(For floor entrance and exit examples, see below)
- Athletes of teams at The Cheerleading Worlds are expected to exhibit the utmost of sportsmanship, respect and support throughout the entire event.
There are increasing concerns that a high standard of “decorum” is not being followed consistently by all teams in the performance venue at performance time, and also by some gym members/fans viewing the routine.
To see examples of acceptable and unacceptable floor entrances and exits, please visit:
To address these concerns the Cheerleading Worlds will follow the policies written below:
- When teams are introduced, they are expected to take the floor within a 30 second window and assume the starting position for their routine. At the conclusion of the routine, competitors are expected to exit the performance floor immediately, again within a 30 second window of time.
- From the time the team is announced the protocol to entering and leaving the competition floor is expected to reflect a “team” environment.
- Actions that exhibit excessive boasting, a delay in competition, poor sportsmanship, unprofessional behavior, etc. may be penalized for by event judges. These actions may include, but are not limited to, things such as:
- Taunting another team. Taunting may be defined as the use of baiting or taunting acts of words that engender ill will between teams.
- An athlete calling unnecessary attention to her/himself (i.e. high 5’s, chest bumps, etc.)
- Excessive pre or post competition team rituals (team bonding traditions must take place behind the stage area)
- Displays of public affection
- Running the perimeter of the performance floor (like a “victory” lap)
- Stepping outside of the floor bounds to approach coaching staff, crowd members and/or other members of the audience
- Excessive celebration (i.e. athletes wrapping their legs around coaches and/or each other, victory dances, etc.). Any prolonged, excessive, or premeditated celebration by individual athletes or a group of athletes while on the competition floor.
- Coaching staff, parents, fans and/or other members of the performing gym taking the performance floor before, during or after a performance (unless in direct response to an obvious athlete injury). The only people allowed on the performance floor are the competitors and competition personnel
- Athletes collapsing to the floor following a performance when an injury does not seem apparent.
- It will be assumed that any athlete who is not able to maintain a standing position is in need of medical attention and will be treated as such.
- Teams will be assessed a 2.0, 4.0 or 6.0 point penalty for exhibiting unsportsmanlike, unprofessional, disrespectful and/or unsupportive behavior. The amount of the penalty will be determined by the competition officials.
Floor Entrance Examples
No cause for infraction or timer to start:
Organized movement causing start of timer:
March Out (creating an infraction):
Director (immediate infraction)