State Championships

Iowa Cheerleading Championships

Saturday, November 4, 2017: Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

Important Updates for Coaches

General Information – State Championships 2017-2018

Schedules & Information

Varied Industries Building Doors open at 8:00 – Competition begins at 8:30

Jacobson Building Doors open at 8:45 – Competition begins at 9:30

Admission: $10.00 (under school age children admitted free)

Tickets can be purchased at both the Jacobson Center (west end) and the Varied Industries in the South Lobby. Spectators should be stamped when leaving through the main entrance at the front of both centers in order to re-enter both buildings.

Schedules: 2017 schedules will be posted here when available.

Bus Parking Map for State Cheer (2016)

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Photography & Videography Order Info

When they are available for 2017, links for ordering team, individual and live pictures will be posted here.

USA Cheer Music Copyrights Educational Initiative

IMPORTANT: The Iowa Cheerleading Coaches Association has received information from the National Federation regarding the playing of copyrighted music at any school cheer event. Copyright laws need to be followed, because they are the law.

Music Copyright Licensing Compliance Form (watch for 2017 form coming soon)

ALL COACHES will be required to provide a proof of purchase for the music they will be using for the 2017 State Cheerleading Championships.

Questions about Music Royalty Rights may be directed to: Kenna Johnson at

Please click this link and follow the rules regarding the playing of copyrighted music for the protection of cheerleaders and cheer coaches in EVERY high school.

Helpful Links

Medical Release Form
How to ask a Rules Question
National Anthem Vocalist Application

Team Size by Divisions


(1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A teams may have one male, coed teams may have an unlimited number of males)

1A – up to 12 team members
2A – up to 12 team members
3A – up to 16 team members
4A – up to 20 team members
Coed – up to 25 team members


Any combination of male/female members

Small School (1A/2A) – up to 12 team members
Large School (3A/4A) – up to 25 team members


Group Stunt – up to five female team members
Coed Group Stunt – up to three team members, one male/female couple plus one designated spotter

Please Note

  • 2017 Online Spirit Rules Meeting will open July 31 and close at midnight on August 24. Coaches in ICCA Events of All-State tryouts, State Championships and Honor Squad must take this rules meeting. Coaches must also take the National Federation Concussion Video.
  •  2017 ICCA Event Registration opens August 10 and closes at midnight on September 27. Register your school early for your school’s payment processing.
  • ICCA Event Mailing Fees Deadline: October 3, 2017.

Scoring Grids

ICCA Scoring Grid – Pyramid, tosses, partner stunts
ICCA Scoring Grid – Jumps, standing tumbling, running tumbling
ICCA Scoring Grid – Motions, dance, choreography
ICCA Scoring Grid – Overall

Unlike the first three sheets which will have only one judge scoring, the Overall Routine Impression score is given by each judge for a total of 30 pts added to the score. This final sheet not only explains the Overall Routine Impression Score, but gives a final overview of all of the points plus the breakdown of the deductions in the third column.

GROUP STUNT Click here to view the rubric.
GROUP Coed STUNT Click here to view the rubric.

For Questions regarding RULES, e-mail Donna McKay at

Championships Cancellation Policy

In the event that the State Championships need to be cancelled (i.e., bad weather), the ICCA Executive Directors will be the ones to cancel the ICCA State Cheerleading Championships.  No refunds will be given if the Championships are cancelled. Also, no refunds will be given if the Championships are held and a school chooses not to attend and/or is unable to attend.

Click to see the 2016 results!