#Students' Rights
United States of America

Article 37.12 ruling:

37.12 NONSCHOOL/CLUB PARTICIPATION 37.12.1 A student who is a member of a school Spiritline team shall not practice or compete with any other cheer/pom group, team, club, organization, association, etc., in that athletic-activity during the interscholastic season of competition. For purposes of this rule, the interscholastic season of competition shall begin with the first week of permissive football and concludes with the individual school’s last basketball game, including State competitions. Any student violating the above rule shall forfeit his/her eligibility for a minimum of the balance of the season for that athletic-activity or up to a maximum of one calendar year.

DETERMINATION: An individual student may take private lessons anytime except during the school day or during school practice sessions. Schools shall not pay for, arrange or in any way provide these individual private lessons. Individual private lessons shall not be used to circumvent or evade the nonschool/all-star participation rule and any such use of private lessons will be considered a violation of the nonschool/all-star participation rule. (Ex. Bd. 2/18/03) (This excludes competitive dance and gymnastics).

This ruling takes away the students' choice to participate in both High School and Club cheer. As parents we need to be a voice for our children and this not only will affect the current cheerleaders but those of you who want your children to have the choice to do both in the future. This ruling is unnecessary and should be left to student and parent discretion.

We, the undersigned, call on the AIA to reverse Article 37.12.

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The Reverse Article 37.12 AIA ruling, Sign for the right to cheer in both Club/H.S. petition to AIA was written by Leonor Sanchez and is in the category Students' Rights at GoPetition.

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