Rule Clarifications

Teams may request clarification regarding routine skills by contacting the ACA’s Legality Consultant or IASF no later than 5 days prior to the event at which the skills will be performed.
       1. Scholastic coaches: Submit a video of your team performing a specific skill, or questions about the scholastic rules to
       2. All-Star coaches: Email IASF directly -

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.

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 Legality Consultant, 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 Legality Consultant, ACA Staff, and Board Directors, 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 Legality Consultant at This letter must also be copied to the ACA Executive Director at 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, Legality Consultant, or any ACA staff or Board member, is considered inappropriate and such actions could result in suspension from future ACA Sanctioned events.

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.