Dana Logan, Championship Productions
Double Downs
October 29, 2012 12:54PM
2012-2013 is the first school year in which Double Downs are no longer permitted at the high school cheerleading level.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) added this dismount rule to protect cheerleaders from the increasing number of injuries associated with this high-difficulty skill.

Has the elimination of double downs affected your squad(s)? What are your feelings about this rule amendment?
Ashley
Re: Double Downs
November 21, 2012 12:53PM
I feel that this rule restricts what squads are able to do and show. There are many stunts and tumbling passes allowed that are certainly more dangerous than double downs. I would be interested to hear what exactly is so much more dangerous about double downs compared to just a single.
Dana Logan, Championship Productions
Re: Double Downs
November 21, 2012 01:34PM
According to the NFHS website: “Data presented by the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee confirmed that the majority of head injuries in spirit are from body-to-body contact in stunts. The committee recognizes that the primary body-to-body contact issues are presented during double-twisting dismounts. Prohibiting double twists to a cradle is consistent with the NFHS focus on risk minimization."

This being said, there is still certainly room for injury in other types of stunts and cradles. That is why the most important thing you can do as a coach is to train your cheerleaders in spotting and performing high catches. You should also insist upon Perfection Before Progession when moving on to higher levels of difficulty in stunting.
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