Today we’re going to talk more about cheerleading safety standards and parental involvement with the cheer squad. With the draconian legislative tort-reform measures put into place, it’s important for every parent to understand the safety standards their cheer coach should follow, when they aren’t and what risks their child is being exposed to. In addition college cheerleaders need the same information to make a choice as to what cheer stunts they should or shouldn’t be performing.

Cupie/Awesome - A stunt in which both feet of the top person are in one hand of a base.

I’ve listed on both the InjuryBoard site today and on the Lombardi Law Firm site the links to the applicable safety standards for high school and college cheerleading squads. These are standards they are supposed to follow. Each level of cheer competition should also be asking the questions about whether their coach has been through the safety course and what team member has also attended a safety course. That’s the standard rule and it’s in place for the protection of cheerleaders against catastrophic injury or death.

2009 – 2010 AACCA High School Safety Rules – at Lombardi Law Firm

2009 – 2010 AACCA College Safety Rules – at Lombardi Law Firm

2009 – 2010 AACCA High School Safety Rules – at the AACCA

2009- - 2010 AACCA College Safety Rules – at the AACCA

Link to Lombardi Law Firm’s links for high school and for college safety rules for 2009 – 2010.

A parent on each team should print out these rules (They are available as a pdf document, just follow the above links.)  and hand them out to other parents and cheerleader squad members. Parents should ban together to make sure these rules are adhered to; because if you child is catastrophically injured, and this is especially true in Wisconsin, you’re on your own as far as catastrophic medical insurance along with liability issues.

What I find interesting is the language parents need to learn. Fathers and mothers will be learning what is meant by a base, a cradle, a cupie/awesome, a dive roll, and a flatback, a flip, loading position, middle, pyramids, rewinds, spotter, stunt, top and a toss.  The rules are preceded by a definition section, then general program guidelines, then general restrictions, partner stunts and then guidelines for pyramids, tosses tumbling and specifics for indoor hard surface restrictions.

InjuryBoard Coverage of Cheer Safety


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Protect yourself and your child, know your rights and how to stay alive and well. Enjoy your weekend.

Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
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