This synopsis of 2013-14 NFHS Spirit Rules Changes is for information purposes only. For complete list of changes and official rules, refer to the 2013-14 rules book.
RULE 1 NEW DEFINITIONS: 1. Downward inversion, 2. Loading position/load, 3. Open-pike position.
REVISED DEFINITIONS: 1. Bracer, 2. Cradle, 3. *Extended stunt/position, 4. Log roll, 5. Release transition/release pyramid transition, 6. Suspended roll/flip. *Note: In extended stunt/position, the level of the hands (not arms) now determine whether a stunt is extended.
2-4-1 BASE HOLDING OBJECTS: Now allows a base to hold objects in a hand that is not supporting a top person. (Rule in 12-13 book was incorrect.)
2-4-7 EXTENDED STUNTS THAT DON’T REQUIRE A SPOTTER: Adds (i.) triple-base straddle sit
in which the top person has both hands in contact with a post to the list.
SECTION 5 INVERSIONS: Rule 2 Section 5 has been condensed from seven articles to four. Major changes have been made to all except 2-5-1. These changes are:
INVERTED PARTNER STUNTS (Now 2-5-2; Was 2-5-4,5,6)
1. Base of support for inverted partner stunts can now begin and remain below an extended position (New definition of extended: supporting hand(s) is/are above head)
2. One base or spotter who is “in a position to protect” must maintain contact with the top person’s upper body. (Upper body=waist and above, including the arms)
3. Downward inversions/inverted dismounts still require a two bases (original or new) in a position to protect the head/neck/shoulder area of the top person.
These bases must maintain contact with the top person’s upper body (waist or above, including arms) until the top person is no longer inverted or his/her hands are on the performance surface.
4. New: Inversions in which the top is supported under the feet at shoulder height or above require a second base/spotter in a position to protect, but that second person doesn’t have to maintain contact with the top.
SUSPENDED ROLLS/FLIPS (Now 2-5-3; Was 2-5-2,3)
1. Suspended backward rolls/flips now have the same rules as suspended forward rolls/flips.
2. All suspended rolls/flips can now land in a stunt shoulder height or below.
3. A single base can now assist a top person in a suspended forward roll/flip to a cradle, provided they maintain hands to hands contact.
4. Feet of top person must be released.
BRACED FLIPS (Now 2-5-4; Was 2-5-7)
1 The top person in braced flips has to be positioned between or in front of the bracers.
2. Bracers for braced flips must be in extension preps. (No more shoulder stands)
3. The top person can end a braced flip by being assisted to the floor. (No released landings)
4. Braced flips now simply require that there are 3 people under the top person: 2 bases & 1 spotter or 1 base & 2 spotters.
2-6-4 TOP PERSON MOVED FROM VERTICAL TO HORIZONTAL: Now allows a top person to pass through an extended position to catchers who are not original bases provided there are at least three catchers.
2-7-6b LOG ROLLS: Now allows all multi-base log rolls to begin and end in either a face-up (layout or cradle) or face-down position.
2-7-7b RELEASE TRANSITIONS: Now allows a multi-base free standing (non-braced) tick tock that begins at shoulder height or below.
2-7-10 (old) Deleted rule that prohibited releasing a vertical top person from above shoulder height to a catch in a layout position. (Other rules address this type of stunt.)
2-7-10 (new) RELEASES: Allows a top person in a horizontal position shoulder height or below or in a cradle to be released to a loading position or stunt shoulder height or below. (New exception to the release transition rule 2-7-7.)
2-9-3 SKILLS TO PERFORMING SURFACE: Now allows skills during a dismount to the performing surface provided there are two bases or a base and spotter. (Constant hand to hand contact is no longer required).
2-10-2 TUMBLING WITH PROPS: Now allows a one-hand cartwheel while holding pom(s) in the free hand.