is the most recognized source for cheerleading safety education.
In 2009, AACCA and Varsity announced stricter safety standards for all competitions which addressed the proper environment and equipment for cheerleading activity and clarified the requirements for spotters on the competition floor.
The NCAA's insurance company has not had a single catastrophic injury claim from cheerleading since 2006, when the NCAA partnered with Varsity and started requiring that coaches receive safety training like the AACCA course.
For school employees at least 21 years of age serving as the cheer coach, AACCA
certification includes $1,000,000 of additional liability coverage.
To address these concerns, the AACCA
rules committee decided to prohibit all basket tosses and double full twisting dismounts, regardless of the surface for all elementary, middle school and junior high cheerleaders.
We've made great strides in addressing safety issues, and this merger puts us in a better position to continue addressing those concerns," says Jim Lord, Executive Director of AACCA
In addition to establishing standards for competitive events, AACCA
has also updated its Emergency Action Plan to be used by teams at practices and games and made it available to the public.
In 2006 the AACCA
College Rules Committee restricted all 2 1/2 high pyramids, basket tosses and other select skills to be performed only on a grass or matted surface.
The complete set of rules with more in-depth explanations can be found on the AACCA
website at http://www.
The recommendations are a result of the AACCA
College Safety Rules Committee annual meeting held this week to review current cheerleading safety initiatives and existing safety rules.
the nation's largest cheerleading organization, and the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators (AACCA
), the largest not-for-profit educational organization for cheerleading coaches, will coordinate this summer for the implementation of the new AACCA
Cheerleading Safety Guidelines, effective in the 2006-07 school year.
executive committee issues the following statement: "In light of recent events, the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators Executive Committee has decided to make a recommendation, effective immediately, that will extend throughout the remainder of basketball season, including tournament play.