South Dakota Changes


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

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

  3. Eliminate the step-out deduction on the score sheet.

  4. Suspend the restriction of requirement that only females may compete in Competitive Dance for the 2018-19 school year, allow boys and girls to participate alongside one another in Competitive Dance, and, director the Competitive Dance Advisory Committee to study the issue during the intervening year and recommend language specific to the issue that must ultimately be considered and approved by the membership and Board of Directors.

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