This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis explains how competitive cheer rules have been written to keep participants as safe as possible.
Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.
Below is this week's segment - Cheer Safety - Listen
Cheerleaders – usually at the college level – get in the sports headlines whenever an accident occurs causing a serious injury. In Michigan, the sport of Competitive Cheer doesn’t make the news in that regard. Why?
Because this sport, created by Michigan schools, has built in safety guidelines for competition – including the proper matting, rules which prohibit dangerous stunts, and safety judges observing the routines whose responsibility is to detect, record and report safety violations when they occur and to penalize those who commit them. Middle school Competitive Cheer is more restrictive, allowing the focus to be on the fundamentals that will provide a safe foundation when these athletes transition into high school and beyond.
This format is exclusive to Michigan and just another way that high school sports take the extra step to make the games our athletes play as safe as they can possibly be.
Goaltending - Listen
Wrestling Tie-Breaker - Listen
Pregame Meeting - Listen
Alternating Possession - Listen
Ratings - Listen
Video Review Success - Listen
More Injury Time - Listen
Football Review - Listen
Sideline Safety - Listen
Officials Playlist - Listen
Most Important Line - Listen
Automatic 1st Downs - Listen
Catch Momentum - Listen
Golf Rules Changes
No Tackle Box - Listen
You Make the Overtime Call - Listen
Swimming Finishing Touch - Listen
Sept. 12: Curbing Gamesmanship By Substitution - Listen
Football Safety Rules Changes - Listen
40-Second Play Clock - Listen