UCA Game Day

High School Game Day

Game Day at Camp

All teams will perform a Band Chant, Situational Sideline and Cheer in that order. The Sideline and Cheer will be evaluated separately, allowing teams to receive a written evaluation and ribbon for each. Band Chants will not be evaluated but will be added to the overall routine and included as part of the Camp Championship on final day. The use of spirit raising props like signs, poms, flags and megaphones is required for each element. Squads are encouraged to incorporate practical skills that enhance their crowd leading ability. (NOTE: please review skill restrictions below)

BAND CHANT: No cue will be given and teams should demonstrate spirit and enthusiasm until music begins. Once the music begins, the band chant cannot incorporate any skill other than kicks and jumps but should showcase the squad’s sharp motions, high energy and synchronization. Teams may use the motions/dance taught at camp or choreography from home.

SITUATIONAL SIDELINE: Cued by announcer to indicate offense or defense. Teams will have been private coached and prepared for both scenarios and should demonstrate genuine spirit and energy following Band Chant until cue is given. We encourage the use of spirit raising props and practical skills that allow the squad to adjust quickly to either situation.

CHEER: Chosen from material taught during daily cheer class. No cue will be given by announcer so teams will transition directly from the Sideline. The cheer is not timed but should be reflective of a one minute timeout during a game.

Skill Restrictions: (Enforced for entire Game Day routine)

  • Single leg skills are limited to liberty and hitch position.
  • Running tumbling is prohibited.
  • Standing tumbling skills are limited to single skills. No connections or jump-tumble combinations are permitted. (Most difficult skill = back tuck)
  • Band Chants skills are limited to kicks and jumps.

Game Day at Regionals & NHSCC

The format for Regionals and Nationals will be similar to camp with the addition of Fight Song as a fourth element. Teams are permitted, but not required, to use camp material to demonstrate the game day environment at their school. With all four elements combined, the Game Day Routine cannot exceed a 3 minute time limit. All skill restrictions from camp format are enforced.

BAND CHANT and SITUATIONAL SIDELINE will be consistent with the summer camp format. Following band chant, the announcer will provide the cue for offense or defense.

Following the sideline, teams can transition immediately into their choice of CROWD LEADING material. This can be a cheer reflective of a one minute timeout, but can also be a general sideline or spell-out that encourages fans to yell along.

The FIGHT SONG should represent the traditional Fight Song your school has always done at games. Teams can incorporate up to three consecutive 8-counts of crowd effective stunts, tumbling, and/or jumps and can include spirit raising props to enhance the overall effect. For teams that do not have an official fight song, it is recommended to use a second selection of band chant music. Music guidelines are available at varsity.com.

Qualification:

Teams must attend a UCA qualifying tournament in order to earn a bid to the NHSCC. Only squads that have been credentialed at a 2018 Varsity Spirit camp are eligible to qualify.

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College Game Day

Game Day at College Spirit Camp

Game Day at camp will include three elements: Band Chant, Situational Sideline and Game Day Timeout. The order for Game Day will be as follows: the first two elements will either be the Situational Sideline or the Band Chant. The order will be random. The final element will be the Game Day Timeout.

BAND CHANT:The band chant can incorporate any skills allowed on football field / basketball court surfaces and showcase the squad’s sharp motions, high energy and synchronization. Teams can choose to use signs, flags and other spirit raising props to help encourage crowd response.
*Note: No spinning skills for tumbling and no basket tosses are allowed.

SITUATIONAL SIDELINE: With either an offensive or defensive scenario, the squad will determine which sideline to do based on the cues. The teams will perform a sideline they were private coached on and are encouraged to use spirit raising props like signs, poms and megaphones. Skills should be minimal and simple.
*Note: No spinning skills for tumbling and no basket tosses are allowed.

GAME DAY TIMEOUT: The Game Day Timeout is the best time to showcase your squad’s energy, leadership, visual appeal and connection to the crowd. It should encourage crowd involvement and mimic a 60 second timeout your squad would do at a game.
*Note: The same skill restrictions for the College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship apply.

Game Day at College Nationals

Game Day Division Guidelines

The order for the College Game Day Division at the College Championship will be random based on the audio cues. It will consist of a Fight Song, a Situational Sideline (offense / defense) and a Game Day Timeout (similar to what was done at camp).

FIGHT SONG: The fight song should represent the traditional fight song your school does at games. Skills should be minimal, practical and crowd effective. This formation should be similar to or the same as your sideline formation.

SITUATIONAL SIDELINE: With either an offensive or defensive scenario, the squad will determine which sideline to do based on the cue. The teams are encouraged to use spirit raising props such as signs, poms, megaphones and flags. Skills should be minimal, practical and crowd effective.

GAME DAY TIMEOUT: Similar to a 60 second extended band chant that is designed for crowd interaction and involves crowd response. This is the best time to showcase your squad’s energy, leadership, visual appeal and connection to the crowd.

The judges will score teams using the criteria listed on the UCA Game Day score sheet. Each team will be evaluated on a 100 point system. Click here for more information on score sheets.

All teams attending the UCA College Cheerleading Championship will follow the AACCA Guidelines. Rules are subject to change by AACCA. For the most recent safety rules and information, visit www.aacca.org.

SKILL RESTRICTIONS

  • Flips into or out of partner stunts and pyramids are prohibited
  • Twisting stunts and dismounts may not exceed 1 ¼ rotation
  • Flipping tosses are permitted with zero twisting rotations
  • Twisting tumbling is prohibited

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