Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


January 22, 2007

North Decatur High School

Everyone knows how much work an athlete puts in to be successful in their sport. What a lot of people might not know is how much work cheerleaders put in to support those players from the sidelines.

The North Decatur cheerleading squad works extremely hard when preparing for the games.

According to North cheer sponsor and coach Carol Davis, the individuals on the Charger cheer squad come in two or three times a week at 6:30 in the morning to practice for the week’s events.

But cheering the players on during the contests isn’t the only job the Charger cheerleaders are responsible. They also are in charge of various “spirit” functions throughout the school.

The squad is responsible for decorating the hallways and doing other various spirit raising activities with the school and sports teams.

Every sports team in high school has strict rules and regulations they have to follow to be eligible to take part in school activities. The same holds true for cheerleading.

There are many rules and regulations squads must comply with in order to participate in the school activities. According to Coach Davis, the Charger squad makes following these rules their main focus.

“We put a lot of focus on the ever changing rules and regulations for today’s high school cheer squads,” Davis said.

“And we make following those rules and safety our main priority,” she added.

Before the start of the school year every high school cheer coach was encouraged to attend the Indiana Cheer Coaches Conference in which the rules for cheerleading would be handed out and every coach was asked to follow the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) Spirit Rules Book.

However, there are also rules set forth by the individual states that squads have to follow.

Some of the new rules set this year are: Basket tosses are to be done only if there is a mat in place or if done on grass, rubberized or soft-yielding surfaces; “Double Down” dismounts (the flyer makes two complete rotations with her body) are not to be done at the high school level; a flyer cannot be in an inverted position (feet over head) unless she maintains constant hand to hand contact with her bases and is shoulder height or below; and when standing at attention, apparel mush cover the midriff.

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