Questions and Clarifications
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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions 
  • Statements of Clarifications: 
    • Inversions – A flyer is considered inverted when both feet are at least waist level or above (over the head of the flyer). This interpretation is only in reference to setting ranges for skills and NOT in regards to the safety guidelines.  The safety guidelines will be followed as written and the definition used in the NFHS Safety Guideline book will be used when interpreting the guidelines from a rules perspective
    • Dance requirements clarifications- There is no mandatory count for dance. However, when all things are equal more counts could score higher. Judges will be looking for the dance indicators listed on the judges reference sheet and how well the dance is executed, not the style of dance. 
    • Use of props is not required – If effectively used props could enhance your cheer. However, there are other ways to just as effectively enhance the cheer without props.
    • Loopholes/common sense placement of skills:
      • If you create a skill that meets the description of an Elite or Super Elite skill but it is a less difficult version the judge will use their knowledge of progressions to correctly place the skill.
      • Judges will give you a score based on what you did cumulatively, taking in to account number of participants, difficulty, and all other elements. Remember, it is a comparative scoring system.
    • Jump Statement – Just like the Tumbling, Stunt, and Pyramid ranges, the jump ranges are suggestive. A team that does a Triple Tuck (basic) Jump may not necessarily score in the 3.1-5.0 range. 
    • Remember that since NYS cheerleading as a comparative scoring system, the scores are based on what is performed that day. Therefore, you should not be comparing scores from competition to competition.
  • Jumps -
    Basic Jumps: All have the same difficulty weight

    Advanced Jumps: All have the same difficulty weight
    Toe Touch
    Left Hurdler
    Right Hurdler
    Double 9

    FULL TEAM doing 3 DIFFERENT ADVANCED JUMPS would score at the top of the range
    - The difference between a team that does 3 different full team advanced jumps and a team that does full team 2 of the same advanced jumps and one different advanced jump SHOULD BE MINIMAL