All videos have been updated to the 2016-17 rules!


Welcome to the Cheer Rules section of CheerSafe.

This site is intended to help cheerleaders, coaches, parents, administrators, and rules interpreters understand the current cheerleading safety rules for school and college cheerleading.  All Star cheer rules and levels fall under the US All Star Federation and can be found here.

Very Important! The NFHS rule interpretations here have been confirmed by the NFHS office. However, each state association is responsible for the final interpretations of the NFHS Spirit Rule Book. In addition, some states have further restrictions for cheer. It is your responsibility to contact your state athletics or activities association, or your school’s governing body, to determine what additional rules may exist. The state rules interpreter is the final say for rule interpretations at the state level.

For AACCA rule interpretations, the interpretation posted on this site is the final authority.

By |August 5th, 2013|Uncategorized

What is “Static”?

The new school rules use the term “static” in several places. It is not an ideal term in that it means different things in each of the areas where it is used.

This post is intended to help clarify the meaning of the term in each area.

Extended Braced Stunts

The new rule allowing any extended stunt to brace another extended stunt is written as follows:
“In pyramids where one static extended stunt braces another static extended stunt, the connection must be hand/arm to hand/arm.”

Clearly, a stunt must move in order to connect to another stunt, so the general understanding of “static” cannot apply to this rule. The intent of the use here is that the rules committee wanted to limit the type of transitions while connected since this is the first year allowing this type of connection for anything other than extensions.

The interpretation of “static” with regard to this rule is that the top person can EITHER maintain the same body position during the connection OR change levels (from prep to extended for example) but not both at the same time. 

Example 1 – Legal: Heel Stretch Paper Dolls can be done by extending a line of liberties or extended “target” positions, connecting the arms and then pulling the heel stretches. They are extended during the connection, so there is a change of body position, but no level change.

Example 2 – Legal: A line of connected Liberties can be done by building Double Based Preps, connecting arms, extending the Preps to Extensions or Target (feet are still together and being held by two bases), then the tops can pull the Liberty position. They are extended during the connection, so there is a change of body position, but no level […]

By |October 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized

Cheer Rules Recommendations – 2014-15

We are currently accepting public recommendations for rule revisions for 2014-15 for both high school and college rules. Suggestions can be in the form of recommendations for revising the current rules or for simply rewording current rules to provide more clarity for their intent.

Before submitting your suggestion, keep in mind that our primary goal when writing rules is safety of those participating in cheerleading. In addition, we do not want to unnecessarily restrict skills that do not pose an unreasonable risk. Finally, we want the rules to be clear and easily understood by coaches and rules interpreters.

All suggestions will be reviewed, and we thank you in advance for your participation in this new addition to our rules writing process.

By |January 9th, 2014|Blog

Video Tools

Whether you are a cheer coach or rules interpreter, there are several tools that can help you record, send, and view videos. If you use a service or program that is not listed here, please email me and let me know about it!
So many videos are recorded in “portrait” mode on mobile phones. These turn sideways went emailed and viewed on a computer screen. allows you to upload small videos (< 5MB) and rotate them any direction, then save the resulting video back to your computer. The site also allows you to convert videos to different formats. The site is free, but if you use it often, please use the donate button to send the creator of this service $5 or $10. Do your rules interpreters’ necks a solid and rotate your videos before sending them in!

[link here]

VLC Media Player
This player is very useful for playing a large variety of video formats. It is open source, and available for many different operating systems.

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Coach’s Eye
Coach’s Eye is a fantastic app available for iOS and Android that will video and allow editing of a video. Editing includes the ability to slow down video and mark up the video like a telestrator along with voice commentary. This edited video can then be shown to the entire team or emailed to an individual. The latest version also allows two videos to be loaded side by side and played simultaneously for comparison – great for showing technique improvements! The app is not free, but is well worth the low cost.

[link here]

By |October 17th, 2013|Blog

Taking Out Double Downs

Taking Out Double Downs by Jim Lord, Executive Director, AACCA

When the 2012-13 high school cheerleading rules were released, we knew people were going to be upset. Regardless of the new skills we were now allowing, we knew the main focus was going to be on the removal of what is widely recognized as the pinnacle skill available to high school cheerleaders – the double down. Many, especially those programs and athletes who have worked very hard to achieve this skill, questioned why we removed it. To get to that point, I will need to back up just a bit.

Earlier in the year, the rules committees for the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators (AACCA) held a conference committee to look at areas where we could more closely align our two sets of rules.

It was a great opportunity to share each group’s concerns about particular types of skills and decide where we could find common ground. I was pleasantly surprised that much of the conversation centered around what rules restrictions were obsolete; were we holding on to restrictions just because we had always had the rule, or was there evidence that a particular skill or type of skill was unsafe? It was this conversation that led to the rules changes that now allow all low-level inversions and braced rolls/flips with specific controls on them.

As is our responsibility, we also looked at whether or not there were trends or concerns that needed to be addressed by a rules change. The topic of double downs came up, as it has for several years. Both rules committees have seen a trend towards the performance of more double downs but without […]

By |April 8th, 2012|Blog, Safety