Legality Queries for Cheer and Dance: Protocol and Submission Guidelines

I have a Legality Query for CHEER.

Please Note: New for 2016-17, email submissions must include the coach’s name and the programme name. Videos must follow submission guidelines below. Send your query to:

cheer.rules@iasfworlds.com

Please contact Legacy Cheer and Dance for any questions that are specific to Legacy events and are non-legality related.

The cheer.rules@iasfworlds.com email address is only intended for rulings on videos regarding the USASF/IASF level 1-6 rules. Please do not send dance queries to this address. (See other section of this page for dance)

Every email sent to these addresses should be answerable with one word, LEGAL or ILLEGAL. To get a reply your email must include a level (for cheer submissions), dance style for dance divisions (i.e.- pom, jazz, hip-hop), and a video following the guidelines below.

Please allow 7-10 days for processing of your video. Response time may increase during periods of high volume. Please do NOT re-send your video within the 7-10 day time frame.

Submission Guidelines & Reminders:

  • Every email should be answerable with one word, LEGAL or ILLEGAL.
  • Videos must display in an upright manner when viewed from a computer.
  • Videos must be attached. No links to YouTube or other video sites.
  • Videos submitted are subject to be used for educational purposes. If you want your video excluded please indicate that when submitting a video.
  • Videos should be filmed specifically for the purpose of getting a ruling.
  • Videos must be of your team in a practice environment.
  • Videos must be of a single skill or sequence.
  • Tumbling videos should only include 1 person.
  • Stunt or toss videos should only include 1 group.
  • Pyramid videos may include all members, but should be of 1 side when possible.
  • Videos from competitions, of more than one skill or sequence, or believed to be of other teams will not receive a reply.
  • Video must be of exactly what you want a ruling on. We will not rule on a portion of a video, based on a description, or based on a video with a description of a difference.
  • If you have questions regarding multiple skills they should be sent in separate emails. Sending multiple angles of the same skill in a single email is allowed, but a separate email is required for each different skill.
  • IASF can only tell you a skill is LEGAL for a specific level or a skill is ILLEGAL along with citing the rule violated. They will not assist with changing choreography.
  • IASF expects coaches to have knowledge of the rules and will not be teaching the rules in our replies.
  • IASF will only rule on the legality of the skill in the video, not the participants.
  • IASF rulings are only valid if the skill is performed the same way in the video and at the event. If called on a skill we said was legal the safety judge or official at the event should point out the difference.
  • Do not ask IASF representatives to call, text, or contact you via any method other than email. IASF cannot give official replies via text, Facebook, Twitter, our personal email accounts, or any other non-IASF method.
  • Please watch the video before sending it in to make sure it’s a clear.
  • Please ensure there are no extra people in the video that could impact the ruling, such as someone that is in view and could unintentionally be considered a spotter.
  • It is the responsibility of the coach to have the original email containing the official IASF ruling should they wish to query legalities at Legacy events. This specifically means the email directly from cheer.rules@iasfworlds.com for cheer rulings or dance.rules@IASFworlds.com for dance rulings, not a forwarded version of an email from those addresses.
I have a Legality Query for DANCE.

Please Note: New for 2016-17, email submissions must include the coach’s name and the programme name. Videos must follow submission guidelines below. Submit your Dance Query to:

dance.rules@iasfworlds.com

Please contact Legacy Cheer and Dance for any questions that are specific to Legacy events and are non-legality related.

The dance.rules@IASFworlds.com address is only intended for rulings on videos regarding USASF/IASF dance rules. Please do not submit Cheer queries to this address. (See other section on this page for cheer details).

Every email sent to these addresses should be answerable with one word, LEGAL or ILLEGAL. To get a reply your email must include a level (for cheer submissions), dance style for dance divisions (i.e.- pom, jazz, hip-hop), and a video following the guidelines below.

Please allow 7-10 days for processing of your video. Response time may increase during periods of high volume. Please do NOT re-send your video within the 7-10 day time frame.

Submission Guidelines & Reminders:

  • Every email should be answerable with one word, LEGAL or ILLEGAL.
  • Videos must display in an upright manner when viewed from a computer.
  • Videos must be attached. No links to YouTube or other video sites.
  • Videos submitted are subject to be used for educational purposes. If you want your video excluded please indicate that when submitting a video.
  • Videos should be filmed specifically for the purpose of getting a ruling.
  • Videos must be of your team in a practice environment.
  • Videos must be of a single skill or sequence.
  • Tumbling videos should only include 1 person.
  • Stunt or toss videos should only include 1 group.
  • Pyramid videos may include all members, but should be of 1 side when possible.
  • Videos from competitions, of more than one skill or sequence, or believed to be of other teams will not receive a reply.
  • Video must be of exactly what you want a ruling on. We will not rule on a portion of a video, based on a description, or based on a video with a description of a difference.
  • If you have questions regarding multiple skills they should be sent in separate emails. Sending multiple angles of the same skill in a single email is allowed, but a separate email is required for each different skill.
  • IASF can only tell you a skill is LEGAL for a specific level or a skill is ILLEGAL along with citing the rule violated. They will not assist with changing choreography.
  • IASF expects coaches to have knowledge of the rules and will not be teaching the rules in our replies.
  • IASF will only rule on the legality of the skill in the video, not the participants.
  • IASF rulings are only valid if the skill is performed the same way in the video and at the event. If called on a skill we said was legal the safety judge or official at the event should point out the difference.
  • Do not ask IASF representatives to call, text, or contact you via any method other than email. IASF cannot give official replies via text, Facebook, Twitter, our personal email accounts, or any other non-IASF method.
  • Please watch the video before sending it in to make sure it’s a clear.
  • Please ensure there are no extra people in the video that could impact the ruling, such as someone that is in view and could unintentionally be considered a spotter.
  • It is the responsibility of the coach to have the original email containing the official IASF ruling should they wish to query legalities at Legacy events. This specifically means the email directly from cheer.rules@iasfworlds.com for cheer rulings or dance.rules@IASFworlds.com for dance rulings, not a forwarded version of an email from those addresses.
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