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PHOENIX AYF: Football Cheer Academics

Phoenix AYF Cheer Divisions


Rhett Turner is the Cheer Director for Phoenix AYF Cheer.  Along with the Cheer Directors from Each Association, there are many exciting events for the Phoenix AYF Cheerleaders, here are a few:  

AYF/ASU Sun Devil 7on7 Youth Challenge;  Phoenix AYF/Future Pro Cheer Skills Camp, Phoenix AYF/Arizona Rattlers Dance Clinic and Pre-Game Performance, ASU/AYF 3rd Annual Cheer Clinic with the Sun Devil Spirit Team, Phoenix AYF Cheer Championships, Phoenix AYF Cheer performance at the ASU Devil Walk on Phoenix AYF Night at ASU vs University of Washington Football Game, Phoenix AYF Cheer  on-field performances at Sun Devil Stadium during the Phoenix AYF Conference Championships, Phoenix AYF 3rd Annual Jingle Bowl Cheerleaders Performance, Phoenix AYF Cheerleaders compete at the AYC Regionals and Nationals upon qualification, and More!

 White, Red and Blue Skill Division guidelines are listed in the AYC Rule Book. AYC teams  participating in the  region and national competitions will need to declare a team’s skill  division before the start of the fall competition season.

 *An age waiver may be requested for a 15 year old to participate in Division 18 if their  Association does not  offer or cannot field a Division 15 team or if a cheerleader registered in  an association does not fit in the age    category offered.





Division 8


White and Red Level Only

Division 10


White and Red Level Only

Division 12


White, Red or Blue Levels             

Division 13


White, Red or Blue Levels

Division 15


White, Red or Blue Levels

Division 18


Red and Blue Level Only

Contender Division       

** 5- 18 Skill Based     

White Level Only



 Step is a form of dance that has been in existence for decades. It is sophisticated,
 synchronized chanting and  stomping to a rhythmic beats from participants’ hands, feet and  mouth.  Today, youth across America have  embraced this art form. AYC National  Championships include a Step Division.  

 DIVISIONS                    AGES

 Division 8                                                       Minimum Age 5

 Division 10                                                     Minimum Age 8

 Division 12                                                     Minimum Age 10

 Division 15                                                     Minimum Age 12

Division 18                                                      Minimum Age 16


 AYC Dance is made up of five distinct divisions from age 5-18.


 DIVISIONS                    AGES

 Division 8                                                        Minimum Age 5

 Division 10                                                      Minimum Age 8

 Division 12                                                      Minimum Age 10

 Division 15                                                      Minimum Age 12

Division 18                                                      Minimum Age 16


Age Division: 

A Division in Cheerleading is defined a grouping of Teams in a specific Age bracket.  

 Skill Division

A division in cheerleading in which teams are declared white, red or blue division based on skill ability of team for competition.  Guidelines for each skill division are provided in the AYC rule book.

 Size of Teams:  

Teams are further broken down into small or large divisions.     

•    - Small team 5 – 16 members     

•    - Large team 17 – 36 members

 ** Teams electing to compete in AYC regional and national competitions are required to restrict teams to (36) thirty-six members, mascots not included in this total.

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