BCA Rule Book

Update 01/01/2014

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Update 06/11/2013:

USASF have made some changes to the rule book. Please see below for an overview of the changes.


Clarification: All waist level cradles are illegal.

Reasoning: Tosses are not allowed in Level 1. Last season a number of teams were throwing sponge tosses and calling them cradles from waist level. This season sponge tosses were clearly described as illegal under the L1 no toss rule. With the difficulty created for the Safety Judge of trying to determine if a cradle from waist level was just a cradle from a stunt (i.e. thigh stand cradle) or a sponge toss (which would be especially hard to determine with a front spot), this “Clarification” will keep from giving unnecessary penalties to L1 teams by including all waist level cradles.

Extended stunts may not brace or be braced by other extended stunts.


This season L1 teams are allowed to do two leg extended stunts as long as they are braced on one side by hand arm connection only. (Previously, these skills had to have two bracers.) However, we have found a few teams that are bracing the other side of the two leg extended stunt with another two leg extended stunt. This is not even legal in L2.


Waist level, Shoulder level, Prep level and Extended level are the terms that are used.


Inverted release moves in level 4 and 5 to prep level require a spotter.

Under “Stunt Release Moves” in L4 and 5, release move from an inverted position to a non-inverted position are allowed. 

However, also in these levels, a spotter is not required for prep level stunts. While this has not been an “Eminent Safety Concern” because we have not seen any teams attempt this skill without a spot, it is necessary to add this restriction from the possibility of occurring. This is included in Levels 4, 4.2, Y5, SR5, L5.

Interpretation: A proper shoulder sit with the top persons legs wrapped around the bases waist is interpreted as a waist level stunt. There was some confusion as to the interpretation of the body level of a Shoulder Sit. With the word “shoulder” included in the name, many people considered it a Shoulder Level stunt. This would require each Shoulder Sit in L1 to have an additional spotter. With the interpretation of a Shoulder Sit being a Waist Level stunt, there is no effective change in the rules.


“Front handspring half up to extended stunt” will be listed as an “Exception” under the new Rule for L5 Release Moves.

Under L5 “Stunt Release Moves”, the new rule this season is: “Release moves from inverted to non-inverted positions may not twist.” While this rule necessarily helped cut back on a number of stunts, it also eliminated a commonly used stunt for L5 teams (especially single base coed teams). This exception will bring back the option of performing this specific stunt. This is included in L5 only (not Y5 or SR5).

Clarifications to be added for consistency with other rules and/or other levels:

  • (L4) Clarification: Two Leg Pancakes cannot stop or land inverted.
  • Dismounts must return to original bases
  • Dismounts may not intentionally travel
  • Top persons in dismounts may not come in contact with each other while released from the bases


The new L6 rules are finalized and included.

The committee appreciates your patience as we worked to streamline these new rules as we work our way through this complicated process to ensure safety and consistency!

Why was L6 not published at the same time with the rest of the rules?

We, the Rules Committee of the USASF, offered to adjust for ease of use. Previously, there were a number of different sets of rules for athletes at this level. i.e. UCA College, NCA College, ICU, AACCA and USASF L6. This created much confusion with collegiate athletes the crossed from their college team to a L6 All Star team. It also created confusion for International teams competing on Friday night with ICU and then the rest of the weekend with USASF/IASF Worlds. We worked with the leaders of these different rules groups to try and streamline as much as possible with their rules to try and cut down on the confusion. However, we were not willing to give up any of the skills that L6 has always been allowed to perform.

The only major restriction added to L6 through this process is under L6 Pyramids, Letter “B”:

Clarification: For all “2-1-1 thigh stand tower” pyramids, there must be a spotter who is not in contact with the pyramid in place behind the top person. If a bracer is needed to assist the thigh stand middle layer, they do not fill this role and an additional spotter, who is not in contact with the pyramid, is required.

There are other areas that have opened up the rules and given more room for creative choreography. Other than the clarification listed above, L6 is not colour coded because the entire set of rules is new and any coach or choreographer for a L6 team should make themselves familiar with this new set of rules.