Divisions & Rules

To support safe and proper progressions with in the sport of cheer and dance, each team competes in a division based on their age grouping and skill level. Should you have any questions or rule clarifications, please contact the ACA at judging@albertacheerleading.ca



School Cheer & Dance

Effective August 1, 2018 the ACA has adopted the 2018-2019 Canadian Scholastic ICU Rules and Regulations and Cheer Canada's Age Grids.

Should you have any questions please contact the ACA at judging@albertacheerleading.ca.

School Pom Rules 2017 - 2018 (School Pom will follow USASF/IASF dance rules but not USASF/IASF Divisions. Please refer to the 'Divisions' section in the Cheer Canada School Competition Grid. School pom will follow the Junior, senior, open rules)

All Star Cheer & Dance

The ACA currently uses the USASF/IASF Rules and Cheer Canada Age Grid & Divisions for  All Star cheer and dance divisions. Both Cheer and Dance teams must also follow the ACA Competition Policy. Due to recent changes in USASF/IASF policies, you must request a copy of the rules. 
Please click the button below to submit your request.

Specialty Divisions

  • Specialty divisions include individuals and duos competiting a routine that does not include stunts, as well and Partner and Quad Groups that compete in the stunt division.

  • All specialty division athletes must follow age-appropriate rules

  • High School athletes must follow High School cheer rules, All Star athletes must follow USASF/IASF rules at the level they are competing

  • Partner Stunts can be same-sex or a male-female combination and may include a spotter. Quads may include up to five (5) athletes and may only include female athletes

  • Time limit: 1:30 all music format

  • Timing begins with the first beat of music and ends with your intent to leave the floor

  • Penalties are the same as regular cheer teams