Stop Gender Bias in Collegiate Cheerleading

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On June 21, 2018, the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators (AACCA) released new rules for collegiate cheerleading.  While most were not substantial, the new rules regarding basket tosses created outrage from cheerleaders and coaches across the county.  Up until the creation of these rules, all teams were allowed to do the same baskets, and there were no limitations based on gender.  Within 24 hours of releasing the new rules, AACCA removed the document completely from their site and posted that they were going to review the rules and provide more clarification.

In mid-July, the rule document quietly re-appeared back on the site, but no changes had been made.  The current rule includes the following language:

"Regarding basket tosses, one of the most important aspects we focused on was the ability to consistently achieve the height required to safely complete the skill while also allowing the bases to begin the catch at the highest possible point...In addition, for individual basket tosses that both flip and twist, the two side tossers and the backspot must be males."

AACCA has not provided any data or rationale for these rule changes and there is no transparency as to who is on the committee that created these rules.  There is no scientific data to support the claim that males can constantly achieve a safe height, nor is there data to support that females cannot.  

Please sign this petition to encourage AACCA to eliminate the gender bias that this new rule creates and allow females the opportunity to also perform the same baskets as males at the collegiate competition level.

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