We are looking forward to the 9th Annual PIAA District IV Competitive Spirit (Cheerleading) Championships being held at Shamokin Area High School on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Although this year's competition will be organized a bit differently than in the past, it is still a great opportunity for your teams to showcase their talents and to potentially qualify for the State Championships being held on Saturday, April 10, 2021 in Hershey, PA.

Contact Information

Chris Venna
2000 West State Street
Coal Township, PA 17866
Phone: (570) 648-5752 (X4116)
Fax: (570) 648-2592
E-mail: cvenna@indians.k12.pa.us

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Information for Teams Entering Competitive Spirit Championships

Below are the details for this year's competition (with changes due to COVID protocols):

This season PIAA has reclassified the Competitive Spirit divisions as follows: Classification is AA or AAA. This is determined by your school's enrollment. Within each classification there will be a Small (1-15 members) and Large (16+ members) Division. There will also be one overall Co-ed Division for any team that has at least one male.

District IV will have a total of (3) qualifiers for the PIAA State Championships. AA will have (2) qualifiers and AAA will have (1) qualifier. The top (2) scores in AA and top score in AAA will advance to the State Championships regardless of Division (Large, Small, or Co-ed). If a tie exists between two or more squads for a state qualifier, the tiebreaker will be based on the same criteria used at the State Level Championships.

A championship plaque and medals will be awarded to the top team in each division. However, the top (2) scores in AA and top score in AAA will advance to the State Championships regardless of Division (Large, Small, or Co-ed).

Please bring two copies of your music (of different formats) either on CD, flash drive, iPhone, or Android. The DJ has auxiliary cords and you can test your music during warm-ups.

All tickets will be sold online through Hometown Ticketing. The cost of a ticket will be $6.00 plus additional fees set by Hometown Ticketing. Closer to the event date, Athletic Directors will receive a code for purchasing tickets online.

Ticket allotments will be as follows:

  1. Canton – 31
  2. Williamsport – 62
  3. Bloomsburg – 31
  4. Sugar Valley – 31
  5. Southern Columbia – 52
  6. Milton – 52
  7. Hughesville - 52
  8. Montoursville - 48
  9. Mount Carmel – 62
  10. Shamokin Area - 46

We are currently in the process of putting together a pay-per-view option for those who are unable to attend. Price is $8 for the entire event. A link will be available on the District IV website at: www.piaad4.net. More information will follow closer to the event.

In order to reduce the possible exposure to COVID-19, this year's competition format will be different. We will essentially be running three small competitions by division – SV, LV, and CoEd. A schedule is attached and will be strictly adhered to. CoEd will begin at 12:00 p.m., Small Varsity will begin at 1:15 p.m. and Large Varsity will begin at 2:20 p.m. At the conclusion of each competition a championship plaque will be presented to the team with the highest score in that division. There will be no medals ceremony. Teams and spectators will be asked to leave the facility immediately following the presentation of the championship plaque. Spectators for the next divisional competition will then be permitted to enter the gymnasium and so on and so forth. Teams and spectators will enter and exit at different locations due to COVID-19 protocols. Teams and spectators will have specific arrival times and locations based on their division. Teams and spectators will not be permitted to enter until their designated time. Also attached is the team warm-up schedule. This will be strictly adhered to as well, to allow for a smoothly run competition. There will be locker rooms available for the athletes to use when they arrive. However, they will be responsible for their own belongings. All teams must stay in their designated areas upon arrival.

Each team will have a total of 20 minutes to go through the warm up process. There will be 5 minutes for stretching, 5 minutes for tumbling, 5 minutes to warm up, and 5 minutes on deck before competing. If you are late for your warm up time, you will have to forfeit the aspect you missed. There will be a stereo available for music play in the warm up area.

Please make sure a member of your team (coach) is available to turn on your music. It is not the responsibility of the DJ to do that for you. If your music is interrupted for any reason, we will allow you to start again. If an athlete becomes injured during your performance, we will stop the performance and give you the opportunity to regroup and try to perform again at the end of the competition. A trainer will be on site and available.

There will be a Zoom meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m. A link will be sent out to Athletic Directors one week prior. This meeting will be in lieu of a coaches' meeting on the day of the event. Coaches must participate. There will be no concessions at this year's event so please plan accordingly. All merchandise sales will be done online. The link is open until March 10 and is available at http://piaacheerleading.addone.com/.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (570) 205-1144 so that we may remedy any problems prior to the event.

Best of luck to everyone as you hold your final practices and make your final preparations for the competition! Please understand we are doing everything we can to provide our student athletes with a memorable, in-person competition while at the same time following all protocols set forth by PDE, DOH and Governor Wolf. We appreciate everyone's flexibility and cooperation and are looking forward to seeing all of you on the 20th.