Last Updated: January 26, 2015
Join us on SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2015 for the 38th GRC!
Greater Rochester Cheerleading and Dance Championships
STEPPING OFF THE MAT WILL BE A DEDUCTION! And Remember NO Novice, Intermediate, Advanced!
Stepping off of the mat is a violation for every cheerleader who steps off the mat during the routine. All members must remain on the mat for the entire routine. Please remind your team members! The mat is the "playing field" and off of the mat is out of bounds!
Remember that we are not doing Novice, Intermediate and Advanced this year. Coaches had the opportunity to fill out the check list that helped us place teams appropriately by number on team, number of tumblers and level of tumblers, stunts, pyramids and tosses (basic, intermediate, advanced skills). There are no restrictions what your team can do. If you were in novice in the past and could not go past prep or twist down, those restrictions are no longer there. You only need to follow National Federation Safety Guidelines and look at the Difficulty rubrics to maximize your points. Don't forget how important Execution is! And remember that Majority comes into play. Use all of your members throughout your routine!
Divisions and Time Schedule
January 25, 2015
Click here for the Divisions and Time Schedule for our event on Saturday, January 31! These are FINAL divisions. Unless there was an error our our part, no changes will be made to this schedule. Doors open at 8 a.m. for teams and spectators. First round Mods will be able to warm up behind the curtain beginning at 8:30 a.m. Varsity teams in the first afternoon round will be allowed into the warm up area upon completion of the Individual Competition. Teams will be called to warm up throughout the day. No teams allowed in the warm up area until called. Please do not do cheers or stunts in the hallways at the Blue Cross Arena. Tumblers will be allowed to warm up in the a.m. starting at 8:30 a.m. on the main floor. ONLY Modifieds and JVs at 8:30 a.m. Varsity tumblers will be allowed to tumble after Modified/JV awards. There will be a tumbling mat in the warm up area for last minute practice.
Teams and coaches enter on Court Street. Buses drop members off and must continue on. Bus drivers may also enter Court Street with proper identification, identifying them as a bus driver from your District. No others will be allowed into this entrance and will be sent around to the main entrance to paid admission. Any additional coaches not registered will pay $6 at the back door when entering with the team. Coaches: come into the arena to our Information Table to pick up your packets and wrist bands. You will not be allowed on the floor or into the Hospitality Room without a wrist band.Do not bring friends or children into the Hospitality Room. Only Judges, our Staff and Coaches will be allowed in the room.
Teams need to sit to the left of the judges stage. No cheerleaders in the other sections. Those are reserved for paid spectators. Cheerleaders and families from your school can stand in the area behind and above the judges during your team performance. No cheerleaders or parents allowed on the arena floor during the performance. Only coaches may be on the floor. Please sit on the floor when your team is performing and do not distract judges from watching the team. Be mindful that there will be a microphone in front of the mat. Also, official event and press photographers will be in the area and need to be center.
During Awards, only two team members may come up to receive the awards. We ask that you leave an aisle down the middle of the mat for easy access to the awards.
Updated Execution and Difficulty Score Sheets!
We have updated our Execution and Difficulty Score Sheets to reflect the changes in the Sectional and State rubrics. Please note that we have continued to break down the judging panels to evaluate your teams as efficiently and fairly as possible. Our Execution Judges will be evaluating either Jumps, Tumbling, Motions, Dance or Stunts, Pyramids, Tosses, Dismounts, Transitions. Our Difficulty Judges will be evaluating either Tumbling, Jumps, Motions/Dance or Stunting, Pyramids/Tosses. (click on the links to see the score sheets, or go to our Handouts page to click on the score sheets).
We will have a Scribe who will script your entire routine and be an additional resource to our judging panel. The Scribe will not assign a score, but is a way for the panel to be sure that they see all of the elements a team has choreographed into their routine. You will not receive a copy of the Scribe's score sheet. It is simply used as a tool for our panel.
We will continue to use our Point Deduction Judges to evaluate bobbles, falls, and transition collisions. Note that on the Point Deduction score sheet, we have spelled out the deductions/points and included Major Collapse as a choice for the PDJ. See our Point Deduction score sheet here or on our Handouts page.
Don't forget our Requirement Criteria score sheet to be sure that you have included all of the elements you must have in your routine. You must also be sure that your routine is no longer than 2 minutes and 30 seconds. You can click above or check out the score sheet on our Handouts page.
Our Commentary Judge will commentate your routine in real time as a voice over to the team DVD that you will receive 30 minutes after your routine. You can watch the DVD in our viewing area. This DVD is yours to keep! There is no score assigned to your commentary DVD, but it is a great way for your team to hear a judge's perspective on the routine and get feedback. Remember that what the Commentary Judge is stating may or may not be reflected in the scores. This is simply a tool to use with your team. It is not evaluative.
Additional Coaches/Assistants, Photographers
January 22, 2015
IMPORTANT REMINDERS: Each team is allowed two coaches or assistants. If you have two teams attending, that would give you 4 coach/assistant entrances as part of your entrance fee. Above that, it is an additional $6 per person.
We do not let photographers on the floor that are not already vetted or performing a service for GRC or the media. In order for a photographer to be allowed on the floor, they must have a PRESS PASS (Media pass from a local news agency). Or, the Athletic Director must approve a photographer that can take photos of your performance for a local paper or school yearbook. We must have WRITTEN PERMISSION from the Athletic Director with a specific name and purpose of the photographer. That photographer will not have permission to photograph any other teams at the competition. If there are photographers taking your team's pictures and they have not gone through this process, please inform our staff immediately. They will be escorted from the building by Security. You do not want to allow anyone to take pictures of your teams unless they have gone through this process. We have had problems with several photographers in the past that are there taking pictures for their own profit or have no intention of selling the photos but are taking the photos for their own purposes.
Divisions and Time Schedule
January 22, 2015
Divisions, Individuals, and Time Schedule will be released on Sunday. Doors open at The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday, January 31 at 8 a.m. for squads and spectators. Modified and JV Divisions begin at 9 a.m. Varsity competition begins at 1 p.m. with warm-ups starting for the afternoon session immediately upon completion of the morning session. No one is allowed in the back door except the team and the registered coaches. All others will be sent to the main entry for paid admission. No one may enter the arena during competition except registered coaches and registered photographers.
We are VERY excited for January 31! The divisions are looking awesome!
PLEASE CHECK TO BE SURE YOUR NAME IS HERE! SOME SCHOOLS HAVE SENT IN THEIR REGISTRATIONS ONLY TO FIND OUT THEY WERE HELD UP IN THE BUSINESS OFFICE! DON'T BE LEFT OUT! Email us or call us immediately!
Divisions and Individuals will be announced on Sunday. Be sure to check back! Divisions will be FINAL. We are so excited. The divisions are shaping up to be phenomenal!!!
THE PROGRAM IS READY TO GO TO THE PRINTER. IF WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR PICTURE OR ROSTER AT THIS TIME, IT WILL NOT BE IN THE PROGRAM.
* = Roster
Awesome Judges' Training at AQ
On Saturday, December 13, the entire Judging Staff of GRC met at The Aquinas Institute to review and practice each of the judging responsibilities on the panels. We spent a great deal of time on Difficulty and Execution. It was an outstanding training. We evaluated teams with each of the score sheets and had thorough discussions around the scores and grids. Be confident in the knowledge that we take this seriously and want to provide the best evaluation process for your team!
WE ARE A SANCTIONED EVENT!
November 21, 2014
If you are wondering whether or not GRC is a NYSPHSAA sanctioned event, we are! Here is the follow up email we received from Todd Nelson of the NYSPHSAA in August after submitting paperwork.
I received a sanctioning application for your event on 1/31/2015. I noticed that there were no schools from outside of NY attending the event. If this is true then there is no paperwork needed for this event. Only member/approved schools can attend this event. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks.
8 Airport Park Blvd
Latham, NY 12110
Check Out Our New Brochure and Registration Form!
November 3, 2014
Download our brochure and registration form here or on our Handouts Page. Be sure to take a look at our new checklist attached to the registration form. It allows you to tell us about your routine so that we can place you in a division with other teams that have similar abilities and size wherever we can. The new checklist will help us to make the playing field as fair as possible! The checklist is OPTIONAL. It is simply another tool for us.
Coaches: We will be asking for your updated team numbers on the day of the competition. This is for the difficulty judges when evaluating the number of members jumping, tumbling, and stunt groups on a team during the routine. We will be using the majority plus one formula, as is used at the Sectional and State levels.
Final Results for 2014
January 20, 2014
Congratulations to all of the teams who competed! Click here for our final results!
GRC Elite 8 2014
January 20, 2014
January 20, 2014
Greater Rochester Memorial Scholarship: Meghan Crawford, Fairport
Sister Marlene McQueeney Scholarship: Josephine Scherer, Red Jacket
Junior and Senior Individual Winners
Senior: Christiana Glover Greece Olympia
Junior: Julie Holmes Avon
Magic Moments Photography for Competition action shots
Be sure to visit Magic Moments Photography for your team photos and action shots from our official team and action photographers at Magic Moments Photography soon!
Paper Moon Productions Official Videographers of GRC!
Sign Our Guestbook!
Look on the right hand side of this page under our logo and our web address, you will find our Guest Book. Click on it and leave us a message! We would love to hear from you!
Our Warm Up Area is National Federation Approved!
November 11, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 14, 2011) — The new high school spirit rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee at its January 8-10 meeting minimize the risk potential created by certain performance surfaces, props or stunts. The changes, which were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors, will take effect with the 2011-12 school year.
One of the most significant changes deals with allowable stunts on a basketball court or track. Changes to Rules 2-6-7, 2-9-7 and 2-10-2 require that any airborne twisting tumbling skills, basket tosses, elevator tosses or similar multi-base tosses and twisting dismounts take place only on grass (real or artificial) or a mat.
Similarly, twisting during quick/load-in tosses is restricted to grass (real or artificial) or a mat per changes made to Rule 2-10-7.
GREATER ROCHESTER CHEERLEADING AND DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS' WARM UP AREA IS THE TURF FLOOR THAT IS USED FOR THE ROCHESTER KNIGHTHAWKS PROFESSIONAL LACROSSE TEAM!
Over 30,000 cheerleaders, both boys and girls, have competed over the past three decades at the annual late-January Championship, which includes a Senior Individual Competition (initiated in 1982), where 12th graders display their talent separate from their squad performances. In 1990, the Sister Marlene McQueeney Memorial Scholarship was instituted for a graduating senior cheerleader with at least a 3.50 GPA.
Val Snelgrove (Greece Olympia H.S. coach) and Debbie Smith (Edison Tech coach) began the Championship in 1978 under the name of The Monroe County Cheerleading Championship, with 30 squads (350 individuals) competing at Greece Athena. Cheryl Johnson (Greece Olympia JV coach) replaced Smith as co-Director in 1984; and, because of the need for more space (50 squads a year competing), the event was moved to SUNY Brockport in 1988 and renamed The Greater Rochester Cheerleading Championship.
In 1990, due to overflow numbers of competitors and spectators, the Championship moved to its present location at Blue Cross Arena (then known as the Rochester War Memorial). On its 15th annniversary in 1992, the event honored Bishop Kearney H.S. as its "Team of the Decade" for its many Championship successes. The 1994 competition was the Championship's first year with over 1000 cheerleaders and included 70 squads, 90 Senior Individual Competitors, and a most-gratifying 2,600 spectators.
We've continued to grow and evolve into a nationally recognized competition. We expect to have over 1,800 cheerleaders and dancers this year as well as close to 5,000 spectators!
Cheryl Johnson - Co-Director