2020 NYSPHSAA Cheerleading Championships Preview

Author: Gessica Patregnani, Intern

By Gessica Patregnani, NYSPHSAA Intern Spring 2020


The 2020 NYSPHSAA Cheerleading State Championships return to Gordon Field House at Rochester Institute of Technology for the second time on Saturday, March 7. It will be just the fifth year of this state tournament, the second youngest state championship that NYSPHSAA conducts.

“It’s been fascinating to watch the sport of cheerleading grow within the short period of time it has been considered a sport in New York State. The hard work, dedication and talent that has been demonstrated over the past few years at the New York State Championships has been exciting to watch,” said Cheer State Coordinator Jennifer Simmons. “Each year that has passed, the competition has grown more and more competitive. The scoring has become closer and the skills performed are impressive.”

The tournament has two divisions each in large school and small school in addition to a co-ed division. Following a preliminary round of competition, schools with the top five scores advance to the finals later in the day then ultimately five champions are crowned at the conclusion of competition. Approximately 60 schools participate in the tournament each year.

Last year, Lewiston Porter dethroned three-time defending champion Avon to become just the second Division 2 Small School to be crowned champion. Meanwhile, the Division 2 Large School Champion was Mt. Sinai (11).  In Division 1 Large School, Sachem North (11) earned the title while Rocky Point (11) won the Division 1 Small School championship.  The co-ed division champion was Webster Thomas (5).

Tickets are $8 online at nysphsaa.org and $10 at the door on the day of competition. The full tournament schedule is below.

8:00 am                Doors Open
9:00 am                Preliminary Round GROUP #1
Noon                     Finalists Announced for Round #1 (Top 5 in each Division/Class)
1:00 pm               Preliminary Round GROUP #2
3:00 pm               Finalists Announced for Round #2 (Top 5 in each Division/Class)
3:00 pm                BREAK
3:00 pm               Warm Up for Finals
3:30 pm               Finals
                             Awards to follow


A complete list of the competition times can be found here.

To purchase tickets to the 2020 NYSPHSAA Cheerleading Championships visit gofan.co/app/events/79954