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How are Cheer Divisions Determined? The divisions for Cheer are by School size and Squad size (number of girls as determined by entry into TAPPSter). The TAPPS Cheer competition shall be organized by Divisions.

  1. Division I (4A/5A/6A)  Large Squads 17 or more
  2. Division I (4A/5A/6A)  Small Squads 16 or less
  3. Division II (1A/2A/3A)  Large Squads 11 or more
  4. Division II (1A/2A/3A)  Small Squads 10 or less

How are Dance Divisions Determine?The divisions for Dance are by School Size and Squad size (number of girls as determined by entry into TAPPSter). The TAPPS Dance competition shall be organized by Divisions.

  1. Division I (4A/5A/6A)  Large Squads 15 or more
  2. Division I (4A/5A/6A)  Small Squads 14 or less
  3. Division II (1A/2A/3A)  Large Squads 6 or more
  4. Division II (1A/2A/3A)  Small Squads 5 or less

Do we participate in more than one Dance style? School must choose two dance styles in which to compete.  One dance style will be performed in the morning, the other dance style will perform later in the day.   Dance styles include: Pom, Jazz, Lyrical, Kick

Can I pick some students to dance 1 routine and different girls for the second routine?

The intent of TAPPS Dance is to have the same team for both routines. Substitutions of alternates are meant for last minute changes due to inability to perform. All students expected to perform should be listed as ‘on squad’ when registering. 70% of your team must perform both of your routines.

Is this a 1 or 2 day competition? 

Two days for Cheer.  Each squad will perform round 1 on day 1 and round 2 on day 2.  

One Day for Dance.  Each squad will perform one dance in the morning and the other dance later in the day. 

What is the Cheer schedule or plan for the day? Once we have the registered entries we will be able to determine a more specific schedule. Squads will be scheduled randomly on Day 1 and then For Day 2 we will schedule based on low score to high score. 

What time can I enter the building? Information yet to be determined. 

How do I bring my music? Please bring a copies of your music on multiple devices that can fit a 3.5mm head phone jack. In general, these include most smart phones, iPods and other music devices. iPads and many tablets also work.  

Are my required spotters in addition to my back spots? Yes. Your back spots may be members of your team and on your roster to make your stunts legal or support your stunts. However, if your spotters are not on your team and/or roster. They can be anyone you have qualified to spot your team and should blend with your team, but do not have to wear the same thing as your team. If they are adults, please make sure they’ve completed whatever safe place training required for your school.  

How do I know if a stunt is “legal”? The best place to find an official or answer a question is at cheerrules.org, and you can ask from them about AACCA and NFHS. (This competition abides by NFHS, which has a few more rules than AACCA.) You can also inquire from the committee. We highly recommend submitting a video either route you go because even a pause in a stunt between two elements can be the difference between legal and illegal.  

When will we receive the score sheets back? There will be a pick up station once they are finished with tabulation and should be available shortly after performances.  

Will there be a warm-up area? Yes, there will be scheduled official warm-up areas. There are also many common areas in the Convention center where teams begin stretching and warming up.  

Will this be broadcast live? Yes, at the NFHS TAPPS network. The videos can be expected to be posted sometime after the championship competitions. As part of this, there will be no filming allowed in the performance areas.  

What is the cost to watch? Adults are $15, students/Senior citizens are $10.  

What food is available? Information yet to be determined. 

 I’m interested in this year’s competition. How do I find out more information? Please make sure you are added to Tappster.com for your school as the cheer or dance coach and we will send you all information as decisions are made and meetings are scheduled.