Cheer Questions

Please Note: New for 2016-17, email submissions must include the coach’s USASF Member ID Number, the coach’s name, the program’s USASF Member ID Number, and the program’s name. Videos from teams outside the United States may be sent to cheer.rules@iasfworlds.com.

Please contact your USASF Regional Director for any questions non-legality related.

The cheer@usasfrules.com email address is only intended for rulings on videos regarding the USASF level 1-6 rules. Every email sent to this address should be answerable with one word, LEGAL or ILLEGAL. To get a reply your email must include a level and a video following the guidelines below. Coaches are encouraged to review videos prior to sending them to ensure they are clear and may be utilized for review, including ensuring they display in an upright manner when viewed from a computer.

Questions regarding dance skills should be sent to dance@usasfrules.com and follow the guidelines on http://usasfrules.com/dancequestions/. Emails regarding any other topic should be directed toward your Regional Director (http://usasf.net/regional_directors/) and will not receive a response from this email address beyond the automatic reply.

Please allow 7-10 days for processing of your video. Response time may increase during periods of high volume. Please do NOT re-send your video within the 7-10 day time frame.

Guidelines & Reminders:

  • Every email should be answerable with one word, LEGAL or ILLEGAL.
  • Videos must display in an upright manner when viewed from a computer.
  • Videos must be attached. No links to YouTube or other video sites.
  • Videos submitted are subject to be used for educational purposes. If you want your video excluded please indicate that when submitting a video.
  • Videos should be filmed specifically for the purpose of getting a ruling.
  • Videos must be of your team in a practice environment.
  • Videos must be of a single skill or sequence.
  • Tumbling videos should only include 1 person.
  • Stunt or toss videos should only include 1 group.
  • Pyramid videos may include all members, but should be of 1 side when possible.
  • Videos from competitions, of more than one skill or sequence, or believed to be of other teams will not receive a reply.
  • Video must be of exactly what you want a ruling on. We will not rule on a portion of a video, based on a description, or based on a video with a description of a difference.
  • If you have questions regarding multiple skills they should be sent in separate emails. Sending multiple angles of the same skill in a single email is allowed, but a separate email is required for each different skill.
  • We can only tell you a skill is LEGAL for a specific level or a skill is ILLEGAL along with citing the rule violated. We will not assist with changing choreography.
  • We expect you to have knowledge of the rules and will not be teaching the rules in our replies.
  • We only rule on the legality of the skill in the video, not the participants.
  • Our ruling is only valid if the skill is performed the same way in the video and at the event. If called on a skill we said was legal the safety judge or official at the event should point out the difference.
  • Don’t ask us to call, text, or contact you via any method other than email. We cannot give official replies via text, Facebook, Twitter, our personal email accounts, or any other non-USASF method.
  • Please watch the video before sending it in to make sure it’s a clear. We’ve received several videos that we couldn’t rule on due to something that would have been obvious if the video was watched in advance, such as the view being blocked by a finger of the camera holder.
  • Please ensure there are no extra people in the video that could impact the ruling, such as someone that is in view and could unintentionally be considered a spotter.
  • It is your responsibility to have the original email containing the ruling with you at events. This specifically means the email directly from cheer@usasfrules.com, not a forwarded version of an email from cheer@usasfrules.com.