The USASF Disciplinary Committee has posted its report of member non-compliance concerns that were addressed in April. Reports will be posted each month during the 2017-18 season.
Cheer Coaches and Owners
Want to make a change to the Cheer Rules & Policies for the 2019-2021 seasons? Find out how and complete this form.
Deadline: June 1, 2018
Editor’s Note – We omitted the link to the form in this article. The link was included in the email sent to USASF members.
Tell your Athletes not to miss this!
Make plans to join us at The Leadership Launch June 2 in Costa Mesa, CA or at another of our transformational leadership training programs near you this summer: IMPACT for coaches and owners, BOLT for female All Star cheer and dance athletes, and MARCH for male All Star cheer and dance athletes. Reserve your spot now!
Elevate yourself. Elevate your program. Elevate All Star!
Don’t miss the first ever USASF National Meeting this summer! Log in to your COACH profile, select Credentialing Website from the drop down menu at the top right, then select MEETINGS AND EVENTS on the left side to register. Registration is $195 per person. Click here for general information and the block schedule.
The Connection is Expanding
We are pleased to announce that five new leaders have been selected to serve in The Connection. These leaders will be dedicated to contributing to the overall enhancement of the All Star community in a variety of ways, including contributing through the Peer2Peer Mentoring program, as Connection Ambassadors who engage with other members within The Connection online, and through the development and delivery of business related resources.
Log in to The Connection through your USASF member profile and meet your new leaders! They’re waiting for you there!
Daytona is over and Worlds is almost over. Here’s what else happened in April:
- A Short History of the Very Short History of Male NFL Cheerleaders via The Outline.
- No Sweatpants in Public: Inside the Rule Books for N.F.L. Cheerleaders via New York Times.
- Sarasota’s Bailey Davis details dark side of NFL cheerleading via Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
- Football fans can no longer ignore the NFL’s despicable treatment of its cheerleaders via NBC News.
- Ex-Dolphins Cheerleader Alleges Religion and Gender Discrimination via ESPN.
- Why It May Be Time To Retire NFL Cheerleader Squads via Forbes.
- Cheerleader Hit in Face by Errant Pass at OU Spring Game Turns Video into Funny Meme via Kansas City Star.
- No Place in the NFL for Cheerleaders in 2018 via USA Today.
- Women in Sports, Like ESPN’s Sarah Spain, Don’t Deserve to be Judged via Herald Times Reporter.
- South Jersey Councilwoman Claims Spot with Philadelphia Eagles via Courier Post.
- Fraternity Helps Teen Live Out Her High School Cheerleading Dream via TCU 360.
- NFL Cheerleaders Will Settle for $1 in Exchange for Meeting with Roger Goodell via ESPN.
- Opinion: Cheerleading is a Sport via The George-Anne.
- Three Reasons Why Cheerleading Should be at the LA Olympics in 2028 via BBC.
- USA Cheer and AACCA Combine Forces, Strengthening Safety for Participants via USA Cheer.
Dear USASF Members:
The International All Star Federation (IASF) released its official list of competition divisions for the global All Star community last fall. To provide additional growth opportunity for U.S. All Star cheer teams to participate in these divisions, the USASF is adopting 4 new provisional international divisions in the USASF Cheer Age Grid for the 2018-19 competition season.
USASF event producer members will have the option to utilize these divisions at sanctioned events where they feel these new opportunities will meet the needs of their customers.
The updated Age Grid is available upon logging in to your USASF member profile.
To find out if a provisional division will be offered at an event you’re attending within the U.S., please contact the event producer to inquire.
For international divisions at events that you will attend outside the U.S., contact the event producer that is conducting the event.
The IASF held a Worlds Scoring Webinar last week and the video has been posted in their Facebook group.
Dear USASF Program Owners:
Member Input and Data Collection
Following months of member discussions, webinars, focus groups, and finally a survey of owners regarding a potential change in Division I and II guidelines for the 2018-19 season, the Board of Directors met on April 4, 2018 to review all information and determine next steps for DI/DII.
First, the Board recognized that an unprecedented number of owners actively participated in the most recent webinar and survey, demonstrating the importance of this topic. While the Board hoped to hear from every owner, 20% of owners attended or watched the webinar and responded to the survey. This is nearly double the participation of previous webinars and surveys.
After reviewing and discussing all of the information, these were the four most compelling takeaways:
- A majority of owners indicated in the survey that there should be a DI/DII separation, but there is no clear majority for the number that should define a DI/DII separation.
- There are quite a few changes happening for the 2018-19 season, including bottom ages and brand-new division progressions with FUNdamentals, Novice, Prep and Elite. Let’s see how/if All Star shifts and settles with these new opportunities and revisit the DI/DII discussion next year.
- A strong majority (65%) of survey respondents agree that DII programs should be permitted to opt in to compete DI.
- A clear majority (72%) of survey respondents agree that, if a DII program opts to compete DI, they should remain DI for the entire season.
What This Means
The Board decided to defer the decision about a number that defines DI/DII until more member data and input can be gathered and broad member support and consensus is clear. The DI/DII split will remain at 125 for the 2018-19 season. Given that allowing DII teams to opt in to compete DI was supported by a clear majority of owners, the Board voted unanimously to allow that provision for the 2018-19 season. Here are the details:
Division II (DII) Definition – 2018-19 Season
- A “Division II” PROGRAM is defined as having 125 or fewer athletes registered in its competitive cheer program.
- Novice and FUNdamentals athletes do not count toward the 125 or fewer athletes.
- Exhibition teams, crossover athletes, exceptional athlete teams and dance teams do not count toward the 125 or fewer athletes.
- All Star Elite athletes and All Star Cheer Prep athletes are counted toward the 125 athletes or fewer.
- It is up to the event producer’s discretion as to how to monitor “Division II” status for their particular event(s), given the definition provided above.
- Multiple-location programs must follow the Program Classification as outlined in USASF PROGRAMS: Classifications and Program Definition
- Once a program has 126 or more competitive cheer athletes, the program is no longer eligible for Division II status for the remainder of the competitive season, regardless of the number of athletes they may have in their program at any given time.
- NEW for 2018-2019:
- Programs that qualify for DII based on their competitive cheer athlete count (125 or fewer) may select to compete DI at USASF Sanctioned Events.
- The selection to compete DI will apply to all teams in the Program.
- Once the program selects DI, they will compete DI for the remainder of the season at any competition where a DI/DII split is offered.
Additionally, broad member consensus is to maintain consistency in the midst of the significant new opportunities with FUNdamentals, Novice, Prep and Elite. To better measure growth and create a clearer path for future opportunities with the new progressions, Prep guidelines regarding competing once at two-day events will remain the same from 2017-2018 through 2018-2019.
What’s Next – Member Involvement
The Board is optimistic about the combination of the new opportunities in divisions for 2018-19, and the stabilization of DI/DII for another season while more data and input are gathered. Allowing FUNdamentals, Novice, Prep and Elite to establish, without a shift in DI/DII at the same time, will allow members to more clearly evaluate next steps for DI/DII. We look forward to continued member dialogue that will reach the decision that will put All Star on its best footing for growth. Here are two direct paths for dialogue:
- The National Meeting will be the optimum occasion for face to face dialogue with your peers, Regional Directors, Connection Leaders and the Rules Team about how you can grow and strengthen your program through the four progressions (FUNdamentals, Novice, Prep and Elite), and how to best position your business for longevity in our sport.
- The USASF Connection, the new online community accessible through your member profile, is the ideal social platform for conversation, debate and opinion sharing directly with USASF members and staff.
We look forward to YOUR input and involvement!
Congratulations to the USASF Worlds Cup Race bid winners:
- Rockstar Greenville Rolling Stones IOSC-5
- Spirit All Stars Team Obsession SXSC
- Pennsylvania Elite Guardians SXSC
At Large Bids
- Fire House Gym TNT SXSC
- Perfection All Stars Icons SXS
- Cheer Force One CF1 Machs SXSC