Rule Clarifications

Teams may request clarification regarding routine skills by contacting the ACA Judging Coordinator/IASF no later than 5 days prior to the event at which the skills will be performed.
       1. School Cheer clarifications: Email the Judging Coordinator -
       2. All Star Cheer clarifications: Email IASF directly -

Due to time and geographical constraints, a video clip of the skill(s) in question will be the only accepted sumission format. Please ensure that the video depicts several different angles of the elements.

Please be advised that even if a stunt has been approved by the Judging Coordinator, should the execution of that skill change or the stunt be varied from its approved version the stunt may be deemed illegal by the Safety Judge during competition.

NOTE: All judges, including the Judging Coordinator and ACA Staff, are not obligated to answer questions about your routine during the coaches’ meeting or any other time prior to the start of the event.

Disputes & Appeals

All judging decisions are final. If you have a concern regarding the judging results, the following steps should be taken:

  • Within five (5) days of the competition, submit via e-mail, a letter expressing your concerns to the ACA Judging Coordinator. This letter must also be copied to the ACA Executive Director and the Teacher Advisor/Principal/Gym Owner of the Coach/school/gym expressing the concern.

  • The Supervisory Judge will address your concerns in an email within seven (7) days after receiving the complaint, after s/he consults with the judges and/or persons concerned. This response will also be sent to those individuals copied in the original complaint letter.

Concerns or complaints must always be addressed in writing. Direct verbal confrontation to the Judges, Judging Coordinator, or any ACA staff or Board member, is considered inappropriate and such actions could result in suspension from future ACA Sanctionedevents.

For Metro Zones and ASAA Senior High Provincial competitions, an appeal may be made to the ASAA. Please contact the ASAA Commissioner for cheerleading for information on this process.

NOTE: Teachers must always follow the ATA Code of Conduct.