- The routine time limit is 2 minutes, 30 seconds. Timing starts at the first obvious movement or sound and ends when the end of the routine is obvious to the officials.
- The performance area is 42' x 54' (9 strips) and will be covered by a carpeted gymnastics mat. Participants are permitted to step off the mat without penalty. Events may be on spring floor systems or mats only. Consult the individdual event web sites for specific floor type to be used.
- All music must be provided in CD (compact disk) format. The coach or a designated team representative will push the play and stop button.
All Music Format (Note: ALL PCA events are now ALL MUSIC format)
- All routines are "All Music" format. Cheers are not required nor will they be scored as an independent element. Note: Although cheer(s) are not required or expected in the All Music format teams may chose to insert words, chants or cheers over/with the music. Still there will be no cheer evaluation section on the score sheet. Such inclusions will only be addressed in the Overall Impression category.
DIVISIONS and ELIGIBILITY:
- For SCHOOL Divisions, each competitor must be enrolled at the school he/she is competing for, at the time of the competition.
School Teams may compete as INTERMEDIATE (USASF Levels 1 through 3 combined) or ADVANCED (USASF Levels 4 and 5 combined). Stated differently; Intermediate teams may use skills outlined in levels 1 through 3 incluse. Advanced Division teams may perform skills outlined in Levels 1 through 5 inclusive.
Primary or "Youth" School Division: Unlimited team size, may include any number of males, all students must be in Grade 6 and under.
Junior or Middle School Division: Unlimited team size, may include any number of males, all students must be in Grade 8 and under.
High School Small All Girl: Teams with 20 or less female athletes. All students must be enrolled in Grades 9-12 inclusive.
High School Large All Girl: Teams with 21 or more female athletes. All students must be enrolled in Grades 9-12 inclusive.
High School Small Co-ed: Unlimited team size with 4 or less males, all students must be in Grades 9-12 inclusive.
High School Large Co-ed: Unlimited team size, 5 or more males, all students must be in Grades 9-12 inclusive.
All-Star Divisions - (Jump to USASF Age Chart)
Youth "Mini": May be offered at some events. All members must be 8 years of age or lower as of May 31, 2008
Youth All-Star: Unlimited team size, may include any number of males, all members must be 11 years of age or lower as of May 31, 2008
Junior All-Star: Unlimited team size, may include any number of males, all members must be 14 years of age or lower as of May 31, 2008
Senior All-Star All Girl: Unlimited team size and all members must be 18 years of age or lower as of May 31, 2008 **Large and Small divisions may be offered dependent on registrations.
Senior Co-ed All-Star: Unlimited team size and all members must be 18 years of age or lower as of May 31, 2008. **Large and Small divisions may be offered dependent on registrations.
OPEN All-Star (All-girl, Small Co-ed or Large Co-ed): Unlimited team size and all members must be 17 years of age or OLDER as of May 31, 2008
What is SMALL and LARGE??
**Small = 20 or less athletes. **Large = 21 or more athletes.
Small Co-ed (sometimes referred to a Limited Coed) = 1-4 Males. Large Co-ed = 5 or more Males.
A team with 1-4 Males may not enter the Large Co-ed Division unless the two divisions have been combined by the event organizers.
LEVELS. | the USASF Rules and Safety Guidelines link |
At present, PCA events will not offer a Level 1 division.
NOTE: A DIVISION refers to the composition of the respective team. A LEVEL is the skill and rules set permitted to be used by all teams in that grouping. Whereas a given team's Division is relatively set (ie: you are a Senior All-Star All Girl), you may choose to compete at Level 3 or 4 or 5 at any given event.
GENERAL COMPETITION RULES & GUIDELINES:
- Officials have the right to stop a routine if an athlete is injured during the routine and the injury puts the participant and others at risk if not stopped. In this event the routine is scored accordingly to that point and is not re-run.
- Cheating of any kind is not tolerated. If you are caught your team will be disqualified from the competition.
- Each team must bring at least two copies of their music to the competition, one master and at least one back-up. Music must be in CD (compact disk) format. Do NOT use re-writable CDs. Please test all CDs in an standard audio system before using them at the event.
- Mascots in routines are not permitted to participate in any stunts, pyramids or as spotters or catchers.
- Note. All judges have the latitude to evaluate the severity of a fall and score it accordingly. Stunts, pyramids or skills which require the (external) spotters to engage will be assessed per situation re. Controlled or Uncontrolled. Likewise, judges have the latitude to assess the wisdom of including a skill in the routine with respect to safety and execution even if the maneuver is "legal". These assessments are NOT open to debate or appeal and in most cases the judges will favour lesser penalties over greater.
- All judges decisions are final.
- No jewelry is permitted during performances. (Including belly button rings, all "oral" jewelry. Taping over piercings is not permitted).
- The use of mini-tramps, springboards or any other height enhancing apparatus is prohibited.
- Casts of any type are not permitted. Exposed metal hinged or fibreglass supportive braces should be covered if possible
- Sample | SCORE SHEET |
- Sample | DEDUCTION Judges Sheet |