Competition Rules & Regulations



Section I – Eligibility

1) To be eligible to compete in a regional KAPOS competition, a team must submit:

  • completed insurance form which lists all qualified team members including alternates
  • completed entry form with payment

2) All team members must be enrolled in either the school they are representing or a  feeder school to the school they are representing.

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

4) Any team who advances to the KAPOS State Competition must compete in the same division they competed at their region.

Section II – Judges/ Timers

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

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

3) Timers are to be certified judges.

4) KAPOS competitions will use five (5) routine judges, two (2)   technical judges, and a scribe.

5) KAPOS competitions will use four timers:  2 for entire routine and 2 for music only.

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 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) Total, Combined Totals and Final Adjusted Score on Judging Sheets should be finalized in ink.

Section V – Mats

1) Mats shall be allowed and are highly recommended at all levels of competition.

2) For the state competition, competition shall be performed on a nine (9) mat floor.

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 without the team being disqualified or penalized. However, the team is expected to show competence in 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:

  • If a coach chooses to stop a routine/cheer due to an injury/illness that would endanger the rest of the team or the injured party, he or she must notify the person in charge.
  • If a coach 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 – Warm-up and Sound Check

1) Every attempt should be made to provide warm-up time prior to the beginning of 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 VIII – Competition Provisions

1) Starting the Routine:

  • Teams shall take the floor only once and perform their entire routine.
  • No routine may exceed two and one-half minutes. (Overtime is determined by using full seconds, not fractional portions).
  • The person announcing the competition shall announce for the team to take the floor and the team will begin when ready.

2) 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.
  • Whether or not to restart the routine and risk exceeding the time limit is entirely at the discretion of the team.
  • A mechanical failure is not considered the fault of the team during the routine. Restarting of music and time should be allowed.
  • In order to avoid delay, two (2) copies of music should be available.

3) Timing Infractions

  • If the timers determine that a team has exceeded a time limit, they shall report this infraction to the technical judges 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.

4) The 2.5 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.
  • The entire music/audio portion of the routine shall be limited to 1½ minute or less.
  • The “time of judging” is defined from the team’s arrival at the site of the competition until their departure from the site.

5) Tabulation

  • Following the judging of all categories, the judges or tabulators shall tabulate the judging sheets.
  • A copy of team scores included in a ranking sheet with other participating teams shall be available to the participating coaches following the awards ceremony.

6) 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.

7) Video Bids

  • If any division has a vacancy at the state-at-large competition, a committee appointed by the President shall review the regional competition videos to issue bids to teams for participation at state competition.

Section IX – Regional Competition Decisions Made by Region

  • 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
  • Warm-up set up
  • Sound, tech, photographer, and video
  • Use of vendors and fee