Cheerleading Rules

Today's cheerleading stunts are more spectacular than ever, but unfortunately, riskier. To avoid accidents, the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators (AACCA) have established a few rules to meet the challenges faced by modern college and high school cheerleaders, and lessen the chances of them getting hurt while performing stunts.

The following are general rules used in high school and college cheerleading programs around the country. Specific rules are divided into categories, including rules for each stunt or type of move, as well as restrictions for younger cheerleaders. Rules for specific stunts and skills include partner stunts, pyramids, inversions, tosses, tumbling and jumps, and certain kind of surfaces. Although these rules serve to guide school cheerleading teams around the country, schools may modify them to meet their unique needs. Cheerleading squads may also have their own rules for practice, uniforms, and attitudes. A complete list of the AACCA Rules can be viewed here.

General Rules

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The American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators was founded in 1987 in order to meet the growing safety needs of cheerleading. The organization works in partnership with high school and college athletic programs to continually improve cheer safety through its certification program, workshops, and comprehensive safety rules.

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