Spirit Comments on the Rules - 2017-18

By NFHS on June 16, 2017 spirit

Rule 1: The following definitions were deleted: downward inversion, front drop, knee/seat/thigh drop, split drop, sponge, and swan dive.

The following definitions were added to clarify language used in the updated Spirit Rules Book: braced flip, braced inversion, braced roll, prep level and swing roll down (teddy bear roll down). The definition for switch liberty was revised to match common practice.

2-1-10, 2-1-12: Revised language was written to match the basketball rules book to create consistency across activities.

3-2-7, 4-2-7: Language was revised to allow for show-and-go and up-and-over stunts without a spotter. The stunts allowed without a spotter do not end in an extended position.

3-3-2, 4-3-2: The word static was removed to clarify how a top person can pass through an extended position.

3-3-3, 4-3-3: Conditions for braced inversions in a pyramid that do not flip or roll are enumerated for clarification.

3-3-4, 4-3-4: Conditions for braced rolls in a pyramid were reorganized and clarified.

3-3-5: Conditions for braced flips in a pyramid were reorganized and enumerated for clarification.

3-3-6, 4-3-6: Conditions for inversions that are released were clarified. A quarter turn was changed to a half turn; this increase does not elevate safety risks for participants. The number of bases and/or spotters was adjusted. Rules for suspended rolls were moved to this section.

3-3-8, 4-3-8: Swing roll down stunts (teddy bear roll down) were defined and prohibited.

3-4-3, 4-4-11: The word static was removed for consistency throughout the rules book. Language was adjusted to clarify the connection for extended braced stunts. The connection cannot be made by holding the leg/foot in the hand.

3-5-5: Adjusted the requirement for bases/spotters of bracers in a double-based prep.

3-5-9, 4-5-2: Swan dive rule was deleted, as releases to prone positions are covered in 3-5-2, 3-5-5, and 4-5-3.

3-6-2, 4-6-2: Language was added to create an exception to allow the top to release one hand to grab another base to adjust position.

3-8-2, 4-8-2: Allows participants to hold poms during airborne tumbling skills.

4-4-2: The word static was removed and language was added to clarify how a top person can pass through an extended position.

4-7-7: Prohibits skills performed to cradle for dance/drill/pom participants.

4-7-8: Dance/drill/pom participants may twist dismount to the performance surface.

4-10-14: Minimizes the risk to participants when transitioning from props as bases to people as bases. This ensures that at no time will the top person be free of contact from a base while transitioning to a stunt from a prop.