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Registration will be available on September 30th, 2020 @ 8:00 AM CST

 

KSHSAA BOARD POLICY (EFFECTIVE: JANUARY, 2018)

Spirit Announcements

FAQ (9-2-2020)

All 2020 Spirit Spreaders are canceled. Coaches may take the online Spirit Rules meeting and Exam by clicking on this link: Spirit OnlineMeeting Instructions

July 8, 2020
Spirit (Face Coverings)

From the NFHS: Cheerleading & Dance Apparel / Accessories (Rules 3-1-1, 4-1-1): Jewelry of any kind is prohibited except for the following: A religious medal without a chain is allowed and must be taped and worn under the uniform. A medical-alert medal must be taped and may be visible. Masks may be worn but are not required. No masks may be worn in routines that involve stunting. Any mask worn during a routine that does not involve stunting but involves tumbling must be taped and secure. The use of face coverings has been mandated by Governor Kelly beginning on July 3, 2020. Some counties have rejected this mandate and face coverings are not required within their own county. Schools located in these counties with no mandate for face coverings may stunt without masks if this is allowed by the local school’s administration. But, if a city within this county mandates face coverings, the school(s) that reside within this city must abide by the city’s mandate which is the most local governing body. Therefore, face coverings must be worn, and no stunting would be allowed per the NFHS Spirit Rule 3-1-1 & 4-1-1.

*NEW - NFHS Spirit Rules Considerations for Starting Practices - June 30, 2020
Click here for more information

COVID 19 Update *
Non-Athletic Activities: Marching Bands and Spirit (Cheer and Dance) Squads
Beginning June 1, 2020 through the Summer
Marching Bands and Spirit Squads must adhere to all State, County and local USD requirements for social distancing and group sizes when it comes to rehearsals and practices in the summer. These groups may meet for a maximum of 3 hours per day during the first week back in the summer and 5 hours per day during the second week. But these maximum time frames are for all physical activities in one 24 hour period.
For example, during the first week, a student may not participate in conditioning for an hour, weight training for an hour and spirit squad practice for three hours. In this example, the student would be limited to one hour of spirit squad practice, as two hours were committed to other activities.
During these first two weeks of rehearsals and practices you may practice normal maneuvers and skills appropriate for these two physical activities while adhering to social distancing expectations and group size restrictions.

October 21, 2019
NFHS Rule 2    General Risk Management
2.1.7 D: Interpretation- A spirit team may not stunt during a football run through.
Comment: The close proximity of other participants makes stunting unsafe and therefore ILLEGAL.
October 14, 2019
NFHS Rule 2    General Risk Management
2.1.7 Performance surfaces and areas must be suitable for Spirit Activities.
Safety Interpretation: Flags on poles may not be used in partner stunts.
September 20, 2018
KSHSAA Rule for Spirit Squads and Non-Spirit Squad Members during Pep Rallies and School Assemblies

Non-Spirit Squad members may participate in skits, dances, and cheers at pep rallies and school assemblies, but the following is prohibited by Non-Spirit Squad members.
  • • Participation in partner stunts/skills of any kind, including: bracers, bases, spotters, and fliers.
  • • No tumbling
September 20, 2018
August Journal Article Revision for Spirit

Stunting Not Allowed on Hard Surfaces National Federation Spirit Rule 2-1-5 states: “Stunts must be modified to be appropriate to the performing surface area.” At football games, stunting would NOT be allowed on concrete, asphalt, gravel/chat rock or cinder tracks. Stunting would be allowed on synthetic, rubberized “all-weather” and dirt tracks. Concrete and asphalt surfaces are NEVER allowed. It should be noted that stunting is not allowed on any surface if it is wet. Cheer coaches must carefully consider the cheering surface in regard to safety, as even an all-weather track would be considered unsafe if it were wet.
Reminder: it is KSHSAA policy that 6th graders may NOT stunt with 7th and 8th grade cheer squad members. The KSHSAA Executive Board revisited this policy on September 11, 2018 and it was unanimously agreed to continue as written.
REMINDERS:
Basketball Free Throw Rule
During free throws, Spirit squad members must stand at attention, silently. This means absolutely no movement (which includes, but not limited to: movement of fingers, hands, talking, and shaking poms). Any movement or noise of any kind becomes distracting to the player shooting the free throws, so such infractions are illegal according to Rule 52- Sportsmanship/Citizenship. This rule begins when the player shooting the free throw receives the basketball from the official, until after the player shoots ball.
Toss Rule
KSHSAA Handbook Rule 48, Section 1, Article 4b.

All basket tosses (tosses initiated from the waist level, immediately followed by a cradle catch) are prohibited to minimize the possibility of a serious accident and/or injury. The NO Basket Toss Rule applies at all times and at all places, including in Kansas and outside of the Kansas borders.
A pop-toss, to a cradle is legal in Kansas as long as momentum stops at shoulder height or above immediately prior to the toss and the toss does not exceed 3 feet in height above the tosser’s hands.
KSHSAA No Toss Rule for Cheer
(Wording has been edited by Jim Lord, AACCA; November 8, 2017)

All tosses, including basket, elevator, and single-leg tosses that are initiated from waist level and directly release to a cradle catch, are prohibited to minimize the possibility of a serious accident and/or injury. A release to a cradle is legal in Kansas as long as the upward momentum stops or changes direction at shoulder level or above immediately prior to the release, and the release does not exceed 3 feet in height above the tosser’s extended hands. The “no tosses” rule applies at all times and at all places, including in Kansas and outside of the Kansas borders.
Daith (Piercings) Earrings
Daith Piercings
KSHSAA has been asked the following question: Are Daith earrings legal for Spirit participants to have because of medical purposes – migraine headache treatments in particular.

Here is the NFHS and KSHSAA’s position on wearing Daith piercings for Kansas member schools for Spirit (cheer and dance) participants.
The NFHS and the KSHSAA do not allow any piercings for grades 7-12 Spirit participants and this includes Daith piercings.

Fake Eyelashes
The KSHSAA strongly recommends to all Spirit groups: When stunting the use of fake eyelashes should not be worn for the safety of our student Spirit members.

KSHSAA Spirit Safety Meetings 2020-21

  • • 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 on day one of all KSHSAA Summer Cheer/Dance Camps.
  • • Face-to-face spirit rules meetings will be conducted at the 9 Fall Spirit Spreader Clinics August 31 - September 11.
  • • 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 17 until October 4.

Certified Spirit Head Coach
1. A Certified Spirit Head Coach must take the ANNUAL KSHSAA Face-to-Face Rule Meeting and exam (summer KSHSAA camp or fall Spirit Spreaders listed on the KSHSAA website under non-athletic/spirit activities) or take the Online Spirit Rules Meeting and exam by the deadline of Oct. 4th.

Rule 10 Head Spirit Coach
1. Rule 10 Head Coach must have a Form A on file at the KSHSAA office. Email or FAX it to us.

2. A Rule 10 Head Spirit Coach must take the ANNUAL KSHSAA Face-to-Face Rule Meeting and exam (summer KSHSAA camp or fall Spirit Spreaders) or the Online Spirit Rules Meeting and exam by the deadline of Oct. 4th. (Contact Kathy Wilhelm for instructions to take this rules meeting at kwilhelm@kshsaa.org)

3. A Rule 10 Head Spirit Coach must have a (designated) certified person at all competitions and performances in the first year. (This certified sponsor does not need to be at the spirit practices.) The coach must take the KSHSAA Online Spirit Rules Meeting by the deadline or in your case before the first school practice.

4. A Rule 10 Head Spirit Coach that are non-competitive, sideline only must take the following ASAP in the first year: NFHS Coaching Cheer & Dance course is required by all non-certified teachers (one time). Here is the link for the NFHS Coaching Cheer and Dance. http://nfhslearn.com/courses/61013

5. Rule 10 Spirit Coaches that have Competition Teams the Head Coach must take the two courses listed below in the first year.


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Cheer Conferences Dance Conferences

2020 Dates and Sites

2020 Dates and Sites

July 13-16 - Coffeyville Community College (Mon-Thu) CANCELED

July 17-20 - Topeka-Capitol Plaza Hotel (Fri-Mon) CANCELED

July 19-22 - Kansas Wesleyan University (Sun-Wed) CANCELED

August 7-9 - Topeka-Capitol Plaza Hotel (Fri-Sun) CANCELED

July 13-16 - Coffeyville Community College (Mon-Thu) CANCELED

July 17-20 - Topeka-Capitol Plaza Hotel (Fri-Mon) CANCELED

July 19-22 - Kansas Wesleyan University (Sun-Wed) CANCELED

August 7-9 - Topeka-Capitol Plaza Hotel (Fri-Sun) CANCELED

 
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