Armuchee did not deserve to go. They were done and they knew it.something must change in this sport to give it credability and be taken seriosly.When a team is crashing all over the place and knocking each other down and still goes to state then the scoring and system are flawed. We are rewarding teams for having less competitors and failing to complete the stunts and pyramids they are attempting.since when did you get rewarded for failure ? no wonder people cant take this sport seriously.Having difficulty and failing to accomplish it should not be awarded.Also results should be announced immediatly following a schools routine like they do in gymnastics . not hidden away until the end. The score sheet is a joke and people are often judged inconsistently and on reputation.
I am not sure what Region you are speaking of, but I am curious to know if you were in Dalton? If so, I think that speaks volumes of the type of judging that was there that day. In Single A, it was horrible! Trion deserved to go and Bremen also held on to achieve a spot, but the 2nd and 3rd place squads had busted tumbling, dropped stunts, and pyramids that never went up on one side. It is truly amazing and shocking how these judges scored these teams.
All over the state this happened yesterday. Teams without switchups or full ups, teams with illegal pyramids, inversions and falls onto the floor, into other stunt groups, no pyramid at all due to falls and busts.....advancing over teams that DID include the elements and executed them. At the competition I attended, one team was given a deduction for an element that isn't even in their routine; even if it was, according to the rule book, the skill is LEGAL. There were lots of scribbles and crossed out scores on the individual sheets AND on the master sheet....even talk of mixups with teams and scores in general. There has GOT to be a solution!!!
It was in Dalton. It was obvious to even the most uneducated observer. I think the most shocked team was Armurchee. I do not understand why less participation is being promoted by GHSA and teams being rewarded for having smaller squads?Maybe there should be deductions for having less than a full squad on the floor. Why are teams getting high raw scores for attempting and failing? In basketball you dont give someone who makes a layup 1 point because it was easy and give someone 2 points for attempting a 3 pointer and missing it because the shot was harder since it was farther from the basket. If you attempt and fail there must be severe deductions for failure. If someone tries to execute diffuclty in the routine and fails then they should be severly penalized. Competition cheer is a great sport but days like yesterday give it zero credability as a competition sport which in the long run hurts the participants involved. There is no accountability for the judges invoved. they are long gone once the results are announced. There are no other sports that operate like this. If an official makes a call in a football, or baseball game they hear the displeasure or happiness from the fans immediatly.The crteria to become a judge is a joke. i know the process they had to go through and it is not nearly enough time or clear in what is acceptable or not. Teams were called for illegal elements that have not been called on them all year and were illegal on region competition day. Some teams even sent in video to GHSA for clarification and were still called for illegal elements by the judges at the competition. In the end the competitors and the sport is the big loser in all this.Changes must be made!!!!
Do you by chance know if the Regions will be published to the internet? And I think we all need to take a stand and find out what the heck is going on. If this went on everywhere, then there is a glitch in the system, and I feel unless we speak up and voice out opinions, nothing will be done about it. However, what direction do you take to find out what happened and how to solve it?
Change must come from the cheer coaching community and letters to GHSA from fans and spectators. Also regions must press their represenatives to address the problem to GHSA and the score sheets , criteria ,scoring results, judge certification must be overhauled . This year the whole score sheet was changed suppossedly for the better by some cheer guru . His advice was taken to the outer extreme by the higher ups instead of taking bits and pieces . The system needed some restructuring and now is totally broken. I will be shocked if changes not made. make your disatisfaction known as it is obvious that there were similar issues all over the state.
I agree with you on several points except the penalizing for size of squad. In many counties, the cost of cheerleading is prohibitive. I am a former coach and in recent years the number of students trying out for cheerleading, at least in our high school, has decreased. I don't think that schools shoulbe punished for number of members, but if you cannot hit the stunts, pyramids, tumbling, etc., you should receive deductions. My school's team is Co-Ed and at the region/sectional competition, they received 45 points in deductions for stunts they did ALL season AND the safety judge was the same one they had at the Ola competition!! We understood deductions for busted tumbling, we just wanted out team to "leave it on the mat", but 45 points!!! I coached for 4 years and every year, there were rule changes. It's too much!! Judges and coaches don't have a clear understanding of what's legal, what's not legal. Terminology is not consistent. When I first started I was saying 'prep' and my girls were saying 'a half'. You are correct, it will never be taken seriously. They need to leave the rules a lone for a year or two, get the judges up to speed on consistency. I also think that maybe they should organize like All-Stars - divide teams up by skill level, then by region and finally by co-ed/all-girl. This just my suggestion and I know that it is not perfect, but as has been expressed by so many on this blog, SOMETHING has to change!!
Amen cheerloud!! That is what I have said all along. Make a separate division for small groups. This would prevent some of these squads from working the system. While there are truly small squads who should not be judged against teams with 16, there are also squads who deliberatly put as few girls on the mat as possible as strategy. This is disresptectful to the sport if you ask me.