The Independent published Cheerleading: The Not So Glamorous Reality.
I’m talking about competitive cheerleading, not the silly, fluffy pom-pom shaking, semi-nude dancing you see at the edges of American football games. I mean cheerleading as a sport where men and women form a team, throw each other in the air, do back-flips and handstands and toe-touches and dance to fast music and then get judged against other teams doing the same thing. This sport, unfortunately, shares a name with the dancey-dancey-booty-shaky version enacted for titillation on the sidelines of men’s games, but it bears very little resemblance to competitive cheerleading.
Event 14 took me to one of the largest and most prestigious events of the year. As it has been for the past few years, it was great to be part of it and see some of the best teams in the worlds put on a show. I didn’t have any major observations from routines this weekend that haven’t already been stated and hope teams continue to improve as we get into end of the season event time.
On the rules side of things, please make sure any risk you are taking is worthwhile. If you want to risk a 1 point deduction because you want your top to be 1 degree inverted instead of enough for it to be noticeable, I hope you realize the downside is at least twice as large as the upside.
It looks like Top Gun’s large coed team is the only team remaining with a chance at winning the Varsity Triple Crown. Congratulations to them and good luck preparing for and competing at UCA in a couple weeks.
Also, good luck to everyone competing at NDA Nationals and everyone going for bids at Aloha Spirit, Mid-Atlantic, and Pac West this weekend.
Finally, don’t forget to nominate your peers for the Worlds VIP Gala Awards.
It’s time to submit nominations for the 5th Annual USASF Awards!
The VIP Gala & Awards is a celebration of excellence and accomplishment in All Star. Held the evening before The Cheerleading and Dance Worlds preliminary competition begins, coaches, program owners, event producers, media partners and industry affiliates gather to “kick off” Worlds weekend and to congratulate peers for their achievements.
All USASF members are eligible to submit nominations. Read all about the awards, the nomination and selection processes, and submit your nominations today! The deadline is March 10, 2014.
VIP Gala Details
The Worlds Scoring Videos have been posted on USASFRules.com along with a video of the judges meeting from 2013. There are separate videos for:
- 2013 Worlds Judges Meeting
- Intro to Worlds Scoring
- Worlds Scoring-Stunts
- Worlds Scoring-Pyramids
- Worlds Scoring-Sync Tumbling
- Worlds Scoring-Comments on Score Sheets
Here is the 2013 Worlds Judges Meeting video:
KSTV profiled the University of Kentucky cheerleading program.
The Guardian published Women Should Try Cheerleading and Ballet, Says Sports Minister.
In an interview with the Telegraph, she added: “You don’t have to feel unfeminine … There are some wonderful sports which you can do and perform to a very high level and I think those participating look absolutely radiant and very feminine such as ballet, gymnastics, cheerleading and even roller-skating.”
Event 13 was my third of 5 events in the Pacific time zone and it had some of the busiest days I’ve had this season, running over 250 teams on 1 floor. The event itself was fine, but I feel like we’ve regressed with some of the rules violations. There were several teams passing though a single leg stunt at prep level in Level 1 or through extended level in Level 2. There were also too many early releases and moving catchers in pyramid release moves. Please make sure your skills are being performed in a way that won’t break these rules.
I probably should have thought of this sooner, but I want to remind everyone of the USASF Routine Interruption guidelines.
If an athlete is clearly injured, is questionably injured and does not resume their role in the routine within 5 seconds of the questionable injury, or leaves the competition floor due to an injury competition officials, the gym owner or coach of the team performing, the injured individual, or a USASF certified safety judge is to stop the routine.
I want to emphasize any one of these people saying stop the routine overrule anyone wanting the routine to continue.
The deadline for submitting qualifying videos for Junior Dance Worlds is this Saturday, March 1st.
Good luck to everyone competing at NCA and Champion Spirit this weekend.