SONC first offered Cheerleading in 2006. Once a stand-along event, it joined the SONC Summer Games in 2016.
Individual Performance competition is available for athletes just starting out in cheerleading, or for programs without adequate numbers to form a team. Athletes have two and on-half minutes to complete a routine, and music is allowed.
Team Competition is offered in the traditional and Unified Sports models in four different categories. Criteria and restrictions for each category are found within the SONC Cheerleading Rules. All categories allow (but do not require) music, and teams have two and one-half minutes to complete their routine.
State-level competition for cheerleading has been moved from a stand-alone state-level event to SONC Summer Games which takes place in Raleigh typically the first weekend in June.
Many Special Olympics North Carolina cheerleading teams compete in local non-Special Olympics cheerleading competitions, and we encourage this participation! Teams are welcome to ask their competition management if they can be scored on the SONC scoresheet in order to help them prepare for state-level competition.
Cheer LTD Nationals at CANAM – this is a non-Special Olympics event, but many teams from SONC participate in the Special Needs division.
Sport Development Team
We are currently recruiting volunteers to serve on the Cheerleading SDT. These volunteers advise SONC staff regarding sport rule modifications, competition and also train coaches in their sport! For more information on the cheerleading sport development team, contact Andrea Stamm, SONC staff liaison.