NFHS Spirit Rules Exam

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: Basket tosses, elevator tosses and similar multi-base tosses are permitted on which of the following: A. Real or artificial grass. B. Basketball court. C. Hard and unyielding surfaces. D. None of the above.
: Single twists performed to a cradle or when loading into a stunt from a quick toss are legal: A. On a rubberized track. B. On a gym floor. C. On grass, real or artificial. D. All of the above.
: The top person in a braced flip may start from any position (load, stunt, ground) except: A. One foot on the ground. B. Inverted at prep/shoulder level. C. Inverted at extended level. D. Prone position at shoulder level.
: During a braced flip, which position is a bracer NOT allowed to be in: A. To the side of the top person who is flipping. B. In front of the stunt, facing the top person. C. In front of the stunt, facing away from the top person. D. Behind the top person.
: The following tumbling skills are allowed over a person or prop: A. Back handspring. B. Standing back tuck. C. Cartwheel. D. Front aerial walkover.
: The top person in a foldover may hold the following: A. A sign. B. A megaphone. C. Poms. D. None of the above.
: In a braced release transition, from an inverted stunt, the top cannot be released and caught in a(n): A. Extension. B. Flatback. C. Inversion at prep level. D. Load position.
: Which of the following stunts do not require a spot: A. Pump and go to liberty. B. Show and go. C. Double-base extension. D. Single-base prep.
: Which of the following tumbling skills are legal: A. A front walkover with poms. B. Standing back tuck with poms. C. Side aerial cartwheel with poms. D. Both B and C.
: Which of the following is true about cheering on a prop/box: A. You can execute jumps while on the box. B. You can lead cheers and chants while on the box. C. You can do stunts below prep level while on the box. D. The box cannot be taller than 5 feet.
: A stunt in which the top person's hands/arms and feet/legs are held while swinging forward and facedown into a roll where the head passes under the hips is the definition of a: A. Swing roll down. B. Swedish falls. C. Pitch. D. Leap frog.
: Which of the following pyramids require a bracer to be in a double-base prep with a spotter: A. Braced flips in pyramids. B. Braced rolls in pyramids. C. Braced prep release to extension. D. None of the above.
: For a foldover stunt: A. It may be initiated from an extended level. B. The top person can be caught in an inverted position on the shoulders by one catcher. C. The top person must be caught on his or her back by multiple catchers. D. The top person can be caught by new catchers who were involved in another skill at the initiation of the foldover.
: In a braced-release pyramid, the top person can be caught by which of the following: A. The base/spots who originally had control of the top person and did the release. B. A combination of the original bases and new base/spots. C. A new group of base/spots who are within close proximity to the release. D. All of the above.
: When using props that are made of hard material or have sharp corners or edges, which of the following is/are true: A. A top person may not release the props to the ground. B. A base can take a prop from a top person at prep level by using his or her hand not supporting the top person. C. A person on the ground can gently toss or place a prop on the ground. D. All of the above.
: An athlete shall be immediately removed from the contest and shall not be returned to play if he/she displays the following signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion: A. Headache B. Confusion C. Dizziness D. All of the above
: A participant can be involved in skills while wearing which of the following: A. Plaster cast. B. Walking boot. C. An unaltered elbow brace, covered with 1/2-inch-thick, closed-cell, slow-recovery foam. D. All of the above.
: Of the following, which type of jewelry is allowed: A. Naval ring. B. Religious medal that is taped and worn under the uniform. C. Medical-alert medal that must be taped. D. Both B and C.
: Inversions may release to the following provided there is a spotter and is caught by the original bases: A. Non-inverted dismounts with no more than 1/2 turn. B. Loading position with no more than 1/2 turn. C. A stunt at any level with a ¼ turn. D. All of the above.
: The following is/are illegal without a spotter: A. Double-based vertical T-lift. B. Extended double-based flatback. C. Chair. D. Triple-based straddle sit.
: In a braced flip, the top can be caught by which of the following: A. The base/spots that originally had control of the top and did the release. B. A combination of the original bases and new base/spot. C. A new group of base/spots that are within close proximity to the release. D. All of the above.
: During braced flips in a pyramid, which of the following is true: A. The top person and the bases may make a ¼ turn around the bracer. B. The top person and the bases may make a ½ turn around the bracer. C. The top person may land in an inverted position. D. The top person may perform 1½ flipping rotations.
: Braced suspended splits require which of the following: A. The top person has hands-to-hands contact with two bracers. B. The top person has at least three bases. C. The top person and at least one bracer maintain continuous hand-to-hand/ arm contact. D. All of the above
: When a top person dismounts to a cradle, he/she may hold which of the following: A. A cloth sign B. A megaphone C. A laminated sign D. None of the above
: Which of the following is an illegal drop: A. A participant jumps into the air and lands on the knees on the performing surface. B. A participant leans forward and lands in a push-up position. C. A back handspring to a push-up position. D. Both A and B.
: Which of the following is/are legal for a required spotter: A. The spotter grasps the sole of the top person's foot. B. The spotter grasps the ankle of the top person. C. The spotter holds objects in his/her hand(s). D. The spotter stands with hands behind his/her back.
: Which of the following is a legal pyramid where one extended stunt braces another extended stunt: A. Three extended stunts brace one another where the outside top persons are in hitches to the middle top person who is holding their feet. B. Two extended stretches connect at the waist while holding their own feet. C. Four liberties transition from liberties to preps back up to liberties while maintaining arm-to-shoulder connection. D. Both B and C
: Which of the following non-release stunts is/are illegal: A. Jumping unassisted onto the back of a base who is in a horizontal position. B. Extended braced stunts connected arm to shoulder. C. Stunts that are two levels high. D. All of the above
: Which of the following may be performed on a prop: A. A double-based prep. B. A toe touch. C. A tuck jump. D. None of the above
: A base must not: A. Assume a backbend. B. Hold objects in a hand that is not supporting a top person during an extension. C. Hold objects in a hand that is supporting a top person in a double-base prep. D. All of the above.
: Which of the following pyramids is legal with a single bracer in a double-base prep with a spot: A. Braced-forward flip to cradle with a full twist. B. Braced-release transition where the contact is hand to foot and release goes to a cradle. C. Braced-reverse flip to extended position. D. All of the above.
: A top person may pass through extended position while inverted, provided the top person: A. Loses contact with the base. B. Does not pause or stop while extended. C. Loses contact with the spotter. D. Completes a twisting dismount.
: A top person must not be in a face-down position: A. Between bases in which the top person's torso is suspended below the arms and legs. B. During a swinging stunt. C. Both A and B. D. There are no restrictions on the top person in a face-down position.
: During a braced flip the top person may perform the following: A. No more than a full twist. B. No more than 1½ twist. C. No more than ½ twist. D. None of the above.
: During a transition from an inverted position on the performing surface to a non-inverted stunt, a top person may: A. Hold a sign. B. Hold poms. C. Both A and B. D. None of the above.
: A braced-release pyramid with foot-to-hand contact between the top person and bracer is allowed under which of the following conditions: A. Top person is caught by the original bases. B. Top person goes to a cradle. C. Each bracer must be at prep level or below. D. Both A and B.
: A top person in a single-base prep level handstand must have: A. A spotter present, but does not have to be in contact with the top person. B. The base must remain in contact with the top person. C. A minimum of two people in position to protect head/neck/shoulder. D. All of the above.
: Which of the following releases is allowed as an exception to the release transition rules: A. A top person in a vertical position at prep level is released with a full twist to extended level. B. Top person in a horizontal position at prep level is released to extended vertical position. C. A top person in an extended liberty is released and is caught in a loading position. D. All of the above.
: Which of the following is allowed from a back handspring release to a skill: A. The top person can complete up to a ¼ turn during the release. B. The top person can land in a one-leg extended position. C. The top person can be caught by new bases. D. Both A and B.
: When releasing from an inverted position in a pyramid, which of the following bracer-to-top connections is/are legal? A. Bracer’s hand to top’s hand/arm. B. Bracer’s hand to top’s foot. C. Bracer’s hand to top’s waist. D. All the above.
: Which of the following bracer-to-top connections is/are legal for a braced release transition? A. Bracer’s hand to top’s hand/arm. B. Bracer’s hand to top’s foot. C. Bracer’s hand to top’s waist. D. All the above.
: Which skill does not allow a base and a top person to share a pom? A. Dismount from a shoulder sit/straddle. B. Suspended forward roll. C. Dismount from a thigh stand. D. Dismount from a prep.
: A top person with a foot-to-hand connection to a bracer may be released to a: A. Cradle. B. Flatback. C. Load position. D. All of the above.
: In a braced flip pyramid, which of the following are allowed? A. The top person connects to two bracers using a hand/arm connection to each bracer. B. The top person connects to a single bracer using only one hand/arm connection. C. The top person connects to a single bracer using a hand/arm connection with each hand/arm. D. All of the above.
: From a basket load in, the top person can: A. Be tossed to a back tuck, landing in a cradle. B. Be tossed slightly above shoulder level and land in a flatback. C. Be tossed slightly above extended level and land in a liberty. D. Be tossed slightly above extended level and land in a liberty on a new set of catchers.
: Which of the following tumbling skills is legal for an athlete to perform over another athlete lying on the performing surface? A. A back walkover. B. A front walkover with poms in the hands. C. A back handspring. D. A dive roll.
: From a cradle position, the top person can execute which of the following skills. A. Release and land in an extension. B. Release with a full twist to prep. C. Release with a full twist to a flatback at prep level. D. All of the above.
: Which of the following situations is illegal regarding hair for cheer and dance? A. An athlete with hair beads worn so that they do not interfere with performance. B. An athlete with hair beads that are long and interfere with performance. C. An athlete with a ponytail that is long and interferes with performance. D. Both B and C.
: A participant involved in a stunt is wearing a knee brace that is unaltered from the manufacturer’s original design/production. This brace is: A. Prohibited because all braces must be covered with closed-cell slow-recovery foam. B. Allowed because it is not on the hand/wrist/forearm/elbow/upper arm of the participant. C. Prohibited because no one involved in a stunt is allowed to wear a brace of any kind. D. Prohibited unless it is covered with a neoprene sleeve.
: A top person is in a loading/sponge position with their feet being held below shoulder level. As long as they aren’t tossed significantly higher than the catch, the bases can toss the top person to which of the following skills? A. Ball up extension. B. Straddle up extension. C. Toe touch extension. D. None of the above.
: Which of the following is true regarding the skills in the video: A. These skills are illegal due to the top persons being in a face-down position. B. These skills are illegal due to the downward movement beginning above prep level. C. These skills are performed legally. D. Both A and B.
: Which of the following is true regarding the skills in the video: A. These skills are performed legally. B. These skills are illegal due to the skills not having the required spotter for an extended stunt in which the top person is in a horizontal position. C. These skills are illegal due to the top person being in an extended inverted position. D. These skills are illegal due to the required spotter not being in a position to help minimize risk.
: Which of the following is true regarding the skills in the video: A.These skills are illegal due to the top person holding poms while building. B. These skills are illegal due to the base holding poms while building. C. These skills are performed legally due to an exception that allows bases and tops to share poms during the building of this skill. D. Both A and B.
: Which of the following is true regarding the skills in the vidaeo: A. These skills are performed legally. B. These skills are illegal due to the top person moving from horizontal to vertical during the release. C. These skills are illegal due to the top person twisting during the release. D. These skills are illegal due to the top person performing more than a half twist during the release.
: Which of the following is true regarding the skills in the video: A. These skills are performed legally. B. These skills are illegal due to the spotter being under the released top person. C. These skills are illegal due to the top person not stopping at prep level before the flip. D. These skills are illegal due to the top person and bracer not having any hand to hand/arm connection.
: Artificial noisemakers can be used at all football games, both indoor and outdoor
: Which one of these is legal: A. Religious medal on a chain. B. Hair tie on the wrist C. Gauge in a stretched ear piercing D. All are illegal
: Which one of these is legal for a cheerleader to wear when performing an extended stunt: A. Mittens B. Wristbands C. Hooded sweatshirts D. Adhesive paw print stickers
: In North Dakota, you can only have 8 cheerleaders plus a mascot for indoor games
: Which statement is correct: A. Fake nails can be worn if they meet the nail criteria-short, not able to be seen from the back B. Fake nails are illegal C. The person’s nails are ok, at any length. D. A and C
: Which of the following can be thrown out at NDHSAA events-district, regional, or State tournaments: A. T-shirts B. Mini footballs or basketballs C. Candy D. Mini poms—but must be handed out, not thrown
: A cheerleader must NEVER: A. Lead a cheer when the opposing team is shooting free throws B. Yell at the referees when they disagree with a call C. Chime in with the crowd when they start a derogatory cheer D. All of the above
: When performing a cradle, a cheerleader’s tied-back ponytail flops in her face. Is it A. Legal B. Illegal
: If the head cheer coach is certified, the cheer team can stunt at all games, even if her assistant is covering the game.
: According to recent injury data, the majority of concussions in cheer occur: A. At outdoor games. B. Indoor games on the gym floor C. At practice D. At competitions
: During a 30 second time out, you cannot perform any stunts on the gym floor or on the sideline.
: Which of the following is legal: A. A barrette that is flat to the head B. Skull cap for medical reasons C. Religious head covering D. All of the above
: During starting lineup, if the gym lights are off—the only light is a spotlight on the players- cheerleaders can perform extended stunts.
: Your best jumper suffered a concussion the week before competition. The trainer has been too busy to clear her; but since it’s been a week it’s ok for her to perform.
: At a football game at the Fargo Dome, which of these is legal to use to promote school Spirit: A. Waving poms. B. 2 signs banged together. C. Spirit Sticks. D. All are legal
: Shoulder sits are allowed if you are NOT a certified coach.
: If you go to a cheer competition in Iowa, it’s ok to follow that state’s rules, even if they are different from North Dakota’s rules.
: Your team finds a cheer shoe that they really like. It’s been discontinued, so it’s ok they keep using it for the next couple of years.
: You can tape ear gauges if are not stunting.
: It’s ok to stunt and/or tumble during a free throw attempt, since the clock is stopped.

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