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~ Cheer News: August 24, 2021~

Last week the OHSAA sent a message to all member schools to answer questions and clarify misunderstandings regarding the OHSAA spirit event scheduled for December 11, 2021.

The email began with the following statement by OHSAA Executive Director Doug Ute.

“While the OHSAA has not sanctioned the sport of cheerleading, we are welcoming this as a unique opportunity to recognize and support sideline spirit. The OHSAA continues to encourage participation in the OASSA Cheer and Dance Regional and State Championships.”

The December 11th event is the product of an OHSAA business partnership. It is described as a “unique and fun experience for sideline spirit”. It is intended to recognize students participating in spirit activities during interscholastic events. OHSAA has not made sideline cheer a sanctioned OHSAA interscholastic sport.

OHSAA has publicly stated that they continue to support and encourage Ohio High School participation in the OASSA Cheer and Dance Regional and State Championships. In turn, OASSA sees the OHSAA Spirit event as a great tune-up opportunity for Ohio sideline cheer teams as they prepare for the 30th Annual OASSA Regional competition.  Watch our website for more information about OASSA Cheer & Dance events

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Files & Links

  • For the most up to date music copyrights information, visit the “Music Copyrights Educational Initiative” webpage. If you have any questions, teams should email for guidance. Please check their “Preferred Provider” list periodically for updates and changes.
  • Cheer BUILDING Teams:  USA Cheer and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) have reached an agreement to publish one set of RULES for high school cheerleading for the 2021-22 season under the NFHS Rule Book.
  • Cheer Non-Building & Non-Tumbling: Teams are to follow the rules and guidelines stated in the National Federation of HS Associations “National Federation Spirit Rules Book.”
  • Dance Teams: OASSA’s rules for Safety in the Dance categories are derived from the rules set forth by the Universal Dance Association (UDA). All Dance Teams are to follow the rules outlined in the UDA Routine Safety Rules