How to Become a Certified Cheer Competition Judge

By A.M. David

Cheer competitions go way beyond shaking pom-poms and encouraging your team to win. It's an athletic competition with complex jumps, pyramids, tumbling and dance moves. In high school and school competitions, the judging categories vary on the area and particular event but technique and difficulty are staples.

How to Become a Certified Cheer Competition Judge

Know the sport. It's one thing being a fan. It's another thing understanding the proper techniques. This might require years of competing or coaching.

Earn a state certification. Nearly every state has its own certification test to judge competitions on the high school and recreational level. While they differ slightly, most states require a written test and have you judge an event to see if your scores match with an established judge's score.

Get a National Cheer Judges Certification offered by Cheer Ltd. The company runs prestigious national and regional open competitions every year. A certification qualifies you to judge those tournaments.


About the Author

A.M. David's articles have appeared in "The Washington Post" and several regional publications in a career spanning more than 15 years. He has also written for the "Princeton Packet" chain. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.

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