South Dakota Changes


  1. Inquiry Process: Upon completion of each routine, the safety judge will meet with a designated coach in from of the judge's table to inform the coach of any safety violations. A brief explanation will be shared with the coach. If the conference becomes confrontational, an unsporting deduction may be assessed.

  2. Male Participation: Eliminate female only language from the Dance Handbook and revisit number of male participation on a yearly basis to decide upon extended categories to accommodate male participation.

  3. Dance Routines: Teams must compete in 3 of the 4 categories to be considered for a Grand Champion, one of which must be Pom. Cheer panel of judges will judge the Pom category.

  4. The length of the skirts shall be no longer than mid-calf for safety purposes.

  5. If wearing sheer material, you need two layers, one of which is not nude color. Language in bold will be added to clarify.

  6. Require that all coaches, head or assistant, paid or volunteer, for SDHSAA fall sports complete the "Heat Illness Prevention" course PRIOR to assuming coaching duties each school year.


  1. No glitter hairspray is allowed.

  2. Hair devices shall be safe and secure.  The hair shall be worn in a manner to ensure safety while performing.  All members of the competitive cheer/dance team shall wear their hair up and away from the face and off their shoulders.

  3. A head judge will be designated for both cheer and dance. Judges scores from low to high shall be no more than 10 points.