Download the complete rules PDF here: 2017-18 School Rules

Summary of changes:

General:

Three general rules were added regarding game situations and uniforms.

Inversions:

D3 – D5: Braced inversions, rolls, and flips have been split into three distinct rules for clarity.

D3b: If released, a braced inversion’s bracers must have two bases or a base and spotter like other released pyramids. See Release Pyramids below for more information.

D4: In braced rolls, the bracer must have two bases or a base and spotter. Last year, since this is not a released pyramid, there were no restrictions on bases of bracers or requirements for spotters of bracers.

D6a: Inversions from the ground that release may land at prep level. Previously they could only land in a load. This groups all inverted releases together for consistency. They can all release to prep level or below.

D6c: In inverted stunts that are at or pass above prep level, one person must be in contact and at least one spotter who may or may not be in contact. This rule combines two contradictory rules and is is similar to the “static inverted shoulder level” rule from last year.

D6c: Note that the entire “Suspended Rolls” section has been removed. Suspended rolls are now subject to the same rules as all other inverted stunts that go above prep level. They must remain in contact with at least one person (specific grips are not required) and must have at least one other base or spotter. This means that single based, single grip suspended rolls are allowed as long as there is a spotter, which could be the persons releasing or catching the top person if they are in position. For NFHS rules, there must be a second person in contact with the top person’s upper body, which means the single base, single grip suspended roll is legal as long as the spotter grabs the wrist of the top person.

Pyramids:

E3: The word “static” has been removed. Extended stunts which brace each other can now transition without restriction.

E3: The previous wording “must be hand/arm to hand/arm” has been changed to be more specific as to the contact we want to eliminate. As long as one extended bracer is not using their hand or arm to support or hold another extended top person’s foot or leg, the contact is legal. For example, a liberty heel stretch may user her free arm to touch the shoulder of the heel stretch next to her. Last year, this would have been illegal, as the shoulder is not the “arm”. This year, since it is not holding the foot or leg, the contact is legal.

E7c: In released pyramid transitions, including Braced Inversions where the top person releases from the bases, the bracers must have two bases or a base and spotter.

Previous rules simply required a spotter on all bracers who were at prep level. The result was that in place of a more stable double based prep, teams would remove a base in order to make them a spotter for a single base. The committee prefers that a stable base is available to a bracer, whether from a double based prep or a single base with an available spotter.