Legality Update: February 5, 2019

 

The ACA is reminding all  coaches to double check your routines for potential legality issues. Resources are in place to provide legality rulings.

Submitting a video is the only way to receive an official legality ruling. A conversation with a choreographer, coach, judge, etc. is not an official ruling.

Commonly called legalities  in January 2019:


Allstar Level 1

  • Stunts A1: A spotter is required for each top person at prep level and above.

    • Example: Transitions from waist level to prep level, shoulder stands, flat-bodied stunts at prep level, etc. The bases of a stunt are not considered a spotter.

  • Stunts B1: Single leg stunts are only allowed at waist level. 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.

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

    • Example: Half twisting transitions, including half up to prep, are not permitted.

  • Stunts J1: Inversions are not allowed. Clarification: All inverted athletes must maintain contact with the performance surface.

    • Example: Swinging transitions where the top person becomes inverted off of the performing surface


Allstar Level 2

  • Stunts B1: Single leg stunts above prep level are not allowed. A single leg stunt may not pass above prep level.

    • This legality was commonly called during half-turn transitions where the flyer was supported under a single foot.

  • Stunts J1: Transitions from ground level inversions to non-inverted positions are allowed. No other inversions are allowed. Clarification: All inverted athletes must maintain contact with the performance surface unless the top person is being lifted directly to non-inverted position.

    • Example: A back walkover out of cradle is not permitted

  • Pyramids E1 and E2: Extended single-leg stunts must be braced by at least one top person at prep level or below with hand-arm connection only. The hand-arm of the top person must be, and remain, connected to the hand-arm of the bracer. The connection must be made prior to initiating the extended single leg stunt.


Allstar Level 3

  • Pyramid Release Moves: If a pyramid release move is only connected to 1 bracer, the skill must follow all rules under Level 3 Stunt and Dismount rules.


Allstar Level 4

  • Stunts J2: Downward inversions are allowed at prep level and must be assisted by at least three catchers, at least two of which are positioned to protect the head and shoulder area.


Allstar Prep

  • Stunts A1: A spotter is required for each top person at prep level and above. 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.

    • Example: Transitions from waist level to prep level, shoulder stands, flat-bodied stunts at prep level, etc. The base of a stunt is not considered a spotter.

  • Stunts B1: Single leg stunts are only allowed at waist level. 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.

  • Pyramids D1: Prep level single leg stunts must be braced by at least one person at prep level or below with hand-arm connection only. The connection must be made prior to initiating the single leg prep level stunt.


All Scholastic Divisions

  • Routine Time - Scholastic Cheer Teams: The minimum time requirement for the cheer portion is 30 seconds. Total routine time cannot exceed 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

General Safety Rule 9: Flags, banners, signs, pom pons, megaphones and pieces of cloth are the only props allowed. Props with poles or similar support apparatus may not be used in conjunction with any kind of stunt or tumbling. All props must be safely discarded out of harm’s way (example: throwing a hard sign across the mat from a stunt is not allowed). Any uniform piece purposefully removed from the body and used for visual effect will be considered a prop once it is removed from the body.


Scholastic Beginner

  • Stunts B2: Stunts above waist level are not allowed. A stunt may not pass above waist level.


Scholastic Intermediate

  • Stunts I1: No release moves are allowed other than those allowed in Intermediate Division “Dismounts” and “Tosses”.

    • Example: A flyer may be not released from the bases/spotter during switch up and tick tock skills. This also applies during pyramids, regardless if the flyer is braced by another flyer.

  • Stunts J1: Transitions from ground level inversions to non-inverted positions are allowed. No other inversions are allowed. Clarification: All inverted athletes must maintain contact with the performance surface unless the top person is being lifted directly to non-inverted position.

    • Example: A back walkover out of cradle is not permitted


Scholastic Median

  • Stunts I3: Release moves must start at waist level or below and must be caught at prep level or below.

  • Pyramid Release Moves: If a pyramid release move is only connected to 1 bracer, the skill must follow all rules under Level 3 Stunt and Dismount rules.