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KSHSAA Spirit Safety Meetings 2014-15

  • Head Spirit Coaches/Advisors (grades 7-12) shall attend a mandatory meeting annually, intended to promote and provide fundamentals of the activity and participant safety.
  • Face-to-face spirit rules meetings will be conducted at the 9 Fall Spirit Spreader Clinics August 25-Sept 5.
  • Spirit Coaches/Advisors shall complete a test with information provided and discussed at the spirit safety meeting.
  • The KSHSAA strongly recommends head spirit coaches attend a face-to-face safety rules meeting if their team performs stunts during the school year.
  • Head Spirit Coaches/Advisors assuming positions after the scheduled meetings are concluded or who have been granted special permission by their administration may meet the above requirement by taking an online meeting which will be available August 20 until October 12.

Coaching Education Requirement for ALL non-certified cheer and dance coaches is the NFHS "Fundamentals of Coaching Cheer & Dance" Course. The course must be completed within the 2014-15 school year by any spirit coach who does not hold a valid teaching certificate, if they are in their first year of service. They must complete this course within the 2014-15 school year or may not be rehired. (If they were a Rule 10 spirit coach in 2013-14 and did not complete this course last year they may NOT coach a team after August 17th until they have completed said course.) A Rule 10 Form A is required prior to 1st practice, if haven’t completed course indicate when plan to enroll in course and estimate completion date on Rule 10 application. Mark supervised for these coaches. Annual filing of Form A is required.

Required head cheer/dance coach certification for competitive Spirt competitions
If you are a competitive cheer/dance squad then your head coach must hold a current teacher certificate or be an unsupervised certified Rule 10 coach. One of the following combinations is needed for cheer/dance Rule 10 unsupervised certification:

  • a) Complete both the ASEP Coaching Principle course and the ASEP Sports First Aid course.
  • b) Complete both the NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching cheer & dance online course and the NFHS First Aid for Coaches online course.
  • NOTE: The AACCA Spirit Safety course may be substituted in place of the ASEP Coaching Principle course or the NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching course.

(Certification must be completed prior to first competition.) Mark unsupervised on Rule 10 application if they have had a previous year of coaching. Once unsupervised, you do not have to re-file Form A in future years. Note: An athletic director’s goal should be to strive to get all rule 10 coaches (spirit or athletic) in the unsupervised category by year two so the need for annual paper work stops and your coaches have adequate training.

Spirit Competitions or Exhibitions must be on "Approved Events" list.
KSHSAA member schools may NOT attend spirit competitions, exhibitions or evaluative events unless the event is listed on our KSHSAA “approved list”. Only certified teachers or Rule 10 coaches may sponsor students at these types of events. If you receive a brochure or invitation to attend a Cheer Competition, Dance Festival, or Drill Team Championship, etc. you need to check the KSHSAA “approved list” link on our front web page (http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/General/ApprovedEvents.cfm) before signing up. If the event isn’t on the list and you want to attend, contact the host school and ask them to contact Reg Romine at KSHSAA to see if the event can be approved. Do not rely on a brochure or invitation that says it is KSHSAA approved. Check the official website “approved list” to make sure. Remember, during the school year, only member association schools may host spirit competitions or evaluative events.

Artificial Noisemaker Limitations
Artificial noisemakers (including megaphones, cow bells, thunder sticks, air horns, sirens, etc.) are not to be used and bands are not to play (including the beating of drums) while the game is in progress, indoors or outdoors. If the host school administration questions the safety or appropriateness of any noise maker it shall not be permitted. Please refer to the KSHSAA Music Manual, page 21, relating to when bands can play.

By policy of the KSHSAA Executive Board, use of fireworks, cannons, air concussion cannons, hand-held explosives, and other devices, is not permitted at any KSHSAA post-season athletic event. Member schools have the authority to determine if they permit such devices at their regular-season events

Cheerleaders and dealing with officials
Cheerleader positioning – Facilities vary greatly from one school to the next. Some facilities have ample space and some do not. Both cheerleaders and officials need to work together to assure the safest possible environment while the game is in progress. There are some things we can do as cheerleaders and officials to avoid any problems around the court or field.

  1. Understand the cheerleader’s role – Remember that cheerleaders have worked long hours practicing just like the teams have in preparation for the game. Cheerleaders can and should be an ally in good sportsmanship management throughout the game. However, protecting the players and officials must be the #1 priority.
  2. Attentiveness – Officials are watching the players, not the cheerleaders. Cheerleaders must always remain alert and ready to move out of the way while the game is in progress. This becomes increasingly challenging depending on the facilities, size of squad, and the space available from the playing surface to the cheerleaders.
  3. Work with officials before the game – Regardless of the sport, officials are required to be present long before the game starts. There is ample time for the cheerleaders, cheer coaches, and officials to visit about cheerleader location before the game. Officials and cheer coaches should survey the area and help cheerleaders determine the safest place to cheer. Cheerleaders tend to position themselves on the baseline, especially at basketball games. When there is little room on the baseline for the officials, it’s a problem. Officials should handle this by requesting cheerleaders to move long before the game begins so the game starts without a hitch, or if numbers dictate, suggest that they limit the number of cheerleaders on the sideline by alternating quarters. It is important for cheerleaders to remember they may never be inside the 3-second lane extended to the wall or bleachers when the game is in progress.
  4. Safety first – Cheerleaders should never be hesitant to cooperate; however, if this happens, officials are instructed to explain to their coach or advisor that their positioning is a safety issue. Cheerleaders need to know they may be requested to move in order to protect them, the players, and the officials from potential injury. Just like any other injury situation, when in doubt, officials, cheer coaches, and cheerleaders need to err on the side of safety.
  5. Involving the host administrator – If there is a major disagreement between cheer coaches and officials, the host administrator should be consulted to help you take care of the situation. Once the administrator understands the official is simply trying to protect the game’s participants and protect the school from any possible litigious situations, the cooperation should get easier. If there are continual problems associated with the cheerleaders positioning, contact the KSHSAA.

 

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