Safety Guidelines of FYFL

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  • FYFL is making our game safer and better, while retaining what makes the sports so wonderful for our football and cheer/dance athletes.
  • FYFL places value on safety measures that make a difference. That’s why we have done things that require any football or cheer athlete who suffers a suspected head injury receive medical clearance from a medical doctor before returning to play.
  • FYFL gives our coaches the tools they need to teach the game the right way enhances those efforts. So we made USA Football’s Heads Up Football training mandatory for all FYFL Football coaches and Team Parents because a well-educated coach is critical to a safer football experience. 

We think sports like football and cheer/dance offer so much to our youth, from having fun, having a physically active lifestyle, and a sense of teamwork to valuable life lessons like perseverance and sacrifice. To make it possible for our athletes to enjoy those experiences we will never stop working to try and make both football and cheer/dance sports safer.

We hope you continually check back and use this section of the website as a resource during the season.

One Set of Rules for High School Cheer
FYFL Cheer is governed by NFHS Cheer Rules.  USA Cheer and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) have reached an agreement to publish one set of rules for high school cheerleading the 2022-23 season under the NFHS Rule Book.

Since the late 1980s, USA Cheer (previously as the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators) and the NFHS have produced separate sets of rules for high school cheerleading. Over the last 20 years, USA Cheer and the NFHS both strived toward aligning the two sets of rules. In fact, in the past 5 years, the two sets of rules have become virtually identical, with only minor differences in wording.

USA Cheer’s current recommendation to prohibit basket and sponge tosses for elementary, junior high, and middle school cheerleaders remains in effect.  For the latest updates for rules for all disciplines of cheer, visit usacheer.org.