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Section III Cheerleading

WELCOME TO THE SECTION III CHEERLEADING WEBSITE, run by the Section III Cheerleading Committee

Local Competitions are listed under the Schedule Tab - more are being added as we receive info...

Keep checking back !!

We plan for this site to be information central for all Section III Cheer Programs.

Coaches - we want to keep you informed and in contact with each other, so fill out our coach update form so we have your correct contact info!

If you are hosting a High School competition - get us your dates and attach your registration forms and info. and we'll post it ASAP, to help get the word out.




Feb 10, 2018 - 2017-2018 Section III Winter Champions!

Congratulations to all the teams who competed in the 2017-18 Section III Winter Championship, held at Chittenango High School on February 10, 2018

(full results under the Winter Championship tab)


Congratulations to Coach Stephanie Moretti, Mexico High School - Rosemary Corcoran Coach of the Year Award


Sectional Champions - Team Divisions


Class AA Champion – Cicero-North Syracuse

Class A Champion – Indian River High School

Class B Champion – Phoenix

Class C Champion – Sandy Creek High School

Class D Champion – Belleville-Henderson

CoEd Champion –  Copenhagen High School



Teams Moving on to Represent Section III at the NYSPHSAA Cheerleading Championship - SRC Arena 3/3/18

Division 1 Small –  West Genesee High School

Division 1 Large –  Cicero-North Syracuse High School

Division 2 Small –  Phoenix High School, Belleville-Henderson High School

Division 2 Large – Indian River High School

Co-Ed Division –  Copenhagen High School





Oct 28, 2017 - 2017 Fall Section III Cheer Champions

Congratulations to all the teams who competed in the 2017 Section III Fall Championship, held at Frankfort-Schuyler High School in Frankfort, NY on October 28,2017

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Winter Section III Championship, February 10, 2018

(full results under the Fall Championship tab)

 Check out the New Awards our Section III Champions received today! (these will replace the patches and certificates formerly received in each sport)


Sectional Champions - Team Divisions

 Class AA Champion – West Genesee High School (score 83.25)

 Class A Champion – Indian River High School (score 70.40)

 Class B Champion – General Brown High School (score 79.40)

 Class C Champion – Sandy Creek High School (Score 57.80)

Class D  – No Teams

CoEd Champion –  Carthage High School (Score 71.15)


Oct 11, 2017 - Clarification/Correction on “Downtime”

Coaches - 

It has been brought to our attention that our registration for Section III stated “downtime” incorrectly. Our registration stated: Downtime is not judged, team is not to be moving and is not included in the 2:30min overall time limit.  If there is no downtime a penalty will be assessed.  This is incorrect, they should not be cheering - but can be moving. The definition should include the following adjustment  However, you may move in downtime---change formation, remove props, etc.  It just is not judged.


Sep 28, 2017 - NEW Updated Fall Sectional competition requirements

Some Section III Championship Info for the Fall Championship...

Downloadable Registration is now posted under the Fall Sectional tab


Please read the information on the registration form - there are new changes this year for competition requirements by NYS.  By now, you all have seen them posted on the website in the new rubrics.  Cheer and dance length, downtime, etc.  Score sheets and rubrics have been posted on this site.




PLEASE NOTE - due to some new information from NYSPHSAA received just today, we've learned that there are restrictions on individuals and stunt groups competing and restrictions on the administering of scholarships.


Many things come into play now that Cheerleading is a Sport in NYS.


To be in compliance with these restrictions and requirements, we will need to reconfigure our format and determine how we can proceed.  This will not be possible prior to our Fall Championship.  As a result we have decided that the Sr. All-Star individual division will not be held for the Fall Championship 


The Rosemary Corcoran Memorial Scholarship is also suspended for the Fall due to rules concerning amateur athletes receiving private scholarship money directly.  

Senior All-Stars - Will not be held for the Fall Championship  - do not submit any videos for Fall 

Rubric/ Score sheets  - for team competition

Cheer must be a minimum of 30 seconds or team will score a 0

Downtime –must take a minimum of 5 seconds, maximum of 15 seconds or your team will receive a 1 pt penalty

Actual routine performance is still 2:30.  Downtime is not scored.  

Stunts and Pyramids—must demonstrate 3 different skills that will be averaged and divided by 3 Read your rubrics carefully.  Also, see Majority grid for how many stunt groups you need.

Tumbling- Now will score some, majority, and most---See majority grids

Jul 27, 2017 - Attn: Section III Coaches

A Training Session for Section III Cheer Coaches on Rule Changes and the New NYS Cheer Rubric for this 2017-2018 Will be held at West Genesee H.S. in August


What: Training Session on Rule Changes and New Cheer Rubric

Where: WGHS - Library Classroom

When8/16/17 from 5pm - 9pm

Who: Alicia Ruperd will be presenting. Open to all section three coaches

Price: $20 per coach, please bring payment to the training. 

RSVPkduschen@westgenesee.org by 8/7 please so we can prepare any materials

** Alicia wants it to be clear that pieces of the rubric may still be slightly in flux (as far as clarifications) but those issues will be addressed at the training and coaches will be updated after their judges training later in the season. 

Any questions, please email kduschen@westgenesee.org


Jul 19, 2017 - 1st Aid/CPR/AED Class for Section III Coaches - New & Re-Certs.

1st Aid/CPR/AED certification class

Section III Coaches ONLY! - NEW & Re-Certifications

contact the Section III office for registration details

Thursday, August 10th, 9am-9pm

Check on the location with Section III - the info I received says Cicero-North Syracuse High School but address shows , 5353 W. Taft Road, North Syracuse, NY (the high school isn't on Taft Rd) 

Jun 18, 2017 - NFHS Spirit Rules 2017-2018

Be sure to pick up a copy of the NFHS Spirit Rules for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.

Rule books can be ordered and the rule changes are posted on NFHS.org 


Spirit Rules Changes - 2017-18

By NFHS on June 02, 2017spirit Share 


Rule 1: Deletes definitions for downward inversion, front drop, knee/seat/thigh drop, split drop, sponge and swan dive.

Rule 1: Adds definitions for braced flip, braced inversion, braced roll, prep level and swing roll down (teddy bear roll down).

Rule 1: Revises definition for switch liberty.

Rationale: The definitions were added to clarify language used in the updated Spirit Rules Book: braced flip, braced inversion, braced roll, prep level and swing roll down (teddy bear roll down). The definition for switch liberty was revised to match common practice.


2-1-10, 2-1-12: Revises language to match basketball rules book on spirit squad location during basketball games.

Rationale: Revised language was written to match the basketball rules book to create consistency across activities.


3-2-7, 4-2-7: Adds the words "extended stunts that stop" to allow for show-and-go and up-and-over stunts.

Rationale: Language was revised to allow for show-and-go and up-and-over stunts without a spotter. The stunts allowed without a spotter do not end in an extended position.


3-3-2, 4-3-2: Removes the word static and clarifies article 2.

Rationale: The word static was removed to clarify how a top person can pass through an extended position.


3-3-3, 4-3-3: Reorganizes and clarifies braced inversions in a pyramid.

Rationale: Conditions for braced inversions in a pyramid that do not flip or roll are enumerated for clarification.


3-3-4, 4-3-4: Reorganizes and clarifies braced rolls in a pyramid.

Rationale: Conditions for braced rolls in a pyramid were reorganized and clarified.


3-3-5: Reorganizes and clarifies braced flips in a pyramid.

Rationale: Conditions for braced flips in a pyramid were reorganized and enumerated for clarification.


3-3-6, 4-3-6: Reorganizes and clarifies all other inversions, including suspended rolls.

Rationale: Conditions for inversions that are released were clarified. A quarter turn was changed to a half turn; this increase does not elevate safety risks for participants. The number of bases and/or spotters was adjusted. Rules for suspended rolls were moved to this section.


3-3-8, 4-3-8: Prohibits a swing roll-down stunt.

Rationale: Swing roll down stunts (teddy bear roll down) were defined and prohibited.


3-4-3, 4-4-11: Removes the word static and clarifies the connection.

Rationale: The word static was removed for consistency throughout the rules book. Language was adjusted to clarify the connection for extended braced stunts. The connection cannot be made by holding the leg/foot in the hand.


3-5-5: Removes the requirement for spotter of a bracer in a double-based prep.

Rationale: Adjusted the requirement for bases/spotters of bracers in a double-based prep.


3-5-9, 4-5-2c: Eliminates swan dives.

Rationale: Swan dive rule was deleted, as releases to prone positions are covered in 3-5-2, 3-5-5, and 4-5-3.


3-6-2, 4-6-2: Adds an exception to allow the top to release to grab another base to adjust position.

Rationale: Language was added to create an exception to allow the top to release one hand to grab another base to adjust position.


3-8-2, 4-8-2: Allows poms to be held during airborne tumbling skills.

Rationale: Language was added to create an exception to allow the top to release one hand to grab another base to adjust position.


4-4-2: Removes the word static and clarifies article 2.

Rationale: The word static was removed and language was added to clarify how a top person can pass through an extended position.


4-7-7, 4-7-8: Prohibits skills to a cradle.

Rationale: Prohibits skills performed to cradle for dance/drill/pom participants. Dance/drill/pom participants may twist dismount to the performance surface.


4-10-14: Requires bases to be in contact with the top person when transitioning from a prop.

Rationale: Minimizes the risk to participants when transitioning from props as bases to people as bases. This ensures that at no time will the top person be free of contact from a base while transitioning to a stunt from a prop.

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