Yes, the rules say that any celebration using "hand gestures" are band. But really?A skyward point gets you banned from the state championships? Count me among those who believe that there is an ulterior motive at play here. It's hard to believe that the religious connotations to the gesture isn't a factor in the bizarre overreaction to this.
And even if you remove the religious element, if a simple upward pointing gesture is excessive, what isn't??? Setting aside the possible (and I think likely) religious censorship here, why are the rules on celebration so ridiculously strict?