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State Championship

First held in 1987, the NCCCA State Championship recognizes the best teams in a variety of divisions for middle and high schools with collegiate exhibition teams.   This event is typically held Late-January or early-February in the triangle area.  Whereas the event first crowned champions based on 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A classifications, it has now evolved to accommodate a variety of sizes, non-tumbling, non-building, etc. in both Division I and Division II and hopes to include a Game Day or Sideline division soon. 

The 35th Annual State Championship

February 5, 2022

Southern Alamance High School
631 Southern Southern High School Road
Graham, NC 27253.


Complete the online registration form for Performance and/or Game Day. You will receive an email confirming your registration (Please allow 48 hours). Please double-check your division(s).  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Registration opens 12/6. Registration Deadline is 1/19. The entry fee for NCCCA member teams is $25 per athlete. If the coach is not a current member of NCCCA, please include a membership fee of $50 with registration. If your team is competing in both Performance and Game Day, the smaller team will receive a $15/athlete discount. (Larger team is $25/athlete; smaller team is $10/athlete.)

NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Cancellations will receive a 50% refund. We accept PayPal:  and checks.  Mail your check to:


2902 Virginia Avenue

Charlotte, NC  28205


All Junior High, Junior Varsity, and Varsity teams within the state boundaries of North Carolina are eligible to compete for titles.


NFHS rules will be enforced.


NCCCA uses the UCA scoring system.  Be sure to familiarize yourself with the updated Stunt Progressions and Expectations and Pyramid Progressions.


We will be selling an event t-shirt. Ordering information will be on our Facebook page.  We greatly appreciate you sharing this with your team as proceeds fund our Scholarship and All-State programs.


Trophies will be awarded to 50% of each division.  State Champions will also receive a banner and a t-shirt (# of athletes and 2 coaches).


Based on NCHSAA classification, each division will be split into two:

D1 = 3A and 4A schools

D2 = 1A and 2A schools

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*NCCCA reserves the right to combine and split divisions.


  • Non-Tumble: No hip over head rotation on the performing mat.
  • Traditional Routines are limited to 2 minutes and 30 seconds total time. Time begins with the first movement, voice or note of music, whichever comes first.  If a team exceeds the time limit, a penalty will be assessed for each violation.  Three (3) point deduction for 1-5 seconds over, five (5) point deduction for 6-10 seconds over and seven (7) point deduction for 11 seconds and over.  Because penalties are severe, it is recommended that all teams time their performance several times prior to competition and leave a several second cushion to allow for variations and sound equipment.
  • Music cannot exceed 1 minute and 30 seconds.
  • Cheers should be crowd effective and show the energy and ability to lead a crowd.
  • The team and each participating member/coach should constantly display good sportsmanship throughout the entire performance. Teams should refrain from any taunting, bragging, or suggestive expressions or gestures as well as discrimination of any nature.
  • Judges’ decisions are final.
  • Approximate floor size is 54 feet wide by 42 feet deep (9 strips).
  • Deductions will not be assessed for out of bounds.
  • Signs or props may be placed or dropped outside the competition area by a team member who must remain inside the competition area.


  • The Game Day Championship showcases what traditional cheerleading is all about – leading the crowd! Teams will be evaluated on their ability to lead the crowd, proper game day skill incorporations / performance, motion/dance and overall routine.
  • The performance will follow this order: Band Chant, Situational Sideline, Cheer and Fight Song.
  • For more information on Game Day, please see click here
  • Familiarize yourself with skill restrictions for the Game Day Divisions.
  • Individuals can compete in a performance routine division and a game day division for the same school. If a Junior Varsity and Varsity combine for a Game Day Division, they must compete in the Varsity Divisions.
  • Teams may add up to 1 (one) mascot in their Game Day Routine. The mascot must enter the floor with the team and should be used to raise crowd energy and participation. The mascot in not allowed to be involved in any stunts / technical skills and or tumbling and should position themselves away from skills being performed. The mascot will not count towards the total number of participants allowed.


For the most up to date music information, visit If you have any questions, cheer teams should email Please check the Preferred Provider list for updates and changes periodically. Teams must be able to provide proof of licensing upon request. If a team does not have proof of music licensing available, they will be allowed to perform to an optional approved track of music or a track with counts. If a team cannot provide proof of licensing, and do not perform to an optional approved track of music or to counts, the team will be disqualified from the competition.


Any state and local protocols must be followed. Expect updates closer to the event.