Cardinal Cheerleader’s Death Stuns Friends, Coaches published Cardinal Cheerleader’s Death Stuns Friends, Coaches, regarding the untimely death of University of Louisville and GymTyme cheerleader Dani Cogswell.

Those who knew Cogswell are still trying to wrap their heads and hearts around her sudden death. The Washington native, who transferred from Arizona State University, was part of UofL’s top co-ed cheer team. Cogswell was known as a flyer, an athlete who performs a lot of stunts.

Training with Coventry Dynamite Cheerleaders is a Real Blast!

The Coventry Telegraph published Training with Coventry Dynamite Cheerleaders is a Real Blast!, in which reporter James Rodger discusses his training session with Coventry Dynamite.

Ah, yes. The social perception. Before I attended Woodlands Academy tonight, I had it in my head that cheerleading was all pom-poms and short skirts – a sport mainly aimed at pleasing middle-aged men eating Pukka pies at football matches.

In truth, that couldn’t be further off the mark. Cheerleading is an intense and athletic activity and, as some of the team’s members have found out, injuries are all too common.

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.


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 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


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


  • 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


  • 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!