Observations After the Northeast Regional Meeting

Last week was the USASF Northeast Regional Meeting in Baltimore. One thing that hasn’t changed since my last trip to the Northeast is you always know where you stand with people, good or bad, because they won’t hesitate to tell you. I think this is generally a good thing, but it could be a pain when discussing controversial topics, like during the Regional Advisory Board meeting or when discussing Division II.

Speaking of Division II, I’m ready for it to be put to vote. I think every significant point for or against it has already been made and will be reiterated at the Southwest and West regional meetings. I’m ready for the conversations about whether or not it will happen to come to an end and let the vote decide if it will or won’t happen.

Miscellaneous

The MajorsThe Majors announced Medium Coed as the next division for the 2015 event. Maryland Twisters, Spirit of Texas, and Twist & Shout were the teams invited to compete. In addition Maryland Twisters was added to the Senior All-Girl division following the original announcement.

The general schedule for the NACCC Congress meeting has been released and is in the Spirit Company Dropbox.

OverStretch

OverStretch was not recorded this week. We should resume next week.

USASF Convention Week

For the first time, all key USASF Standing Committee and all Event Producer Tier meetings will be held in the same city during the same time period! This “Convention Week” brings together cheer and dance discussions and planning for all parallel programs. Previously, cheer and dance committee meetings and Tier meetings were held separately. This combined week will allow for joint and separate sessions and a more unified structure for cheer and dance.

USASF LogoYou’re welcome to come and stay for the week or you may choose to come only for the day(s) on which the committee(s) you are a member of are meeting. As a reminder, event producers are required to send at least one representative to their appropriate Tier or Sanctioning Committee meeting.

Where: Chicago Marriott O’Hare 8535 W Higgins Rd, Chicago, IL 60631

Tentative Schedule:

SUNDAY 8/10:

  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Cheer Worlds Advisory Board Meeting
  • 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Dance Worlds Advisory Board Meeting

MONDAY 8/11:

  • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Cheer National Advisory Board Meeting
  • 3:00 – 7:00 pm – Dance National Advisory Board Meeting

TUESDAY 8/12:

  • 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Tier 2, 3 & 4 Event Producer Meeting

WEDNESDAY 8/13:

  • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Cheer Sanctioning Committee Meeting
  • 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Dance Sanctioning Committee Meeting
  • 2:30pm – 5:30 pm – USASF Event Producer & NACCC Board Joint Session

THURSDAY 8/14:

  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Cheer Rules Committee Meeting
  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Dance Rules Committee Meeting

NACCC Annual Congress Meeting

NACCC LogoThe NACCC will be conducting its Annual Congress Meeting (previously held in Doral, FL in May) immediately following Convention Week on August 15-16. You’re also welcome to stay for this meeting.

This year’s Congress Meeting will be a return to a focus on cheer rules discussion, education and voting. Sessions will center around consideration and debate of new rules proposals, clarification and coach/choreographer eduction of existing rules and voting on proposals moving through the current rules slate. Be a part of the process and be involved at the NACCC Annual Congress Meeting!

Observations After the Southeast Regional Meeting

Over the past week I attended the USASF Southeast Regional Meeting in Atlanta, a couple pre-camp practices with the University of Memphis, and auditions for the Memphis Grizzlies dance team. I believe the regional meeting was the largest in history with over 400 attendees and the safety judge training on Sunday was the largest ever with over 100 attendees between the coaches auditing the class and those getting certified.

The Memphis practices were another chance to watch a team during their first week of practices and pick up some more tips and drills for the level 6 classes, as well as giving a friend an extra set of eyes during the early practices. I attended the Grizz Girl tryouts with a friend that is married to one of the dancers auditioning. It was kinda strange being around cheerleading and dance with absolutely no responsibilities, but nice to sit back and watch a group of people do something they love. Congratulations to the new team and hopefully I’ll make it to a couple games next season.

Miscellaneous

The MajorsThe Majors announced some of the teams that will be competing at the 2015 event. Cheer Athletics ‘Panthers’, World Cup ‘Shooting Stars’, Cheer Extreme ‘Senior Elite’, Stingrays ‘Orange’, and Fire & Ice ’5 Alarm’ will be the participants in the Senior All-Girl division.

Varsity announced Wild Card bids to the Summit.

The USASF posted the schedule for the Northeast regional meeting in Baltimore this weekend. It’s available in the Spirit Company Dropbox.

OverStretch – July 16, 2014

Nightline Feature on Extraordinary Families in Cheer

ABC News featured Carly Manning, Gabi Butler, Michaeleddie Rivera and their families on a recent Nightline segment about extraordinary families.