Cheerleading coaches at California excessive colleges wish to be allowed to compete one Sunday a 12 months, every February, in what’s thought to be the game’s nationwide championship.

“It’s big,” Whittier’s La Serna Excessive cheer coach Elena Klock mentioned of collaborating within the Nationwide Excessive Faculty Cheerleading Championship. “You are feeling it.”

However because it stands now, the California Interscholastic Federation bylaws don’t permit Sunday participation in any of the CIF sports activities.

Klock, whose group this 12 months certified for the upcoming cheer championships, is amongst 1000’s who signed a petition, not too long ago, asking CIF officers to waive their “No Sunday” rule for the competition.

“Our objective is to enlighten, to not bash,” Klock mentioned of the petition. “We try to tell individuals of our plight and get individuals to grasp what we’re coping with.”

The championship is in Orlando, Fla., from Feb. eight to 10 this 12 months, however a lot of its divisions have finals on Sunday, Feb. 10. For the California groups in these divisions, somewhat than competing reside, they should videotape their performances the night time earlier than to be proven to judges, the coaches mentioned.

CIF granted a waiver for groups to compete in final 12 months’s championship. However CIF spokeswoman Rebecca Brutlag mentioned these waivers got below a particular circumstance, as a result of the game was in its first 12 months of CIF oversight.

The “No Sunday” rule is specified within the CIF bylaws, which apply to all sports activities. Due to this fact, colleges must suggest a bylaw change to the rule, to be utilized to all CIF sports activities, Brutlag mentioned. “It’s all or nothing,” she mentioned.

The bylaw change have to be authorised by a proper course of that entails votes from all of CIF’s practically 1,600 member colleges, she mentioned.

Klock mentioned she knew her group wasn’t going to obtain a waiver this 12 months. However she and different coaches are asking CIF to discover choices to handle the distinctiveness of cheerleading, which doesn’t have the identical competitors construction as sports activities akin to basketball, soccer and baseball.

Sooner or later, it’s even doable organizers of the championship could not permit groups to videotape their performances, she mentioned.

Common Cheerleaders Affiliation, which organizes the championship, wouldn’t remark, solely saying lodging are being made for the February competitors.

“It appeared logical that there ought to be a capability to have a singular rule to a singular sport,” Klock mentioned.

Klock mentioned the CIF’s “No Sunday” rule means some groups within the championship should carry out as many as 3 times in in the future. And, these groups could have to attend till 10 or 11 p.m. on that Saturday for his or her closing efficiency, Costa Mesa Excessive cheer coach Kori Johnson mentioned.

“That places us at a very unfair drawback,” Johnson mentioned.

It additionally means dropping that sense of competitors – of watching your opponents as you wait, of getting your opponents watch you, mentioned Jesse Cerda, who coaches Fontana’s Summit Excessive cheer group which has additionally certified for the championship.

“That drives athletes to our most efficiency,” he mentioned.

The petition comes three years after California made cheer a acknowledged sport and a couple of 12 months after CIF formally started overseeing it. Most coaches interviewed mentioned they to date are largely glad with CIF’s oversight and rules.

“Everybody wants a time off,” Brea-Olinda Excessive’s cheer coach Kelly McCluskey mentioned of the “No Sunday” rule.

Many cheerleading competitions within the state have shifted their finals to Saturdays, to accommodate the foundations, the coaches mentioned. However the coaches mentioned it will be troublesome for the nationwide championship to shift its schedule away from Sunday, on condition that a whole lot of faculties from greater than 30 states compete yearly.

“We aren’t asking for each Sunday,” Klock mentioned. “We’re asking for one alternative.”

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