Rule Book and Scoring System
Future Cheer uses the IASF Safety Rules for Cheer and Dance.(Note: the IASF Dance Safety rules also apply to the Lyrical/Contemporary and Prop divisions)
Please send all Cheer legality queries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send all Dance legality queries to email@example.com
Future Cheer will be using the SCUK Age Grid for the 2019-2020 season. Please note that this has some differences to the USASF Cheer & Dance Age Grids.
Scoring Information for 2019-2020
All Star Cheer Elite:
IASF All Star Cheer:
IASF divisions will be scored using the Varsity All Star scoring system and scores then reweighted to reflect the emphases of the IASF score sheet:
IASF Global Cheer:
IASF Global Cheer divisions will be scored using the Varsity All Star scoring system and scores then reweighted to reflect the emphases of the IASF score sheet:
Cheer Portion of Routine:
The Cheer portion of the routine MUST be completed before the music section of the routine.
- Crowd Leading – Ability to lead the crowd
- Crowd Effectiveness – Voice, Pace & Flow
- Proper use of signs, poms, megaphones, flags & motion technique
- Practical use of stunts/pyramids to lead the crowd
Prep & Schools divisions:
Novice Cheer divisions:
Adaptive Abilities Divisions:
Cheer Individual Divisions:
Point Deduction & Legality Penalties (all divisions)
Additional Competition Rules and Procedures
Routine Time Limits:
Timing will begin with the first choreographed movement or beat of music, whichever comes first -
All Star Elite/University/Masters Cheer - Maximum 2 minutes 30 seconds.
IASF Tiny, Mini, Youth, Junior, Senior and Open - Maximum 2 minutes 30 seconds.
IASF/University Non-Tumbling - Maximum 2 minutes.
IASF Global Cheer - 30 second minimum to 40 second maximum for opening cheer portion; 20 second maximum to move from cheer portion and set up for the music portion; 2 minutes 30 seconds maximum for music portion.
Prep/Schools Cheer - Maximum 2 minutes.
Novice Cheer - Maximum 1 minute 30 seconds.
Dance (all divisions) - Minimum 1 minute 45 seconds. Maximum 2 minutes 15 seconds.
Stunt Groups, Partner Stunts & Individuals/Solos - Maximum 1 minute 15 seconds.
Interruption of Routine:
If your routine is interrupted because of failure of the competition equipment you will be permitted to restart your routine from the beginning. In the event your routine is interrupted because of failure of your equipment, supplies or personnel, you may either continue or withdraw from the competition.
Routine Interruption In the Event of Injury:
Routine Stoppage The only individuals that may stop a routine for injury are:
- Competition Officials
- Coach from the team performing
- Injured Individual
- Safety/Head Judge
- An athlete is clearly injured.
- An athlete is questionably injured and does not resume their role in the routine within 5 seconds of questionable injury.
- An athlete leaves the competition floor due to an injury.
- Event Medical Personnel attending to that participant
- Parent/Guardian (if present)
- Coach of the competing team/programme
- In the event of a suspected head injury, the athlete cannot return to perform without clearance from a licensed medical professional that has training related to head injuries
Coaches/Primary Contacts have a responsibility to make sure that all roster information is up to date and correct and must be able to provide proof of identity/ID for all athletes if asked by FC Officials. No exceptions will be made to the above policy of disqualification so it is imperative that you make any roster changes prior to the competition and that the team rosters accurately reflect the athletes on the competition floor and their correct ages.
Future Cheer reserve the right to refuse anyone from taking photographs and videos at any events and competitions and at any time, to protect the privacy of Athletes, Spectators, Teams and Programs. Also to stop professional photographers from using images for money and personal gain and to protect its own employed photographers and photo system.
At Future Cheer we are happy for you as a parent or teacher to film and take photos of your own children/athletes and teams using phones and amateur camera equipment and camcorders. Future Cheer prohibits the filming of teams that you are not affiliated with or those that you do not have express permission from in advance.
The use of flash photography, continuous flash or any other lighting during competition is prohibited as this can produce glare and be distracting for competitors. This includes small flashes such as (but not limited to) those from a camera phone. Any person using flash photography of any kind will be asked to stop and may be asked to leave the competition halls. Flash photography is allowed outside the competition halls and during awards ceremonies at advised photo opportunities within them.
Forbidden professional lens equipment is defined as:
- Any lens (including non telephoto) with a fixed or zoom focal length over 105mm.
- Any lens (including non telephoto) with an aperture rating of 2.8 or wider (enabling lower light photography).
- All professional telephoto lenses regardless of aperture rating (for example canon “white” telephoto lenses, Nikon N telephoto series lenses or similar high end lenses from other brands)
If you wish to use the above professional equipment at Future Cheer events you must apply for a “Photo Pass” and provide a recent (within the last 12 months) enhanced DBS check. Details of this are available on request and is subject to approval by Future Cheer.
Only coaches & athletes have access to warm-up halls at Future Cheer competitions. To gain access to warm-up a coach must show their FC Coaches ID card, coaches event lanyard and coaches wristband. Coaches must also have been added to the event registration for the program they wish to enter warm-up with.