USASF: New Ways to Connect With the USASF in 2018

For the past several years, the USASF has held Regional Conventions as an educational and community-building opportunity for coaches and owners. Attendees networked with each other, learned from a variety of speakers, earned their coach credentials, and received hands-on education related to rules.

Each year, USASF staff reviewed the successes and challenges to prepare for the following season. While the conventions were an extremely beneficial experience for the attendees, only 16% of member coaches and owners were able to attend. Cost, travel and scheduling conflicts kept participation low.

We had the hard conversation that we were investing a lot of resources and time but only reaching a small percentage of membership. What could we do with those same resources to make information and tools easily accessible to the majority of our members? We’ve got three opportunities in the works:

National Meeting

Rather than dilute the experience across five Regional Conventions, the USASF will conduct one National Meeting in 2018. Mark your calendars for August 10-12, and plan to be in Dallas, TX for a brand new meeting experience! The meeting takes place on the 10th and 11th, and includes a special All Star celebration Friday night. Make plans to stay, and have your athletes join you on Sunday, for coach and athlete leadership training. Cheer and Dance Legality Official training will also occur during this weekend. So, block these dates and stay tuned for details!

Online Resources

Online accessibility to many of the same opportunities that were presented in person at conventions brings the USASF directly to all members! Our first online resource is the launch of the Rules & Safety Video Library that illustrates nearly every Rule and Glossary term for the USASF Cheer & Dance Rules & Safety Guidelines.

Do you ever ask yourself “what exactly does that rule mean?” Just click the links and we’ll show you! Log in to your USASF member profile, then go to the drop down menu in the top right corner, select “Visit USASF Rules Video Library” and start clicking! Stay tuned for additional online resources to be introduced soon and regularly!

Partnering

USASF has already been partnering with our event producer members at their events and conferences to offer Cheer Coach Credentialing, Legality Official training, Leadership classes and education about USASF programs and initiatives. We will continue, and expand, these partnerships in an ongoing effort to reach more members.

Join Us!

Connect with the USASF in all the ways that are convenient to YOU! Attend the National Meeting, access our growing library of online resources, and support the events and conferences hosted by our event producer members. Wherever you are, we’ll meet you there!

USASF: Worlds Updates

Cheer Worlds Scoring

The draft version of the 2018 Cheerleading Worlds scoring system for Club Divisions is now available. For international divisions, please visit the IASF website.

Teams With Special Needs

Any Team with Special Needs that would like to receive a bid to perform at the 2018 Cheerleading and Dance Worlds may submit a video for qualification. Up to five (5) Cheer teams and up to five (5) Dance teams will be selected to receive “At Large” bids to perform at Worlds. Video submission deadline: March 1, 2018.

CHEER Video Submission | DANCE Video Submission

USASF: November Disciplinary Report

The USASF Disciplinary Committee has posted its report of member non-compliance concerns that were addressed in November. Reports will be posted each month during the 2017-18 season.

USASF: Are You Eligible?

Event season is heating up…is your coach profile ready for competition? Make sure your membership is up to date and that you have a completed background screening through NCSI so you’ll have access to warm-up rooms at Sanctioned Events. Log in to your coach profile today and get competition ready!

USASF: We Want Your Input, Cheer Coaches!

We’re talking about how we can grow All Star together, and want your input! Join our Growing All Star webinar next Tuesday, December 19th at 11:00AM CST to learn about new ideas and opportunities to expand All Star and to let us know what you think! Cheer coaches and owners who attend the webinar will be sent a survey to submit feedback to the ideas discussed. Space is limited, register for the webinar now!

USASF: Cheer & Dance Rules and Video Glossary

The USASF is thrilled to announce a brand new resource for members! You now have access to an exclusive Video Library that illustrates nearly every Rule and Glossary term for the USASF Cheer & Dance Rules & Safety Guidelines. Do you ever ask yourself “what exactly does that rule mean?” Just click the links and we’ll show you! Log in to your USASF member profile, go to the drop down menu in the top right corner, select “Visit USASF Rules Video Library” and start clicking!

Reference Check

As our industry has grown the knowledge has greatly expanded and so has the number of experts. People that have probably forgotten more than most will ever know, like James Speed and Debbie Love, have passed on what they know to so many and that next generation has expanded on the knowledge base and passed it on again. It’s been a great way to share knowledge with those that want it and make the industry better.

The concern is knowing who the new experts are or aren’t, and therefore knowing who to take advice from. Many people that portray themselves as experts aren’t and it seems like they are more likely to present themselves as experts than the people that truly are. Combine that with the ease of self-promotion via social media and suddenly every “expert” has a platform to spread their lack of knowledge. The takeaway from this should be to take advice with a grain of salt until you are sure the person giving the advice is credible.

In Review – November 2017

Happy Thanksgiving. Welcome to December and the first Cheer Worlds bid events.

USASF: Level 6 Credentialing

Coaches interested in a L6 Credentialing Session this season need to schedule your session now with Andre Carter! The goal is for the session to take place by mid-January. After that, the next session will take place next season.

USASF: Update Your USASF Profile, We’re Shipping to All Programs!

Membership boxes are being packed and ready to ship. We need to make sure we have your BEST delivery address in your program profile.

Log into your profile and make sure your delivery address is one that UPS can deliver to between 9 am and 5 pm.

For instructions on HOW to update delivery address, click here.

While you’re there…enter your athletes and update your coach profile so you’re ready for the season!

Don’t Delay — Log In today!