Spirit will add a new game day cheer division

2018 state spirit finals

(Marlee Smith/CHSAANow.com)

DENVER — A new division is coming to spirit — and it will be included during this fall's state championships.

When CHSAA's Legislative Council voted to approve the spirit report on Wednesday, that included the addition of a game day division at the state event.

Game day more accessible to a wide range of schools, as it is a competition surrounding a spirit program's primary role, which is to support their school's athletic teams. Teams are judged based upon their ability to lead cheers, use skills to rally a crowd, communicate to fans, and support the athletes on the fields.

"This will be very exciting for other spirit programs to have the opportunity to participate utilizing their everyday game day skills," said CHSAA assistant commissioner Jenn Roberts-Uhlig, who oversees spirit. "It is more accessible to a wide range of schools, as it is a non-tumbling division.

"We're hoping to pull in some schools who may not access to gyms, tumbling or choreography," she added. "This will bring another fun experience to our championships."

This discipline joins cheer, co-ed cheer, pom pon, Jazz and hip-hop as divisions at the state championships.

Spirit programs will only be allowed to participate in either game day or co-ed/cheer at the state championships.