Cheerleading/Rules

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I am a coach for a varsity jr. high team ( 6th-8th grade). I am in Westland MI. and I am looking for the stunting rules in regards to "show and goes", load in options , and dismount options. I have a very strong stunt group, who have been together for years. I would like to challenge them, but want to make sure that their stunts are legal. Where would I find that information? Thank you!

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Usually jr. high teams follow similar guidelines as high school teams. In MI it's the MHSAA that states the rules and guidelines for high school cheer. Each state is different and unfortunately I don't know the rules for MI. Usually there's a way (probably online) to purchase a rule book. Generally if the stunts are not inverted (with the exception of pyramids), if there's two bases and a backspot, and nobody lets go of the flier, it's probably legal. But as you know, you can never be too sure.

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I can answer questions on partner stunts, dismounts, basket tosses, choreography, pyramids, jumps, motions, chants, and formations. I can answer questions on tryouts, coaching, general cheerleading, etc. I cannot answer questions on co-ed stunts/pyramids or tumbling. Aside from these areas I can usually answer, or direct you to an answer, on any other topic.

Experience

I've been cheerleading for 10 years. My teams consistently competed at the national level, placing many times. I've coached for the past 5 years, and the team I coached most recently became National Champions. I've cheered at the Pop Warner, High School, and All-Star levels. I coach alongside my mother and sister who have coached at the all-star level as well. I've been watching cheerleading since I was 4, and I can create routines, give advice, and help teach kids how to deal with competitions. I have a knack for coaching and giving advice. I'm always the coach designated to give the pep talks to the kids before competitions.

Education/Credentials
I have been living with cheerleading coaches for 10+ years which teaches more than anyone can imagine. I was captain of my Varsity High School squad which came with the responsibility of picking music, writing a cheer, creating and teaching the routine, and making the formations. I have also coached nationally ranked teams for 5 years.

Awards and Honors
Two-time All-State Cheerleader nominee All-State Class M Cheerleader Varsity Cheer Captain

Past/Present Clients
The 32 young girls I just helped coach to a national championship! :) It wasn't easy, but they'll all say the work was worth it in the end.

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