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Indiana Cheer Coaches Education and Training
USA Cheer and the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators are bringing spirit and safety together as partners in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Heads Up campaign. This joint effort will help build concussion awareness among coaches, parents, fans and cheerleaders themselves. The ever-growing popularity of cheerleading, coupled with the year-round nature of the sport, unfortunately, has led to a higher total incidence of concussions in our sport than in many others. That is why we are encouraging you to get involved and learn more about concussions.
NFHS Resources
Be sure to take advantage of the many resources available to you through the National Federation of State High School Associations! Visit to learn more, and check out the links below to find several great opportunities to further your knowledge in regards to sports medicine, as well as coach and participant responsibilities!
Sports Medicine Home Page
“After-School” Emergency Response Training Program
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Course

First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches Course
Concussion in Sports Course
Coach Responsibilities
Participant Responsibilities
NEW! NFHS Spirit Rules Update Webinars – Register: September 7 or October 3
The IASP Department of Student Programs is dedicated to helping Indiana Cheerleading Coaches keep up to date on the most current rules. Rules Interpretation Meetings are required each year for coaches who plan to participate in Indiana Cheer Championship competitions. This year’s Coaches Conference was held on August 5, 2017 at Fishers HS. Online webinar meetings have been scheduled for those who were unable to attend the conference, or would just like to hear the information again. The webinars are free for all coaches, not just the coaches that are planning to bring their teams to an Indiana Cheer Championship event in 2017. Both webinars will begin at 6pm EDT. If you have questions about these Rules Interpretation Meetings, please contact Chris Hammer at
Student Leadership Workshop
We were excited to again team up with the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders to bring you an event for student leaders! The event took place on August 5, 2017 at Fishers HS. Student leaders learned from members of the 2017 Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders. Student sessions included the topics of: Leadership, Community Outreach, Motivation, Nutrition, Stretching and Teamwork. We hope that you will join us next year for this great event!
NEW! Exhibitors at Indiana Cheer Championship Events
The Indiana Cheer Championship is excited to provide businesses the opportunity to set up booth space at our Coaches Conference and Competitions. This is an opportunity to get your products in front of over 9,500 people! To learn more about being an exhibitor at one of our events, click here. Booth space is confirmed only once payment has been received, and will be based on a first paid basis. NOTE: The October 28, 2017 Varsity Prelims event is FULL. The deadline to register for space at any of the remaining competition weekends is September 30. Email Chris Hammer at with questions.
Video Submission Procedure
Each season, a large number of videos are submitted with a message saying only, “Is this legal?”. Without any indication as to where you are looking, we may focus on the wrong part of the submission, therefore making it more difficult to re-direct you to the correct information. 
Legal vs illegal is far too often more than a simple yes or no. One hand placement or a few inches difference in elevation can make a legal skill illegal. We want to know what your thought process is when examining a skill’s legality. We are asking that when sending videos, you reference the portion of the current NFHS Spirit Rules Book (Rule number and/or page number) that has you unsure if the skill is legal. The rule book is laid out in a way where all of the information pertaining to a specific skill is not necessarily provided on the same page. The initial rules are on one page, but situation rulings which also apply are on subsequent pages. Please be as specific as possible. In addition, we are asking that the videos that you send be of YOUR cheerleaders performing the skills. Please do NOT send videos of college teams or other teams performing the same skills. Your submission may be uploaded to youtube and sent that way, but the cheerleaders shown in the video must be your group. If you have questions, please send videos and your reference point in the NFHS Spirit Rules Book to Chris Hammer at
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No problem! Email Chris Hammer at to be added to the list.
Frequently Asked Questions
For answers to frequently asked questions about Indiana Cheerleading and the Indiana Cheer Championship events, click here.
Indiana Cheer Championship
2017 Indiana Cheer Championship Competitions – Registration Form – Timeline

October 21, 2017 – Westfield HS

October 28, 2017 – Greenfield Central HS

November 4, 2017 – New Castle HS

All JH, Freshman, JV and JH Time-Out Division teams will compete once for awards. Partner Stunt Group Finalists will also compete for awards.

All Varsity teams will compete in the preliminary round. The top 60% of the teams will advance to the State Finals competition the following weekend. All Varsity State Finalists and High School Time-Out Division teams will compete once for awards. The 2017 All-State Cheer Team will also perform in exhibition.
Music Copyright Policy
As you might be aware, music copyright compliance is a hot topic right now. In order to protect ourselves and you as participants, we are requiring that all teams comply with US Copyright laws when obtaining music for their routines. Copyright compliance is non-negotiable. Below, you will find information regarding how to go about getting the necessary permissions to use music or finding music that doesn’t require special permissions. Since the Time-Out Division teams are not permitted to use music, copyright laws will not affect those teams. We trust that you will take this very seriously and join us in this industry-wide effort to protect the rights of artists, producers and record labels.
1. You may purchase music through the preferred vendors listed here, provided by USA Cheer. Through these providers, the permissions to use the music for performance are included. 2. You may choose to bring in a song that you have legally purchased, and simply cut it down to the proper time limit. You may not do anything else to the recording, including adjusting the speed. 3. You may choose to tackle this process on your own. You will need to contact all copyright owners of the music that you intend to use, and receive all permissions from them. Sample Request Letter. 
If you have further questions about what is required of you in terms of copyright compliance, please contact Chris at Since this is an issue affecting all cheer teams, USA Cheer has put together resources for their teams and competitions, and have granted us permission to share those with you. NOTE: The information included in the previous link is designed for USA Cheer and its events. It is subject to change at any time. If changes are made, the Indiana Cheer Championship will act independently of USA Cheer to determine what changes may need to be made for the Indiana Cheer Championship competitions.
NEW! Indiana Cheer Coach of the Year
Strong cheer coaches are an essential part of providing a positive experience for Indiana’s cheerleaders, and IASP is excited to recognize the contributions of devoted cheer coaches from across the state! Coaches who participated in the 2016 Indiana Cheer Championship as a coach are eligible for this award, and can be nominated by their principal, athletic director, another coach, parent or volunteer. Coaches who were named a 2016 Coach of the Year Finalist are not eligible in 2017, but will be eligible again in 2018. A selection committee will review nominations and will name the Coach of the Year Finalists on October 13, 2017. Finalists will be recognized during the State Finals Awards Ceremony, on November 4, 2017 at New Castle HS, with one coach being named the 2017 Indiana Cheer Coach of the Year! Nominate your cheer coach!
Competition Score Sheets – Tips for Interpreting Scoring System
Dance & Formations Score Sheet   Time-Out Score Sheet
Cheering Skills & Jumps Score Sheet Point Deduction Score Sheet Time-Out Safety & Timing Score Sheet
Tumbling Score Sheet Safety & Timing Score Sheet All-Girl Partner Stunt Score Sheet
Stunts/Tossing/Pyramids Score Sheet   All-State Individual Score Sheet
NEW! 2017 High School Invitational Competitions
Here is a list of the schools that have informed us that they will be hosting an invitational cheer competition this season. IASP is happy to spread the word about these competitions, but please note that IASP is not associated with these competitions in any other way. Please contact the coordinating host directly with questions via the email address provided. Some competitions choose to use our Indiana Cheer Championship score sheets, and sometimes similar judges. Coaches attending any of the competitions below should be aware that scores from these competitions are not guaranteed to translate to an Indiana Cheer Championship event. This list will be updated as information is shared with IASP.
Host Date Information Coordinator Email
Clinton County Fair July 13, 2017 Registration Form Nichole Julian
Delaware County Fair July 17, 2017 Registration Form Melanie Marshall
Swiss Wine Festival Aug. 27, 2017 Registration Form JHHS Casie Jesop
Charlestown High School Sept. 9, 2017 Registration Form Amy Pearce
Wawasee High School Sept. 9, 2017 Registration Form Cory Schutz
Floyd Central High School Sept. 16, 2017 Registration Form Celeste Bell 
Greenfield Central High School Sept. 16, 2017 Registration Form Laken Peal
 Lake Central High School Sept. 23, 2017  Registration Form  John Powers 
Tri-West High School Sept. 23, 2017 Registration Form Christy Rose
NorthWood High School Cancelled Registration Form Lisa Norville
New Albany High School Sept. 30, 2017 Registration Form Rocelle Marquis
New Palestine High School Sept. 30, 2017 Registration Form Ally Jamerson
Purdue University  Oct.1, 2017 Registration Form  Steve Solberg
Pendleton Heights High School Oct. 7, 2017 Registration Form Brenda Jamerson
Bishop Dwenger High School Oct. 14, 2017 Registration Form Amy Gonzagowski
Clinton Central Jr/Sr HS Oct. 14, 2017 Registration Form  Logan Chapin 
Mt. Vernon High School Oct. 14, 2017 Registration Form    
Providence High School Oct. 22, 2017 Registration Form Christie Evanczyk
Bishop Dwenger High School Jan. 28, 2018  Registration Form Amy Gonzagowski 
2016 Indiana Cheer Championship Results
2016 JH/Freshman/JV/Junior High Time-Out Results
Junior High/Junior High Time-Out/JV teams from across the state of Indiana competed in the 2016 
Indiana Cheer Championship
competition at Westfield High School on October 22.

Congratulations to all participants! The Top 3 by division: 
2016 State Finals Results 
Varsity teams from across the state of Indiana competed in the 2016 Indiana Cheer Championship 
State Finals at New Castle High School on November 5.
Congratulations to all participants! The Top 5 Finalists by division: 
Junior High Small
1st Place:
 Pendleton Heights MS
2nd Place: Mt. Vernon MS
3rd Place: Fall Creek JH
4th Place: Greenfield Central JH
5th Place: Highland Hills MS
Junior High Large
1st Place:
 Woodside MS
2nd Place: Riverside JH
3rd Place: Lowell MS
4th Place: Jasper MS
5th Place: Carroll MS
Varsity A
State Champion:
Noblesville HS
State Runner-Up: 
Hamilton Southeastern HS
State 3rd Place: 
Fishers HS
State 4th Place: Whiteland Comm. HS
State 5th Place: Lake Central HS
 Varsity B
State Champion:
Bishop Dwenger HS
State Runner-Up: 
Pendleton Heights HS
State 3rd Place: 
Mt. Vernon HS
State 4th Place: Jay County HS
State 5th Place: Mooresville HS
1st Place:
 Bishop Dwenger HS
2nd Place: Carmel HS
Junior Varsity
1st Place: Lake Central HS
2nd Place: Hamilton Southeastern HS
3rd Place: Floyd Central HS
4th Place: Fishers HS
5th Place: Crown Point HS
Varsity C
State Champion:
 Tri-West HS
State Runner-Up: Silver Creek HS
State 3rd Place: NorthWood HS
State 4th Place: Delta HS
State 5th Place: Gibson Southern HS
Varsity D
State Champion:
North Putnam HS
State Runner-Up: 
Triton Central HS
State 3rd Place: 
Our Lady of Providence HS
State 4th Place: Switzerland County HS
State 5th Place: Northeast Dubois HS
Junior High Time-Out
1st Place:
 Clinton Central JH
2nd Place: Silver Creek MS
3rd Place: Colonel John Wheeler MS
4th Place: Tipton MS
5th Place: Jasper MS
Varsity Coed
State Champion:
Greenfield Central HS
State Runner-Up: 
New Palestine HS
State 3rd Place: 
Charlestown HS
State 4th Place: New Albany HS
State 5th Place: Elkhart Central HS
State Champion:
 North Central HS
State Runner-Up: Carmel HS
State 3rd Place: Center Grove HS
State 4th Place: Silver Creek HS
State 5th Place: Clinton Central Jr/Sr HS
Partner Stunt Group
1st Place:
 Lowell HS
2nd Place: Silver Creek HS
3rd Place: Pendleton Heights HS
4th Place: Whiteland Comm. HS
5th Place: Carmel HS
Scholarship Opportunities Each Indiana Cheer Competition participating school has the opportunity for senior cheerleaders to compete for scholarships in the Individual All State Competition held in the Fall as a part of the State Championships, and again in the Academic All-State Cheer Team program in the Spring. Click the link in the Indiana Cheer Championship History section below to view past teams.
2016 Indiana All-State Cheer Team Congratulations to the 2016 Indiana All-State Cheer Team! These 12 individuals were selected from a very talented pool of 53 applicants from across the State of Indiana! The 2016 Indiana All-State Cheerleading Team members are (alpha order):
Alyssa BakerFishers HS Ava DickmannGreenfield Central HS Kenli JohnsonHamilton SE HS
Nic Carr, Elkhart Central HS Dru DownenLowell HS Madeline KingMt. Vernon HS
Jenna DanielCharlestown HS Raina GulachekBishop Dwenger HS Brooklyn ThomasAvon HS
Aubriel DavisPike HS Kenzie HorningGreenfield-Central HS Amy WeilbakerBishop Dwenger HS
NEW! 2017 Indiana Academic All-State Cheer Team Congratulations to the 2017 Indiana Academic All-State Cheer Team! These 12 individuals were selected from a very talented pool of applicants from across the state of Indiana, based on their accomplishments both in the classroom and in their communities! Eleven of the team members will receive a $100 scholarship, and the highest scoring team member will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The 2017 Indiana Academic All-State Cheerleading Team members are (alpha order):
Abigail BeardFloyd Central HS Alison JeffriesWestfield HS Meg SchleterMt. Vernon HS
Emily GallupHamilton Southeastern HS Carli KingFloyd Central HS Kylie StineFrankfort HS
Madeleine GlogasHomestead HS ($1,000) Allison SanderKnightstown Community HS Makayla SullivanLake Central HS
Mackenzie HorningGreenfield Central HS Gabrielle SchepersNortheast Dubois HS Lauren TatinaLake Central HS
Indiana Cheer Championship History Click here to view past All-State Teams, both Cheer and Academic, and to view the Indiana Cheer Championship “Hall of Champions”, where you can find records of past championships won sorted by competition class, year and by school.