Texas Girls Coaches Association
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 Cheerleading honors and to receive honors themselves.


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


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





  Academic All-State 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



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. Cheerleaders may be nominated for

     All-Star by any member coach in good standing of the TGCA. 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 hte player being selected as an


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.  The Spirit Division Committee will have the option of selecting two cheerleaders from one

     school and one school only per 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.




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.  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 Guidelines:


Nominees must fulfill the following requirements:


1.  May be selected from 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 Cheer Coach of the Year 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






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 their 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 July 2013, 2016.

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