Competitive Cheerleading

IHSA Administrator

Susie Knoblauch


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)

IHSA State Series Programs
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State Final Competition

Sectionals: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019

State Finals: Fri.-Sat., Feb. 1-2, 2019

Site: Grossinger Motors Arena, Bloomington | Directions | Parking | Entrance Locations
Tickets: $10 per session | To Order Tickets
Lodging: Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau  Hotel Listings
Streaming: NFHS Network  -  Order DVD
Apparel & Souvenirs: Minerva
Preview: IHSAState


2018-19 Spirit Rules Revisions Focus on Minimizing Risk in Cheer

2018-19 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.

Purchase your copy of the NFHS Spirit Rulebook at