Competitive Cheerleading

IHSA Administrator

Susie Knoblauch

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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

Competitive Cheer Officials of Illinois (CCOI)

Illinois High School Cheerleading Coaches Organization (IHSCCO)

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Covid-19 Sideline Spirit

2020-21 NFHS Spirit Rules Changes Press Release

2020-21 NFHS Spirit Rules Changes

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.

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