COVID-19 NCAA Categorization of Sport Risk and STUNT
STUNT is in the NCAA Emerging Sport process. Following the guidance found in the NCAA’s document Resocialization of Collegiate Sport: Developing Standards for Practice and Competition, USA Cheer considers STUNT to be in the Medium Risk sport category. Key determining factors in this designation include the following:
A STUNT game:
- Does not involve any direct physical interaction between players of opposing teams.
- Does not involve sharing of any equipment between players of opposing teams or the same team.
- Does not involve sharing of playing surface between players of opposing teams.
- Does not involve close proximity between players and officials. Officials remain off of the team playing surfaces at all times.
- Can be played without fans.
- Can be played while wearing masks.
- Can be played outside.
- Can be modified to be played remotely, using video feeds of each team.
Player Interaction in a STUNT Game:
- Players never have physical interaction with players from the opposing team.
- Quarter 1 – Partner Stunts: Players interact in cohort units of four athletes, with no physical interaction with other groups or players.
- Quarter 2 – Pyramids & Tosses: Players interact primarily in cohort units of four athletes, similar to the Partner Stunts quarter. There are brief 5- to 10-second interactions of 12 to 16 athletes within the team for one or two pyramids per routine. This type of interaction only takes place 7 times during the entire game.
- Quarter 3 – Jumps & Tumbling: All players act independently of each other with no physical interaction.
- Quarter 4 – Team Routine: Each routine in the 4th quarter combines the previous quarter’s rounds and interaction.
- Separate team entrances and exits.
- Periodic testing of athletes, coaches, and officials.
- Requiring protective masks on sidelines by all players and personnel. (Masks may be worn during STUNT play)
- Keeping partner stunt groups together for as many routines as possible and working in functional units for practice.
- Remove end-of-game “high five” ceremonies or any similar interaction with the opposing team.
COVID-19 Action Plans for Practice and Competition from national collegiate associations may be found below.