Competitive Cheerleading


IHSA Administrator

Susie Knoblauch

IHSA State Series Programs
are available from

Cheer Rules

For a resource of current cheerleading safety rules for high school cheerleading please refer to:

For information regarding current education on cheerleading safety, please refer to:

The American Association of Cheer Coaches and Administrators (AACCA) provides resources at the following link:


Illinois Cheerleading Coaches Association

Illinois Spirit Officials Association

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State Final Competition

Sectionals: Sat., Jan. 28, 2017

State Finals: Fri.-Sat., Feb. 3-4, 2017

Site: U.S. Cellular Coliseum, Bloomington | Directions | Parking
| U.S. Cellular Patron Information and Services
Tickets: $10 per session | Friday Tickets | Saturday Tickets
Lodging: Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau  Hotel Listings
Streaming: NFHS Network  -  Order DVD
Television: State Final recap show on CSN Chicago
Apparel & Souvenirs
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Watch: Live on | Finals rebroadcast on CSN Chicago
Preview: IHSAState


2017 Sectional Results


On June 14, the IHSA Board of Directors approved added the following language to the 2016-17 IHSA Cheer and Dance Terms and Conditions.

"The Association assumes no responsibility for the payment of copyright, royalty, or any other fees connected to the performances of any material in the cheer/dance competitive series."

Rationale: The additional language is intended to assure that the music used at competitions is in compliance with U.S. copyright law.

Additional resources from NFHS

Music Copyright Guidelines PowerPoint

NFHS 2016-17 Cheerleading Rules Changes

NFHS 2016-17 Spirit Rules Changes

NFHS 2016-17 Spirit Rules Corrections

NFHS 2016-17 Spirit Points of Emphasis

ICCA Spring Coaches Conference

March 10 & 11, 2017

Basketball Sideline Rules—Free throw lane extended

As a reminder, NFHS Spirit Rule 2-1-10 prohibits spirit teams from coming on the playing area/floor during a 30 second time out in a basketball game. 

A maximum of twelve (12) sideline cheerleaders and one (1) mascot in costume may be on the floor at any state series basketball contest.

Risk Minimization Key Focus of High School Spirit Rules Changes

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee revised several rules for the 2016-17 season, all of which focused on minimizing risk to participants.

NFHS News Release

Purchase your copy of the NFHS Spirit Rulebook at