ATTENTION All Cheer and Dance Coaches and Administrators:
Recent enforcement efforts by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have highlighted the need for compliance with US Copyright Law. The Massachusetts School Administrators Association (MSAA) is providing the following information regarding the use of copyrighted music at school cheer and dance events (pep rallies, Homecoming events, cheer or dance routines in general, etc.) including competition routines.
The licenses purchased by the MSAA for the regional and state championships do not cover the music usage by individual schools. Each school is obligated to comply with copyright laws regarding the use of music. We understand that this change has come up at a time in the year where coaches may have already started the process of ordering, or have already ordered music. Coaches should contact his/her music provider to see what steps they take to ensure that they are in compliance. A list of preferred vendors has been compiled by USA Cheer and is included in the links below.
The information provided here and in the links below should not be construed as legal advice. If you have specific questions or concerns related to copyright laws, please contact an attorney.
Game Day is a competition that takes teams’ sideline cheerleading responsibilities and traditions and puts them in the spotlight! A Game Day routine has three parts – Time Out Cheer, Game Situation Sideline, and Half-Time Performance. Responding to situation audio clues that simulate a real game day sporting event, teams perform their best sideline material and traditions that their fans see at every game! Teams will be judged on execution, crowd effectiveness, energy, and overall performance.
2012 John Beaton 2013 Patrica Maroney 2013 Mary Soucy 2014 Adrienne DeGeorge 2015 Patti Johnson
The MSAA is please to announce it will be awarding Cheerleading teams, during the fall and winter seasons, Community Service Awards.
Nominations are currently being requested for the MSAA Community Service Award. These awards will be presented annually to a specific team performing one or more community service projects.
Click here for Nomination Form
2013 Norwood High School 2014 Nashoba Valley Tech High School 2014 Plymouth South High School 2014 North Middlesex High School 2014 South Hadley High School 2014 Dighton Rehoboth High School 2015 Georgetown High School
MSAA Executive - Michael Connelly
Jeff Szymaniak (Chair), Principal Whitman-Hanson RHS Diana Bonneville, Principal, South Hadley HS Ms. Leigh Joseph, Assistant Principal, Tantasqua RSHS Dave Pignone, Athletic Director, Stoneham HS
Loretta Andre - Central -landre AT dcrsd DOT org Tracey Hartman - Central -tracey.hartman AT leominsterschools DOT org Shavalle Boire - West -natevelle AT verizon DOT net Jill Gagne - West -gagnej AT elms DOT edu Melissa McCular - North -Melis318 AT aol DOT com Kathleen Roy - North -kathannroy AT gmail DOT com Heather Johnson - South -luvblu5 AT yahoo DOT com Nicole Sullivan - South -nb2387 AT aol DOT com
Andrea Finn -afinn415 AT gmail DOT com
Jennifer Cloutier, North and State -jcloutier AT mssaa DOT org Heath Haskell, South -hhaskell76 AT gmail DOT com Mellisa Zwang, Central/West/Game Day -melissajzwang AT gmail DOT com