Manawatu Challenge 2018

Sunday 30 September 2018

Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North, Manawatu


Event Information

Spectator Tickets

Door sales

$10 per person, under 5s free

Cash and EFTPOS facilities available

Doors open 9am

Athlete note: Please ensure you check with your club to confirm when to arrive. Do not base your arrival time solely on the schedule above. Different clubs have different pre-warm up policies.

Competitor Pricing

Club cheer teams

$45 per athlete


$25 per athlete


$25 per athlete

Group or partner stunt

$20 per athlete



Divisions Offered

The divisions below will be split by age and team size as per the USASF Age Grid with NZCU adaptations at the time of the event. Divisions may be split or combined at Spirit Events’s discretion. Notice of any division changes will be given to affected teams by August 15th.


Individual Cheer USASF Levels 1-5, Duo Cheer USASF Levels 1-5

Group Stunt USASF Levels 1-5, Partner Stunt USASF Levels 1-5



Individual, Duo, Trio - 1:00 time limit

Cheer Team Divisions

NZCU Novice -2:00 time limit

USASF Levels 1, 2, 3, 4.2, 4, Restricted 5, 5 - 2:30 time limit



A 30 second cheer is permitted in addition to the time limit below, however this will not be scored.

NZCU Novice - 2:00 time limit

USASF Levels 1, 2, 3 all ages - 2:30 time limit

USASF Levels 4.2, 4 High school and University - 2:30 time limit


Age Divisions

Cheer and Dance teams must abide by the NZCU 2018 age grid. Ages are as at 31 December 2018.

Tiny - 6 years and under

Mini - 8 years and under

Youth - 5 - 12 years

Junior - 8 - 14 years

Senior - 10 - 18 years

Senior+ - 12+ years

Open - 14 years+

Schools may compete in regular club team sections if they choose to.


Registration will be available online from 9am May 1, and will close 5pm July 31.

Terms & Conditions



  • All competitors perform at their own risk. Spirit Events will not be held liable for any injury, loss or damage to persons or property in relation to the Manawatu Challenge competition

  • Spirit Events reserves the right to merge or split divisions

  • Crossovers are permitted at your own risk. Special consideration will not be guaranteed to accommodate for crossovers

  • The same routine cannot be entered twice (i.e. in two different divisions)

  • Timing will begin with the first organised or choreographed sound or movement by the team after being announced and end with the last organised or choreographed sound or movement by the team

  • Spirit Events must be notified of any changes to entries/required run sheet changes 48 hours prior the event start time

  • Any team proven to be in violation of the age restrictions will be automatically disqualified from the event


  • No flash photography

  • Spirit Events reserves the right to use any photos or video footage from events in publications and promotions or for commercial use

  • Individuals who do not wish to have their images used in publications and promotions should notify the Event Manager in writing prior to the event


  • Entry fees are non-refundable

  • Clubs may qualify for an athletes late payment extension, where 10% of their athletes entry fees can be paid by between July 22 and September 1. A late payment fee of $40 per athlete will apply. 

  • In the case of individual withdrawals supported by a medical certificate less than 2 weeks prior to the competition, refunds will be given minus an administrative fee of 30%.

  • If athletes participate in two different cheer or dance programs (e.g. a club and a school) they must pay two entry fees. Crossover rates only apply within the same programme.


  • All teams must be supervised by a credentialed coach when in the warmup area

  • Substitutions may be made in the event of any injury or other serious circumstance.

  • Substitutes must also abide by the age restrictions in all divisions and must not be competing for another club in the same competition

  • All cheer team coaches must be credentialed to at least the level of the team

  • Any question concerning the rules or procedures of the competition will be handled exclusively by one designated representative of the team  and will be directed only to the event manager or head judge. Such questions should be made prior to the team's competition performance

  • Coaches are responsible for ensuring that a representative is available at the music booth when teams / athletes compete


  • Routine choreography should be appropriate for all ages

  • All music must be age and family appropriate

  • Teams and athletes must be dressed in the appropriate uniform/costume during prize giving

  • All participants agree to conduct themselves in a manner displaying good sportsmanship throughout the event. The club contact person is responsible for seeing that team members, coaches, parents, and any other affiliated persons conduct themselves appropriately

  • Severe demonstrations of unsportsmanlike conduct are grounds for disqualification or deductions


  • Teams, gyms, coaches and advisors should have an emergency response plan in the event of an injury

  • It will be assumed that any athlete who is not able to maintain a standing position is in need of medical attention and will be treated as such

  • Jewellery and long fingernails are deemed a safety hazard, and as such every item of jewellery will cause a deduction. Plasters or tape covering jewellery and nails are not sufficient. All items of jewellery must be removed and nails cut short. There will be a jewellery & nail check in warm up area.

  • If, in the opinion of Spirit Events, a team’s routine is interrupted because of failure of the competition equipment, facilities, or other factors attributable to the competition rather than the team, the team affected should stop the routine. The degree and effect of the interruption will be determined by Spirit Events, and the team will be allowed to continue being scored from a place in the routine to be determined at the sole discretion of Spirit Events,.

  • In the event that an injury causes a team’s routine to be interrupted, the routine may be stopped by a coach or competition official. This will most likely be done by stopping the music. Competition officials reserve the right to stop the routine if an injury occurs and have the sole discretion to determine where the routine will resume if the team is permitted to continue its performance.

  • Safety Spotters are allowed. A safety spotter can be a person that may step onto the performing surface during stunts to assist in the event of an unexpected fall. Safety Spotters that are not part of the routine must be dressed in black long pants and a black shirt. There should be no verbal coaching by Safety Spotters during the routine. Any occurrence will be considered a violation and the team will incur a deduction.

  • There is strictly no stunting or tumbling  permitted at the competition unless it is in the warm up area during the team’s designated warm up time or when competing on the competition floor. Stunting or tumbling in the warmup or when competing must be under the supervision of a qualified coach. If an athlete or athletes are found to violate the above rule, their team may be deducted. These deductions will be at the discretion of Spirit Events and based on the severity of the infringement.

  • Only competitors and credentialed coaches to the level of the squad are allowed in the back warm-up area.

  • A copy of our emergency action plan is available by emailing


  • All routines will be penalised if they are over the time limit

  • Judges’ decisions are final. Each team acknowledges the necessity for the judges to make prompt and fair decisions given the nature of cheerleading as a live sport and each team therefore expressly waives any legal, equitable, administrative or procedural review of such decisions

  • Any questions concerning the team's performance should be made to an Event Manager immediately following the team's performance

  • All score sheets are available from the judge's table 30 minutes following the routine. Coaches must collect scoresheets prior to prize giving. Scoresheets must be signed off to recognise acceptance of the given scores. Any contesting of scores must be discussed with the head judge prior to prize giving

  • Violations & deductions are assessed at the discretion of the judges