Competitive Cheerleading   - Ken Kerchenske

Competitive Spirit Coaches/Athletic Directors/Administrators:

Attached are some brief notes from yesterday's Google Meet, along with some questions I submitted to Melissa Mertz from the PIAA office and a summary of the answers she provided. (Thank you, Melissa!)

One item I did not address at the meeting was the new mask mandate. I can always update you closer to the competition, as the mandate could change at any time.

Finally, please email me any questions and I will be in touch as new information is available. At this point, the most important information is that the competition will not be held on Saturday, December 19, as originally planned, so we have time to wait and see how things play out in the next month.

Please see the
LINK for additional information.

Have a safe Thanksgiving!


If you have any questions you'd like me to address, please email me ahead of time so I can research the answers if necessary.

Kenneth J. Kerchenske




Pre-order Form for Cheerleading apparel


Today was the deadline for registration for the District V/VI competitive spirit competition.  Given that some schools are not even sure whether

or not they are going to allow winter sports or when they can start, I will continue to take registration forms, but please try to submit them by the

end of this week.  Knowing how many squads are competing will help me determine the logistics of the tournament.  

Late this week or early next week, I plan to schedule a ZOOM meeting for coaches and/or Athletic Directors of schools who have registered for the

tournament.  If you are unsure whether or not you are participating in this year's competition, feel free to attend the ZOOM for further information. 

Just let me know you are thinking of participating so I can invite you to the meeting.

Again, the registration form can be found here:


Stay safe,




Apparel Information (sizes, etc)


D6 Cheer Clothing Flier and Order Form. You can see the design in color on this attachment.

Also, please use the group order form when sending orders. It expediates the process and makes management of the

processing or orders much more efficient.

If choosing customizations all customizations need to have the same wording and color. Wording can include School Name,

School Mascot Name, Both Name and Mascot or a tam slogan. Again, all orders need to have the same customization. NO NAMES,

If you desire to do a group team order and then a parent group order a few days later that works. I realize it takes a little longer to

gather items and sizes from boosters than it does the kids. You can email the orders to me in advance of your payments.

Payments can be sent via mail to the address on the attached forms. My email for orders is also on the forms.


On Tuesday, the PIAA Competitive Spirit Steering Committee met via ZOOM to review changes to the State Championship

this year.

Most importantly, the championship at the Giant Center will be shortened to a one day event, which could be held on

Jan. 29 or Jan. 30, 2021.

To accommodate the shortened event, the number of qualifiers from each district has been reduced (see attached document).

District 5/6 will now have one 3A qualifier and five 2A qualifiers.

I will work with the Altoona Area School District to discuss occupancy limits for the field house closer to the date of the tournament.

We may have to consider limiting the number of teams in the field house at once or limiting the number of spectators - if any -

that each team may bring.

I am new to the world of Competitive Spirit, so if any coaches or advisors have suggestions for how to run the event, please email me.

A natural solution would be to have 3A squads compete and then leave the field house prior to 2A squads competing, but obviously

most of our squads are from 2A schools. We could also make everyone from small 2A squads leave before those from large 2A squads

enter the site, but these schools are competing against one another for qualifying positions, so qualifiers could actually have left the field

house by the time the results are announced. Obviously, that situation is not optimal.

If you still need a registration form, you can download one here:


Ken Kerchenske



Competitive Spirit (Cheerleading) championships will be held at
the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse on Saturday, December 19, 2020.   (Make up date is January 9, 2021.)


Please note that the divisions have been realigned statewide to account for the size of the high school

and the number of members on the squad.


Registration Form (PDF)       Registration Form (MS Word)


Contact: Teri Maser <> 


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State College Cheer Championships - February 29th 2020



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