2019-20 USA Cheer/AACCA School Rules

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Summary of Changes:

  • The definition of “Dive Roll” has changed to allow a momentary airborne position. True “Dive Rolls”, where the
    hips are at or above the waist while airborne, are still prohibited.
  • A participant in a walking boot or plaster cast may not be involved in tumbling or jumps as well as other
    previously listed skills.
  • A top person in a stunt or pyramid may not release a sign directly to the ground. It must be handed to someone
    on the ground or come down with the top person, with existing restrictions like spotters not holding props or
    cradling with hard props.
  • Extended triple based straddle sits no longer require an additional spotter.
  • In transitions from vertical to horizontal positions, the requirement that the new catchers were to the front or
    side of the person moving the top person has been removed.
  • Braced flips may use one or two bracers. If only one bracer is used, each of the top person and bracer’s
    hands/arms need to be connected. This will allow prep level Bajas and Side Somis. All of the other requirements
    for a braced flip remain in place.
  • Inversions may release to non‐inverted extended level stunts.
  • In prep level inversions, the required contact between the top and base(s) may be maintained by either the top
    or the base(s).
  • All braced connection wording was updated to clarify that the connection can be maintained by either the
    bracer or the released top person.
  • A top person may perform a forward roll with props from a prone position below prep level.
    The rules regarding Switch Libs have been adjusted to allow landing on one or both feet, with the term being
    changed to “Switch Up”.
  • Participants may not move over or be under partner stunts or pyramids except when helping build, stabilize or
    dismount that partner stunt or pyramid.

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