Because of a change in wrestling rules that allows wrestling to continue outside of the circle in pinning situations, the IHSAA is recommending that cheerleaders sit off of the mat at the corners in an “L” shape for safety.
There may still be times at some tournaments where cheerleaders will have to sit along the edge of the mat. In those situations, cheerleaders need to be particularly aware and move to stay out of the way of wrestlers and the officials.
Pillows are allowed during the regular season if there is room, but they are not allowed during post-season wrestling events because of space restrictions. Pillows should not have pockets, since no items (which includes cell phones) may be with the cheerleaders mat side.