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Cheer Rules

General Tumbling

  • All tumbling must originate from and land on the performing surface.

      Clarification: A tumbler may rebound from his/her feet into a stunt transition. If the rebound from the tumbling pass involves hip-over-head rotation, then the tumber/top person must be caught and stopped in a non-inverted position before continuing into a hip-over head transition or stunt.

     Example: Round off handspring and then a bump or contact from a base or bracer straight into a backflip would break this rule for levels 1-5. A clear separation from the tumbling to the stunt is needed to make this legal. this would be true if coming from just a standing back handspring without a round off.

     Exception: Rebounding to a prone position (½ twist to stomach) in a stunt is allowed in Level 1.

  • Tumbling over, under, or through a stunt , individual, or prop, is not allowed.

      Clarification: An individual may jump (rebound) over another individual

  • Tumbling which holding or in contact with any prop is not allowed.

  • Dive rolls are not allowed.

  • Jumps are not considered a tumbling skill from a legalities point of view. Therefore, if a jump skill is included in a tumbling pass, the jump will break up the pass.

Standing / Running Tumbling

  • Skills must involve constant physical contact with the performing surface.

          Exception: Block cartwheels and roundoffs are allowed.

  • Forward and backward rolls, front and back walkovers, and handstands are allowed.

  • Cartwheels and round-offs are allowed.

  • No tumbling is allowed in immediate combination after a round off. If tumbling does occur after a round off a clear and distinct pause must immediately follow a round off or round off rebound.

  • Front and back handsprings are not allowed.


  • A spotter is required for each top person at the prep level and above.

Example: Suspended splits, flat-bodied positions and preps are examples of prep level stunts. Extended arm stunts that are not in the upright position (such as extended v-sits, extended flat backs, etc…) are considered prep level stunts.

Clarification: The center base in an extended v-sit may be considered a spotter as long ass they are in a position to protect the head and shoulders of the top person. 

Clarification 2: If the primary bases squat, go to their knees or drop the overall height of the stunt while extending their arms (excluding floor stunts), this skill would be considered extended and therefore illegal, regardless of the back spot’s positioning. 

Exception: Shoulder sits/straddles & T-Lifts and stunts with up to a ½ twist transition where the top person starts and ends on the performance surface and is only supported at the waist, do not require a spotter.

  • Single leg stunts are only allowed at waist level.

Exception 1: Prep level single leg stunts are allowed if the top person is connected to someone standing on the performance surface, which must be a separate person other than the base(s) or spotter. The connection must be hand/arm to hand/arm and must be made prior to initiating the single leg prep level stunt.

Exception 2: A walk up shoulder stand is legal in level 1 if both hands of top person are in contact with both bards of the base until both feet of the top person are placed on the shoulders of the base.

  • Twisting stunts and transitions are allowed up to a ¼ twisting rotation by the top person in relation to the performing surface.

Clarification: Twist performed with an additional turn by the bases performed in the same skill set, would be illegal if the resulting cumulative rotation of the top person exceeds ¼ rotations. The safety judge will use the hips of the top person to determine the amount of total rotation a top person performs in a skill set. Once a stunt is hit and the athletes show a definite and clear stop with a stationary top person, the they may continue to walk the stunt in additional rotation.

Exception 1: Rebounding to a prone position (½ twist to stomach) in a stunt is allowed in Level 1.

Exception 2: ½ Wrap around stunts are legal in Level 1.

Exception 3: Up to ½ twist is allowed if the top person starts and ends on the performance surface and is only supported at the waist and does not require an additional spotter.

  • During transitions, at least one base must remain in contact in the top person.

Exception: Leap frogs and leap frog variations are not allowed in Level 1.

  • Free flipping or assisted flipping stunts and transitions are not allowed.

  • No stunt, pyramid, or individual may move over or under another separate stunt, pyramid or individual.

Clarification: This pertains to an athlete’s torso moving over or under the torso of another athlete; not the arms or legs.

Clarification: A top person may not pass over or under the torso of another top person regardless if the stunt or pyramid is separate or not.

  • Single based split catches are not allowed.

  • Single based stunts with multiple top persons are not allowed

  • Level 1 Stunts-Release Moves

    • Release moves are not allowed other than those allowed at Level 1 “Dismounts”.

    • Release moves may not land in a prone or inverted position.

    • Release moves must return to original base. Clarification: An individual may not land on the performing surface without assistance.

    • Helicopters are not allowed.

    • A single full twisting log/barrel roll is not allowed.

    • Release moves may not intentionally travel.

    • Release moves may not pass over, under or through other stunts, pyramids, or individuals.


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