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High School Cheerleading Regulations and Rules in Pennsylvania

Eligibility

    In order for high school cheerleaders to be eligible to cheer at athletic events and/or participate in competitions there are several regulations for eligibility. Before any activity with the team begins, all athletes much undergo a physical examination and be cleared for participation in the activity. Also, before joining the cheerleading team, a parental consent form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. The cheerleader must be enrolled in the school of the cheerleading team, and be present on days of competition in order to be eligible.

Coaching

    According to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), a cheerleading coach or advisor must be present at all practices, games and competitions. The coach or advisor must be certified in first aid and CPR. Proper equipment and spotting measures and training are a must for cheerleading coaches. To stay within the safety regulations, cheerleading coaches must understand their squads ability and limit the squad's activity accordingly.

Practice

    During practice, in accordance with the PSAC, cheerleaders must engage in a stretching routine before beginning activity. The cheerleaders also must take part in a strengthening program. Skills that have not been perfected should not be attempted by the cheerleaders during practice. The use of mini-trampolines and certain lifts are prohibited.

About the Author

Reese Armstrong graduated from Kent State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in biology. Armstrong has been writing professionally since 2010 and published articles on various websites. For several years she worked as a skin care consultant for a major cosmetic company.

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