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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
Rules Interpretation Meetings
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 on August 6, 2016 at Carmel HS. Online webinar meetings took place on August 30, 2016 and September 29, 2016. The webinars were free for all coaches, not just the coaches that are planning to bring their teams to an Indiana Cheer Championship event in 2016. If you have questions about these Rules Interpretation Meetings, or to learn more about attending next year’s meetings, please contact Chris Hammer at
Student Leadership Workshop
We were excited to team up with the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders to bring you a new event for student leaders! The event took place on August 13, 2016 at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center (the Indianapolis Colts training facility), and in its first year, we had over 140 students and coaches registered! Coaches and their student leaders attended this brand new event to learn from members of the 2016 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!
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
Not on the Indiana Cheer Championship email list?
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
2016 Indiana Cheer Championship Competitions Registration Form & Contest Rules

October 22, 2016 – Westfield HS

October 29, 2016 – Brownsburg HS

November 5, 2016 – 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 2016 All-State Cheer Team will also perform in exhibition.
Indiana Cheer Championship Patches
Orders for 2016 Indiana Cheer Championship patches were due by November 11, 2016. Patches will be shipped in mid-December, once they are received at our office. 
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, effective immediately, that all teams comply with US Copyright laws when obtaining music for their routines. Information was sent out to all coaches on our email distribution list June 21, 2016. 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. 
Everyone in the cheerleading world will be affected by this change. You will want to begin your search for properly licensed music IMMEDIATELY. We understand that this change has come up at a time in the year where you have already started the process of ordering, or have already ordered your music and are working on designing your routine. **Some teams may already have their music produced by an individual or company that meets all of these requirements. You should contact your music provider to see what steps they already take to ensure that they are incompliance. 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 Championshipo 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
Each year, we recognize outstanding cheer coaches from across the state. Finalists were recognized during the State Finals Awards Ceremony, on November 5, 2016 at New Castle HS. This year’s Cheer Coach of the Year Finalists were (in alphabetical order): Kimberly Fransen, Carroll HS; Cindy Howser, Scottsburg HS; Rossi Mills, North Central HS (Indianapolis). We are happy to announce that the 2016 Indiana Cheer Coach of the Year is Rossi Mills, from North Central HS (Indianapolis)!
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! 2016 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
Shelby County Fair June 28, 2016 Registration Form Janet Drake
Clinton County Fair July 14, 2016 Registration Form Megan Meyer
Montgomery County Fair July 18, 2016 Registration Form Tamari Haas
Delaware County Fair July 18, 2016 Registration Form Melanie Marshall
Mooresville High School July 21, 2016 Registration Form Katie Tutterrow
Swiss Wine Festival Aug. 28, 2016 Registration Form JHHS Casie Jesop
Charlestown High School Sept. 10, 2016 Registration Form Amy Pearce
Floyd Central High School Sept. 17, 2016 Registration Form Celeste Bell
Greenfield Central High School Sept. 17, 2016 Registration Form Laken Peal
Lake Central High School Sept. 24, 2016 Registration Form John Powers
Tri-West High School Sept. 24, 2016 Registration Form Christy Rose
New Palestine High School Oct. 1, 2016 Registration Form Allen Cooper
Hamilton SE High School Cancelled      
Purdue University Oct. 2, 2016 Registration Form Steve Solberg
Pendleton Heights High School Oct. 8, 2016 Registration Form Brenda Jamerson
Bishop Dwenger High School Oct. 15, 2016 Registration Form Amy Gonzagowski
Lowell High School Oct. 15, 2016 Registration Form Jennifer Del Real
Mt. Vernon High School Oct. 15, 2016 Registration Form Stacy Muffler
South Dearborn High School Nov. 12, 2016 Registration Form Lisa West
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.
NEW! 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
2016 Indiana Academic All-State Cheer Team Congratulations to the 2016 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! Each team member will receive a $100 scholarship, and the highest scoring team member will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The 2016 Indiana Academic All-State Cheerleading Team members are (alpha order):
Madison Irwin, Knightstown Comm. HS Carly Rasmussen, Hamilton SE HS ($1,000) LauraJane Skillern, Monrovia HS
Rachel Linville, Carmel HS Madalyn Riesterer, Fishers HS Lindsey Smallwood, Floyd Central HS
Mekaea Miller, Center Grove HS Amanda Rodgers, Tecumseh HS Maia Steigerwalt, Delta HS
Ashley Perry, Hamilton SE HS Lindsey SchulerHamilton SE HS Madelin Tippmann, Bishop Dwenger 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.