safety Rules based on the designated team skill level.

Lower Divisions

  • Beginner (USASF Level 1) – (5-30 members)
  • Intermediate (USASF Level 2) – (5-30 members)
  • Advanced (USASF Level 3) – (5-30 members)

Upper Divisions

  • Beginner (USASF Level 1) – (5-30 members)
  • Intermediate (USASF Level 2) – (5-30 members)
  • Advanced (USASF Level 3) – (5-30 members)


Teams are more than welcome to perform an exhibition performance, which will give teams exposure, but will not be counted in competition rankings.

  • School/Club Representation and Team Participation
        1. All members of the cheerleading squad must be current members of the official school spirit squad.
        2. Squad members must attend the school they’re assigned to. EXCEPTION: Students who attend a Newark school that does not have a cheer team are welcome to be apart of a Newark Public School team.
        3. Individuals are NOT permitted to compete on two School Teams,
        4. Teams may participate in more than one competition during the season.
        5. The team and each participating member/coach should constantly display good sportsmanship throughout the entire performance in regards to respect for themselves, other teams and the viewing audience of all ages. Teams should refrain from any taunting, bragging, or suggestive expressions or gestures as well as discrimination of any nature.
        6. We recommend that the team and each of its members display an overall appearance conducive to serving as public representatives and ambassadors of their school in regards to grooming, traditional and appropriate attire, conservative make-up, uniformity, etc.
  • Uniform Guidelines
        1. All participant uniforms must cover the midriff when standing at attention. Covered midriff does include flesh or nude colored body suits and liners; however, fringe would not count as a cover.
        2. Any team in violation of the uniform guidelines will be assessed a five (5) point deduction.
  • Time Limitations
        1. Each performance routine presentation must include at least one cheer or sideline chant. The musical portion must not exceed one minute and thirty seconds. Total time limit is two minutes and thirty seconds. Timing will begin with the first movement, voice, or note of music, whichever comes first.
        2. Each performance should consist of a Cheer and Music. The total performance time is 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
        3. If a team exceeds the time limit, a three (3) point penalty will be assessed.
        4. Acknowledging the potential variance caused by human reaction speed and sound system time variations, judges will not issue a deduction until 3 seconds over the allowed time.
        5. Because penalties are severe, it is recommended that all teams time their performance several times prior to competition and leave a several second cushion to allow for variations in sound equipment.
        6. Introductions
          • All introductions (tumbling, entrances, chants, spellouts, etc.) are considered part of the routine and will be timed as part of the performance.
          • All team breaks, rituals and traditions need to take place prior to entering the mat.
          • Teams should take the floor immediately with spirit and enthusiasm, but without excessive gestures. Example: chest bumps, hugs, handshakes, etc.
          • All teams should refrain from any type of excessive celebration following the team’s performance. Any team in violation will receive a ONE point deduction.
          • There should not be any organized exits or other activities after the official ending of the routine.
  • Music
        1. I have read and understand the USA Cheer Music Copyrights Educational Initiative and all sound recordings used in our team’s music shall only be used with written license from the owners(s) of the sound recordings.
        2. These guidelines are as of June 16, 2016. For the most up to date music information, visit http://varsity.com/music. If you have any questions, cheer teams should email info@nullusacheer.net.
        3. Teams must be able to provide proof of licensing upon request. If a team does not have proof of music licensing available, they will be allowed to perform to an optional approved track of music or a track with counts (Provided by Spirit VIbe Productions). If a team cannot provide proof of licensing, and do not perform to an optional approved track of music or to counts, the team will only be allowed to perform a cheer and will not score full points.
  • Competition Performance Area
        1. Participants must start in the competition area with at least one foot on the ground.
        2. Teams may line up anywhere inside the competition area.
        3. The NPS Competition complies with the NFHS & AACCA surface ruling that school based programs may not compete on a spring floor.
        4. Approximate floor size will be 54 feet wide by 42 feet deep (9 strips).
        5. BOUNDARY FOR THE NHSCC – Any team member stepping outside or touching outside the performance area will cause the squad to receive a .5 penalty per occurrence.
          1. A penalty will be assessed when any ONE full hand, foot or body part touches outside of the performance surface.
        6. Signs or props may be placed or dropped outside the competition area by a team member who must remain inside the competition area. A ONE (1) point penalty will be assessed for signs or props that are thrown outside the competition area at the NHSCC.
        7. All team mascots, props, center markers, etc. are prohibited. We will have the center marked on all performance surfaces
  • Spotter Policy

In an effort to promote a higher level of safety for competing athletes, additional spotters will be provided by Candy Elite All-Stars. School cheer programs do not always have a large number of staff and coaches available to spot routines. To ensure that the safety of participants is not compromised due to limited number of team provided spotters, additional spotters will be provided.


  1. NPS Competition provided additional spotters will be mandatory on the competition floor.

Definition of Additional Spotter:

Individuals on the competition floor provided as a safety precaution to spot certain elements of a routine. Competition provided additional spotters will follow the listed guidelines.

Additional Spotters:

  1. Should only be used during the stunt, pyramid, and/or basket toss sections. Additional spotters are present for added safety and should stand at the back of the floor when not spotting those sections.
  2. Should not touch, assist, or save skills being performed. Additional spotters should only be used to prevent a fall to the competition floor.
  3. Should be dressed so that they are presentable, professional, and distinguishable from the performing athletes.

  • Interruption of Performance
  • Unforeseen Circumstances
        1. If, in the opinion of the competition officials, a team’s routine is interrupted because of failure of the competition equipment, facilities, or other factors attributable to the competition rather than the team, the team affected should STOP the routine.
        2. The team will perform the routine again in its entirety, but will be evaluated ONLY from the point where the interruption occurred. The degree and effect of the interruption will be determined by the competition officials.
  • Fault of Team
        1. In the event a team’s routine is interrupted because of failure of the team’s own equipment, the team must either continue the routine or withdraw from the competition.
        2. The competition officials will determine if the team will be allowed to perform at a later time. If decided by officials, the team will perform the routine again in its entirety, but will be evaluated ONLY from the point where the interruption occurred.
  • Injury
        1. The only persons that may stop a routine for injury are:  a) competition officials, b) the advisor / coach from the team performing or c) an injured individual.
        2. The competition officials will determine if the team will be allowed to perform at a later time. If the competition officials allow a routine to be performed at a later time, the spot in the schedule where the re-performance is to take place is at the sole discretion of competition officials. The team must perform the routine again in its entirety, but will be evaluated ONLY from the point where the interruption occurred.
        3. The injured participant that wishes to perform may not return to the competition floor unless:
          1. The competition officials receive clearance from, first, the medical personnel attending to that participant, the parent (if present) AND THEN the head coach/advisor of the competing team.
          2. If the medical personnel do not clear the participant, the participant can only return to the competition if a parent or legal guardian in attendance signs a return to participation waiver.
          3. Any athlete who exhibits signs or symptoms consistent with concussion should be removed from the activity at that time and should not be allowed to return to activity that day. The athlete should not return to activity on a subsequent day until evaluated by and receives written clearance for such participation from a qualified physician (MD or DO specifically trained in concussion management)

  • How To Handle Procedural Questions
  • Rules & Procedures

Any questions concerning the rules or procedures of the competition will be handled exclusively by the advisor / coach of the team and will be directed to the Cheerleading Coordinator. Such questions should be made prior to the team’s competition performance.

  • Performance

Any questions concerning the team’s performance should be made to the Competition Director immediately after the team’s performance and/or following the outcome of the competition.

  • Music

Any questions concerning a specific violation in music compliance must be submitted in writing to the Competition Director immediately following the team’s performance.

  • Interpretations and/or Rulings

Any interpretation of these Rules and Regulations or any decision involving any other aspect of the competition will be rendered by the Rules Committee. The Rules Committee will render a judgment in an effort to ensure that the competition proceeds in a manner consistent with the general spirit and goals of the competition. The Rules Committee will consist of the Cheerleading Coordinator and directors of Candy Elite All-Stars.

  • Sportsmanship

All participants agree to conduct themselves in a manner displaying good sportsmanship throughout the competition with positive presentation upon entry and exit from the performance area as well as throughout the routine. The advisor and coach of each team is responsible for seeing that team members, coaches, parents and other persons affiliated with the team conduct themselves accordingly. Severe cases of unsportsmanlike conduct are grounds for disqualification.

  • Safety Violations

Any team in violation of these Rules and Regulations or any of the above mentioned guidelines will be assessed a ten point (10) deduction for each violation. This deduction does not apply to violations mentioned above that are designated a lesser point value.

  • Disqualification

Any team that does not adhere to the terms and procedures of these “Rules and Regulations” will be subject to disqualification from the competition, will automatically forfeit any right to any prizes or awards presented by the competition.

  • Finality of Decisions

By participating in this competition, each team agrees that the decisions by the judges will be final and results may ONLY be reviewed for clarification. Each team acknowledges the necessity for the judges to make prompt and fair decisions in this competition and each team therefore expressly waives any legal, equitable, administrative or procedural review of such decisions.

  • Scores & Rankings

Individual score sheets are for the exclusive use of each particular judge. Each judge has the responsibility and authority to review and submit his or her final scores and rankings prior to the final tally of the scores for all teams. Scores and rankings will be available only to coaches at the conclusion of the competition.

  • Awards & Prize
      1. All participants will receive a participation medal for performance
      2. First Place, First Runner-Up participants will receive individual trophies and a team trophy
      3. Third place teams will receive a team trophy.
  • Judging Criteria
      1. Competing Routines
      2. Exhibition
        • Judges will score the performance just like competition routines.
        • Scores will be tallied but will not place the team in rankings
  • Judging Panels
      1. Cheer Judge – The Cheer Judge is responsible for scoring all elements in the cheer portion of the routine.
      2. Building Judge – The Building Judge is responsible for scoring all elements of stunting throughout the entire routine.
      3. Choreography Judge – The Choreography Judge is responsible for scoring the overall technique of tumbling, jumps, dance, and routine composition.
      4. Safety Judge – The Safety Judge is responsible for point deduction
  • Safety Rules

Rules fall under AACCA & USASF. Go to www.CHEERRULES.comwww.USASFRULES.com for

level-specific rules and guidelines.

For any clarification or interpretation of the above safety guidelines please email Mark Tonsul at MarkTonsul@nullCandyEliteAllStars.com