Teams perform their routine once. Official judges will
assign point values for the elements of their routines.
Points are given for crowd leading, level of difficulty, etc.
• SONC first offered
Cheerleading in 2006. Once
a stand-alone event, it joined
the SONC Summer Games
in 2016. Over 15 counties
across the state now have
active cheer teams.
• All competition is held on
one day at the state level.
Teams or individuals will be
assigned to one of two shifts.
• All individuals and teams are put in competitive
groupings, called divisions. Divisions are based on team
size, skill level and if music is used in their routine.
One large awards ceremony will be held at the
conclusion of each shift and take place in the
What are some of the elements of a routine?
• Partner stunt: a skill that involves two
people, one using the other as support
• Pyramid: connecting one or more stunts
together by holding hands, feet, etc.
• Tumbling or acrobatic skill: forward
roll, cartwheel, etc.
Only athletes and
are allowed in the
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Individual performance: one athlete performs a
routine that may include tumbling, music, and
Traditional team: a team of all Special Olympics
Unified team: a team with equal numbers of
Special Olympics athletes and Unified Partners.
Unified competition brings people with and without
intellectual disabilities together on the same team.
Cheerleading Score System
Do You Know…
Teams have a maximum of two minutes and 30 seconds to
complete their routine. If music is used, it can be no longer
than one minute and 45 seconds of the full time. Music is
allowed for all levels of cheerleading competition.