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Cheerleader Safety Information

UCA is the founding member of the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators, a non-profit educational association for the over 70,000 cheerleading coaches across the United States. Founded in 1988, AACCA is the recognized standard of care for all cheerleading activities.

UCA is dedicated to the safe and responsible practice of cheerleading, and all UCA Instructors are AACCA Safety Certified and use the AACCA Safety Manual as a teaching guide and resource. UCA also implements the AACCA safety guidelines at camps and competitions and encourages all coaches to become AACCA Safety-Certified.

AACCA certification is available in all 50 states by taking the accredited 4 hour course and, upon completion, remains in effect for 4 years. Over 20,000 coaches have been AACCA certified since 2000. On the high school level, AACCA certification is already a requirement to complete the Bronze Level NFHS Spirit Coaches Education Program.

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