Cheerleading has evolved over the years from groups of students supporting college sports teams to becoming a competitive sport in its own rights. Cheerleading is made up gymnastic, acrobatic and dance skills and offers a variety of disciplines for athletes to participate in. There are also various level of participation including Club, All Star, Recreational (Rec), Scholastic (School & University), Masters, Special Abilities, ParaCheer/Adaptive Abilities and National Team. Cheerleading was officially granted provisional Olympic status but the International Olympic Committee in December 2016 meaning in December 2019, the sport can apply to be an Olympic sport.
These divisions are designed for teams with athletes with intellectual disabilities.
Special Abilities Unified Teams (comprised of 1% - 99% / less than 100% or more Athletes with intellectual disabilities per team)
Special Abilities Traditional National Teams (comprised of 100% Athletes with intellectual disabilities per team)
These divisions are designed for teams with athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities.
ParaCheer/Adaptive Abilities Unified Teams (comprised of a minimum 1% to 99% or more ParaCheer Athletes* per team)
*Clarification: ParaCheer Athlete qualification is subject to respective ICU general rules and guidelines, as well as National Federation confirmation and/or medical documentation, as requested. (Please ICU PARACHEER/
ADAPTIVE ABILITIES QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES for more information)