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Click here to view the proposed 2018-2019 through 2020-2021 Cheer Alignments.

Please note the Alignment Appeal Process:

Any school that would like to request an appeal, must do so in writing no later than March 27, 2018. Please include rationale. All requests must be signed by the Athletic Director and/or Principal.  Appeal requests should be forwarded to blemote AT msaa DOT net.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bonnie LeMote (508-541-9802) or Mike Connelly (508-541-9849).

Click here to order Championship T-shirts from Team IP

Winter 2018 Cheerleading Regional Tournaments - March 4, 2018
Central/West - Holyoke High School
North - Methuen High School
South - Whitman Hanson Regional High School

State 2018 Game Day Tournament - March 4, 2018 - Holyoke High School

Winter 2018 State Cheerleading Tournament - March 11, 2018 - Whitman Hanson Regional High School

New England Cheer Tournament - March 17, 2018 - Site TBD

A list of Spirit Rules Corrections (typos) from the NFHS can be found here http://www.nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/spirit-rules-corrections-2017-18/ 

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 Secondary Schools Administrators Association (MSSAA) 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 MSSAA 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.

Useful links:

National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS)

USA Cheer Music Copyrights Educational Initiative Announcement

USA Cheer Music Information

FAQs for the USA Cheer Music Copyrights Education Initiative

USA Cheer Preferred Music Providers

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.

Fall 2017 Intent to Enter Form
Winter 2018 Intent to Enter Form

Fall 2017 Roster 
Winter 2018 Roster

Sportsmanship Form

  Score Sheet- Effective Winter 2018 - 8 judges will score Game Day (4 judging the top of the scoresheet / 4 judging the bottom)
  Game Day Rubric 
  Game Day Cues 

Please refer to the MSSAA Rules and Regulations for answers to the MSAA State Examination
(click here to view)

MSAA Cheerleading State Examination

The MSAA has a new contract with VarsityMedia.net.  They will be the exclusive videoggraphers for our state tournaments.   Click here to view flyer and services offered.

You can visit their website is www.varsitymedia.net for information and ordering

“Recognizing Excellence in Character, Achievement and Coaching”

Click here to complete nomination form

Award History:

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

Award History:

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

Committee Members:

Jeff Szymaniak (Chair), Principal Whitman-Hanson RHS
Diana Bonneville, Principal, South Hadley HS
Ms. Leigh Joseph, Assistant Principal, Tantasqua RSHS
Robert O'Brien, Assistant Principal, Northbridge MS
Lauren Cipolla, Athletic Director, Leominster HS
Dave Pignone, Athletic Director, Stoneham HS

Coaches Reps:

Tracey Hartman - Central
Jill Gagne - West
Loretta Andre - Central
Shavalle Boire - West
Nicole Sullivan - South

Officials Rep:

Andrea Finn     

Tournament Directors:

Jennifer Cloutier, North and State
Heath Haskell, South
Mellisa Zwang, Central/West/Game Day

Penalty Questions         
penalty AT mssaa DOT org    


Fall 2017 State Tournament - November 18, 2017 @ Braintree High School - start time 1:00pm


Winter 2018 State Tournament - March 3, 2018 - Framingham High School

New England Dance Tournament - March 10, 2018

“Recognizing Excellence in Character, Achievement and Coaching”

Click here to complete nomination form

Award History:

2014 Jamie Campbell

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