Rules

 

All-Star Cheer:

 

Spirit Extreme will uphold all USASF rules and regulations for All-Star divisions.

Coaches can download the rules and glossary from their membership portal or contact the EP directly.

School Cheer:

Spirit Extreme will uphold all USA Cheer/AACCA rules and regulations for School divisions.

Click here for the 2019-2020 AACCA rules.

Click here for Intermediate Division Restrictions.

Recreation Cheer:

Performance Rec - Spirit Extreme will uphold all Varsity Rec/Youth rules and regulations for Performance Rec divisions with the exceptions of not recognizing Affiliated vs. Non-Affiliated and not requiring a chant.

See Division and Scoring guidelines for further clarification.

Traditional Rec - Spirit Extreme will uphold all USA Cheer/AACCA rules and regulations for Traditional Rec divisions.

See Division and Scoring guidelines for further clarification.

Click here for the 2019-2020 USA Cheer/AACCA rules.

Click here for Intermediate Division Restrictions.

Spirt Extreme General Guidelines:

 

Cancellation Policies 

If your team needs to cancel their performance at an event please contact us IMMEDIATELY at (856) 383-4981. Although subject to terms and eligibility, the following polices apply: 

  • If your team needs to cancel for ANY reason, 90 or more days out from an event, you are eligible to receive a FULL refund. 

  • If your team needs to cancel for ANY reason, 7 days before an event, you are eligible to TRANSFER your fees to another event. 

  • If your team needs to cancel for ANY reason, 6 days or less before an event, there is NO REFUND. 

  • If an event is cancelled by Spirit Extreme and not rescheduled, the team may transfer the payment to another event, or may receive a FULL refund. 

 

Weather Cancellation Policies 

If the facility is open, the competition WILL take place.

 

If the facility is closed, the competition will be rescheduled if at all possible. 

 

NO REFUNDS will be given: 

  • If a team cannot make an event due to weather. 

  • A team not attending the rescheduling of the event due to weather. 

  • Full refunds will only be given if the event is cancelled and NOT rescheduled. 

  • If an event is cancelled by Spirit Extreme and not rescheduled, the team may transfer the payment to another event, or may receive a FULL refund. 

 

Eligibility 

In order to be eligible to compete at Spirit Extreme events, all teams, regardless of division and classification, MUST follow the posted Division and Rule Guidelines for Spirit Extreme.

 

Proof of Age 

If a dispute regarding a participant’s age arises, the coach/director must provide an official document that legally verifies and certifies the correct name and age of the team member in question. Acceptable forms of certified identification include, but not limited to a birth certificate, passport, school-issued photo identification card, USASF ID card or a valid, state-issued driver’s license. If the dispute is found to be accurate, the team may be disqualified from competition.

 

Challenges of Age 

Coaches are required to bring documentation of ages (see above “Proof of Age” for list) for every participant. Coaches ONLY of a competing team within the same division may challenge the eligibility of another team. The challenging 

coach must provide actual proof of ineligibility. Saying “she is too tall to be a Youth 8 years and under” or “she looks to old to be in our division” is not proof. If sufficient evidence warrants at that point, Spirit Extreme will require the challenged team to provide proof of eligibility. 

 

Music

Music may be on a CD, iPod/MP3 Player or Mobile Device  .When your team is called ‘on deck’, a coach or adult affiliated with your organization must report to the sound station. This representative is responsible for starting, pausing, and stopping your music and must be instructed to remain at the sound station, throughout your team’s entire performance.  

 

All music played during all performances must adhere to the U.S. copyright laws related to music. For more information, please click here.

 

Routine Interruption 

Spirit Extreme sound technicians, and/or event staff will not be responsible for any labeling mistakes or poorly recorded music and will assume no responsibility for the quality of the recording or its compatibility with the venue’s equipment. However if your routine is interrupted by our equipment failure, the failure of your CD or from Epic Brands staff you will have the following options:

 

  • Your team must perform their routine full-out, by using your own player or your back up copy of your music. The team must perform the routine again in its entirety, but judging will resume from the point at which the injury/interruption occurred as determined by the judges. All skills must be performed full-out from the beginning of the routine. All point deductions accumulated to that point (if any) will carry over. 

  • Your team may use the original performance with the interruption. 

 

Injury Interruption 

Routine Stoppage 

 

1. The only individuals that may stop a routine for injury are: 

a. Competition Officials 

b. Gym Owner/Coach from the team performing 

c. Injured Individual 

 

2. An injured athlete may create a potential safety hazard because of the inability to hold, support, spot or catch. For the safety of all athletes competing, a routine may be interrupted if: 

a. An athlete is clearly injured. 

b. An athlete is questionably injured and does not resume their role in the routine within 5 seconds of questionable 

injury. 

c. An athlete leaves the competition floor due to an injury. 

 

3. In the event that a routine is interrupted due to injury, it will be at the Competition Officials’ discretion whether or not that 

team will be allowed to perform again at a later time. 

 

Team Performance 

In the event that a team is allowed to perform again following a routine interruption, the new performance time will be at the sole discretion of the Competition Official. The team must (pending the injury’s impact on the routine) perform the routine again in its entirety, but judging will resume from the point at which the injury/interruption occurred as determined by the judges. All skills must be performed full-out from the beginning of the routine. All point deductions accumulated to that point (if any) will carry over. 

 

If an injury occurs during warm-up, Spirit Extreme will do our best to work your team back into the schedule, as close as possible to your original performance order. Furthermore, it will be up to Spirit Extreme whether or not to schedule your team’s performance out of sequence. 

 

Sportsmanship 

Spirit Extreme believes that sportsmanship is one of the most important aspects of cheerleading. We strive to keep all competitions positive, friendly, enjoyable and competitive. Unsportsmanlike behavior may include, but is not limited to: the use of any type of profanity; approaching or taunting fans, parents, cheerleaders, coaches, Spirit Extreme staff members, and or judges in a manner that does not show mutual respect and cooperation. Any display of unsportsmanlike behavior by a team member, coach, or parent and teams who don’t remove themselves in a timely matter from the warm-up area/floor when their assigned time has elapsed will be penalized. 

 

Penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct may result in a deduction (see scoring deductions), removal of coach, or disqualification. 

 

In the event you witness unsportsmanlike behavior, please report the incident to a Spirit Extreme staff member, who will 

review the complaint and make a decision whether or not, a penalty will be imposed. 

 

First Place Tie Breaker

Ties will not be broken except for first place. First place ties will be broken in the following manner:
1. The team with the fewest combined deductions will win.
2. If both teams have the same deductions, the team with the highest combined performance score will win.
3. If both teams have the same performance score, the winner will be declared by judges' choice.