Competition Rules & Regulations


All KAPOS competitions shall be under the direction of the Regional Board Member, Sectional Vice President, and/or other such person as designated by the KAPOS President.

Section I–Eligibility

1) To be eligible to compete in a regional KAPOS competition, a
team must be accompanied by a current
KAPOS member coach and submit:

  • A completed insurance form which lists all qualified team members including alternates
  • A completed KAPOS Music Information Sheet
  • A completed entry form with payment

2) Team members must attend the school they represent or attend a feeder school.  Elementary
students may compete on the middle school team into which their elementary school feeds.

3) Schools may have multiple teams compete that are comprised of different squad members.  A student may represent the school they attend on only one team.  No crossovers on same school teams.
Elementary students may compete on their elementary team AND their middle school team.  However, KAPOS will not adjust the Order of Performance to accommodate these teams or for any reason.

4) Regional winners will advance to the KAPOS State Competition.

5) Any team who advances to the KAPOS State Competition must compete in the same division at the state competition as they competed during their regional competition.

6) If any division has a vacancy at the state competition, a committee appointed by the President shall review the regional competition videos to issue bids to teams for participation at state competition.
Coaches must notify the President if they would like to be considered for a video bid within two days after their regional competition.

Section II–Squad Size/ Divisions

1) Elementary School (Grade 6 and below):
Small Division 4-16 members
Large Division 17-25 members

2) Middle school (Grade 8 and below):
Small Division 4-12 members
Medium Division 13-16 Members
Large Division 17-20 members
Super Large Division 21-25 Members

Section III–Judges/ Timers

1) All judges shall be assigned by the KAPOS President.

2) Judges must annually complete training as required by KAPOS.

3) KAPOS competitions will use eight (8) judges. Five routine, two
technical, and a scribe.

4) KAPOS competitions will use four timers:  2 entire routine and 2
music/audio portion.  Timers are to be certified judges.

Section IV–Judging Sheets/Scoring

1) The KAPOS judging sheets, difficulty grid, execution grid and
technical sheet are to be used at all KAPOS competitions.

2) Two of the three technical judges must both report an infraction
before any deductions or disqualifications can be assessed.

3) All judges’ and timers’ decisions are final.  There is no appeal

Section V–Warm-up and Sound Check

1) Warm-up times shall be provided to coaches prior to the
competition at all levels.

2) Teams shall be allowed to have a sound check prior to the
beginning of their routines.

3) At any level of competition, the coaches’ meeting and warm-up
times shall not be held simultaneously.

Section VI–Competition Provisions

1) Mats:

  • Mats shall be used at all levels of competition.
  •  For the state competition, routines shall be performed on a nine (9) mat floor.  Regions may vote to use only seven or eight.

2) Starting the Routine:

  • Teams shall take the floor only once and perform their entire routine.
  • The person announcing the competition shall announce for the team to take the floor and the team will
    begin when ready.

3) Timing:

  • The time of the routine shall commence on the first perceived activity on the part of any team member or the beginning of the music/audio, whichever occurs first.
  • The timing of the routine shall stop with the end of the audio or the last word or perceived motion.
  • No restarting of time shall be allowed. However, any repeat or recovery within the routine is allowed providing the time limit has not been exceeded.
  • A mechanical failure is not considered the fault of the team during the routine. Restarting of music and time should be allowed.
  • Two (2) copies of music in various recording formats should be taken to the music table.

4) The two and one-half minute routine must include all elements of
cheerleading skills listed on the judge’s score sheet and abide by
the NFHS Spirit Rules:

  • Basket Tosses are not allowed in the routine.
  • No routine may exceed two and one-half minutes.
  • The entire music/audio portion of the routine shall be limited to 1½ minute or less.

5) Timing Infractions:                 ·

  • Overtime is determined by using full seconds, not fractional portions.
  • If the timers determine that a team has exceeded a time limit, they shall report this infraction to the scribe prior to final tabulations and announcement of winners.
  • Both timers, in either the entire routine or the music/audio portion, must agree that a team has exceeded the time limit before a penalty deduction occurs.

6) Tabulation:

  • Following the judging of all categories, the judges shall tabulate the judging sheets.
  • Tabulated sheets with a copy of the team’s judging sheets shall be available to the participating coaches following the awards ceremony.

7) Tie-breaking procedure:

  • In the event of a tie, the score from the cheer judging sheet will be used to determine the winner.
  • If teams still remain tied at the regional level, the tie will be broken by the judges. At the state competition, the tie will not be broken and both teams will receive the same placement.

Section VI–Injuries During Competition

1) If a team member is seriously injured or becomes extremely ill
during judging, he/she may be excused for the remainder of the
competition. However, the team is expected to show competence
by adjusting to the member’s absence.

2) A legal alternate from the insurance form (eligibility sheet) would be allowed to cheer for the remainder of the competition, at the discretion of the coach.

3) Injuries during performance shall be handled as follows:

  • A coach, or person in charge, may choose to stop a routine/cheer due to an injury/illness that would endanger the rest of the team or the injured party.
  • If a coach, or person in charge, enters the performing surface, the routine/cheer shall be stopped.
  • After a routine/cheer has been stopped due to an injury/illness, the decision as to whether or not to repeat the routine/cheer shall be left to the discretion of the coach.
  • If the injured person cannot perform in the restarted routine. An alternate would be allowed to cheer the remainder of the competition.
  • The person in charge of the competition shall have the team repeat the routine after five (5) teams have performed or after ten (10) minutes, should this accident happen at the end of the competition.  Judges shall judge the repeat performance from the point at which the injury occurred. Any notes/judging of the first performance up until the point of injury will be included in the judge’s final score.

Section VII – Regional Competition Decisions Made by Region KAPOS Members

One KAPOS member coach per team may vote on matters related to their level.

  • Date, site, and time of regional competition.
  • Schedule of competition.
  • Host school, admission cost and how to use the receipts of the competition.
  • Trophies/Awards including K-Pep.
  • Number of mats/ Warm-up set up.
  • Sound tech, photographer, and video.
  • Use of vendors and fee.