Texas Girls Coaches Association

Spirit Division

Spirit Division Nomination Instructions and Guidelines



November 1st is the last date for Spirit Division coaches to become a member of  TGCA and be eligible to nominate cheerleaders for Spirit Division Cheer honors and to receive honors themselves..


The Monday at noon before the UIL State Championships is the on-line nomination deadline for : 
All-Stars, Legacy All-Stars, All-Star Coaches, All-State, Academic All-State, Cheerleader of the Year and Spirit Division Cheerleading Coach of the Year.


Nominations can be submitted on-line or mailed to TGCA, P.O. Box 2137, Austin, TX, 78768.



Academic All-State Nomination Guidelines:


1.  Academic All-State cheerleaders MUST BE GRADUATING SENIORS.

2.  Must have an overall GPA of 94 or above for grades 9 - 11. 

     (Do NOT submit a nomination if your cheerleader does not meet this GPA


     GPAs MUST BE SUBMITTED IN NUMERICAL FORM; i.e. 94 or above NOT 4.0, 5.0, etc.


3.  Must be a varsity participant in good standing, and be of good moral character.




All-Star Nomination Guidelines:



2.  Coaches may submit as many nominations as desired.

3.  No nominations will be accepted by telephone.

4.  All-Stars will be selected in two divisions:  1A-2A-3A-4A and 5A-6A.

5.  Only two cheerleaders per school can be named to an All-Star team.

6.  Cheerleading All-Stars may not be Volleyball, Cross Country,

     Basketball, Track and Field or Softball All-Stars.

7.  IMPORTANT -- Prior to nominating a cheerleader, coaches should confirm that if selected, the

     cheerleader can be present for the All-Star orientation and all activities.  Cheerleaders unable

     to commit to this policy should not be nominated.  The All-Star position is a great honor and

     cheerleaders should be aware PRIOR to nomination that they are committed to follow policies of

     the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

8. All-Stars may be nominated by any member coach in good standing of the Texas Girls Coaches

    Association. For an individual to be selected to an All-Star team, the head coach must be a member

    in good standing. The current head coach must be contacted for approval of the cheerleader being

    selected as an All-Star.


RED/BLUE ALL - STAR SECTIONS:  The state is divided into Red and Blue sections for determining the All-Star teams.  Refer to your TGCA REGION -- NOT UIL -- to determine which section you are in.


            The RED section is composed of schools in TGCA Regions 1, 3, 4 and 6.


            The BLUE section is composed of schools in TGCA Regions 2, 5, 7 and 8.




All-State Nomination Guidelines:


1.  All-State cheerleaders are NOT required to be SENIORS.

2.  Member coaches may nominate as many cheerleaders as they choose. There shall be

     no limits on the number of cheerleaders from a school that can be selected for All-State. 




Cheerleader of the Year Nomination Guidelines:


Nominees must fulfill the following requirements:

1.  May be any grade level from 9-12;

2.  Be an outstanding cheerleader;

3.  Demonstrate positive character traits (honesty, loyalty, leadership, cooperative attitude).

4.  Final selection will be made by a selection committee.




Spirit Division Cheerleading Coach of the Year Nomination Guidelines:


1.  Only TGCA member varsity head coaches are eligible to nominate or win Coach of the Year.

     The head varsity coach of any cheerleader receiving an award must be a member in good

     standing by the membership nomination deadline.

     This also applies to Cheerleader of the Year honors.

2.  The final selection will be made by a selection committee.

3.  Each school can only nominate one coach.

4.  Two coaches will be selected: one from a 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A school; and one from a 5A, 6A school.




TGCA Legacy All-Star Teams Selection Guidelines

The standing committees for cross country, volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, track & field

and softball will review submitted nominations from their region and division

for the Legacy All-Star team selections. The selections will be made from player

nominations submitted to TGCA by member coaches on or before the Monday

noon prior to the state tournament or meet of the particular sport. Selections will

be based on the following criteria:


1.  The nominated players must be graduating seniors.


2.  The Standing Committee will select the best twenty (20) nominees in the particular sport

      in 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A and the best twenty (20) nominees in the particular sport in 5A, 6A.


3.  The high school head varsity coach must be a member of TGCA in good standing before

      November 1st of that school year before the school is eligible to have an All-Star(s).


4.  A coach may nominate as many graduating senior cheerleaders as desired.


5.  The TGCA Legacy All-Star team members in each sport will receive a certificate from the

      TGCA recognizing their achievement of being named to the team. There will be no All-Star

      game performance for these teams.








Added by vote of the Board of Directors on June 1, 2014.

Revised by vote of the membership at the annual business meeting on July 10, 2014.
Revised by vote of the Spirit Committee on July 13, 2016.

Revised by vote of the Board of Directors on June 4, 2017.





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