2014 NDCCA Winter Cheer Competition
March 22, 2014
Bismarck HS, Bismarck, ND
Deadline to register is March 1, 2014.
Late registrations will be accepted with a $50 late fee.
Remember to include the following which are available to download from the Forms page:
- All Around Cheerleader Challenge Registration,
- Jumpers for the Jump-Off Registration,
- Stunt Group Registration,
- Cheerleader Competition Registration,
- Competition Clothing Order, and
- A Medical and Liability Release for each participant.
After you register, there will be a registration packet e-mailed to you. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail. Contact information is located at the bottom of this page.
Welcome to the NDCCA Cheerleading Competition. This competition was started by the NDCCA with the hope of giving North Dakota cheerleaders a place to showcase their abilities and to perform in front of a crowd assembled specifically for them. Cheerleaders give so much of themselves to their school, team, and community that the NDCCA wanted to provide a forum where CHEERLEADERS would be the focus of the attention and appreciated for all the hard work they have done throughout their cheering season.
Part of the NDCCA’s philosophy is to provide support and education for high school cheerleaders. The competition is meant to serve as a “classroom”, where cheerleaders and coaches can watch other teams from North Dakota to grow and learn. The competition has definitely reached its goal and has seen dramatic growth and evolvement since its formation. Congratulations to all the competitors at the competition, for a job well done. NDCCA is excited and anxious to watch and learn from your team at this competition. Good luck!
NDCCA Competition Rules
- Competition Apparel & Accessories
- Videos & Pictures
- Practice Room
- Performance Requirements
- Penalties & Deductions
- Stunt Legalities
- Jump Off Rules
- Partner Stunt Off Competition Rules
- All Around Cheer Challenge Rules
- Verification of Scores
A Medical Form is required for all participants in the cheer competition. NO ONE MAY PARTICIPATE IN ANY EVENT WITHOUT A COMPLETED MEDICAL FORM. The Medical Form may be mailed in before the competition or handed in at the time of registration at the Competition site.
All competition forms are available on the Forms page under the NDCCA Competition heading.
The competition will begin at 11:00 AM CST. Doors will be open to the public at 10:30 AM. Spectators will not be allowed to enter or exit during performances.
All spectators will pay $8.00 (adult) and $5.00 (student) admission. Cash Only.
The official competition apparel and accessories will be available soon!
On-site orders will be taken for an additional $5 shipping/handling charge per item. Coaches should check their pre-ordered merchandise at the competition as soon as possible for correctness. If a mistake is found, let the person at the merchandise table know as soon as possible—a few extra items are ordered, and they may be able to fill in the shortage/mistake. If that is not possible, the correct merchandise will be mailed to the team at no charge for postage. When coaches receive their on-site orders after the competition, they need to check them right away for correctness. They will have 2 weeks after the order is sent to them to report errors. After that time, the order will be considered correct and closed.
FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY PROHIBITED (with the exception of the NDCCA-designated photographer and videographer) — PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU INFORM YOUR PARENTS!! A professional video of the entire competition will be made available and orders will be taken throughout the day of the competition. There will also be action shots of each team performing available for sale the day of the competition.
Coaches, be ethical, DO NOT buy one video and copy it!
A practice area with mats will be available to teams before and during the competition. Please be courteous to other teams and take turns using the main portion of the mat.
At check-in time, name badges will be issued to those coaches/people listed on the registration form. ONLY THOSE PEOPLE WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE PRACTICE AREA. Names listed on the registration form MUST be members of NDCCA.
If the coach of a cheer team is a North Dakota certified cheer coach and belongs to NDCCA, their team may enter the NDCCA Cheer competitions.
Members of the competing cheerteams must be bona fide cheerleaders in that cheer season—for example Fall Competition competitors must cheer for fall sports, and Winter Competition competitors must cheer for a winter sport. An administrator of the competing school will verify this on the registration form. A team may move up JV cheerleaders onto a competing Varsity team, as long as that JV cheerleader is also cheering in that competition season.
*Appropriate Music: There has been some concern lately that some teams are using music that is objectionable. Please make sure that the music your team selects is appropriate. The performance judges may deduct points in overall impression for inappropriate/objectionable music.
Each team will perform a choreographed routine up to 2 minutes, 30 seconds in length. Up to 1 minute, 30 seconds of the routine may be performed to music. Timing will begin with the first movement by the cheer team after their team has been called to perform. Your team will be called twice: once when you are on deck and once as the next team to perform, which will be your cue to take your positions on the performance mat. “Spiriting” on to the mat is not permitted, but you may spirit off the floor at the end of the performance. It is important for your cheer team to be in place and ready to perform immediately after being called a second time. Cheer teams should be lined up and ready to go before the team performing in front of them takes their place on the performance mat.
Nails, piercings, jewelry, etc. will be checked for National Federation Rule violations while the team is in line or on deck before BOTH their practice and perform times. If a cheerleader is removing her jewelry, piercings, or is clipping her nails while in line or on deck, it will be an infraction. If a violation is found, there will be a 10 point deduction per infraction given to the team, just as a 10 point deduction is given for any other NF Spirit Rule violation. If a violation is found in the stunt-off portion of the competition, that stunt group will be disqualified.
Regular cheer team uniforms are to be worn during the competition. This includes the Stunt Group division and all other parts of the competition. If there is a uniform violation, the person/ group will not be allowed to compete. Mascots must be in complete mascot uniform during the performance and must not remove any portion of their costume. The only props that will be allowed are megaphones, poms, signs, and flags.
Words to cheers and chants that are learned at camps may be used. You may include a dance move or new action that you learned at camp, just not the entire cheer or dance. If you use the words, you can’t use the motions; if you use the motions, you can’t use the words. Try to be original—it’s more entertaining that way!
A team may not use the same competition routine in 2 consecutive competitions. For example, if they use a routine in the Fall competition, they may not use the same one for the subsequent Winter competition; if a team uses a routine in the Winter competition, they may not use the same one in the next Fall’s subsequent competition. If an infraction is suspected, the judge coordinator must be contacted as soon as the infraction is suspected. The only people that can challenge a routine is a judge or a head coach. If one is reported, previous DVD’s and current videotape of the competitions will be compared. If it is found to be the same, the team will be disqualified.
Judges will score teams in evaluation divisions, but no places will be awarded. The evaluation routine may be up to 2 minutes, 30 seconds with the option of stunting and music.
Each team may provide spotters for their team. The spotter may not help build or hold stunts in any way. Spotters may assist for spotting purposes only. If the spotter does help build the stunt or assist in keeping the stunt stable, the team will be deducted 10 points each time the spotter assists.
The NDCCA does not want to see teams doing stunts they are not ready to perform. If your team is not hitting the stunts you are planning on performing in your competition routine, make adjustments to perform stunts that your team is comfortable with and safely capable of doing.
All cheer teams will perform on the designated 42’ x 42’ mat. Each team will also be assigned a 5 minute practice session on the performance mat. If you miss your assigned practice time, you will forfeit your practice time. The 5 minute time limit will be strictly monitored.
Music should be recorded at a medium volume. NDCCA has puchased a boombox that will play cassettes, iPods and CDs. The same system will be used at each competition so to have consistency at all competitions. It is up to the coaches discretion to use whatever music souce they desire; however, be aware that at some venues, CDs may skip. Back-up music is suggested in the event that your primary copy doesn’t work. Sound effects may be recorded on the tape, but no voice-overs of the cheer team saying the words to the cheers will be allowed. Other cheer teams or fans may NOT say the words with the cheer team performing—unless it is to reply to the cheer—for example “give us a B” B, etc.
For safety reasons, no one, other than the coach(es) running the music, may come and sit in front of the mat while a team is performing.
In the event that the music equipment does not work, or in the case of an injury, the coach can choose one of the following procedures:
- The team keeps going, and they complete the performance. They will be scored as usual.
- The coach stops the performance at the time of the injury or at the time of the music equipment malfunction. The team leaves the mat, and will redo their routine either at the end of their division, or 2 teams later. Once this decision is made, they do not have the choice to use either the first or 2nd performed routine—they must take the scores of the 2nd performed routine.
- No additional cheerleader can take the place of an injured person—the team must perform their 2nd routine with the same original performing cheerleaders, minus of course the injured person.
- If the routine is stopped because of an injury and the routine is redone, the injured person may not be in the 2nd performance.
- If a team has (an) alternate(s), the alternate(s) must be listed and paid for on the registration form. The team cannot use the alternate(s) in their performance if they have not used them during their practice time. The alternate(s) must also be listed and paid for on the registration form when submitted.
PENALTIES & DEDUCTIONS***NOTE: NEW DEDUCTION POINTS, FALL 2012***
The following penalties will apply for the competition:
- 5 point deduction if any member of the cheer team is off the performance mat. (Props may be placed off the mat, but the cheerleader cannot step off the mat to get the props)
- 5 point deduction if the cheer team goes over the time limit.
- 10 point deduction per instance if the team’s official spotters are helping build or hold a stunt
- 10 point deduction per spirit rule infraction or competition rule infraction.
- 20 point deduction per infraction—a drop to the ground from a stunt or pyramid of a body part other than the trunk. A DROP to the ground will be defined as any part of the body touching the ground, other than the feet.
- 30 point deduction per infraction of the trunk or head touching the ground. The TRUNK will be defined as the main part of the body, excluding the head, neck and limbs.
Disqualification will occur if the cheer team is not ready to perform at their assigned performance time, unless there are extenuating circumstances approved by the NDCCA board.
With all the new National Federation inversion rules, as well as many other National Federation stunt rules, the following process should be followed:
- If the coach is not sure of a stunt’s legality, send a video clip to Billie Ann Caya, ND State Rules Interpreter. She in turn will make a ruling on the stunt—very often consulting with other Rules Interpreters from other states as well as AACCA rule interpreter.
- The stunt will either be ruled legal or illegal. If ruled illegal, coach will be informed of the rule in the NF Rule Book that the stunt violates.
- A list will be made of these rule interpretations, and given to the Tech Judges of the particular competition the inquiring team is entering—Fall or Winter.
- The coach needs to realize, however—that if the stunt is NOT performed exactly as it was on the submitted video, it could be ruled differently than the video originally was ruled.
- A coach is not required to submit any stunt for legality purposes.
- 2 cheerleaders per school may enter the jump-off. (If both the JV and Varsity teams are entered, they could have a total of 4 Jump-off participants.)
- The participants will be placed in a group randomly, not having 2 members from the same team in the first round if at all possible. Each group will have 3-4 people in the group.
- One winner will be selected in each group to move on to the next round.
- There will be a total of 3 rounds, the last round being the final, which will be between 2 jumpers.
The participants will do the following:
- Round One: A toe touch
- Round Two: one jump of their choice from the following: Side Hurdler, right or left; Front Hurdler, right or left; Pike ; Double Nine
- Round 3 - Finals: Each jumper will do a toe touch and one other advanced jump listed in Round 2. They may be stamina jumps or they don’t have to be stamina jumps (one right after the other without stopping.) They can do the jumps in any order—the toe touch then advanced jump, or the other way around. They also can do a different advanced jump than the one they performed in round 2.
- A maximum of 5 cheerleaders may be involved in the stunt during the routine.
- Cheerleaders may only perform with one team.
- Each routine has a maximum time limit of 1 minute. Timing will begin once the first skill starts or the music begins. Overtime penalties will be a 5 point deduction.
- Music may be used but is not required.
- Any illegal stunt or Spirit Rules infraction results in disqualification. (NOTE: There are NO points given for jumps, tumbling, etc. so there is no reason to add it to the stunt-off routine.)
- Each team in the competition is allowed up to 2 cheerleaders to participate. The challenge does not require a registration fee for those teams tin the competition.
- A school that is not participating in teh competition may also send up to 2 cheerleaders to participate in the competition. There will be a $10 fee for each cheerleader.
- A medical release form must also be filled out, signed, and turned in prior to or upon arrival.
- The contestant will perform a tumbling pass adn/or any other tumbling desired.
- The contestant will also be judged on cheer motion, jumps, voice, spirit and crowd appeal, which can be shown in cheers, changes, etc.
All Judges for the NDCCA Cheerleading Competition come from various parts of the country with a background in cheerleading. Cheer teams will be judged in the following areas:
- Cheerleading basics: motion technique, jumps, dance, tumbling, stunts/pyramids
- Projection: voice, expression, showmanship
- Choreography of the routine: spacing/formation/transition/flow and overall crowd appeal
- Perfection of routine: overall performance impression
Download Score Sheets and Scoring Criteria from the Forms page.
VERIFICATION OF SCORES*** NEW*** FALL 2012** THERE IS NO LONGER A VERIFICATION PROCESS, AS THERE ARE SEVERAL CHECKS AND BALANCES IN PLACE THAT TAKE CARE OF THE TABULATION VERIFICATION PROCESS.
There is no appeal process. Judges decisions are final. The Awards of Placement will be announced to the audience. After the Awards Ceremony, the score sheets may be picked up by the cheer coach at the designated area.