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2017 KAPOS Cheer Coaches Conference
Saturday, August 19
KHSAA Office

Speakers include:
Jim Lord – NFHS Liaison, Rule changes

Hank Light – Varsity, New High School Score Sheets and Game Day Competitions

Debbie Love – Motivational Speaker

Bryce Seals – V!ROC, Choreography

UCA Staff – Stunt Demos

The Coaches Conference – Registration Form 2017 is available by clicking here or on the  website under the Coaches’ Conference link.

KAPOS will also be offering a judges’ training that same afternoon following the conference.  Find out more about how to register on the “Be A KAPOS Cheer Judge” link.

LEXINGTON – August 19, 2017, 3:00-5:30 p.m.
FLORENCE – August 26, 2017, 12:00-2:30 p.m. EDT
OWENSBORO–Saturday, September 16, 2017, 1:00-3:30 p.m. CDT
HAZARD – Saturday, September 23, 2017, 3:30-6:00 p.m. EDT
MOREHEAD – September 26, 2017, 5:30-8:00 p.m. EDT


                                            Regional In-Game Winners

When KAPOS competitions began, they were conducted in-game.  For years many of our regions continued that tradition.  We are happy to say that a few more regions got on board this year.  We will post these winners as we receive them after they are announced.  Congratulations to our region in-game winners!

Region 4 Girls Tournament:
Bowling Green – winner
Russell County – runner up
Region 4 Boys Tournament:
Bowling Green – winner
Clinton County – runner up

Region 6 Girls Tournament:
Butler – winner
Mercy – runner up
Region 6 Boys Tournament:
Valley – winner
Doss – runner up

Region 7 Girls Tournament:
Eastern – winner
Manual – runner up
Region 7 Boys Tournament:
Trinity – winner
Christian Academy of Louisville (CAL) – runner up

Region 9 Girls Tournament:
Holmes – winner
Connor – runner up
Region 9 Boys Tournament:
Ryle – winner
Cooper – runner up

Region 10 Girls Tournament:
Mason County – winner
Bracken County – runner up

Region 13 Girls Tournament:
 – winner
Clay County – runner up
Harlan County – 3rd

Region 14 Girls Tournament:
Perry County Central – winner
Breathitt County – runner up

Region 16 Girls Tournament:
East Carter – winner
West Carter – runner up
Region 16 Boys Tournament:
West Carter – winner
Rowan County – runner up


For 61 years KAPOS has been a leader and innovator for cheerleading in our country.   In the 2012-13 school year, we began a new chapter with the beginning of our KAPOS State Elementary and Middle School Competition!  In 2016-17 we will continue this competition and look forward to this year’s awesome teams!

The date for the KAPOS State Middle School Competition has been set for Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.  Competition times are listed as Eastern Standard Time.   All elementary and middle school cheer teams are encouraged to participate in their regional competitions which must be completed by Sunday, December 4.  Regional winners will advance to the state competition.

Entry fees will be $125 per team with check made payable to KAPOS.  The fee should be paid at the first regional meeting, but MUST be paid no later than October 1.  After October 1, a late fee of $75 will be assessed until two weeks prior to the regional competition.  Then, no late entries will be accepted.


                                             EXCITEMENT IN THE AIR
Cheerleading competition season is upon us and that means there’s lots of excitement in the state of Kentucky!  The first middle and elementary school regionals begin on Saturday, October 29 on the road to the State Championship in December.  All winners will be posted at the completion of regional competitions.  Check out our Competition Results – Region link to see if your favorite teams are advancing!


The 2016 KAPOS Coaches Conference was a huge success thanks to the efforts of our awesome speakers, Debbie Love and Jim Lord.   Of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without the assistance from the wonderful UCA staff organized by Hank Light.  We are already starting to talk and plan for next year.  Hope you’ll make plans to join us!  



In order to meet the needs of the “ever changing” world of Kentucky cheerleading….. KAPOS has adopted a new judging system!!



TRAINING FEE……………..…………………………….………$50
    (Fee is waived for KHSAA certified judges, but you DO need to                    attend a KAPOS training.  Please note on your registration form that you are a 2016-2017 KHSAA certified judge.)

LEXINGTON – August 20, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
FLORENCE – August 27, 2016, 12 p.m. EDT
MADISONVILLE – Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9:30 a.m. CDT
ELIZABETHTOWN – Saturday, September 17, 2016, 3:30 p.m. EDT
SOMERSET – Saturday, September 24, 2016, 9 a.m. 
HAZARD – Saturday, September 24, 2016, 3:30 p.m. EDT
MOREHEAD – September 27, 2016, 5:00 p.m. EDT

Date for State Set at May 21 Board Meeting
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington
All regional competitions must be completed by Friday, December 2.

Congratulations 2015-2016 Stella Gilb Scholarship Winners!
Caleb Andrew Burch – McCracken County (Region 1)
Anais Jeanette Compton – Bowling Green (Region 4)
Elizabeth Daniel Johnson – Nicholas County (Region 10)
Kaylin Mariah Wells – Pendleton County (Region 10)
Claire Emiko Sandberg – Berea (Region 11)
Abigail Paige Gannon – Belfry (Region 15)
Ashley Paige Kennedy – Lewis County (Region 16)
Emelia Lynn Branham – Russell (Region 16)
Madison DellaRene Carroll – West Carter (Region 16)
Nakita Jo Bryan – Russell (Region 16) *********************************************************************** Congratulations to our newly elected KAPOS board members and officers! Their terms began on July 1 and their information has been posted on the Board of Directors link.

Region #2–Jennifer Luttrell
Region #4–Melanie Harston
Region #6–Carrie DeBold
Region #8–Heather Fallen
Region #10–Kim Ritchie
Region #12–Stephanie Hodge
Region #13-Trisha Evans (filling out an unexpired term)
Region #14–Hack Hudson
Region #16–Jeffrey Huffman
At-Large—Reba Johnson Regions #’s 1-8 and David Moore #’s 9-16 State At-Large—will be announced after June 1
Secretary–Carole Mullins
Sectional Vice Presidents—
Phyllis Jenkins Regions #5-8 and Gwen Gibbs Regions #13-16

Congratulations to Gwen Gibbs who continues to serve on the KHSAA Board of Control as the female representative from Regions 9-16!  Gwen will continue to represent the student athletes of Kentucky well!

**************************************************************************                         CLARIFICATION OF KAPOS DIFFICULTY GRID
In order to clarify scoring of jumps, the KAPOS Difficulty Grid has been revised for easier interpretation.

NOTE:   The question has been asked if teams can have boys participate with them. The answer is “yes”. Research has determined that the physical development of boys versus girls at the elementary and middle school years does not make a significant difference in strength or skill level of the team. Therefore, since we have not had sufficient interest to warrant a separate coed division, boys ARE permitted to cheer on our elementary and middle school teams. 

35th National High School Cheerleading Championships

We “cheer die hards” made it home from a great trip to the 35th National High School Cheerleading Championships, and what a tremendous event it was! It is evident that the Kentucky “cheer presence” is a force to be reckoned with as ever division was packed with our awesome Kentucky teams!

I was very proud when they announced that in the 35 years of its existence, there was only one team with one coach that had attended EVERY competition in those 35 years. Being from Region 16, of course, I knew immediately the answer to that question was……Greenup County and Candy Berry!

Ruth Sorace, KAPOS Advisory Board member, put together a few statistics to show the extent of Kentucky cheerleading at this competition. There were 61 “school-based” teams from Kentucky. (She didn’t count rec or youth leagues.) Of the 61 teams, 44 were varsity high school teams. elearn chattanooga state Of the 61 teams, 36 made it to finals and brought home a trophy, which comes to 59%! From finals, 3 were National Champions (Greenup County, Pikeville Junior High, and Southwestern). In addition, some teams also competed in Game Day — 3 made finals and 2 brought home National Championships in Game Day (Prestonsburg and Russell County). You can see that Kentucky was extremely well represented bringing home 5 national championships! Congratulations to all of our teams and coaches that participated. We have LOTS to be proud of!

Cheers from Lucy!