Canadian Scholastic ICU Rules & Regulations

2019-2020 SCHOLASTIC RULES (EN)

2020-2021 SCHOLASTIC RULES (EN / FR) – COMING SOON!

Scholastic Cheer is competitive cheerleading with teams from schools from elementary all the way to collegiate/university. While the elements of stunting and tumbling are the same as other competitive cheer divisions, scholastic divisions also feature a cheer section! The cheer section of a scholastic routine is an important part of the scholastic cheer culture, with emphasis on cheers in a team’s native language, crowd leadership, and authentic energy. In the building and tumbling sections of scholastic scoring, more weight is given to execution over difficulty, and tosses are considered in the required stunt skills. With only 1 minute and 30 seconds of music, and 1 minute of cheer, the pacing of a scholastic routine is fast, and creates a lot of variation from one team to the next. 

Scholastic Cheer and Performance Divisions and Age Grid 

CHEER DIVISIONS
Grade ICU Levels Gender Team Size
1-4 Primary Beginner, Novice All Gender 5-30
4-6 Elementary Novice, Intermediate All Gender 5-30
6-9 Junior High Novice, Intermediate, Median All Gender 5-30
7-12 Combined Intermediate, Median All Gender 5-30
9-12 Senior High Intermediate,
Median,
Advanced,
Game Day
All Gender
All Girl
All Gender (1+ males)
All Gender (1-2 males)
Non-Tumbling All Gender
5-30
CEGEP or Community College or Polytechnic (Institutions that only offer 1-2 year programs) Advanced,
Premier,
Game Day
All Girl
Small Coed (1-4 males)
Large Coed (5+ males)
5-36
University or Degree Institutions (Institutions that only offer 3-4+ year programs) Advanced,
Premier,
Game Day
All Girl
Small Coed (1-4 males)
Large Coed (5+ males)
5-36
PERFORMANCE CHEER DIVISIONS
Grade ICU Level Gender Team Size
1-4 Primary Novice Performance Cheer All Gender 5+
4-6 Primary Performance Cheer All Gender 5+
6-10 Junior High Performance Cheer All Gender 5+
9-12 Senior High Performance Cheer All Gender 7+
Post Secondary Performance Cheer All Gender 5+
Abilities Performance Cheer – Dance Abilities All Gender

NOTE 1 : PSOs shall have the ability to make exceptions to the Scholastic Grid in order to best meet the needs of their province. The intent of this is to assist programs who cannot field a team in the current grid.

NOTE 2: If a division is deep, the event producer may elect to subdivide the divisions based on team size. Cheer Canada recommends to split the divisions equally so there will be 50% of the teams in each division.