Wednesday, September 04, 2013


Just thought I'd pass along these state rules/changes to you #BVCheer

PS- Homecoming is coming SOON- better start thinking about a run thru and the pep-rally outline.
PPS- Who's gonna volunteer to make hospitality for THIS Friday night?
PPPS- if I didn't say it out loud- thank you all for working on locker-decs this week & thanks for those working to correct mistakes we made on locker decs too! I appreciate you all. Keep it up.

Ted Mallory
Boyer Valley Community Schools
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From: Elisa Kahler <>
Date: Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Rule 2-1-5b needs to be clarified in regards to modifying stunts to be appropriate for the surface and/or area and in relation to other participants.  Cheerleaders may not stunt while holding run-through signs.  Also, stunting while the ball is in play during football games could result in injury if the action of the game changes suddenly and players end up out of bounds by the cheerleaders.  Football is unique in that it has breaks after every play for cheerleaders to lead chants.  Once the action begins, the cheerleaders should be watching the game along with the fans, which will allow them to be ready with appropriate chants when the play is finished.

Another rule that needs to be clarified is Rule 2-3-1 concerning dermal piercings.  At the March 2013 meeting of the NFHS Spirit Rules Committee, the committee discussed dermal piercings and approved editing 2.3.1 SITUATION A to indicate that dermal piercings are illegal.

The committee has now revisited that ruling and determined that a participant with a dermal piercing can participate provided the jewelry adornment is removed. As a result, the situation printed in the rules book is now incorrect. The following rewording replaces that situation in the 2013-14 NFHS Spirit Rules Book:

*2.3.1 SITUATION A: A participant is wearing: (a) a watch; (b) post earrings covered by tape; (c) a religious medal on a chain; (d) a navel ring; (e) fish line or spacer through a piercing; (g) a dermal piercing without the jewelry adornment removed. RULING: All are illegal. COMMENT: If the jewelry adornment of a dermal piercing is removed, it is legal.

As always, state associations have the option of adopting a more restrictive rule than the NFHS rule. Thus, state associations could maintain the original wording of the situation and still determine that dermal piercings are illegal regardless of whether the jewelry adornment is removed.

Cheer coaches should make their cheerleaders aware that dermal piercings will again be discussed at the 2014 NFHS Spirit Rules Committee Meeting.  The committee could decide to:

1) Allow dermal piercings with the jewelry adornment removed.

2) Allow dermal piercings that cannot be seen - again with the jewelry adornment removed.

3) Make dermal piercings illegal.

Since the NF Spirit Rules Book is not published until after most cheerleading tryouts, coaches should make sure that cheerleaders are aware of the possible consequences of dermal piercings, especially since there is a chance they could be ruled illegal in the future.

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