School Cheer is a discipline of cheer that involves athletes in a scholastic setting who cheer in support of other sports, most often football and basketball. School cheerleaders’ primary role is supporting the other athletic programs through leading the crowd at games and pep rallies as well as promoting school spirit overall. School cheer teams may also participate in competitions, performing a 2 1/2 minute routine composed of tumbling, stunting, pyramids, dance, and cheer segments.
School cheer is most often organized at the local level by the organization that oversees the other scholastic sports and activities. Most high school cheer teams are governed by their state high school or activities association. Elementary and Middle School cheer teams are most often governed at the district level. Many state associations, districts, and even individual schools require USA Cheer safety training for their coaches. College program governance varies among their institutions, from being overseen by their activities office, sports department, to even their marketing department, depending on where they have the most support and resources. The NCAA, NAIA, and many of the community and junior college associations require the USA Cheer safety training course for someone supervising a college cheer program.
In addition to the USA Cheer Cheerleading Safety and Risk Management Course, USA Cheer offers a USA Cheer Coach Membership, which includes heat illness, concussion, athlete abuse, and background screening.